LACC Executive Committee meeting minutes

Meeting date: May 26, 2016 at 11:00 am
Location: Los Angeles City Club, 555 S Flower Street, Los Angeles


  1. Attendance




Hon. Celeste Jimenez



Hon. Jaak Treiman

Second Vice Dean


Amb. Rudi Veestraeten



Hon. Juris Bunkis



Amb. Liliana Cino

Member at Large


Hon. Abdulla Al-Saboosi

Member at Large


Hon. Raife Gülru Gezer

Member at Large


Hon. Umar Hadi

Member at Large


Hon. Abdelhak Saoud

Member at Large


Hon. Lorna Johnson

Member at Large


Hon. Lamia Mekhemar

Member at Large


Hon. Jorge Tagle

Member at Large


 Hon. Mame Toucouleur Mbaye

Member at Large 



2. Welcoming of new member of the E.C.

Postponed, since: Mame Toucouleur Mbaye, Honorary Consul of Senegal could not be present.


3. Review of past events and financial state of the corps

Most past events were break-even or slightly at a loss. On several occasions, we had late cancellations and no-shows.

In general terms, LACC still has a substantial reserve amount in the bank. For the near future, the following decisions were taken:

- the treasurer will negotiate a deal with the City Club for 5 or 6 lunch events in the course of the year, with no minimum participation required and at a cost for LACC similar to other consular gatherings

- the treasurer will keep the E.C. updated on the progress of income and expenses on a regular basis (e.g. every three or four months, as he deems required)

- in principle, all events should be at least break-even so members with late cancellations and no-shows will have to cover the cost, starting with the June 16 event

$6,000 will be reimbursed to the treasurer in payment of advances he has done on his personal credit card.


3. Upcoming events

A new lot of books has been purchased by LACC to be used as a gift to new members.

The Treasurer reported on his several successful contacts. He has now secured the following list of upcoming events, as well as formulated great ideas for the coming year, to be discussed:

Thursday June 16, 2016
FBI talk on national and cyber security at the Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles

(Summer break)

Thursday September 22, 2016
Lunch event with Senator Robert Hertzberg, former speaker of CA House (venue to be determined)

Thursday October 27, 2016
Lunch event with Ed Royce, Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee at the Nixon Library

Thursday November 17, 2016
Offered to City Hall  Mayor Garcetti  - event at City Hall    

Thursday December 15, 2016
Consider Reverend Boyd of FAME church on race relations in USA, City Club

Thursday January 26, 2017
Consider something re trade, e.g. Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation @ City Club

Thursday February 23, 2017
Offered to Gov Schwarzenegger @ City Club

Saturday March 25th, 2017
Abdu wants to set up event at SUNNYLAND on a Saturday

Thursday March 30, 2017
Offered to Gov Brown @ City Club


4. Updates executed on our website and Guidebook for all members

The secretary upated the members of the E.C. on the work done on the website, with demonstrations of how the mail tool functions.

The Guidebook is now completed and has been distributed to all members. The interest shown by our LACC members has further increased and a number of consular posts now use our mail distribution tool for their verbal notes and other communications.


5. Parking at LAX

The Dean will contact the office of the Mayor and the LAX authorities to see if there is any change, considering the advancement of the works at diverse parking areas throughout LAX. The current situation (parking near terminal 8) is below expectation. A return to the situation before the works started is wished for, with access to the vendors lots.


7. Suggestion for protocol position and brainstorming for secretary’s replacement

The principle was adopted that a member of the E.C. will be appointed in the protocol position. The Dean suggested that Lorna Johnson be appointed in that function, and no one expressed opposition against this proposal.

Further refelction is neede on the job description for the protocol position and the relation to the actual event organizer.


Los Angeles, June 7, 2016.