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President’s Year-End Message 2019

Aloha Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Members:

The 43rd Annual International Festival is over and I’m truly happy to say that everyone who were in attendance, seemed very pleased with the program.

You will be receiving a final report once Marife Callender and Alma Smith has tallied all the numbers for you.

For those of who wasn’t able to attend the Festival, I want you to know that you missed a wonderful program and its success is all due to the very hard work that was accomplished by Marife Callender and the assistance of Alma Smith. This event is a magnitude of meetings with the Indiana State Fair; making sure everyone who applied to have a Food Booth and/or a Culture Booth receives all the materials (furniture and electricity needed for their booths); coordinating the cultural performances and their needs to make their event a huge success.

Then, there is the work of obtaining volunteers from several organization to work at the event; something we, as Board of Directors and members should do since it is our organization who is having the event . Working with the schools and its student tours is usually accomplished by Alma Smith. But, I’m pretty sure Marife is also involved with it in some way. It’s unbelievable the number people Marife has to deal with organizing the planning process; getting people to cooperate with the “dos” and don’ts.” Working with printers The list is endless. Then there’s the clean-up after the event. I know there is no need to elaborate what goes into the cleaning process.

As Alma told you, I cancelled the NCI meeting so that all of our members could catch up with their own tasks in time to enjoy the Holiday coming up. As you are fully aware, we will be able to catch up when we return to our first NCI meeting on February 11, 2020. Until then, please enjoy your time with your families and friends. May you and your family be blessed with a very Happy New Year to come!!!

Most sincerely,
Leslie Clumb, NCI President

International Festival Queen Updates

The Nationalities Council of Indiana (NCI) is searching for the new International Festival Queen YR 2019-2020.  The Dinner and Coronation will be held at Murat – Arabian Room on October 12, 2019. 

The Council Members is given an opportunity to send their representative regardless of age and marital status but please be aware that the Judges will choose a winner based on the Judging Criteria that is specify in the application form as well as the main reason that the chosen Queen will represent NCI in the Indianapolis  area and surrounding Communities and other functions that NCI was invited or choose to participate… so it is very important that your candidate is matured enough to answer questions that people might asked when it comes to NCI Missions and Vision as well as your own Organizations Mission and Visions.

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February 2017 President’s Message

Dear Kith and Kin:

The NCI hosted the 40th Annual Indy International Festival in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Thursday through Saturday, November 10-12, 2016. The festival featured 34 Cultural Booths, 16 Food Booths, 27 Vendors, and there were 12,384 in attendance. The Naturalization Ceremony, which was attended by US Congressman Andre Carson, welcomed 187 representatives of 50 countries as citizens of the United States.

The event was a success.

Treasurer Alma Smith of the Liberia Progress Foundation was named 2016 NCI Volunteer of the Year, Jane Gehlhausen of JAG Global Solutions judged the Cultural Booths, and Chefs Vlad Bora and Liz Giménez of the American Culinary Federation, and Chef Luke Trinosky of the Chef’s Academy at Harrison College, judged the Food Booths, with the following results:

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October 2016 President’s Message
October 2016 President’s Message

Dear Kith and Kin:

Our bylaws, which were adopted in 1995, and amended in 2001 and 2005, underwent extensive revisions by our Second Vice President, Leslie Clumb, so as to reflect the manner in which we actually operate, and, following a thorough review by our Board of Directors, and with the unanimous approval of our General Membership, the revised bylaws of the Nationalities Council of Indiana were adopted on Monday, September 12, 2016.

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