ORAIFITE COMMUNITY, USA 2ND NATIONAL CONVENTION - LOS ANGELES 2003
JULY 18 - 20, 2003
SHERATON GATEWAY HOTEL (LOS ANGELES AIRPORT) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORINA
6101 WEST CENTURY BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFONIA
THEME: Education - Key to Oraifite's Future
Keynote Speaker: Chief H. A. Ofor
Special Guest of Honor: Prof. Nwokolo
The second National Convention of Oraifite indigences in the United State will feature speakers from home and here in the United States.
It is a must attend for all sons and daughters of Oraifite.
PROGRAM AT - A - GLANCE:
FRIDAY, JULY 18: Registration, Executive Committee Meeting, Opening Reception
SATURDAY, JULY 19: National Convention, OCUSA 2003 Banquet
SUNDAY, JULY 20: Combined Executive & Board Meeting, Departures
SHERATON GATEWAY HOTEL: 1-800-325-3535 / 310-642-1111
The Convention Organizing Committee has finalized arrangement with fine marble and tropical palms Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles as venue for the 2003 Convention.
The Hotel is conveniently located a stone throw from Los Angeles Airport. For reservation and inquiry call the above numbers.
Mention OCUSA to get the special Convention rates: $79.00 (Single/Double Bed); $109.00 (Suite).
For additional information about the Sheraton Gateway Hotel visits their Website: www.sheraton.com
Please make your travel arrangements early to take advantage of the OCUSA special rates.
LOS ANGENLES (OCUSA) 2003 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Eric Ufondu (Organizing Committee Chairman) 661-948-6577
Ken Nsofor (Member) 281-992-0665
Steve Nkenmmadu (Member) 770-478-5884
Ngozi Uzoh (Member) 817-466-0602
Rep. from Washington DC.
Rep. from New York
Rep. from Florida
Rep. from Boston
The Los Angeles National OCUSA 2003 Convention will hold as scheduled on July 18 and 19, 2003.
However, we will take a final decision on this matter in California.
The decision will be fourth of July weekend or non-holiday weekend for future conventions, please be there and to let your voice be heard.
Having said that, it should be noted that we (the host chapter) deliberated so diligently on this issue, so as not to alienate anyone.
We initially explored on the possibility of fourth of July weekend, however the following obstacles forced us to move to a later date:
1. Inability to secure a hotel within the Los Angeles proper for the convention during the fourth of July weekend. July - August being peak months of summer vacation coupled with the holidays, made it very difficult to secure a place for fourth of July convention.
2. In Los Angeles and with the Nigerian community, party halls are the hottest selling commodities.
Halls are often booked 2 years ahead of time and fourth of July weekend are fully booked coupled with the fact that there are other Nigerian associations having parties that weekend.
Upon reading Dr. Ufondu's concern, I considered other alternatives including moving out of Los Angeles proper.
However, that option was not possible because we live so far from each other and Los Angeles is a central point for us.
Moreover, we will need our friends, well wishers and the Nigerian community who happens to be within Los Angeles to grace our night party.
All things having been considered, we will be at a strenuous and financial disadvantage to make such a major change in date at this point in our planing.
We will not only forfeit over $4,000.00 (deposits) with Sheraton Gateway Hotel and the night party hall; we could not find a hotel or party hall for that weekend within the Los Angeles proper.
It is therefore our humble request as the host chapter to you, the executive council and all parties concern, impacted or unpacked by the July 18 - 19 dates, to please make sacrifices for the good of Oraifite and leave the dates as is, with a clear understanding that the issue be top on our 2003 convention agenda for deliberation.