16 December 2016
On Saturday, December 10th, at the first Board meeting following the XXII Congress of Ukrainians in America, the newly-elected UCCA Executive Board discussed various projects for the upcoming year and an approved an ambitious plan for 2017.
Andriy Futey, newly-elected president of the UCCA, presided over the first Executive Board meeting in which he welcomed the new leadership and urged everyone to earnestly work together to promote the activities of the UCCA for the greater good of the Ukrainian American community and Ukraine.
Held at the its’ national headquarters in New York City, the Board discussed various issues, including the principal topic of nominating members to the standing committees. In total, 11 standing committees were proposed, namely: Organizational, Student-Youth, Membership, Council on Aid to Ukrainians, External Affairs, Financial, Scholarly, By-Laws, Real Estate; and 2 newly formed committees – Public Relations & Media and Corporate Governance. The proposed nominations of committee members were ratified at the National Council meeting that same afternoon.
Considerable focus was also placed on a strategic plan for UCCA in 2017. Programs and activities include: advocating our concerns with the new incoming Trump Administration as well meeting with and establishing working relationships with the new members of Congress; conducting regional advocacy seminars; building upon our cooperation with other ethnic, cultural and advocacy organizations; developing a new user-friendly website and other marketing materials for UCCA; and Fundraising. Discussions also included: revitalizing several of the UCCA Branches and establishing new Branches in new communities where Ukrainian-Americans reside; and appropriately marking the various important historical anniversaries in our community. The UCCA Executive Board approved the following important anniversaries to mark in 2017 – the 20th Anniversary of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus; the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Ukrainian World Congress; and the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), the Washington D.C. Bureau of the UCCA.
The issue of unity within our organized community was also addressed by the UCCA Executive Board. Although the outreach to non-member UCCA organizations began over a year ago under the previous leadership, the new Board actively took up the mantle, resulting in two organizations submitting their respective documents for membership. As a result, and on the advice of the UCCA Membership Committee, the Ukrainian American Veterans and the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America were unanimously approved as new member organizations by the UCCA National Council.
The Board meeting concluded with a special report by Askold Lozynskyj, former UCCA President and currently Chair of the UCCA Film Committee. In providing a brief overview of the UCCA co-produced feature film project, entitled “Secret Diary of Simon Petliura” with Oles Yanchuk and the Dovzhenko National Film Studio. Mr. Lozynskyj appealed for financial support, given the film is the be released in 2017 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Following the presentation, the UCCA Executive Board unanimously approved a donation in the sum of $5,000 to the film project and pledged to continue fundraising for this important project.