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SACLEPEA-MAH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

S A M D A

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SAMDA FORMATION HISTORY


Every organization has its own setting point. So for SAMDA, I am pleased as one of the founders to present this brief history of SAMDA which I will hope every one of you will enjoy.

 

The idea of SAMDA formation was born in New Jersey right after UNICCO’s last failed election blunder in May 2010. To be specific, the discussion started between two unknown brothers of Saclepea Mah Chiefdom during the pulling of unregistered members of one of the candidates for that particular UNICCO election. These two brothers, Gandah and Fele had never met or neither interacts in community together. Alexander Gandah in this UNICCO’s election was contesting for the Board leadership from Minnesota while Tony Fele, the two times chairman of UNICCO in North Carolina was seeking for UNICCO National Presidency.

 

The discussion started in the convention hall with both brothers thinking on what can they do in such a Nimba environment in which rules are not respected and a single group from one of the states will always try to change the rules of the game. Gandah said “I think our district is large enough to do things for themselves.” Fele said “Yes! That ‘s truth, the path is very difficult sometimes but it is not impossible.” Fele later said “I did it before in the ’83 trying to form the LAO ANGELS ORGANIZATION (LAO) in Lao Clan but other jumped in to take over the idea when they heard about it so I decided to let them continued and they later brought in LADA (LAO DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION).” The name of the organization was proposed by Gandah which was later accepted by the group. The symbol (PALM TREES) was also proposed by Fele and was accepted by the group. Our Logo was voted upon with series of Logos from others but that of Newton Sahn was accepted. Our first convention theme was also voted for but that of Hon. Mohamed Konneh was accepted after membership votes.

 

Both Gandah and Fele then decided to try to meet people from the district so that we can start helping our people. Fele started calling people from the district from the first week in June, 2010. Gandah was recontacted together with others from Saclepea Mah Chiefdom. Many of the people contacted decided that we meet on June 13, 2010. Those who met on June 13, 2010 for the first time were: Hector Saye, Annie Dennis, Alex Gandah (secretary), Saye Zarwolo (On phone to Greensboro) and Tony Fele (Moderator). Decisions made on the night of June 13, 2010 were: Those who had vision for the organization should lead the process until the by-laws and others are in place. We also decided that Gandah act as the secretary (post selected by him) and Fele chaired the group to its formation. Conclusion: The group was to continue to recruit and the next meeting set for July 25, 2010 which was later changed due to Independence celebration to August 01, 2010. The process of real organization started from our August 1, 2010 meeting with increase in members.


 From this meeting, we started to put volunteers in places to lead the organization and even thought on the by-laws. Up until now, no body in the organization was elected by members. People were placed in position because of their interest in wanting to help the organization grow. Tony Fele who was given the job of structuring and guiding the vision of the organization traveled to three of the four proposed zones to carry out recruitments. He visited Midwest for the first meeting with members at the home of Hon. Bangalee Trawally. 


During the meeting in the Midwest, the following people were present: Mr. Alexander Gandah, Hon. Bangalee Trawally, Shedrick Fahn, Kou Fehn, Lee Gonquoi, Elder Peter Dolo, and David Fehn. Mr. Fele also visited Philadelphia and met with members at the home of Madam Yah Zowah Gartei. During the Philadelphia meeting, the following persons were present: Hon. Mohamed Kanneh, Hon. Kafali Turay, Elder Saye Yeaney Gartei, Zarwolo Phingar, Musu Konah, Nyan Gongar (Chairman of Zahn Association) and Mr. Zarwolo Gartei. My understanding from this visit was that the people of Saclepea Mah at that end were not notified of the meeting.


 My third stop was in Atlanta, Georgia where I met with members of Saclepea Mah at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gehpea. During this meeting, the following members were present: Dr. Wilfred Boayue, Madam Marian Webba and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Gehpea, Elder Mollie, Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Larkpor, Ambassador Paye Barclay, Mrs. Elizabeth Wonzon, and Oretha a friend of Elizabeth. The plane fees and gas money came from my own pocket to get to these places. In fact 95% of people who are now members of SAMDA were recruited by Tony Fele. Our 1st by-law was written by Hon. Rev. Dr. Railey Gompah which is a 54 page document. Dr. Gompah did not only write the first bylaws but he also volunteers his time to get the 501(3) C and write our weekly news. The second by-law is almost the summary of the 1st and was written by Dr. Kulah, Boayue and Mrs. Marian Webba. We are blessed with so many educated minds.

 

“THE GOALS OF THIS WHOLE IDEA ARE TO FIND WAYS FOR SACLEPEA MAH PEOPLE TO HELP THEMSELVES AND START THE PROCESS OF BUILDING NIMBA COUNTY FROM THE CENTRAL.” We are still in the process of building.


Thank you all for reading. We will continue the good work until the people of Saclepea Mah can help themselves if and only if they are out for change that some of us believed in so greatly.


Signed:


 

Tony Kona Fele

Founder-CEO-PRESIDENT/SAMDA

( Jan.01, 2013)