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አገልግሎታችን ለሁሉም ነው -We Deliver Services to all who are in need-

ECM is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) social, cultural and philanthropic organization.

Our composition reflects the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Ethiopia.

ECM strives to promote successful integration of Ethiopians to the wider American society while preserving their cultural heritage. It is our goal to promote understanding and harmony between and among Ethiopians and members of the wider Minnesota community by facilitating communication regarding the histories, backgrounds, languages and cultures of the respective communities.

Ethiopian Community in Minnesota serves all Ethiopians regardless of age, race/ethnicity, gender, language, political views, gender orientation, education or any other social classification.

 
 October 22, 2015
 
Dear Members of the Ethiopian Community in Minnesota (ECM),
 
We were recently notified that a group of individuals are illegally using the ECM logo and name for an unauthorized meeting this weekend.
 
ECM Board of Directors has no part in the planning of this meeting, sending out any notification of any such meeting or endorsing the meeting. ECM Board of Directors does not acknowledge or endorse any leadership group who claims they have authorization to represent the organization.
 
On September 27, 2015 the attached letter was sent to the following five individuals: Belay Kinfe, Dr. Ashagre Atre, Selamawit Adeda, Tegegn Teshome and Gezahegn Damte notifying them that they are being relinquished of their duties as election committee members. These five individual were released of their duties as a direct result of their unwillingness to abide by ECM by-laws and following state and federal laws. Attached is a copy of the letter that was sent to these individuals.
 
The unauthorized gathering that took place on September 19, 2015 was not endorsed by ECM and did not follow the law.
 
ECM Board of Directors will continue to follow state and federal laws for 501(c)(3) non-profits and will notify our members when an authorized gathering is approved. Any individual or group who uses ECM’s name or logo without authorization is in direct violation of the law and is subject to legal proceeding.
 
In an effort to prepare the organization for new leadership, it saddens us that there are individuals who continue to disrupt the community from moving forward in a positive direction. We strongly encourage individuals to educate themselves by reading the by-laws in its entirety and learn the legal obligations on what is required from 501(c)(3) non-profit.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please submit it in writing and email it to info@ethiomn.org or mail it to 265 Oneida St, Suite 206A, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Ethiopian Community in Minnesota


Below is a letter that was sent to members of the election committee on September 27, 2015
 
Date: 09/27/2015
Dear Election Committee ,
 
We are regretfully sending you this letter to notify you that you are being relinquished of your duties as member of an election committee.
 
As previously discussed many non-negotiable items were disregarded by the Election Committee and therefore the Board of Directors did not endorse any activities that were held on September 19, 2015.
 
The following were not met:
 
1. Election for ECM officers requires all voting members to be notified 30 days prior to the election in writing via US Mail.
 
2. Public notification for individuals interested in submitting their names to the ballot for the new Board of Directors was not done and there has been selective recruiting.
 
3. Other channels of communication were not utilized to inform members of the event like ECM Web-site, FaceBook, Email and local community newspapers.
 
4. Election was to take place at the ECM office and was changed without consent.
 
5. Date of the election, flyers and ballot names have all been done without the consent of the Board of Director and lacks transparency.
Because you have been relinquished of your duties you may not act on behalf of ECM for any activities.
 
Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Ethiopian Community in Minnesota
 
 

ECM does NOT endorse the election on September 19, 2015 (Read Below)

 
Date: 09/17/2015

 

Dear Ethiopian Community in Minnesota Members,

 

Happy New Year 2008 and a big thank you to those who attended the annual celebration. We have already heard from so many of you that enjoyed the annual gathering on September 13th to see friends and family and hear about the work that had been done by ECM over the past year.

 

Currently ECM is in the process of having an election for new Board of Directors (BOD). In an effort to have a smooth election process, we agreed to allow an “Election Committee” to conduct the election as long as they followed the ECM bylaws and State and Federal laws for 501(c)(3) non-profits organization.

 

Unfortunately many non-negotiable items continue to be disregarded by the Election Committee and therefore we are not endorsing any activities that will be held on September 19, 2015.

 

The following has not been met:

 

1.     Election for ECM officers requires all voting members to be notified 30 days prior to the election in writing via US Mail.

2.     Public notification for individuals interested in submitting their names to the ballot for the new Board of Directors was not done and there has been selective recruiting.

3.     Other channels of communication were not utilized to inform members of the event like ECM Web-site, FaceBook, Email and local community newspapers.

4.     Election was to take place at the ECM office and was changed without consent.

5.     Date of the election, flyers and ballot names have all been done without the consent of the Board of Director and lacks transparency.

 

We have made many provisions to work with individuals so that there would be a fair and transparent election but we now see this is not taking place. As the current Board of Directors it is our obligation and duty to uphold the ECM bylaws and adhere to State and Federal laws on the management of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For this reason we have no choice but to follow the laws of the land and conduct ECM’s business accordingly. We will not allow accusations to be made or be intimidated by false propaganda to break the law to promote individuals’ interest.

 

We wish to pass the baton on to the next group of leaders as we have all served our time and want to move on. The current ECM Board of Directors will not run for re-election. We strongly encourage you to visit ECM website (www.ethiomn.org) to read ECM bylaws and understand the law and the requirements for the Board of Directors election.

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

 

 

 
Acknowledging the Sponsors of the Annual Gathering!

Once again the Ethiopian Community in Minnesota (ECM) wishes a Happy New Year!

We also would like to thank our dedicated volunteers who made the September 13th, 2015 annual gathering a great success !

We also would like to acknowledge our sponsors that supported the gathering financially:

1) Western Union,

2) African Economic and Development Solutions (AEDS) & Little Africa

3) Ashama Grocery and Auto Repair

4) Awash Grocery & Cafe

5) Soldesign

The tasty food on the event has been prepared by Red Sea and Demera Ethiopian restaurants.

We also thank Zehabesha Newspaper for the unreserved assistance.

Other than the usual business of celebrating the Ethiopian New Year and information dissemination to the audience, the following individuals within the community were awarded certificates and got recognized for their contribution:

1) Dr. Daniel Abebe

2) Lelna Desta

3) Dr. Haile Kebede

4) Sewit WoldeGiorgis

5) Solomon Haile

6) Artist Getachew Irko

7) Yeshewaget Yitagedu

Happy New Year!

Stay tuned for more news on ECM's website www.ethiomn.org , Facebook , and email .
 
 Ethiopian New Year 2008...September 13, 2015
 
ኮሚኒቲው የኢትዮጵያን አዲስ አመት በማስመልከት ያዘጋጀው መዝናኛ እሁድ ቀን ሴፕቴምበር 13፣ 2015 ከቀኑ 1 ሰአት ጀምሮ ይሆናል።
 
As is the tradition, ECM celebrates the Ethiopian New Year (እንቁጣጣሽ) in September.
On Sept. 13th, 2015 we are gathering in the Fort Snelling State Park, located at:

101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

to celebrate Ethiopian New Year 2008 starting at 1:00 PM.

Please dress Ethiopian traditional clothes so that we will feel the spirit of the holiday.


The Fort Snelling State Park gives us discount park entrance fee of $ 3/car. Therefore, it is essential you pay as you enter.

The Event is family friendly...Please bring your kids to this grand event to enjoy music, food, play for kids and awards!

Don't miss out and please BE on TIME as we will start at 1:00 PM.


 
ጥያቄ ካልዎት በ INFO@ETHIOMN.ORG ኢሜይል ያድርጉ ወይም በስልክ 651 645 9668 ይደውሉ።
 

ስልክ ቁጥር Phone : (651) 645 9668

ኢሜይል Email : info@ethiomn.org

ECM participated in forming DREAM Ethiopia

Ethiopian Community in MN (ECM) ​ participated in the launch of D.R.E.A.M. Ethiopia , where experience sharing happened amongst various community leaders representing thier organizations. By far Seattle's Ethiopian Community is the most organized (http://ecseattle.org), followed by our own Ethiopian Community in Minnesota ( www.ethiomn.org). Community leaders from all over North America ( Ohio,Texas, Washington, California, Tennessee, Virgnia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Canada and of course Minnesota) attended this event.
Intellectual Ethiopians , veterans and historians like Professor Haile Gerima​, Professor Achamyeleh Debela, Dr. Aklog, Major General Assefa Meshesha contributed to the success of the event.
The Ethiopian Student Esa Umn​ was applauded for its efforts to preserving the Ethiopian heritage passing it to the next generation ( Mesfin Negia​ informed the audience what an outstanding job ESA- UMN is doing). BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota Ethiopians shined on the stage as symbols of success - both on the youth and the larger community fronts!
The need for a well organized community organization was emphasized to address the issue of social needs such mental health, chemical dependency, homelessness, job search, smooth integration of Ethiopian immigrants into the wider American society. The final task was a dinner fundraiser where sharing of the DREAM Ethiopia plan was unveiled. Details on the website http://dreamethiopia.org

 
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