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Meeting Notes: November 17, 2019

Attendees: Farrukh Najmi, Abid Hussain, Waseem Ullah, Zubair Niazi, Aftab Khan

  1. Old business
    • None discussed
  2. Review minutes
    • Minutes from August 22, 2019 meeting were not reviewed and approved
  3. Proposal for creating an Endowment Fund
    • Zuabir talked to Javed Iqbal H/1978 to get advice on options
    • Javed suggested using Marcus Cormier as a financial adviser for investing our endowment fund in mutual funds
  4. Treasurer Abrar was not present. Zubair asked that he provide treasurer report on our finances as end of year approaches
  5. Scholarship process
    • Raza had volunteered to draft scholarship process documents. We need an update from him on that
  6. Funding CCH Psychologist
    • Zubair described that Dr. from CCH Salma Sidiqu Board of Directors and psychologist in Islamabad had done a study on student needs.  Dr. Shahid Ijaz, psychologist, was hired to be on site a once or twice a week, as part time psychologist. Study was done but final outcome has not been conveyed to AANA.
    • Mr. Mohammed Ali liaison with CCH needs to provide report back.
    • AANA has funded $5000 for the psychologist from a gift by Dr. Ashai. We are considering funding psychologist on an ongoing basis
    • Waseem suggested using US based Abdalian psychologist to provide tele-consultations to students on a volunteer basis.
  7. Discussing on The Abdalians Association of Canada (TAAC)
    • Zubair will contact Dr Khaqan Khan, President, TAAC to explore ways AANA and TAAC can collaborate and coordinate
  8. Discussion on a mentor-ship program to provide academic and career guidance, accommodations during US visits to 11th and 12th grade students
    • Discussion on exploring discounted rates with a company like Air B&B to provide discounted rates for visiting Abdalians
  9. Zubair suggested to create a separate Endowment Fund in the web site.
    • Farrukh took action to update website for this.
  10. Meeting adjourned at 10:00 PM
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