As I think about our organization, it is an honor to have the opportunity to serve for the next two years as your President. I’m grateful to those past Presidents and Executive Board members who have worked and devoted personal resources to lend to the vision that makes the 100 Black Men the strong, successful brand that it is today.
As I assume this role, I keep in mind the trust and belief I have in the leadership of the 100 Black Men of America, a group led by Chairman Curly Dossman of exceptional aptitude and sense of service. I look forward to working in tandem with the national organization, our executive board, committee leads and volunteers to accomplish our goals and contribute to the overall mission.
I am a firm believer in transparency. With that said we need to immediately address critical challenges that while difficult, are certainly not insurmountable. Ultimately my goal is to prepare this organization for the future and we will do that by taking the following actions:
- Broadly increase the number of active and committed members
- Establish a risk adverse governance and operations structure
- Rebuild the organizations support infrastructure i.e. Head Quarters, Digital Strategy and Field Operations
- Relaunch core programs specific to our four pillars: mentoring, education, health & wellness and economic empowerment
Please understand that change is necessary for our survival as an organization and as a community. By addressing the aforementioned items we will quickly regain the respect of our community and reignite the passion of service to our community that burns inside of our members and strategic partners. We will also be better positioned to develop a recurring funding pipeline that will sustain OHBMLI over time. In addition, the organization will look to reach out to prospective members and who have the opportunity to be more than simply involved, but committed to the greater good of the organizations mission, values and vision.
Once again, I am grateful for the support and honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of this dutiful organization. In my efforts I will hold true to the mission and I look forward to hearing from the members and seeing you all at future meetings.
100 Black Men of Long Island Inc.
“Change is the only constant in life, and it is in changing that we find purpose.” –Heraclitus