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VATAN Holiday Party / Dinner / General Assembly / Elections/ Presentation by Prof. Doonan on his Black Sea Digs

VATAN would like to invite you to Holiday Party. We will also hold our General Assembly and 2016 VATAN Board Elections.
It is 4 to 8 pm, on Sunday Nov 22nd, at Camarillo Freedom Park and Hall, 515 Eubanks St, Camarillo, near the Airport

Elections and General Assembly are 4:30 pm.
Dinner is at 5:30 pm. VATAN will provide doner, pilav, salad and baklava and soft drinks. Please bring appetizers and salads to complement if interested. It is 4 pm to 8 pm. There will be a movie shown for children. The party is free for 2015 ATASC members, $10/person for all others.
Dr. Doonan's Presentation is at 6:30 pm. He will talk about "Archeological Digs in Sinop, Turkey" His studies to find the lost cities of Black Sea.

HOLIDAY SPIRIT: As part of Holiday spirit, we want to help others that are not as well of or lucky as we are.
We want to collect food for a needy Turkish American in our community. Bring canned or packaged food and we will take it to the person.
We also want to help needy children. Bring unopened toys or clothing. We will take it to St. Jude's on Lindero Cn. Road for gifting as X-mas presents to small children.

At this meeting, we will elect two (2) members for the Board of Directors. As described in VATAN's Constitution & Bylaws, all positions will be for two-year terms. All members are invited to participate and vote in person at the General Assembly Meeting during VATAN's Bayram, Holidays,General Assembly Meeting. Members may speak to nominees from 4:00 pm to 4:30 p.m. Election will be held at 4:30 pm and results will be announced later during the event.
If you can not attend the elections in person, you can give your proxy to a current VATAN member by filling out the proxy form posted above..

General Assembly Election Details

The General Assembly meeting is open to all of the members of the Organization. However, in order to cast your votes, you must be a member in good standing (i.e., paid member through 2015) with VATAN. Following the election, the ballots will be counted and results will be announced by one of the Election Committee members. (Vega, Orhan, Handan). If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can send a written voter proxy with one of the members in good standing. Proxy can be found at the VATAN Facebook page.

VATAN has been very active during 2015 with multiple social and cultural events listed below. We want new board members volunteering to continue VATAN activities 2016 onward. Please join us and volunteer. The rewards are priceless.

VATAN activities 2015.
Valentine's Dinner and Dance Party .
Gallipoli Victory Day- 100th Anniversary celebration.
Authors Appreciation day" showcasing 6 South. Calif. based local authors,
Serving Easter Baskets and meals (and 500 dollar donation) to homeless shelter in Oxnard.
ATASC 23 Nisan event.
Garage Sales to benefit CYDD (Cagdas Yasam Destekleme Dernegi).
Turkish booth on Main Street during 4th of July parade and fair in Ventura.
Seker (Ramadan) Bayram Picnic, in Marina Park, Ventura at the beach.
Victory Day Picnic on Aug 30th in Newburry Park.
ATASC Republic Ball.
ATASC 10 Kasim Event

I would like to thank all VATAN BOD members and the VATAN community here who spearheaded and contributed to many activities. We are here to serve you. Please come join us and support us. We always need volunteers.

Vega Sankur - 2015 VATAN President for VATAN BOD: Beril Hamsioglu, Dilara Gürel, Hikmet Ucok, Orhan Erten, Nancy Webster Kaya, Handan Yazici.


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Rebuilding A Community

Turkish Philanthropy Funds would like to thank all who have donated to Soma Disaster Relief Fund. 100 percentage of your donations will be transferred to organizations that directly help the community impacted from the disaster.

We are collaborating with our 38 formal partners in Turkey and our larger network to get real-time updates from the region. As these local NGOs are the first ones on the ground, their guidance enables us to make our grants wisely and more efficiently.

Currently, our focus is on the “three Rs” - RecoveryRebuilding and Resilience. Your help ensures a fourth: Results. Accordingly, our priorities are to provide support in the areas of Education, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Diversifying Income Generation in the region.

Please read our detailed report here.

Please donate here.

You may also contribute to the Soma Disaster Relief Fund by sending your check to: 

Turkish Philanthropy Funds 

Re: Soma Disaster Relief Fund 

216 East 45th Street, 7th Fl. 

New York, New York 10017 

Please make your checks payable to Turkish Philanthropy Funds and indicate “Soma Diasater Relief Fund” on the check. 

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Please follow updates on developments in Soma disaster by using the hashtag #somarelief

 The TPF Team

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