The minutes of the general meeting of West Coast Association VZW Belgium held on 27/11/’21 at the residence of Mr. Lucas Onuorah of Noord Edestraat 23, 8400 Oostende
The chairman Mr. Anthony Amachukwu welcomed everyone to the days meeting and asked Mr. Anthony Obi to say the opening prayers at 17:05 pm. shortly after that the chairman Mr. Amachukwu thanked Mr. and Mrs Lucas Onuorah for giving us the opportunity to be in their house for the days meeting.
Absenteeism: information were giving that Mr. Johnny Olivier called to say that he got an emergency telephone call from work and so he wouldn’t be coming to the days meeting. Pastor Chidi Ezeagu travelled to Nigeria while Mr. Patrick Oyebamiji said he may not likely be in the meeting. Mr. Godfrey Oghuma and Mr. Daniel Figah will be absent in the days proceedings:
Adoption of the last minutes: The motion of the adoption of the last minutes was moved by Mr. Kingsley Ihedinobi and seconded by Mr. Rowland Kingon.
Matters Arising: WhatsApp group: On that the chairman said the WhatsApp group is meant to be a thing of relaxation after a hard days struggle but it is very sad that it is beginning to sound otherwise. Mr. Ihedinobi collaborated the chairman’s opinion by saying that the WhatsApp group is a place where we joke and interact together, but it has turned out to be a forum of other things that has caused conflict amongst ourselves. Mr. Anthony Obi talked about the dispute between him and Mr. Patrick Ezebuiro over the Biafra agitation matters he Ezebuiro posted on the WhatsApp group and wondered what concerns Mr. Patrick Garain, Johnny Olivier, Rowland Kingon, Daniel Figah, Godfrey Oghuma etc. with Biafra issues? Mr. Rowland Kingon said we should avoid anything politics, tribe, religion, and focus more on social orientation. Mr. Ike Owoh also talked about posting of Biafra matters and sexual videos etc. The matter generated so many opinions and we later ruled that as from now on, we must stop with any form of jokes, political and religious postings on the WhatsApp group and must be purely West Coast Association’s matters. The vice chairman Mr. Ik Owoh promised that by the next year’s February we shall have a new WhatsApp number being managed by the P.R.O. Mr. Joseph Imoke.
Banking matters: On that the vice chairman Mr. Ik Owoh narrated how he went to the bank that the bank told him there is no problem. That everyone (signatories) who supposed to sign has signed. So everything is in order.
Burial entitlements: The matter was moved to the next meeting for deliberations.
The future of West Coast: The initiative is to start integrating our children to our meetings.
Buying of property: We ruled to look into the matter.
General: On general comment, Mr. Joseph Imoke talked about contributing the sum of 500 euros per person and give to a member turn by turn.
Mr. Kingsley Ihedinobi talked about lateness/ absenteeism to meetings, he also talked about meeting time and upgrading of the host drink.
In the absence of further topic for discussions, the motion of adjournment of the days meeting was moved by Mr. Anthony Obi and seconded by Mr. Joseph Imoke and closing prayers was said by Mr. Patrick Ezebuiro at 19:20 pm. refreshments were served. Vote of thanks was performed by Mr. Ike Owoh who said that the wife of the host gave us their home and that we appreciated her for the kindness. In response Mrs. Onuoha thanked and appreciated us.
The total sum of 185 euros was realised in the days meeting.
Expenses was 25 euros for host drinks.
Balance sum of 160 euros and was handed over to the treasures Mr. Patrick Garain.
The minutes of the general meeting of West Coast Association held on 30/10/21 at the residence of Mr. Kingsley Ihedinobi of Kasteeldreef 21 8000, Brugge.
The chairman Mr. Anthony Amachukwu in his opening remarks thanked the Ihedinobi’s for welcoming us in their house and called on Mr. Anthony Obi to say the opening prayer at 17:50 pm. Shortly after the prayers the chairman Mr. Amachukwu thanked everyone for coming to the days meeting and said that the covid-19 pandemic made everything stagnant and that it was February last year (2020) that we did our last meeting thinking that the virus from China would soon disappear, but that the reverse is the case. He further said that he thanked God that we all survived the pandemic.
Online meeting: On that the chairman Mr. Amachukwu said during the pandemic we did some meetings online and discussed some issues which we don’t have a law permitting us holding such meetings and wondered if such matters discussed is abiding, and on that Mr. Godfrey Oghuma said that he thinks that it is abiding whatever we may have discussed in the online meetings and the house accepted that.
Adoption of the last online meeting: There was no one (member) that read the minutes.
The chairman Mr. Anthony Amachukwu frowned at the nonchalant attitude of members towards meetings and it is not encouraging and wants us to renew our stand. On that the vice chairman Mr. I.K Owoh said that it was due to the corona virus outbreak that caused the whole thing and encouraged the chairman to be steadfast in discharging his duties that in no distant time things shall normalize. Mr. Kingsley Ihedinobi is also of the notion that it is due to the pandemic and that things will be ok. We concluded to start afresh with today’s meeting and forget the last online meeting minutes.
Matters arising: West Coast WhatsApp group: The chairman Mr. Amachukwu wants us to thrash out what we supposed to be posting on our group (WhatsApp) and it was moved to the next meeting for discussions.
Banking matters: The chairman Mr. Amachukwu informed the house that he wanted to log in to our bank account (KBC bank) and he couldn’t log in because he wanted to pay some bill of the association, he further said that he called the bank and they told him that there are some things that needed to be done in other to ratify the account. The vice chairman Mr. I.K Owoh volunteered to go to the bank on Tuesday the 2nd day of November 2021 to know what is actually happening.
Monthly dues: Due to the fact we ruled during the online meetings that we start paying our monthly dues from January this year and which amounts to 120 euros per member. The matter generated some counter opinions. Mr. Godfrey Oghuma said that the corona virus pandemic destroyed a lot of things in our economy and that some of us didn’t work majority of last year and suggests we pay 50 euros. Mr. Patrick Oyebamiji also suggested the sum of 40 euros and we ruled to pay the sum of 50 euros per member for this year 2021 as monthly dues instead of 110 euros as previously agreed.
General: Under general comment Mr. Godfrey Oghuma wants the West Coast Association WhatsApp group number changed because according to him it was registered with his personal number.
Mr. Amachukwu Anthony talked about the review of our burial rights.
Mr. Oghuma talked refunding to him the Website fee last 2 years.
Mr. Rowland Kingong thanked the West Coast Association members for coming en masse his late father’s wake keep that the spirit of oneness was on display that day.
Mr. Joseph Imoke thanked the West Coast members for also coming to his late brother in-laws wake keep held in his residence.
Mr. Patrick Oyebamiji also thanked the members for their calls and visit during his short sickness.
Mr. Anthony Amachukwu talked about investing in something that yields dividends.
Finance: The total of 400 euros was realized in the days meeting from monthly dues only. Expenses was 20 euros for drinks.
And the balance sum of 380 euros was handed over to the treasurer Mr. Patrick Garain.
In the absence of further topic for discussion the motion of adjournment of the days meeting was moved by Mr. Anthony Obi and seconded by Mr. Godfrey Oghuma and the closing prayers were said by Mr. Patrick Ezebuiro at 19:25 pm.
Vote of thanks was done by the vice chairman Mr. I.K Owoh who thanked Mrs. Chichi Ihedinobi for her delicious delicacy and for welcoming us in her abode.
In her response Mrs. Ihedinobi thanked us for coming to their house for the days meeting and said that the corona pandemic really disturbed our gathering for almost a year and six months but hopefully things will get normalized once again for the progress of the meeting.
The Online meeting of West Coast Association held on 24/4/21.
The opening prayers was said by Pastor Chidiebere Ezeagu at 16:43 pm, The Chairman Mr Anthony Amachukwu thanked those who joined for joining and said that it has been a privilege to be the Chairman of West Coast Association, he further said that we have 2 meeting minutes to adopt today and on that some members said they weren’t able to login in to read the minutes due to password issues. The Vice Chairman Mr Ik Owoh told the members having issues with login to try and call Mr Geodfrey Ohuma to sort it out. The Secretary Mr Udeaja read the minutes of the last meeting and motion of adoption was moved by Pastor Chidiebere Ezeagu and supported by Mr Kingsley Ihedinobi.
The second minutes being the meeting of 29/2/20 was also read and an Amendment was spotted by Pastor Ezeagu that the name of our guest on that day is Mr Charles Etoluem, then the motion of adoption was moved by Mr Lucas Onuorah and seconded by Mr Kingsley Ihedinobi.
INVESTING IN HOUSING: The matter was moved to the next meeting.
MR OROBOR’S BABY BOOM: We ruled to keep it pending.
BIRTHDAY MESSAGES: The Chairman Mr Amachukwu said that it was the day before yesterday that he received the document duly signed by Messrs Ezeagu, Garain and Owoh and today being the meeting day he was at the Secretary’s residence also for his signature and that it is not an easy task. On that Pastor Ezeagu told him that he is the Chairman and that he must do the ones he has to do and assign to anybody to help out with any work also wants us to be persuading members in joining meetings because some are absent due to work or family issues.
GENERAL COMMENTS: Under general, the Chairman Mr Amachukwu asked how we can move the meeting forward in this situation because it seems what is holding West Coast Association together is seeing and being in the midst of each other in meetings and that is not the case anymore.
Mr Kingsley Ihedinobi wants us to be encouraging one another to be joining the online meeting and urged everyone not to do anything contrary to the law and wants us to continue this way and we should remember to be keeping our monthly dues somewhere for easy payments when the time comes.
Mr Shegun Okunomo wants us to be patient enough with ourselves and that we should be forgiving ourselves for any wrongdoings and urged the Chairman to cool down that everything will be okay. On that motion of adjournment was moved by Mr Lucas Onuorah and seconded by Mr Joseph Imoke and closing prayers was said by Pastor Chidi Ezeagu at 18:08 pm.
The online meeting of West Coast Association held on 27/03/’21
The chairman mr. Anthony Amachukwu greeted everyone and said the purpose of this meeting is to fashion a way forward because we have not held meetings since February 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic. He further informed us that Merrs. Daniel Figah, Godfrey Oghuma and Anthony Obi wouldn’t be joining and called on pastor Chidi Ezeagu to say the opening prayers on 16:48 PM. Shortly after that the chairman said that it is necessary to meet today to inform the house what has been going on behind the scenes since the issue of this pandemic, he further said that some documentations have been going on and for those that were not online last time that we have done the U.b.o. and that the address has been changed to his house address in Oostende because Mr. Kingsley Ihedinobi bought another house and that the cost of changing the address and U.b.o. was paid by him. On the way forward for meetings: Mr. Rowland Kingon said there is need for meetings and pastor Chidi Ezeagu supported him saying we don’t have to wait until things normalizes and wants us to continue this online meetings.
Issue of monthly dues: On that the chairman Emeritus Mr. Kingsley Ihedinobi suggested that we start keeping 10 euro somewhere starting with today’s meeting and said we forget about the months of last year we didn’t hold meetings and begin from January this year (2021). And we ruled to start paying monthly dues from January this year meaning each member will pay the sum of 110 euros this physical year.
The chairman Mr. Amachukwu told us he has been working hard to sort out our bank account because the deadline is next week Monday being 29/03/’21.
Mr. Patrick Ezebuiro suggests since we didn’t adopt the last minutes before starting this meeting that our resolutions are null and void, however we ruled to continue with the days meeting and by next meeting we adopt the two minutes at the same time.
General comment : on that Mr. Patrick Oyebamiji said that we all know that the wife of Mr. Johnny Oliver has joined Johnny here in Belgium. On that pastor Chidi Ezeagu said that Mr. Johnny has not informed us officially about the arrival of his wife and the meeting mandated him to appear in the next meeting with his wife. On that motion of adjournment of the meeting was moved by Mr. Patrick Oyebamiji and seconded by Mr. Ik Owoh while closing prayers was said by pastor Chidi Ezeagu at 18:29 PM. A total of 9 members joined namely: Amachukwu Anthony, Ik Owoh, Patrick Oyebamiji, Chidi Ezeagu, Patrick Ezebuiro, Rowland Kingon, Kingsley Ihedinobi, Shegun Okunomo, Valentine Udeaja.