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1. Scholarship Program: Out of the 24 applications we received, six had obtained admission to various institutions of higher learning, so we decided to award US$500.00 to each of the six candidates: Charles Korsah to Cape Coast University, Bright Kweku Obirim to Accra Polytechnic, Emmanuel Amankwah to Ada College of Education, Richard Tetteh to University of Educatgion, Winneba, Doughan Benjamin Egyam and Isaac Abbiw (aka Bismark Sackey) to Takoradi Polytechnic. These successful candidates were able to pay their registration fees at their respective schools with the scholarship money. In all we spent US$3,000.00 and our special thanks go to Robert and Joanne Hanson-Bonney who together contributed US$1,000.00 to the fund. AEFASC members were asked to contribute US$100.00 towards the scholarship fund. Some are yet to pay their portion. We hope that as these fulfill their responsibility, we will be able to continue giving these scholarships because the need is really great out there.
2. Program/Activities Committee: We have set up a committee to come up with suggestions for programs and activities that we can undertake in the coming months. Out two scheduled calendar events are the Summer Picnic at the Bonelli Park in San Dimas that we do in collaboration with the other Ghanaian ethnic groups under the auspices of the Ghana Association of Southern California. The other event is the December End-of-Year get together that we have for ourselves, families and friends. We are asking this committee to help us go beyond these two events. The committee is made up of Robert Hanson-Bonney, interim chair, Nab Akyempon, Isaac Essel, Christie Richardson, Margaret Forson and Justice Ghartey.
3. MANA 2018 Congress: Next year's congress will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin, Ohio, from July 13 - 15, 2018. The national committee along with the local planning committee has been busily working on this congress and further information will be provided as time goes on. We hope as many of our members will plan to attend this biennial congress. Past congresses have been fun and have enabled us to connect in real time with our friends in other parts of the United States who are concerned about helping the Central and Western regions in their efforts to improve the living conditions in the two regions. Check out the exciting MANA webiste for immediate updates: www.mfantsemana.org.