2015 2nd and 3rd Quarters TMSAANA Board Update

Board of Directors
Bisrat Aklilu, ’67,  President
Alem W. Hawariat ’70, Vice President
Garedew Atnafseged,’68, Secretar
Temesgen Petros,’66, Treasurer

27 August 2015

Dear Alumni

2015 Second and Third Quarters TMSAANA Board Update

Your Board is pleased to send you the following 2015 Second and third Quarters TMS/TMSAANA Update starting with the great news of the official recognition and registration of the Tafari Makonnen School Alumni Charity Association (TMSACA), our sister organization in Ethiopia.

Official recognition of TMSACA:

On 20 August 2015, the Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) officially issued a license to TMSACA (posted on the TMSAANA website) to operate as an Ethiopian Charity organization valid for three years. TMSACA is now able to mobilize TMS Alumni residing in Ethiopia and raise funds to finance activities to support TMS in partnership with TMSAANA. The TMSACA Board held its first official meeting on Monday 24 August and approved among other things the TMSACA (and TMSAANA) project proposal submitted to the Canadian Embassy detailed below.

TMS Project Proposal submitted to Canada:

TMSACA submitted a comprehensive project proposal to the Canadian Embassy requesting co-funding of key activities included in TMS’ Centennial (2025) Strategic Plan that aims to “transform the school into a model Polytechnic College and Polytechnic Teacher Training Institute” as well as the publication of Father Roland Turenne’s book.

 The total project proposal has a budget of CAD $80,098 (US$60,400) of which US$ 30,000 (50%) is requested from Canada with the balance to be funded by TMSACA ($24,000 or 40%, mostly in kind and in material donation) and TMSAANA ($6,000 or 10%).

Restoration of the TMS Name:

TMSAANA and TMSACA Board continue to follow up our request for the restoration of the TMS name. One of the two organizations requested to give its views has apparently given its ‘no objection’ to the name change and we are hoping for a final positive decision in the near future.

The TMS 90th Anniversary:

TMS celebrated its 90th Anniversary on 12 May 2015 though the actual 90th anniversary date was on 27 April 2015. It was a day for Alumni of fond reminiscences of the past, celebration of the present and visioning of the future. It was filled with festivities, exhibitions and official speeches. The Dean of the Entoto Polytechnic College (the present name of TMS), the Chairman of the College Board and the Presidents of the TMSACA and TMSAANA made brief speeches.

With invited guests, Alumni, students and teachers of the College sitting under tents around the old basketball court, the school gymnastic, musical and drama troupes showed artistic performances. The College’s departments, as well as TMSAANA and TMSAACA, had exhibition stalls in the conference hall in the main TMS building and displayed their activities. TMSAANA’s stall featured pictures of alumni from the different generations and information on the scholarship and financial support TMSAANA is providing.

Among the highlights of the event was a memorable drama performed by the drama department students. It featured the establishment of TMS in 1925 starting with the famous speech of Ras Tafari Makonnen, including his famous “Adera” words (TMSAANA’s Tagline), followed by the major developments in the history of TMS – the Italian occupation and the closing of the school, its restoration with the liberation of Ethiopia, the changing of TMS to a co-ed school with the joining of female students, the Dergue’s change of TMS to Entoto School and its recent transformation to Entoto Polytechnic College. A video of the TMS drama is available and will be shown at the next TMSAANA General Assembly.

A 90th TMS Anniversary brochure was produced and distributed at the event and copies were also distributed to Alumni at the TMSAANA booth during the 2015 Ethiopian Sports Federation of North America (ESFANA) event in Maryland.

With TMSACA’s official registration finalized, there is a plan to hold a TMS Alumni 90th Anniversary Fundraising event in Addis Ababa before the end of 2015.

The TMS Event at Wabi Shebele Hotel:

Since a lot of TMS Alumni did not have the opportunity to see the TMS drama, a special event was organized on Saturday 20 June, at Wabi Shebele hotel where the drama was again performed. The event was well attended and it was another occasion for TMS Alumni from a wide generation to get together. It also enabled TMSACA and TMSAANA to further reflect how we can work together to share with the current TMS students the opportunity that TMS gave us.  

TMSAANA Booth at the ESFANA Event:

From June 28 to July 4, TMSAANA had a booth at the ESFNA annual event at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The booth was visited by TMS Alumni who were briefed about TMSAANA’s activities and were provided the enclosed brochure as well as other TMS related publications. Alumni were and are encouraged to register for membership at the TMSAANA website www.tmsaana.com or contact TMSAANA Board of Directors.

Publication of Father Roland Turenne’s Book:

TMSAANA and TMSACA continue to pursue the publication of the book of Father Ronald Turenne, the renowned TMS geography teacher, about Canadian Jesuits in Ethiopia that is mostly about TMS. Father Turenne, the only remaining TMS Canadian Jesuit in Ethiopia, lives in Bishoftu (Debre Zeyit). 93 years old, he unfortunately suffered two heart attacks recently. He has donated the book to us and is requesting that we ensure its early publication while he is alive. While TMSAANA and TMSACA hope to receive a positive response from the Canadian Embassy, in case the Embassy is not able to co-fund the proposal, TMSANA and TMSACA will launch a special fund-raising for its publication so as to honor the wishes of Father Turenne.

TMSAANA Website, tmsaana.com:

We trust Alumni continue to visit the TMSAANA Website www.tmsaana.com, and also post comments as well as give us feedback and suggestions on improvements. Since TMSACA Board member Bahrnegash Bellete took lots of excellent photographs during the TMS 90th Anniversary, we will create a Picture Gallery on our website and post the pictures. We also invite alumni to send us TMS group and class pictures they may have for posting on the website.

TMSAANA Scholarship and related Assistance Programme:

As reported in the last update, in 2015 TMSAANA significantly increased its scholarship and related assistance programme to deserving and needy students. During the 2015/2016 school year starting in September, the plan is to further increase it from 482 students in 2015 (and 132 in 2014) to about 800 students also focusing on female students that have the most acute need.

TMSAANA Financials and 2015 Membership Payment Status:

As reported by our Treasurer, Temesgen Petros, TMSAANA’s net income as of 31 July is $6,114.00 and year-to-date total revenue $11,130.00. So far only 43 (20%) have paid their 2015 membership dues with some members making multi-year advance payments.

Alumni should know that your $120 annual membership fee could finance the annual sanitary cost for 4 needy female students or the annual school registration fee for about 7 needy and meritorious students! Please send soonest your annual $120 membership dues through either:      

1) PayPal: alumni@tmsaana.com
2) Check: TMSAANA  c/o Temesgen Petros 6263 Willowfield Way Springfield, VA 22150, or
3) Bank Transfer: TMSAANA TD Bank Acct. No. 426-440-8216 (with notice to Temesgen Petros at tpetros12@verizon.net)

Your Board looks forward to your comments and suggestions on how to broaden and strengthen TMSAANA’s support to TMS. Please share this ‘Update’ with TMS Alumni and TMS former teachers who are not yet TMSAANA members and encourage them to register and join or contact any of the Board of Directors.

With best regards,
Bisrat Aklilu ’67,

“ይህችንም የዕውቀት ምግብ ቀጥታ የምታሳድጋችሁን ተማሪ ቤት በጥበብ አድጋችሁ በአእምሮ በምትጐለምሱበት ጊዜ እግዚአብሔር እንደየዕድላችሁ በሚሰጣችሁ ዕውቀት የሀገራችን መሣሪያ ናትና እንዳትጠብ እንድትሰፋ እንዳትወድቅ እንድትበረታ እንድትረዱዋት እለምናችኋለሁ።”

ልዑል አልጋ ወራሽ ተፈሪ መኰንን
ሚያዝያ ፲፱ ፲፱፻፲፯,
የተፈሪ መኰንን ትምህርት ቤትን ሲከፍቱ ካደረጉት ንግግር

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