I am deeply honored tonight and would like to thank the Volta Association in general and the many people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes placing their faith and trust in my leadership as the next President of the Volta Association. I am especially proud to be a member of an Association that provides equal opportunities for women to lead thus following in the footsteps of Dr. Doris Dzameshie, the first female President of this Association who served from 2011 to 2013.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work done by our outgoing president and his team. Their selfless efforts, commitment to the Associations work and achievements, is an inspiration and a motivation for the new leadership to continue this path of success and take the Association to another level. Among the many achievements, and under Mr. Chris Nuworsoo’s leadership, the Association has been able to acquire a van, the first of its kind. The bar therefore has been raised for the new leadership; it is a challenge that I take seriously and in my role as president, my priority will be to continue the efforts to sustain the Association’s growth especially the prospects and growth of our youth.
The mission of the Volta Association is very clear “to use focused programs of activities and technology in the promotion of our cultural heritage…” In aligning with this vision, my goal during my term of office is to engage in fund raising activities to build or acquire our own center, “The Volta Association Resource and Youth Center” This resource center will allow us to educate, provide information, and address and meet the needs of our unique community. It would allow us to use our own expertise to deliver high quality services and open educational and career opportunities for our youth. The resources are right here before our very eyes. For example many of you have not heard about CKI and Associates, Inc. “C” stands for Mr. Ching, “K” stands for Mr. Kumordzie, and “S” Ms. Iqbal, a firm responsible for transportation and infrastructure projects, located in the Northern Virginia and DC Metropolitan area. This company serves in Construction Engineering, Management and Inspection services, specializing in Highway and Transportation Infrastructure projects such as Roadways, Bridges, Tunnels, Bridge Safety Inspections, Highway Sign Structures and Material Testing. Mr. Kumordzie who is one of the Vice Presidents of this company has been one of the brains behind designing many of the complex bridges, tunnels, etc. in Virginia and DC Metropolitan areas. Like Mr. Kumordzie, we have many talents in this room that would be a great inspiration for our youth. How would the youth or the entire community be exposed to such resources? Having this center would allow for example exposure to Career days from the different professions and professionals guiding the youth into career courses, colleges, universities, trades, and professions. In short, the “Volta Association Resource and Youth Center” would provide information and resources to the community, enhance creative development of our youth and provide a safe haven for all.
Whereas there are many philanthropy programs and fundraising resources that we can explore, we can start within our own community. The following sub-groups have been created for our Monthly Fundraising Challenge:
- Current and Past Presidents of the Volta Association (Mr. Nuworsoo)
- Current and Past Vice Presidents of the Volta Association (Mr. Kafui Agbo)
- All Women within the Association (Ms. Janice Ankamah)
- All Men within the Association (Mr. Parbey)
- Current and Past Accountants, Treasures and Secretaries (Mr. Percy Amoah)
- Private businesses including Transportation Business (Mr. Adzimahe)
- Health Field (Mrs. Ninett Adzimahe)
- Retirees (Mr. Salakpi)/Daniel Owusu
*Special Youth Project Fund
The goal is to raise $50,000.00 or more by the end of year one and same for year two, our term of office to help build or acquire this center. We start this January and each team is expected to raise $100.00 or more each month. The Special Youth Project Fund will be led by Abla and Pledges Project by myself. The Volta Association meets every two months. Each team leader will provide updates and money raised for the two months to Mr. Percy Amoah the treasurer. Mr. Amoah will provide a report to the Association at the bi-monthly meetings. When the center is completed, each team and contributor will be inscribed/engraved on a donor wall, inside and outside the building to show our future generation the efforts and supports that went into building the center. This as you can see is an aggressive project and we can achieve it with persistence, focus, structure, and excitement. The details and other logistics of the project will be discussed and shared at the bi-monthly meetings. Our responsibility is to this community especially the youth. With God as our Pilot, let us work together to explore this new opportunity and possibility. Thanks again for your trust in my leadership and my team.