Report of Persian Cultural Center’s 2015 Annual General Meeting and Election
This year PCC’s annual meeting took place on May 17, 2015, at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, A. The annual report was presented and was followed by the election process for a new Board of Directors.The past year’s activities were presented by Mr. Hamid Rafizadeh, PCC’s Chair, the Peyk report by Mr. Ali Sadr, and Iranian School of San Diego (ISSD) report by Ms. Fariba Babakhani-Ghazi (Vice- Principal) and PCC’s Vice- President, and the Financial Report by Ms. Bahar Bagherpour, PCC’s Treasurer. A ummary of PCC’s annual report is as follows:
Board of Directors and committee members for the past year were as follows:
- Hamid Rafizadeh(President)
- Fariba Babakhani- Ghazi (Vice-President)
- Bahar Bagherpour(Treasurer)
- Golsa Soraya(Secretary)
- Afshin Asgharian Nahavandi
- Anahita Babaei
- Gity Nematollahi
- Farideh Rasouli- Fazel
- Abdy Salimi
- Negar Nekouei
- Lisa Hildreth
- Shahri Estakhry
- Saeed Jalali
- Rosita Bagheri
- Shahla Salah
The Board had twelve meetings in the past year. At their first meeting, the Board elected its Executive Committee and
established the following committees:
Educational Committee: ISSD: Ali Sadr (lead), Fariba Babakhani, and Rosita Bagheri.
Arts & Culture Committee: Abdy Salimi (lead), Golsa Soraya., Ali Sadr, Anahita Babaei and Negar Nekouei.
Membership and PR Committee: Fariba Babakhani- Ghazi (lead), Giti Nematollahi, Bahar Bagherpour, Lisa Hildret, Ali Sadr and Shahrzad Julazadeh.
Peyk Committee: Ali Sadr ( lead), Saeed Jalali, Shahri Estakhry, Bahnam Hedari, Shaghayegh Hanson, Maryam Iravanian, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Reza Khabazian, Aria Fani, Rachel Tait and Saeid NouriBoushehri.
Grants Committee: Hamid Rafizadeh( lead) Shaghayegh Hanson, Rosita Bagheri, Shahrzad Julazadeh, and Bahar Bagherpour.
Fundraising Committee: Anahita Babaei( lead),Hamid Rafizadeh , Fariba Babakhani, Afshin A. Nahavandi, Ali Sadr, Shaghayegh Hanson , Shahla Salah, Shahri Estakhry and Shahrzad Julazadeh.
Charity (PCC Foundation): Gity Nematollahi(lead), Shahri Estakhry, Fariba Babakhani- Ghazi, Farideh Fazel, Abdi Salimi.
Governance and Nominating Committee: Farideh Fazel (lead), Shaghayegh Hanson and Bahar Bagherpour .
Building Committee: Fariba Babakhani-Ghzi (lead), Shahla Salah, Ali Sadr, Saeed Jalali, Farideh Fazel, Abdy Salimi , Hamid Rafizadeh and Shahrzad Julazadeh.
Finance Committee: Bahar Bagherpour(lead), Hamid Rafizadeh, Fariba Babakhani-Ghazi, and Shahrzad Julazadeh.
During 2014-2015 PCC was not only active in organizing traditional celebrations and programs for the Iranian-American community, but also collaborated with other organizations to reach out to the community at large. PCC also continued, and will continue, to raise funds for an Iranian-American Center in San Diego that will serve the entire community.
During this time, PCC sponsored and co-sponsored the following programs:
1- The Memorial of Ostad Lotfi in collaboration with AIAP
2- Celebrating Persian Female Vocalist Sepideh Raissadat
3- 20th Annual IWSF Conference in collaboration with Iranian Women’s Study Foundation
4- Citizenship and Naturalization Workshop at IAC
5- Mehregan Celebration at IAC
6- Dornob CD Release Concert at IAC
7- Santoor Concert in collaboration with the Indian Fine Arts Academy
8- Yalda Celebration at Sufi Restaurant with Roya
9- Ostad Hossein Alizadeh Concert for 2 days at IAC
10- Chekhov Story Reading was conducted by Mr. Parsa Pirozfar
11- Sueran Ensemble Concert in collaboration with AIAP
12- Universal Children’s day Event in collaboration with Child Foundation and Dollar a Month at ISSD
13- A Charity Art Bazar in collaboration with Sage Canyon Elementary School
14- Nowruz Preparation at the Iranian School of San Diego
15- Nowruz Celebration at the Iranian School of San Diego
16- Chahârshanbeh Soori with AIAP and HOI at NTC Park
17- Nowruz Celebration at Marriott Hotel with AIAP
18- Nowruz Celebration at Poway, 4S Ranch, and El Cajon Community Library
19- Sizdeh- Bedar with AIAP and HOI at NTC Park
20- World Cultures Day at Mira Costa Collage
21- Presentation of Haft-Seen along with literary, cultural, and historical exhibits in seven public libraries
throughout San Diego.
22- Acting Workshop series were conducted by Mr. Parsa Pirozfar April and May 2015
23- Harmony Festival At Balboa Park on Saturday April 18th
24- Art Expressive Class every second Saturday of the month at IAC
25- Movie Nights every first Sunday of the month at IAC
26- Jonge Farhanghi every second Friday of the month at IAC
27- Tasnifkhani with Kourosh Tagavi every other month
28- Monthly Art Exhibition at the Center
29- Daf classes with Ali Sadr
30- Setar classes with Kourosh Taghavi
31- Tonbak classes with Milad Jahadi
32- Yoga class with Dr. Nahavandi at IAC
33- Collaboration with San Diego Museum of Art and Balboa Park to open Persian Section at the Museum
34- Collaboration with San Diego Museum of Art and Balboa Park restoration of Archeological sites
This year both branches of ISSD were held at Mt. Carmel High School. The academic year 0f 2014-15 was ISSD’s 27th year of operation. 225 students attended both branches of ISSD in the past year. The school’s Nowruz program was held on March 15, 2015, and was attended by 500 parents and family members. A variety of dance presentations, plays, music recitals, and songs were presented. Students received awards for their academic achievements. This year the school had its second Talent Show on February 8th. ISSD’s end of year event will be held on June 7, 2015.
ISSD’s first branch offers 17 classes on Sunday mornings, which are separated into three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. ISSD also offers Persian classes for adults. Extracurricular classes such as Dance, Theatre, Orff, and Setar have been offered as well. The second branch is held on Thursday evenings and has a total of 5 classes, which are also separated into three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
ISSD’s Persian language program is accredited by the San Diego Unified School District and the San Dieguito School District, which means that high school students can fulfill their second language requirements by taking Persian language courses at ISSD. This year ISSD provide Dance, Daf classes for adults. This year, the PTA of both branches worked very hard and cooperated successfully with the teachers and administrators on issues such as curriculum and extracurricular activities. The PTA was also instrumental in helping to raise funds for the school.
In Addition, ISSD is working with a network of Persian Schools in the U.S. and other countries to exchange experiences and education materials.
C- Persian Dance Academy:
More than 40 students under the supervision of Ms. Saba Borjian of the Persian Cultural Dance Academy met on Sundays at ISSD Branch I. The dance students performed in the following programs:
1- PCC Nowruz Event
2- ISSD’s Nowruz Event
3- ISTA Nowruz Event at UCSD
The Iranian American Center (IAC) has been hosting a variety of cultural activities for the Iranian community (such as IASF and DMF,….). Center has a library with more than four thousand books. MARKAZ is publicly available for Cultural activities.
E- Public Relations and Community Outreach:
During the 2014-2015 operating year, PCC used its bi-monthly publication, Peyk, to reach thousands of readers. Peyk is a bilingual publication published in Persian and English. Its circulation includes San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, the Bay area, Washington DC, Maryland, Dallas and many other cities. Peyk is also available and read via the Internet on PCC’s website (www.pccus.org/peyk or www.pccsd.org/peyk).
In the last year, PCC has worked with SDG&E’s ” Energy Solutions Partners” campaign. As a “Energy Solutions Partner” PCC has joined other nonprofits and environmental groups in a collaborative effort to make all of California’s consumers aware of how they can save energy and money through energy efficiency. PCC was chosen as a partner because of our ability to target a specific demographic and translate important emergency news alerts into Persian as necessary.
Membership: During the 2014-2015 the Persian Cultural Center continued placing advertisements our website; the goal was to increase our membership. PCC issued a membership card to its members. PCC also managed to continue getting discounts from various Iranian businesses for its members.
Public Outreach: In the past year, a number of PCC events were featured on KPBS radio in San Diego, KIRN in Los Angeles, Chekhabar.com and on the San Diego Arts and Sol website. These programs not only reached the Iranian-American community, but other communities who attended our featured programs. PCC also used various social media outlets to make sure that our events were well publicized to a larger audience.
Website: Thousands of people all over the world view the Persian Cultural Center’s Website, www.pccsd.org and www.pccus.org . Our website has been upgraded and as a consequence our reach and exposure have increased in the last year. The PCC website provides quick access to our bi-monthly, bi-lingual magazine, our ongoing programs and activities, as well as other cultural information and events. Please refer to our website to read about PCC‘s many activities and to renew your membership and make your tax deductable contributions online.
F- The PCC Foundation- a charitable organization:
This year the foundation has raised funds for several refugee families who were in financial crisis. The foundation raise funds for two young students who lost their parents and needed help which is a long term project in addition PCC raised money to help a 3 years old refugee girl who diagnosed with cancer.
G – Honors and Recognitions:
We are very proud to be the recipient of citations and recognitions for our 26th Anniversary from The State of California Senate and Supervisor Dave Roberts – 3rd District.
H- Special Thank You In closing, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the following board members who are leaving us. We are grateful for the time, energy, and talents they generously gave to PCC and our community. We look forward to having them back on the PCC Board again. The members who are leaving are:Hamid Rafizadeh, Golsa Soraya, Lisa Hildreth and Farideh Rasouli-Fazel. Board members Golsa Sorya, Farideh Fazel and Lisa Hildreth are up for re-election. Hamid Rafizadeh is turned out and cannot be reelected.
The following members were announced as voting members: Sara Alaghehband, Afshin A. Nahavandi, Bahar Bagherpour, Anahita Babaei, Fariba Babakhani- Ghazi,Gity Nematollahi, , Mahmoud Reza Pirouzian, Farideh Rasouli-Fazel and Abdy Salimi.
The following members were announced as alternate members: Golsa Soray and Lisa Heildret.
The following members were announced as advisory Board: Shahri Estakhry, Saeed Jalali, Rosita Bagheri, Shahla Salah,Shaghayegh Hanson and Hamid Rafizadeh.
At the first meeting of the Board of Directors held on June 4, 2015, the following members were elected to serve as the executive committee of PCC for one year.
President- Fariba Babakhani- Ghazi
Vice President- Anahita Babaei
Treasurer- Bahar Bagherpour
Secretary- Farideh Rasouli-Fazel
Other members of the BOD will be leading various committees, such as: Arts and Culture, Events, Education(ISSD), Publications (Peyk), Grants, PR, Membership, and Finance.
SUB- COMMITTEES – Assignment of Committee Heads