Minutes of the MCCNCR February 13, 2014 meeting confirming Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan as new president
ORIGINAL ADDRESS: http://mccncr.org/?q=node/767
Date of the meeting: February 13, 2014
Date of the report: February 20, 2014
Original title: Exec Mtg Minutes 13 Feb 2014
Submitted by sarwat on February 20, 2014 – 7:33pm
MINUTES OF THE MCC-NCR MEETING ON FEBRUARY 13, 2014, AT OMA MOSQUE AT 7 PM
The meeting was called for the formal transfer of power to the new executive committee and for discussing the year’s program. In the absence of the former president Br. Zakaria Khan, who was indisposed, the former Vice-President Saad Rashid recounted the achievements of MCC last year — the regular e-mails, Canada Day picnic dinner, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee awards which MCC was able to get to about 12 Muslims, recognition of families who served the community in the past and the informal dinner, which was well attended.
New President Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan declared that MCC now represents most of the Muslim organizations of the area and can speak to the governments and the media on their behalf. He thanked the volunteers and the last committee for their valuable work. He also thanked OMA for hosting MCC meetings, KMA for its donation of $300 and the Islamic Society of Cumberland for offering one Friday collections after MCC has secured tax-free status. He stated, however, that MCC has considerable work to do to serve the community effectively and to gain Muslims a position of respect and trust. He stated that we need more volunteers, better coordination with women’s and youth groups and greater support from member organizations. He expected MCC to be more effective now, with the main member organizations being in the executive committee. The president requested the treasurer, Iman Younessi to open a bank account for MCC as soon as possible.
The following were the participants: Member Organizations Attendees, MCC executive position/member organization position
The president suggested that member organizations should forward our e-mails, which are highly informative, to the community through their lists to bring the community together.
All organizations should work together to arrange a Canada Day picnic to bring Muslim families closer and to celebrate our national day.
Our web page should be improved and kept up to date
All Muslim organizations arrange a joint annual dinner to bring the community together and to show that we are active in Canadian life.
The bylaws should be revised to offer membership, perhaps without voting rights, to dedicated individuals working for the community and for smaller organizations.
An arrangement be made to seek guidance from our Imams regularly.
Efforts be made to attract more Muslim professionals and others and also to seek advice and participation from Canadians of other faiths sympathetic to Muslims.
Seminars should be arranged to keep Muslims acquainted with local, provincial and federal developments.
Saad Rashid and Imad Zammar emphasized the necessity of using social media to reach more people, especially the youth. Imad offered to set up a youtube channel for MCC and Dania will continue work on Facebook.
President will review content for both these social media.
Imam Samy invited MCC to have all their meetings in the OMA mosque. He also said MCC could use OMA office.
Akbar Khanani said MCC should have an office and that a Muslim lawyer has offered it.
Sherif Awad stated that MCC should delegate some functions, or parts of the functions, to member organizations with an expertise in the area. This way the proposed dinner and other functions would be more successful and also attract more participation. He also suggested that membership fees of $100 to $200 be charged though it should be kept optional.
This point was also made by Akbar Khanani and Zamil Zaman. Sarah Haq suggested a core group of volunteers be formed to reach out to the community.
Akbar Manoussi said it is necessary for Muslims to develop better relations with public figures.
The next meeting will be at the mosque on Wednesday March 5 at 7 p.m.
Submitted by Gulam Madari, Secretary 16 February 2014 Addendum: Iman Younessi submitted his resignation as treasurer due to pressure of studies. Election committee announces that Jaffar Hashmi, member of one of MCC-NCR’s founding member organizations, Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association, is the new treasurer as of 18 February 2014.