The Association of Bhutanese in America (ABA) and the Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America (OBCA) slated different dates and locations for their national convention.
A media statement sent to BNS by OBCA stated that its second national convention is slated from June 10-12, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Meanwhile, a circular made to Bhutanese individuals by the ABA has stated that their fourth annual convention will kick-off on July 1 and conclude on July 3, 2011 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
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“This second convention marks the end of one year formative period transitioning OBCA from an interim period into a full fledge community institution,” reads OBCA’s statement.
According to the circular made by ABA, their convention in Pittsburg will see various programs—both formal and informal including outdoor picnic, sight-seeing tour, indoor meeting, among others. A source at the ABA informed BNS that his organization is involved in an intense strategic planning session – with two days planning session on June 30 and July 1, followed by the convention on July 2.
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The OBCA’s statement further stated that the convention will be marked with various formal program segments including election to the National and Regional Executives, Board of Directors and various other committees for a term of two years, honoring local community volunteers, introduction of the newly elected Executives and Board of Directors of OBCA and cultural programs as a part of the organization’s set goal of promoting and preserving the distinctly rich community culture and tradition.
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