[Mansa-l] The fiscal pits

David Conrad basitigi@sbcglobal.net
Mon, 14 May 2007 11:18:40 -0700


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Dear MANSAdenw:
I'm sorry to report that our lamentable record of reluctant or tardy =20
dues-payers continues. If you want to see our organization achieve =20
health and prosperity and to be able to hold the proposed conference =20
in Lisbon, Portugal in June, 2008, PLEASE PAY YOUR DUES!
Here's the most recent report from Secretary-Treasurer Laura Arntson:

35 percent of our members are... sadly.... not up to date on their dues.
26 percent of our members are sponsored.
Only 122 (38.6%) of our members are currently up to date on their dues.

We are almost halfway through 2007 already and only 52.4% of the 233 =20
non-sponsored members are current on their dues. Membership is for =20
the calendar year, so if your membership expired in January 2007 and =20
you have not paid, you are not up to date on your membership dues.

MANSA needs the dues payments of our dues-paying members in order to =20
sponsor our African colleagues living in Africa and to cover the =20
costs of producing and mailing newsletters and the Mande Studies =20
Journal. As you know, we are planning another International =20
Conference on Mande Studies and the participation of African =20
colleagues in these conferences is very valuable. When we fall behind =20=

on our dues and funds become more limited as a result, we cannot hope =20=

to sponsor our African colleagues to attend the international Mande =20
Studies conferences.

If you have a question about your membership status, please refer to =20
the mailing label of your most recent newsletter (unless you have =20
paid since receiving the last newsletter). For example, if you look =20
at your mailing label and see =93exp Jan 07=94 it means your dues =
expired =20
last January.

MANSA cannot accept paypal, credit cards, wire transfers, or checks =20
made out in foreign currencies. If you cannot pay with a check on a US=20=

$ bank account or you cannot send money via Western Union to the =20
MANSA Secretary-Treasurer or the MANSA President or a colleague who =20
can write a check on your behalf to MANSA, you will need to find a =20
colleague who can accept cash and write a check (on a US$ bank =20
account) your behalf to MANSA:

MANSA
c/o Laura Arntson
106 Walnut St., NW
Washington, DC  20012
USA


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class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">Dear =
MANSAdenw:</FONT></DIV><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; =
margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span" =
face=3D"Arial">I'm sorry to report that o</FONT><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">ur lamentable record of =
reluctant or tardy dues-payers continues. If you want to see our =
organization achieve health and prosperity and to be able to hold the =
proposed conference in Lisbon, Portugal in June, 2008, PLEASE PAY YOUR =
DUES!</FONT></DIV><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; =
margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span" =
face=3D"Arial">Here's the most recent report from Secretary-Treasurer =
Laura Arntson:</FONT></DIV><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: =
0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial"><BR =
class=3D"khtml-block-placeholder"></FONT></DIV><DIV style=3D"margin-top: =
0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">35 percent of our members =
are... sadly.... not up to date on their dues.</FONT></DIV><DIV =
style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; =
margin-left: 0px; "><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">26 =
percent of our members are sponsored.</FONT></DIV><DIV =
style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; =
margin-left: 0px; "><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">Only =
122 (38.6%) of our members are currently up to date on their =
dues.</FONT></DIV><P style=3D"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px"><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">=A0</FONT></P><DIV =
style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; =
margin-left: 0px; "><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">We =
are almost halfway through 2007 already and only 52.4% of the 233 =
non-sponsored members are current on their dues. Membership is for the =
calendar year, so if your membership expired in January 2007 and you =
have not paid, you are not up to date on your membership =
dues.</FONT></DIV><P style=3D"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px"><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">=A0</FONT></P><DIV =
style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; =
margin-left: 0px; "><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">MANSA =
needs the dues payments of our dues-paying members in order to sponsor =
our African colleagues living in Africa and to cover the costs of =
producing and mailing newsletters and the Mande Studies Journal. As you =
know, we are planning another International Conference on Mande Studies =
and the participation of African colleagues in these conferences is very =
valuable. When we fall behind on our dues and funds become more limited =
as a result, we cannot hope to sponsor our African colleagues to attend =
the international Mande Studies conferences.</FONT></DIV><P =
style=3D"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px"><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span"=
 face=3D"Arial">=A0</FONT></P><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; =
margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">If you have a question about =
your membership status, please refer to the mailing label of your most =
recent newsletter (unless you have paid since receiving the last =
newsletter). For example, if you look at your mailing label and see =93exp=
 Jan 07=94 it means your dues expired last January.</FONT></DIV><P =
style=3D"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px"><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span"=
 face=3D"Arial">=A0</FONT></P><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; =
margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">MANSA cannot accept paypal, =
credit cards, wire transfers, or checks made out in foreign currencies. =
If you cannot pay with a check on a US$ bank account or you cannot send =
money via Western Union to the MANSA Secretary-Treasurer or the MANSA =
President or a colleague who can write a check on your behalf to MANSA, =
you will need to find a colleague who can accept cash and write a check =
(on a US$ bank account) your behalf to MANSA:</FONT></DIV><P =
style=3D"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px"><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span"=
 face=3D"Arial">=A0</FONT></P><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; =
margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><FONT =
class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">MANSA</FONT></DIV><DIV =
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margin-left: 0px; "><FONT class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">c/o =
Laura Arntson</FONT></DIV><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: =
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class=3D"Apple-style-span" face=3D"Arial">106 Walnut St., =
NW</FONT></DIV><DIV style=3D"margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; =
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