The Richards & Coleman Family Foundation's (RCFF) 2015 Annual General Meeting and family reunion is being held from July 17th through July 19th in the tri-city areas of Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton, Virginia. Two years ago, the young adults of the family suggested this location, and it was approved by the general membership. The activities on Saturday, July 18th, are scheduled to be held at the Busch Gardens Park. More details and a schedule of the RCFF's 2015 Annual General Meeting weekend activities, can be viewed on the 2015 annual meeting link or the calendar page link in the menu section.
This is an important year for the Foundation's future, as we will be electing new officers to run the Foundation for the next two years. Please use the Foundation's website link to pay your 2015 annual Membership Assessment, or mail it to the RCFF at P.O. Box 2293, Montgomery Village, MD 20886.
The RCFF's Facebook page is another tool being used by the Foundation, which will enable our family to communicate important announcements about the family and the Foundation's activities. Through this medium, members are able to communicate openly with the Foundation about its functions. We want to remind everyone who uses this page that when posting; please communicate responsibly to have a positive impact on our family. The page can be accessed at facebook.com/pages/Richards-and-Coleman-Family-Foundation-Inc
The Foundation is currently also engaged in establishing rules or guidelines which will produce meaningful benefits for the Foundation's members. Membership requirements can be found at:www.rcff1.org/about/Amended_Constitution_7_19_2014.pdf. More information on member's benefits, the General Meeting projects, and future events, will be announced before the General Meeting.
Additionally, a new website is being developed for the Foundation, and will enable members to login to a database and vote on future elections, as well as other issues when they arise. Included on the new website will be some membership benefits as well. We look forward to seeing you in July.
The honorees will be honored on November 29, 2014 at an official ceremony between the hours of 8 pm to 11 pm in Silver Spring, Maryland USA. The schedule, address and directions of the event can be found on the calendar page of the Foundation's website at www.rcff1.org. Admission is free for full family members, associate members and friends of the honorees. Please review the Foundation's constitution in reference to its membership classification on the about us link of the Foundation's website.
The list of honorees are: Joseph G. Richards, Anna Sherman Richards, Eva Coleman George, Claudia Coleman Nelson, Olivia Coleman Banks, Paulita Coleman Padmore, Genevieve Coleman Garnett, Melvina Bendu Coleman, Moses O. Coleman, Vyrle Richards, Rev. Walter D. Richards, Louise Richards Morris, Robertetta Craig Burroughs, Ora Simpson Titus, Olive Simpson Akinsanya, Comfort Simpson Neal, Isabel Karnga Coleman, Mary Wesley Coleman, Joseph. K. L. Moulton, Rev. Mark Richards, Josephine Richards, Patience Matilda Railey and Violet Coleman Taylor.
The official program on November 29th, two days after Thanksgiving, will feature the presentation of plaques, dinning, music, and other forms of entertainment. A silent auction and raffle in support of the Schools and the City of Clay Ashland's Health Care Center will also be held. For more information on this and other activities go to rcff1.org.
The Richards and Coleman Family Foundation, Inc. is hosting its first honor program on November 29, 2014. It will be held at the Argyle Community Center, located at 1603 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The officers of the foundation decided to first honor family members whose names are to be published on September 15, 2014. The honorees are currently being selected by the officers and members of the foundation.
The honorees will be informed in writing by September 1, 2014. Each honoree will be presented a plaque and a gift from the foundation. Music, food and drinks will be provided free of charge. Since this is the weekend of Thanksgiving, the foundation is proud to give thanks to the honorees for their years of service to family and society.
Before the conclusion of the program, three of the honorees will draw the prizes being raffled by the foundation. The prizes range from a $100.00 Visa gift card to $1000.00 cash. Proceeds from the raffle goes to funding the Christian A. Richards Elementary School in Liberia.
The officers of the foundation have approved the creation of awards in honor of deceased family members to be presented bi-annually. Honorees for future awards will be people in society who best exemplify the various categories of the awards. The categories and naming of awards are still a work in progress.
More details on these and other activities of the foundation will be distributed by email and on this website soon.
The members of the Richards and Coleman Family Foundation, Inc. elected a new Board of Directors on Saturday July 19, 2014 during their annual general meeting weekend held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The members elected to the RCFF board are Dr. James N. Garnett Jr, Mr. John D. Coleman, Mr. Jefferson Herring, Mrs. Willametta Tillman, and Mr. Othello Richards. Ms. Liza Brisbane was elected to the board as a non-family member. There are three non-family member vacancies on the board that needs to be filled. Mrs Kathleen Coleman Foster administered the oath of office to the board mambers. Mr. Othello Richards who is not seen in the photo displayed was sworn in by stood proxy. The administrative officers will recommend three candidates to fill these positions at the 2015 general meeting.
The new Board members will serve a one year term. The foundation's constitution states all elected officers shall be elected every two years. The Administrative officers and board of Directors are scheduled to be elected at the foundation's 2015 general meeting scheduled to be held in Williamsburg, VA to serve a two year term.
The members of the foundation approved amendments to the constitution as recommended by the board of directors and administrative officers with some revisions to the document as presented. The Executive Director of the Foundation assured members that by amending the constitution, the officers will be able to create and implement policies to fully operate and provide enormous benefits to the foundation and its members.
Mr. Cassell disclosed that the foundation will begin implementing these amendments immediately by providing lower costs to members who have paid their assessments for the year 2014. Beginning in 2015 the benefits will apply to members who are current for the last two years. The Foundation's new website and database which is under development, will include a membership database which will enable members to access reduced prices for upcoming Foundation events. Associate members and the general public will not be able to access these discounts. Mr. Cassell also disclosed that the foundation will begin using in-kind support in its operating budget. This will help when seeking professional services as needed by the Foundation.
The officers and member of the Richards and Coleman Family Foundation, Inc. will meet in New Orleans, LA the weekend of July 18 through the 20 2014 for its fourth annual general meeting. Decisions to be made at this meeting includes the election of the Foundation's Board of Directors and amending the constitution to conform to meeting the organization's goals.
A schedule of the weekend's festivities can be found on the 2014 general meeting link on this website. Information regarding the proposed amendments to the RCFF constitution is scheduled be emailed on Monday July 14, 2014 to all members listed on the foundation's email distribution list.