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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 following
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 attendance.

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 organization.

LCARI’s leadership structure currently consists of a four-member Executive Committee and a nine-member Board of Directors.

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.










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