The Ethnic Enrichment Commission (EEC) prides itself on being an inclusive body. We welcome countries equally and expect our member countries to do the same. We are dedicated to promoting harmony and understanding amongst the different peoples of the world.
However, we do ask for some basic commitments that will keep our organization strong. Countries are encouraged to have two Commissioners so that the work does not fall on just one person. Attendance at monthly meetings by at least one Commissioner (or designee) is required. Contributing to one of our standing committees is required. Involvement in some Outreach with the community is required. Fostering a strong group within your culture is enthusiastically encouraged. We do not accept member countries who are only interested in the Festival. The Festival is highly important to us, but it is not our only endeavor. If the Festival is all you are interested in, perhaps this is not the organization for you. We are a nonprofit that operates via the efforts of its volunteer Commissioners. We believe in service to the community through cultural exchanges.
We also adhere to a strong policy that politics and religion are not our concern. We want to share the music, food, dance, and stories of our various cultures. This is not to say that a Commission cannot be sponsored by a church. We just don’t allow anyone to proselytize.
We also expect the country represented to agree upon its representatives to the Commission. The Commission does not “pick” members from a country. It accepts or declines the proposed members of a country through a membership acceptance procedure. The country’s Commission is granted a three year term, although dues are renewed yearly. Commissioners are encouraged to remain the full three years (or more, if chosen to do so by their country), but they may resign before the term is ended, with the country proposing a replacement. The replacement would have to be certified in the same method as the original Commissioner but would only serve out that commissioner’s term and then need to be ratified by the country before beginning a new term. To be in leadership positions, longevity is an asset. Therefore, many countries keep the same Commissioners for as long as they are willing to commit to the work.
Although members are designated as Commissioners and Alternate Commissioners, Alternate Commissioners are encouraged to participate fully. Currently, Alternate Commissioners are serving as our Festival Manager, Festival Manager Emeritus, Corresponding Secretary, and Sergeant at Arms. Alternate Commissioners are not denied any leadership positions within the Commission.
At the present time, we still have active original members that help to guide us towards the goals set by our founders. Those members are Carol Duncan for Scotland, Leonard Pryor for the African Americans, and Louise Birt for Croatia. The Executive Committee has appointed Mrs. Duncan to be the EEC Historian. She gives graciously of her time to help anyone who wishes to know more about or be more involved with the EEC. We are blessed to have such institutional knowledge still available to us.