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The American-Turkish Association (ATA-DC) is a non-political, non-profit (tax-exempt) organization founded in1965 to promote better understanding between the American and Turkish peoplesthrough social, educational, cultural and charitable activities. ATA-DCalso initiates and carries out various community-service projects.HOW IS ATA-DC ORGANIZED?
ATA-DC is the largest Turkish-American organization in the Washingtonmetropolitan area. It is governed by an all volunteer Executive Committee andBoard of Directors. Each year half of the Board is elected for a two-year term. ThePresident, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary are all elected fortwo-year terms. The Board conducts the business of the Association through thecommittees it appoints and holds monthly meetings to coordinate its activities.These meetings are open to all ATA-DC members and guests are always welcome. Ageneral membership meeting is held each year in May. At this meeting annualreports are presented and elections for the Board of Directors and officers ofATA-DC are held.
WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES OF ATA-DC?
Each year ATA-DC undertakes some new projects and continues with its alreadystarted projects. The Association has its own community school on Sundays toteach children and adults Turkish and Turkish culture. As one of the majorundertakings of ATA-DC the school had five successful years between 1985 and1990 with 50 to 70 students each year and started again in 1997 to serve morethan 30 students of all ages. ATA-DC has an annual Teacher's Workshop which hasa history of 20 years to educate the Americans about Turkey and the Turkishculture through elementary, middle and high school teachers. The workshop islectured by area experts who have traveled to and written about Turkey. As partof its public relations and community service, ATA-DC publishes a monthlynewsletter ATANEWS which is the main source of information for Turks, Americansand the Turkish-American community as well as friends of Turkey in all folks oflife in the States and in Turkey. The newsletter presents objective and fairviews about Turkey and the Turkish community. ATA-DC has its own web page whichtargets at becoming a major source of information and education about Turkey. At www.atadc.org internet users have access to acalendar of events, articles, comments on projects and pictures from variousactivities. This web page will eventually become the lifeline of theTurkish-American community. ATA-DC has its own library at the Middle EastInstitute Building in Washington, D.C. which contains various publications,periodicals, books in Turkish and English and cassettes of Turkish music. ATA-DCorganizes lectures, picnics, youth parties, get-togethers, celebrates Turkishholidays such as the Republic Day and the Bayrams, monitors and responds to anymisinformation about Turkey, maintains close relations with other areaorganizations, participates in numerous national and international functionssuch as telethons, parades and panel discussions. ATA-DC is financed throughmembership dues, donations and fundraising activities
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