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.
As the officers of the Richards and Coleman Family Foundation aspire to fulfill their duties in compliance with a standard 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, the foundation has published its annual budget and financial statement for the first time on its official website rcff1.org.
These documents can be found in a pdf format on the about us link. To date the 2013 financial statement and 2014 budget has been published. The Foundation's 2012 financial statements will be published soon.
An audit of the foundation for its first two years of operations, will be made available to members of the foundation by email as soon as they are completed. They will be made public after being reviewed and commented on by the members of the foundation.
The Richards and Coleman Family Foundation is launching phase two of its 2014 fundraising drive phase one was the sale of calendars. Phase two includes a raffle and an honoring program.
The honorees will be select at the Foundations 2014 General Meeting scheduled to be held in New Orleans, LA the weekend of July 18 through the 20 2014. The honoring Program will be held in Maryland on November 29 2014, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. At this event the foundation will hold a raffle.
Prizes to be drawn for the raffle are first prize $1000.00 Cash or 2 round trip airline tickets to anywhere in the United States except Hawaii & Alaska or 1 round trip ticket to Liberia between the months of January and June. The cost of the first prize will not exceed $1000.00.The second prize is a 46" flat screen T V and the third prize a $100.00 Visa gift card. The winning tickets and prizes will be published here on November 30th 2014.