TMSAANA Membership Development*
Let me give you a brief account of the TMSAANA Membership Development but start by giving you the alumni membership number and membership payments, which Temesgen will elaborate in more detail during the TMSAANA finance report.
In 2014, we had 203 registered alumni and 42 paying members
In 2015, we had 213 alumni with 62 paying membership fee
As of 20 May 2016, 32 out of the 213 alumni have made payments
Despite many efforts made by the previous and the current Board, TMSAANA membership development and membership fee payment continues to be a challenging task.
In line with the last General Assembly decision, of identifying key Alumni Contacts by Cities/Regions, in early 2015, the Board designated and established six TMSAANA Regional Units in the US and Canada based on expected concentrations of TMS Alumni and identified and appointed Regional TMSAANA Coordinators.
The TMSAANA Regional Units and Coordinators are:
> DC /Maryland Area, Aklilu Mekonnen,
> Conn/NY/NJ Area, myself, Selam Yisma,
> Greater Los Angeles Area, Yafet Tekle,
> San Francisco Area, Mebeyin Lakew,
> Virginia Area, no one was available and Temesgen Petros temporarily assumed the post, and
> Ottawa/Toronto/Montreal Admassu Abebe and Getahun Haile,
Regarding holding Quarterly informal meetings, this is being done regularly in NY/NJ area but not in the other Regions despite the efforts of the Regional Coordinators. In the case of NY/NJ area, 8-10 Alumni meet in the evening for dinner at one of the Ethiopian restaurants. It is an informal gathering where Bisrat briefs us on TMS and TMSAANA activities and we discuss ways of getting TMS alumni in the greater NY area to join.
In the Maryland area, they recently organized in Silver Spring a good meeting. They are now trying to have a joint DC, Virginia and MD meeting. They have over 30 alumni in MD area and are trying to have more members to come to their next meeting
In the Greater Los Angels area, alumni have also been meeting, though not regularly. They held a successful TMSAANA event in September 2015 during the Little Ethiopia Cultural Event using a separate booth sponsored by TMSAANA. The event gave TMSAANA exposure, helped membership drive and was a good reminder for registered members to pay their dues.
The Board has on number of occasions discussed ways of mapping out steps towards development of membership that will strength the current membership and bring young alumni. We might have to establish a Membership Development Task Force from different regions and use social media.
We look forward to alumni playing an active role in TMSAANA so as to collectively address these challenges
From the Report presented by Selam Yisma, TMSAANA Board Member, at the Third TMSAANA General Assembly