Posts archive for May 2015:

This month our colleague Jaak Treiman, honorary consul for Estonia, writes about some of the northern beaches of Los Angeles, from the Ventura County line to Malibu. You may wish to distribute this among your staff. It will also be posted on the consular corps website.

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LACC Executive Committee meeting minutes

Meeting date : March 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Location : Consulate General of Ethiopia

 

  1. Attendance

Name

Titel

Present

Amb. Zerihun Retta Shumye

Dean

Y

Hon. Michal Sedlacek

First Vice Dean

Excused

Hon. Finbar Hill

Second Vice Dean

Y

Hon. Daiva Navarrete

Treasurer

Y

Hon. Lorna Johnson

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Liliana Cino

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Abdelhak Saoud

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Abdulla Al-Saboosi

Member at Large

Excused

Hon. Umar Hadi

Member at Large

Excused

Hon. Ninda

Member at Large

Excused

Hon. Raife Gülru Gezer

Member at Large

Y

Amb Rudi Veestraeten

Secretary

Y

 

  1. Presentation of new E.C. members

The Dean presents the new E.C. members to the other members. The Secretary takes up his function immediately and will produce the report of today’s meeting.

  1. New intern

The Dean introduces the new intern for LACC. Wengel Haile is a citizen of Ethiopia who studies in Los Angeles (wengelhaile@gmail.com).

  1. Minutes of the Annual General Assembly

The minutes have been drafted by former Secretary Lorna Johnson and will be submitted to the Dean immediately after completion by the Second Vice Dean.

  1. Ad hoc committee for review of the By-laws

The Second Vice Dean communicates that since LACC is now incorporated in California instead of in Delaware, the existing By-laws lost their validity. New By-laws need to be drafted in accordance with California law on non-profit membership organizations.

The E.C. decides to dissolve the ad hoc committee for review of the By-laws and to take up this matter in the E.C. The Second Vice Dean has already done some research and will share his findings with all other E.C. members.

The new By-laws should be as short and simple as feasible.

  1. Future events

Date

Organisation

E.C. member in charge

April 23

LACMA

Michael Sedlacek

May 28

Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor 3rd District

Lorna Johnson

June 25

Reagan Library

Daiva Navarrete

September 24

Milken Institute ?

Finbar Hill

October 29

L.A. County Sheriff

Finbar Hill

Brief discussion on future events: should be higher profile. Goals: high profile speakers; better prepare event with guest speaker; consider fundraisers/charity bazar, sports event.

  1. Website LACC

Will be run by Secretary, under the guidance of the Dean. Needs a solid update, some essential pages have not been updated in almost a year.

Please don’t send comments to the Secretary before April 8, since updates are in progress. Once done, Secretary will ask for input/suggestions/corrections, first with E.C. members and next with all LACC members.

Our website should become an efficient tool for information where all members can find reports, instructions, updated lists, and event information.

  1. Pamphlet distributed during LACC event

A pamphlet inviting LACC members to a “diplomatic tea” was distributed during the latest LACC lunch event in the Jonathan Club in Downtown Los Angeles. No prior approval was saught, and the pamphlet uses ambiguous language suggesting the “diplomatic tea” was an event organized/co-organized by LACC. The E.C. decided that the Dean should send three mails:

- One to the LACC member who invited the person responsible with a warning;

- One to the invited guest announcing that she will no longer be admitted to LACC events;

- One to all LACC members explaining what happened and what action has been taken.

Los Angeles, March 31, 2015.

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LACC Executive Committee meeting minute

Meeting date : April 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Location : LA City Club, 555 S Flower St

 

  1. Attendance

Name

Titel

Present

Amb. Zerihun Retta Shumye

Dean

Y

Hon. Michal Sedlacek

First Vice Dean

Excused

Hon. Finbar Hill

Second Vice Dean

Excused

Hon. Daiva Navarrete

Treasurer

Y

Hon. Lorna Johnson

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Liliana Cino

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Abdelhak Saoud

Member at Large

Excused

Hon. Abdulla Al-Saboosi

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Umar Hadi

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Ninda

Member at Large

Excused

Hon. Raife Gülru Gezer

Member at Large

Y

Amb Rudi Veestraeten

Secretary

Y

 

  1. Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of March 30

The minutes have been approved with no alterations.

  1. Minutes of the Annual General Assembly

The updated minutes are now approved with no further alterations and can be circulated among general LACC members.

  1. Future events

Original tentative schedule:

Date

Organisation

E.C. member in charge

April 23

LACMA

Michael Sedlacek

May 28

Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor 3rd District

Lorna Johnson

June 25

Reagan Library

Daiva Navarrete

September 24

Milken Institute ?

Finbar Hill

October 29

L.A. County Sheriff

Finbar Hill

The schedule has been reviewed, in particular since Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will not be available on the proposed dates (May 26 or June 1 through 5), as follows and with addition of the cost of the next two events::

Date

Organisation

E.C. member in charge

May 28

Kamala Harris, CA Attorney General

Tentative – LA City Club, $50

Lorna Johnson

June 25

Reagan Library, $65

Daiva Navarrete

September 24

Milken Institute

Finbar Hill

October 29

L.A. County Sheriff

Finbar Hill

Furthermore, the Executive Committee has decided to start scheduling the next event for November, December and January. The Secretary will circulate a draft schedule in the coming days.

  1. Informative AGM

The E.C. has decided to organize an extraordinary and informative AGM on June 25. The goal is to better reach out to the LACC general members. The schedule for that day will be:

11:15 am AGM (at the Reagan Library)

12:00 pm Lunch

12:30 pm Keynote speech by John Heubusch, Executive Director

1:00 pm Visit of the Reagan Library

The agenda of the AGM will be as follows:

- Presentation of the Executive Committee

- Presentation of the website

- Survey of the tentative events

- Q&A about future events and speakers.

The invitation to the AGM will include a call for proposals for events and speakers by all LACC members beforehand, to facilitate the discussion during the AGM.

  1. Website LACC

The proposals for adaptation of the website, as submitted by the Dean and the Secretary, are approved. The Secretary will request a quote from the webmaster for some changes, for approval on a future E.C. A calendar will be added for publication of National Days and limited other events (such as film festivals), by the website managers and on the request of a Consulate General.

The E.C. also decides to make the minutes of the E.C. meetings available to all LACC members on the website (restricted pages for members only).

Finally, the E.C. decides to generalize the sending of Verbal Notes through the LACC address lists on the request of a Head of Mission.

  1. Review of the By-laws

This point of the agenda was not discussed in the meeting because we have not received the necessary information to do so.

Los Angeles, April 28, 2015.

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LACC Annual General Meeting minutes

Meeting date : Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:30 am

Location : Consulate General of Indonesia, 3457 Wilshire Bd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

 

  1. Attendance

The By-laws require the attendance of minimum 15 General Members. Were present at the AGM:

Hon. H Consul General Allen Neiman Burkins Faso

Hon. Consul General Marco Antonio Valverde Bolivia

Hon. H Consul Deanne Neiman Botswana

Hon. Consul General James Villeneuve Canada

Hon. Consul General Michal Sedlacek Czech Republic

Hon. Consul General Elhusseini Abdelwahab Egypt

Hon. H Consul Jaak Treiman Estonia

Hon. Consul General Zerihun Retta (Dean) Ethiopia

Hon. Consul General Juha Markkanen Finland

Hon. H Consul Jordan Garcia Guinea

Hon. H Consul General Finbar Hill Ireland

Hon. H Consul Lorna Johnson Jamaica

Hon. Consul General Hyun Myung Kim Korea

Hon. H Consul Daiva Navarrette Lithuania

Hon. H Consul Abdelhak Saoud Morocco

Hon. H Consul General Andrew Leeka Palau

Hon. Consul General Lilliana Cino Peru

Hon. Consul General Mariusz Bromyra Poland

Hon. Consul General Eugen Chivu Romania

Hon.H Consul Grant Gochin Togo

Hon. Consul General Gülru Gezer Turkey

Hon. Consul General Abdullah Al-Saboosi U.A.E.

22 General Members were present, so the required quorum was reached.

 

Were also present, but not in the quality of General Member:

John Carlos Gamboa

Laurindo Lopes

Alain Leroy

Endang Mardeyani

Mendekar Sondakh

Danang Canial

Zufri Hadi

Nugrahadi Yuwokko

Benny Rahman

Ahmed Rakan

Masahiro Suga

Hyeo Kyeong Lee

Ruth Thale

Sorasak Samonkriasorakit

Ahmed Al-Thani

Mark Ryavec

Francisco Aguirre

 

2. Items for discussion

2.1.Welcome and call to order by Dean Zerihun Retta.

2.2.Secretary’s report by Lorna Johnson was read and approved.

2.3.Treasurer’s report by Daiva Navarrette was read and approved.

2.4.Acknowledgements: Hon. CG Gülru Gezer from Turkey was acknowledged by the Dean.

2.5.The Dean announced the expected schedule of future events and speakers (monthly meetings).

2.6.By-laws committee: the Dean announced to establishment of an ad-hoc by-laws committee and asked for candidates to participate. A brief discussion on changes of the By-laws followed.

2.7.Executive Committee: the Dean announced a few openings on the Executive Committee and his desire to fills these openings.

2.8.Dr. Jerrold Green, President and CEO of the Pacific Council on International Policy addressed the General Assembly. His keynote speech was followed by Q&A.

2.9.The AGM was concluded by the Dean.

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Our colleague, the Honorary Consul for Estonia, Jaak Treiman, offers his historical survey of riots in Los Angeles

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