Dear ACW Members and Friends of ACW,
Consistent with ACW’s by-laws and in consultation with ACW’s attorney, the Board has voted to change ACW from a membership to a non-membership organization
,therefore releasing ACW members from the responsibility and obligation of meeting once a year to elect new board members.
In Addition, the Board made the decision to move forward to restructure the functioning of ACW for the coming year and recruit board members with expertise that helps build ACW into its envisioned future. New Board members will be recruited through a board process that aligns the strategic needs of ACW with the expertise of professionals (Arab and non-Arab).
By virtue of changing ACW to a non-member organization, there is now no need to hold an Annual General Assembly meeting.
ACW will remain as a charitable 501c3 non-profit organization with the same mission.
The current functioning board consists of Rasha Qamheyeh, Huda Giddens, Rachel Peterson and Mona Stucki who have volunteered to continue on to transition ACW and steer it into its new direction. We encourage input from ANYONE – Arab and non-Arab alike – interested in participating in this exciting and monumental opportunity. It is our hope that Arab Americans will participate “at will”, rather than “out of obligation”, to build an organization that functions as a platform with a voice that speaks to the relevance of our time.
The Board welcomes your ideas, your contributions in terms of your Arab background that can be shared, practical help, organizational expertise, and other resources you may have. Our Arab community is a rich resource for those wanting to learn and partner with us. Most importantly, let us know if you would like to serve on this new board.
We are accessible through our emails, listed below, and we will be having open sessions to dialogue, create and envision what is possible. Please check the website and Community Calendar periodically to stay in touch with what is happening. We will also continue to send out our e-newsletter with updates and post our Annual Financial Report on our website. Our website is arabcenterwa.org.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Let us hear from you in ways that will enhance our efforts to project a new ACW image.
In closing, we would like to leave you with the following thoughts inspired by this quote:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” – Anonymous
Thanks to all of you for your support and loyalty through the years.
Mona Stucki (President): email@example.com
Huda Giddens (VP): firstname.lastname@example.org
Rasha Qamheyeh (Treasurer): email@example.com
Rachel Peterson (Secretary): firstname.lastname@example.org