Thursday, May 03, 2001

In Attendance: Mike Appelbaum, Pat Archer, Mark Baron, Charlotte Durante, Chuck Eschenburg, n’Detenga n’Gurumo, Ngozi Mensah, Clovis Moodie, Bonnie Stelzer.

The meeting was called to order by Committee Chairperson, n’Detenga n’Gurumo. An Agenda was distributed. He called for approval of the minutes of the April 5th regular meeting of the Tanzania committee, but none were available for approval.

A report on the Conferences and Official Visits taking place during the next few months followed:

Oz suggested an Olympic type-sporting event called The Florida Sister Cities Games should take place in Delray Beach in the year 2003. He discussed this with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, his employer, and they were very interested. It was suggested that this be held every 2 – 4 years. Charlotte will mention this at the upcoming Sister Cities Conference in Mt. Dora.

The Delray Beach Sister Cities will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in the year 2002 and money for a celebration of this event will be put into the Sister Cities 2002 budget The Morikami Museum is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as well. Perhaps a combined event could take place.

Mark Baron announced that all fundraising meetings for the Twilight Safari Dinner would take place each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Native Accents Gallery until the Dinner takes place.

Bonnie Stelzer reported that the first press release has gone out to announce n’Detenga n’Gurumo being appointed Chair of the Moshi Committee and has appeared in local newspapers. The Twilight Safari Dinner date Friday, June 22nd and location at the Delray Beach Marriott were included in this first press release. A series of press releases is planned to publicize the event during the next few weeks. Bill Wood of the Chamber and the Joint Venture has offered to help publicize the event too.

A major problem arose next, when Mark Baron asked if the $1,000 deposit check had been given to the Marriott Hotel to confirm and hold the date of the event. Fortunately, the check had not been sent, as Pat Archer then announced that Delray Beach had just learned that it is a finalist in the All-American City competition and the winner will be announced in Atlanta June 21st –23rd. This is a major obstacle for the Twilight Safari Dinner , as many of the potential guests will be going to Atlanta for this event.

A discussion followed about other dates in June to hold the Twilight Safari Dinner but the availability of the Ambassador, the availability of the Marriott Hotel and Chairpersons of the event, Mark & Susan Baron, present problems when considering any other dates for this event. The committee will hold off on any further plans for the Dinner until they hear from Mark Baron. It was mentioned that perhaps this event should now be held in “season” and could tie in with the winter visit of the Lord Mayor.

A discussion of more visibility for Sister Cities in local parades and festivals took place.

The Sister Cities annual budget is currently being prepared and Charlotte asked the committee for other items that might be included for publicity, conferences etc.

The next Tanzania committee meeting will take place on Thursday, June 7th at 8:30 a.m. at the Delray Beach Public Library. The committee is now waiting to hear from Mark & Susan Baron about re-scheduling The Twilight Safari Dinner and further activities around this event will be suspended until further notice. The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 a.m.

Minutes submitted by Bonnie Stelzer