Irving Papay Philips – President

Joining the Ndaegbomei Social Club Inc. in September 2009 was one of the greatest decision I have ever made in terms of community participation.

In today’s increasingly demanding social environment, I believe that social groups have the absolute responsibility to demonstrate commitments, skills, and dedication to their members’ cause every time they undertake work on behalf of the community they represent. Consequently, having something valuable to offer to the youth of the association by the time I joined the group, I had no time to waste but bring them together for the common goal and purpose of the group through dancing, acting, public concerts, educational skills, and excursions etc.  Later that year (2009), I was appointed the youth coordinator after an astounding youth performance during the 2009 Ndaegbomei Social Club Inc. End-of-Year program. My role as the Youth Coordinator continued for approximately four years, a period that saw me lead the youth wing in activities like, hosting one of the most vibrant multicultural youth show in 2011, performing and conducting dance workshops at festivals like the MDA-World Refugee Day program, WOODFEST, Gold Coast Festivals, and perform dramas in community and church events.

Later in 2013, I was elected as the organisation’s Secretary. Undeniably, prior to my role as the secretary there were others who were more dedicated and skilled in administrative duties that paved the way of easy responsibility for me. None the less, I did introduce some cardinal mechanisms of administration that helped shape what our administration is today. Some of the things I worked on included: helping to identify and achieve mutual affiliation documentation system, direct supervision of position descriptions, standardisation of work processes, identifying people with specific job specialisation, behaviour and assigning tasks to them accordingly. I also suggested an action plan that contributed to the organisation becoming a social activity providing group and a sustainable one. For example, I suggested that we complete a constitution as per the government requirements, I fully supported the Ebola rice donation in Sierra Leone, and helped format the income strategy that saw the organisation gains more fund in a single year than previous years, which subsequently benefited all members by cancelling off all active members’ outstanding monthly contribution debts to the organisation, prior to 2013.

Subsequently, at the end of my term in Office as secretary I was elected to the position of the President, with a no-contested vote.