Jamaica’s Ambassador to the US Will be the Keynote Speaker at 37th Annual NAJASO Convention in Maryland

Stephen VascianneThe National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations, Inc. (NAJASO) proudly presents its 37th Annual Convention and Awards Banquet beginning on Thursday, July 17 – 19, 2014 at the Sheraton College Park North Hotel, 4095 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, Maryland 20705. This highly anticipated 3-day affair is presented under the Distinguished Patronage of Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Dr. Stephen Vasciannie. Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor, Anthony Brown, is an invited guest speaker.

The convention will feature trade exhibitions, professional guest speakers, seminars and workshops and an optional tour of the White House. The ceremonies will begin on Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm with a formal opening reception, then on Friday, July 18th beginning at 9:00 am there will be seminars and workshops.  A special business luncheon will be held at 12:30 pm with former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Richard Bernal, as the guest speaker. The Convention will culminate on Saturday, July 19 with the Banquet and Awards presentation at 8:00 pm to 1:00 am.  Musical Entertainment for this segment will be provided by the Caribbean’s leading band in the US, The Image Band. Proceeds from this convention will benefit educational and outreach programs.

NAJASO’s President Rick Nugent says, “This year’s convention promises to be one of the best and members of various communities are urged to attend and support NAJASO’s activities.”

The National Association of Jamaican and Supportive  Organizations, Inc. (NAJASO) founded in 1977, is a non-profit, tax-exempt, non-partisan, umbrella association of Jamaicans and supporters throughout the United States and internationally. NAJASO embraces many non-Jamaican organizations and individuals who support its programs; and also works closely with American and Caribbean organizations on issues affecting Jamaica and the Caribbean.  Here is a list of some of the significant efforts which NAJASO has supported:

  • Hurricane Relief Fund instituted in 1988 following Hurricane Gilbert
  • Established Marcus Mosiah Garvey Scholarship Program at the University of the West Indies
  • Established the NAJASO Outreach Fund which provided support to the Uganda Women’s Effort that operates orphanages for the orphans of AIDS victims in Uganda
  • Made significant contributions to the Jamaica Adult Literacy Learning Program (JAMAL) Contributed to and worked for the erection of the Marcus Garvey bust in the Hall of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.
  • Attended and participated in the Diaspora Conference in Jamaica
  • Organized Education Outreach Mission to Hudson Street Early Childhood Basic School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland
  • Established an Agreement with University of Technology (UTECH) to form a Secretariat in Jamaica through their business department
  • Formed Education Task Force to harness and pool the resources of work organized by member organizations to donate computers to primary schools in Jamaica
  • Formed Health Task Force to provide resources in collaboration with member organizations’ Medical Mission projects in Jamaica

You may learn more about NAJASO at http://najaso.org. You may register for the Convention online at http://najaso.org/




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