October 22, 2015
of the Ethiopian Community in Minnesota (ECM),
were recently notified that a group of individuals are illegally using
the ECM logo and name for an unauthorized meeting this weekend.
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.
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.
unauthorized gathering that took place on September 19, 2015 was not endorsed
by ECM and did not follow the law.
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.
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.
you have any questions regarding this matter, please submit it in writing and
email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it
to 265 Oneida St, Suite 206A, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Thank you for your time.
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Below is a letter that was sent to members of the election committee on September 27, 2015
regretfully sending you this letter to notify you that you are being
relinquished of your duties as member of an election committee.
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
1. Election for
ECM officers requires all voting members to be notified 30 days prior to the
election in writing via US Mail.
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
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.
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