Atlanta '07 Post Mortem
Atlanta 2007 has come and gone!
Success is not measured in terms of money realized alone
even though fund raising was one of the main reasons for staging a convention in the first place.
How successful was Atlanta 2007?
Is the answer in the number of Nkwelle Ezunaka citizens that turned up for the convention from all parts of the nation – Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Maryland, Kansas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Georgia, etc.?
Is it in the number of new registrants – Obi Okafor from Kansas, Okey Okafor and Peter Okoye from Texas, etc.?
Is it in the lessons learned on the basics of a successful organization and hosting of a national convention?
It is all of the above and more.
This was a forum for brotherly conviviality, exchange of ideas to benefit our home town, and for goodness sake, meeting friends and relations that would otherwise not have been possible.
Once bitten twice shy.
This will go down in history as one of the most expensive conventions ever staged but it was for a good cause. Education never comes cheap.
We paid handsomely to learn and came out a lot wiser than we were before August 11, 2007.
Raleigh must start early.
The venue, Chairman, Chief Launcher, and their supporters, and all other aspects of Raleigh 2008 have to be in place not later than April of 2008.
Solicitation for ads should start now.
The venue and accommodation should if possible be under the same roof or at least be in the same complex.
The future is as rosy as can be.
If we did not achieve anything in Atlanta we did establish one thing; NEUSAC has come to stay and can only grow stronger.
I thank members for their efforts and contributions towards the successes recorded in Atlanta.
Especial thanks goes to Emma Eziakor who almost single handedly pulled this through for all of us. I recognize Mrs Kate Ekweozor who sold the greatest number of adverts.
Thank you for your commitment to our beloved home town, Nkwelle Ezunaka.
I look forward to seeing you all in Raleigh, North Carolina.