New Chairman, Ngozi Mensah, has taken over the reigns from our distinguished past chairman, n'Detenga n'Gurumo and has a few key items that he wants to focus on for the Fall season.
1) Books to Moshi Library
In the first Fall meeting, held on October 3rd, Moshi Committe decided to focus on one primary project. Because we had initially worked with the City of Moshi to do structural repairs to the library building, we felt that it was appropriate to supply the library with up-to-date books. The Delray Beach City Library has worked diligently to identify sources of books and also to compile an appropriate booklist. Many thanks to Director, John Calahan, Bonnie Stelzer and Linda Hunter.
The fund raiser for the project will be called the Baobab Books to Kilimanjaro. The name 'baobab' has several significant reasons for being used. The baobab tree is famous in Africa, Asia and Macronesia as a community meeting place. This is largely because them reach gigantic sizes, up to 40 or 50 feet in diameter, and in many instances serves as a cistern holding the village water supply.
When Delray hosted the delegation from Moshi, in April 2002, a baobab tree was donated by Dale and Fred Briese and planted, on the western lawn of Old School Square, in commemoration of the visit. This tree is named Rafiki, which means 'friend' in Swahili. It is flourishing in its new home.
BAOBAB, as an acronymn, stands for Books Are Our Bridge Across Borders.
2) Fall Membership Drive
We intend to educate the community about Moshi, our African Sister City, and to and get the local citizens to get involved and become participating members. Membership fees will be reasonable and priced to involve individuals, families, businesses and philanthropic donors/patrons. Look for information on how to join, in the coming weeks.
3) New Meeting Time
Starting on November 4th, 2002, the Moshi Committee meetings will be held the first Monday each month , at 5:30 pm, in the City Library auditorium. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hopefully the evening meeting time will accommodate more people. Karibuni wote! (Welcome All!)
Kwaheri (Good Bye)