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RCFF 2014 Calendar on Sale
The Richards and Coleman Family Foundation, Inc. has launched its first fundraiser of 2013/2014 with the sale of its 2014 calendars. The fundraiser is in support of the Christian A. Richards Elementary and William D. Coleman High Schools. The calendars are on sale for $5.00 each, and can be purchased on this website or from any of the foundation's officers. Each calendar comes with a free pen. The officers are kindly urging all RCFF members to support this fundraiser in a continuous effort to provide for the urgent needs of these schools located in Clay Ashland, Liberia.
The Foundation is also seeking your tax deductible donation in support of these schools. Donations can be made online through Paypal or by mail at P.O. Box 2293, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. Please provide your mailing address when making your purchase online so that the calendar(s) can be mailed to you. A tax receipt will be sent to all donors for donations made in 2013 by January 15, 2014. Thank you.
Christian A. Richards Elementary get's New roof
Florence Richards Thomas
At the RCFF 2013 General Meeting held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Colletta 'Lady' Richards Claggett, daughter of Christian A. Richards informed us of her family's desire to renovate and re-start the Christian A. Richards Elementary School in Clay-Ashland.
She further informed us that on the death of her mother, Rosalind Cooper Richards, a memorial fund had been set up in her honor to raise funds for this project. The funds were given to the RCFF to carry out the project (through Rhonda von Ballmoos Vice President of RCFF who currently lives in Liberia). We are pleased to report that the roof of the school's building has been replaced and is evidenced by the before and after pictures shown on the projects and photos page of this site. The next phase of the project is to put in the windows and doors of the building.
We would like to emphasize that the completed renovation of the elementary school will greatly alleviate the overcrowding of the William David Coleman High School, where elementary school students are currently attending.
We are therefore appealing to all family members to please help us in this undertaking to renovate and upkeep both schools (W.D. Coleman High and Christian A. Richards Elementary). Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated by the children and parents of Clay-Ashland, and will go a long way in providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for our leaders of tomorrow. PLEASE HELP US TO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN.
All donations to the RCFF are tax deductible. A statement will be sent to you by mail or email for any donations made.
RCFF host its 3rd annual general meeting, elects new officers
The Richards & Coleman Family Foundation, Inc. held its 3rd annual general meeting in Montgomery Village, Maryland from July 19 through July 21 2013. The membership elected new officers to serve for a two year term. The officers elected are as follows: President, John S. Cassell, Vice President, Rhonda Richards Von Ballmoos, Treasurer, Florence Richards Thomas and Secretary, Farmatta Morris Manu. After taking the oath of office on Sunday, July 21, 2013 the President announced the following appointments: Financial Committee Chair, Williametta Witherspoon Tillman, Parliamentarian, Reverend Dr. James Newton Garnett Jr., Chaplain, Reverend Dr. Genevieve E. R. Garnett, Chair - Ways & Means Committee, Dorothy Richards Tolbert, Chair -Membership Committee, Jameille Nelson Ross, and Co-Chairs -Program & Entertainment Committee, Melreta Herring and Othello Richards. Other appointments are expected soon.
In brief remarks, Mr. Cassell thanked the members of the foundation for the confidence placed in him to lead the foundation for the next two years. He assured the members that he will work hard to promote the agenda of the foundation to enable it to contribute to the causes for which it was established. He thanked the outgoing officers for their services to the foundation, and asked that they continue to assist the foundation in achieving its objectives of helping others in need. Mr. Cassell asked the members to each dedicate one hour quarterly in contributing their time to the foundationís causes so that the organization can prosper. He told the members that he will be calling on them to help make the work of the foundation one they can be proud of.
The Membership voted to host the foundation's 4th annual general meeting in New Orleans, LA. The annual Ms. RCFF fundraising queen contest was held and Ms. October, Mrs. Paulita Coleman Padmore was crowned Ms. RCFF 2013. Please check this website and calendar for more details about the foundation's upcoming activities to be posted soon.
William D. Coleman High School roof replacement project completed
With the rains beginning to ebb and leading to the onset of the Dry Season in Liberia, the Richards & Coleman Family Foundation (RCFF) commenced renovation projects at the William D. Coleman High School in Clay-Ashland in mid November 2012. The full roofing replacement of the School's facilities has now been completed, which was graciously and generously funded by the Foundation; a long-awaited assistance that the previous Richards & Coleman Family Association had been working towards for a number of years.
With funding already made available for replacing the School's roof at $7,000.00, the Foundation is seeking additional donations to complete the replacement of all Classroom and Office doors and locks at a cost of approximately $2,000.00. Currently, donations are being solicited from all connected to the Richards and Coleman families in Liberia and the Diaspora, as well as all other Clay-Ashlanders and any other well-wishers who would like to assist. Our hope is that we will get the support needed to complete these projects and lend additional assistance to the school's Administration and the City of Clay-Ashland as needed.
The bedrock of a developed Liberia is a well educated population; whatever we can do to assist towards that goal will be a Blessing to our Country. The Ministry of Education, through the Minister, Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, approved and lauded our initiative on this project, making it imperative that we do live up to our promises. Periodic updates will be provided as the project progresses. We are kindly asking all to give whatever you can, as every little bit helps.
Donations can be made online through paypal at the Foundation's website: www.rcff1.org, or by Check or Money Order and mailed to the Foundation (RCFF) at P.O. Box 2293, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. Those wishing to make donations in Liberia may contact Rhonda Richards von Ballmoos directly. Be a Blessing and Be Blessed!
Rhonda Richards von Ballmoos For the Richards & Coleman Family Foundation A Charitable 501(c)3 Organization.
Richards & Coleman Family Association Dissolve
The members of the Richards & Coleman Family Association, Inc. (RCFA), voted at their 2011 family reunion held July 15, through July 17 in Newark, Delaware to dissolve the association. All members of the (RCFA) are eligible to become members of the Richards & Coleman Family Foundation, Inc.(RCFF) a 501(c)3 nonprofit orginazation. The Foundation will begin to host it's Annual General Membership meeting in Manassas, Virgini in July 2012.
The only requirements for becoming a member is that you are a Richards or Coleman family member and you pay your annual membership fees.The Foundation Members elected new Administrative officers to serve through 2013. The newly elected officers are President Varney Coleman, Vice President Alan Cassell, Secretary Rhonda Von Ballmoos and Treasurer Florence Thomas. The membership decided that election of the Board of Directors will be conducted at their frist general meeting in 2012. Additional information on the 2012 meeting will be posted on this site soon.