Dear Igbere Sons and Daughters,
On September 1st and 2nd Igbere sons and daughters met in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, under the auspices of Igbere Progressive Association International (IPAI) for “IPAI Convention 2007”, (Ezumezu 2007 in Diaspora).
We deliberated, and voted on many issues of common benefit to every Igbere person and our community; the house also debated, amended the IPAI final draft constitution as presented by the outgoing IPAI Caretaker Committee, and voted unanimously to adopt the amended draft constitution. A ratified copy of the IPAI constitution is hereby attached.
The first Executive Committee and Board members of IPAI were elected in accordance with the constitution. The elected Executive Committee members are Chief Michael C. K. Awa (President), Mr. Saul Onyeuku (Vice President), Mr. Ukaegbu Ukaegbu (Secretary), Mr. Leonard Ibeka (Publicity Secretary), Mr. Emeka Ejieke (Financial Secretary), Mrs. Ezinne Ogbureke (Treasurer) and Mr. Okorie Uzor-Nsiegbe (Provost).
The elected members of Board of Directors are Chief Eme Onyeuku (Chairman of the Board), Dr. Kalu Ogbureke (Secretary of the Board), Mr. Udemgba A. Igu, Mr. Agbai Ekperi, Mr. Peter A. Imaa, Dr. Ugwa Ogbureke, and Chief Esse N. Esse. Furthermore, the standing committees’ members as required by the constitution have been constituted accordingly.
It is worthy of note that 90 percent of the members of the standing committee were volunteers and 10 percent appointed. This is an indication of our enthusiasm and willingness to make IPAI a success. The President thanks you all. For a complete schedule and list of the various committees please click on “Contact Us” on our website www.ipaiinc.org.
In the spirit of oneness and brotherhood that has been the bedrock of Igbere community, the Executive Committee was authorized to write this letter to all sons and daughters of Igbere in Diaspora and urge everyone to identify with or become an active member of IPAI. The great success of the IPAI Convention 2007 in Atlanta Georgia was a history well made.
Therefore, it is imperative that we provide adequate information about IPAI and also appeal to every Igbere person in Diaspora to join IPAI in accordance with IPAI constitution (Ref. ARTICLE III: Sections 1 & 2). We do understand that some of us could not attend the IPAI Convention 2007 in Atlanta Georgia due either to scheduling conflicts or circumstances. We missed your presence, contribution of ideas and resources, but the opportunity to participate is not lost as we are all invited to become active members because IPAI belongs to every Igbere sons and daughters in Diaspora as specified in the IPAI constitution.
The Executive Committee is looking forward to every one’s active membership, role and to work with you. Unity is paramount to our success. Please be a proud member of IPAI. We encourage every Igbere person to read the constitution. You are encouraged to join your local chapter and if you do not have a chapter/branch yet, please let the Membership and Outreach Committee or Mr. Ukaegbu Ukaegbu (IPAI Secretary) know.
General information pertaining to IPAI or relevant to Igbere is always available at our website www.ipaiinc.org. Some special information will be disseminated to IPAI members by Mr. Leonard Ibeka, the IPAI Publicity Secretary or via our official e-mail ****@ipaiinc.org. We encourage you to join and maintain your IPAI membership to receive this privileged information and be part of IPAI growth, and the development of Igbere. You will be glad you did.
This letter is intended for every Igbere person in Diaspora. Therefore, we ask you to acknowledge its receipt as soon as possible, through ****@ipaiinc.org no matter how you received it (i.e. whether it was sent directly or forwarded or printed or even read to you). If you know any Igberian in Diaspora who has not received this letter directly, please provide us with the appropriate email contact to enable us forward this letter to such individual(s). If you do not have an email address we encourage you to extend your regular postal address to the IPAI Secretary to ensure that you receive the hard copy of this particular letter.
Should you have any concerns, inquiries or comments feel free to contact us.
Yours in Service
IPAI Secretary (2007 – 2011 session)