Monrovia College Alumni Association in the Americas (MCAAA) Summary of Activities, Past, Present and Future-Achievements
(2006 – present).
The MCAAA, through many ways, has been actively engaged at the grassroots level in both the United States and Liberia.
- Conference calls: Introduced at all National Executive Committee (NEC) and Local Chapter meetings to save administrative cost, which allowed the organization to fund multiple programs such as scholarships, and to provide other assistance to the school.
- Reunions: Hosted annually by various chapters thereby allowing for equal participation from alumni throughout the United States.
- Recruitment: Great efforts are undertaken to recruit younger graduates to get involved within the organization and play more vital roles.
- Communications: Communications blasts are sent electronically through the Association’s web site, Facebook, and email group lists. When our social media web site was created in 2011, lost friends/members were able to reunite.
- Membership Dues: In 2011, yearly payment options were extended to online payment and Bill Pay.
- New Chapters: Between 2007 and 2011, the New York, South Carolina, and Minnesota Midwest chapters were formed. Delaware State was combined with Pennsylvania to form the PA/DE Chapter.
The Local Monrovia Chapter was revitalized in 2012.
- Developments: Between 2010 and 2014, the MCAAA completed the following projects:
Renovated the Monrovia College school building on Clay Street.
Established and funded a modern computer and science lab.
Supplied the school with updated classroom equipment like whiteboards, etc.
Funded and installed air conditioners in all the office spaces and computer lab.
Purchased and installed a 65 KVA generator on the school campus.
2014 in Review:
At the end of 2014, the MCAAA revisited the objectives of its business plan with a goal-oriented view. Based on the very poor attendance of the last reunion, the National Executive Committee (NEC) unanimously agreed to host all reunions around the East Coast until a plan to revitalize the inactive states is put forth. Due to the Association’s engagement with the school in Liberia, the Association was given two seats on the school’s Board by the Bishop of the AME Church. The Association was also actively involved in the interview and selection process of the school’s new president. In order to ensure transparency and higher educational standard at the school, the MCAAA subsidized the school’s president’s and several teachers’ salaries. The Association also held US-based teachers’ trainings at the school to ensure that teachers’ credentials were up to standard.
2015 and 2016 in Review:
In 2015, the MCAAA had its most successful reunion in history raising close to $30,000. The reunion was hosted by the PA/DE Chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Association was blessed the following year with guest speaker, Bishop Aspirant Rev. Dr. Keturah York-Cooper, at its 2016 Reunion in Newark, New Jersey. Rev. Dr. York-Cooper taught countless alumni members during her tenure, as a biology instructor at Monrovia College. She is also the daughter of our beloved and late great “Sweet Mother”, Dr. Louise C. York, President, Monrovia College (1974 to 1985).
In fellowship and oneness of spirit, we embraced the Ebola epidemic and the school overcame one of the most depressing eras of the Liberian Contemporary History. We shared the losses with strength to go forward, and the love of education has become more profound to our members.
We organized a UNIQUE “Global Party” to occur simultaneously in several locales in the United States and Liberia. The event served as a massive recruitment for new members. Explore our web site and Facebook page to experience our global parties on May 6, 2017.
To date, we remain strong as we strive to grow and continue to support the school with scholarships and subsidizing the president’s and some teachers’ salaries. We are incorporated as a National Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in the state of New Jersey and a Registered 501 (c) 3, a not-for-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Services. Ninety-nine and a half percent of all donations to the MCAAA come from our beloved members and fundraising programs that are held throughout the year by several different chapters. One hundred percent of all donations to the MCAAA is tax deductible. Please consider donating today to a WORTHY cause.