Huge ULAA Delegation to
Grace the Inaugural Carnival of the Liberian Community
Association of Rhode Island (LCARI)
By: Vamba S. Fofana (ULAA Eastern Regional Vice President)
21 February, 2013
The Presidential Inaugural Ball for Hon. Winston A. GOULD,
President of the Liberian Community Association of Rhode
Island, Inc. (LCARI), will take place on Saturday,
February 23, 2013, beginning at 6:00 PM, at 43
Bucklin Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02907.
A long-time resident of the “Ocean State” of Rhode
Island, President Gould was sworn-into office (for a term of
two-years) on Sunday, December 30, 2012. The
members of LCARI Executive Committee were also
sworn-in for a two-year term: Mr. Gabriel Duana (Vice
President), Ms. Princess Metuge(General Secretary), and Ms.
Hawa Vincent (Treasurer).
The well-attended Church service/installation program was
held at the Pond Street Baptist Church (located at 75
Chester Ave, Providence, RI 02907) and was attended by Hon.
Nathan Biah (the immediate past-President of LCARI),
as well as members of the Liberian and African- American
communities in the Ocean State.
On November 18, 2012, Hon. Gould (and his team of
officers) won the LCARI community-wide elections organized
by LCARI Elections Commission. The charismatic and renowned
Liberian journalist Alphonso Zean Soe served as
Chairman of the powerful Elections commission.
Among other duties and responsibilities, the new LCARI
leadership (Executive Committee) will manage the day-to-day
affairs of the organization. They replaced former President
Nathan Biah and his team of officers.
Several top Officials of the Union of Liberian Associations
in the Americas (ULAA), the umbrella organization of
Liberians and their various organizations created on July 4,
1974 in Philadelphia, PA, USA, are expected to grace the
presidential inaugural ball. They encompass, among others,
Hon. Margaret M. Jones (ULAA National Executive Vice
President) and Hon. Vamba S. Fofana (ULAA Eastern
Regional Vice President). Many of the Presidents of ULAA
Eastern Region-based member-Chapters will also be in
Formerly known as the Liberian Students Association of Rhode
Island (LSARI) in the 1970s, LACRI was incorporated
in 1982. LCARI is a 501 (C) 3 Federal tax-exempt
LCARI’s leadership structure currently consists of a
four-member Executive Committee and a nine-member Board of
A supportive member-Chapter of ULAA, LCARI has over the
years collaborated with ULAA (and other member-Chapters of
the Union) on the fight to get permanent residency status
for thousands of Liberians currently on Deferred Enforcement
Departure (DED). There are an estimated 15,000
Liberians residing in the “Ocean State” of Rhode Island.