About Sinoe County Association in the United States
Sinoe County Association in the United States Sinoe County Association in the United States The idea to form a national Sinoe County Association in the United States was initiated in 1992, when citizens of the county residing in the State of Minnesota headed by Alfred Nyonteh gathered together to formally organize themselves for the sole purpose of engaging in social, humanitarian and community programs for the development of the County of Sinoe in Liberia, West Africa.scaa-logo-one--to-use-master-using-1 While this initiative was being discussed by Sinoeans in Minnesota, the same idea was visited again by a group of Sinoeans during the Memorial Service of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Duncan in 1994 in Georgia. It all began when Mr. Sandy Woodrow Yancy went around with his hat in his hands asking for donations from fellow Sinoeans to present to their daughter, Mrs. Williemae Duncan-Peal. At the end of his collections, the late Mr. Eugene Greene in the presence of Mr. Natty B. Davies told Mr. Yancy that they should explore the idea of forming a national association called Sinoe County Association to help our fellow Sinoeans in times of bereavements and any other situations that will warrant assistance from fellow Sinoeans. The idea was further explored in March 1994 when Mr. Sandy W. Yancy called the first meeting of Sinoeans in the Atlanta, Georgia area and it was overwhelmingly attended by many Sinoeans in the area. During the meeting, the Sinoe County Association of Georgia was formed and Mr. Sandy W. Yancy became its first Interim Chairman and later its first President. In order to spread the word of the formation of a national Sinoe County Association and encourage other Sinoeans to be a part of this endeavor, Mr. Yancy, along with other members of the Georgia Association, contacted other Sinoeans in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the summer of 1995 to be a part of the movement to form a national Sinoe County Association of the Americas. This idea was warmly embraced by Sinoeans in the area, but did not take off as expected. However, in 1996 when Mr. Yancy relocated to Minnesota, the concept of forming a national Sinoe County Association was expanded to that area through his participation in the activities of the Sinoe County Association of Minnesota. He was later elected President of the Sinoe County Association of Minnesota during the election of officers in April 1998. During the weekend of July 9, 10 & 11, 1999, the first steps were taken to form a unified national association of Sinoeans that would later be known as the "Sinoe County Association in the Americas, Inc. (SCAA, Inc.)". A National Convention of Sinoeans under the auspices of the Sinoe County Associations of Georgia and Minnesota was held in the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, attended by other Sinoeans from across the United States. This Convention was hosted by the members of the Sinoe County Association of Minnesota. The conferees resolved to form the Sinoe County Association in the Americas (SCAA) with the following stated purpose, Goals and Objectives: The purpose of the organization is to serve the interest of the Citizens of Sinoe County residing in the US by show of support and assistance in times of trouble (bereavement, hardship, illness, and on special occasions such as Birth, Graduation, marriage, etc). And to identify ways and means to promote short and long term development initiatives in Sinoe County. To promote peace, oneness, progress and social awareness amongst citizens of Sinoe County in particular; To maintain and retain cultural and traditional heritage and values; "To assist with specific development projects and program through planning, finance and manpower; To recognize and respect our diversity and utilize it in the fulfillment of our commitment to unity, peace and progress; To seek the social welfare and well-being of all Sinoeans residing in the United States and the Republic of Liberia. An interim leadership of the SCAA was elected with Mr. Sandy W. Yancy as Interim Chairman. The leadership was given the mandate to organize the First Convention of the SCAA and to hold elections of the first elected officers of the SCAA. A Constitution Drafting Committee headed by Mr. Sampson Quiah was also appointed with the mandate to draft the first Constitution of the SCAA for presentation and subsequent adoption at the First Convention.
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