We are currently coordinating a weekend retreat in the SF Bay area for members and supporters to gather and discuss UTOPIASF's future. Please stay tuned for further details. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sedrick at firstname.lastname@example.org to include your name on the list of attendees.
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance aka GAPA, is a non profit outreach organization based in San Francisco, California. Recently, the organization received a grant from Horizons Foundation this year to create capacity building workshops. As part of that grant, GAPA has offered to put together one or two leadership trainings that are open to the queer API community.
The organization is soliciting feedback from the UTOPIASF and its GLBT Polynesian community at large regarding courses or professional development that may help strengthen UTOPIASF. GAPA has been meeting with CompassPoint about doing the training. The following link is to the course catalog. https://www.compasspoint.org/onevent/topic.php?tid=6
Currently, GAPA is considering perhaps a one day or maybe even two one-day courses with a registration fee of $20 for GAPA or UTOPIASF members(consideration to extend invitation to other organizations to participate is pending) and $50.00 for non-members(The courses are typically $155+).
There are two classes GAPA feel maybe most beneficial to the community which is a one-day combined Board Governance and Fundraising Class. And possibly a Volunteer management class.
UTOPIASF agrees with GAPA that this is a great opportunity to invest in some leadership development in our community and also build some more bridges between our organizations.
For more information, please contact Sedrick Vanisi at email@example.com
The United Territories Of Polynesian Islanders' Alliance (U.T.O.P.I.A) originated in San Francisco, California in March 1998. The organization was formed to provide support to the Polynesian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Originally, the group identified themselves as GPAC (Gay Polynesians Alliance/California). In February 1999, the name was changed to UTOPIA. The new name was better suited to represent the diversity of the club. UTOPIA has been a support organization for GLBT Polynesians and friends consisting of members from Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti and Fiji. UTOPIA hopes to strengthen its alliance by recruiting members from all of Polynesia. Update: In 2007, after years of positive community activism yet with minimal funding to keep afloat, the S.F. chapter agreed a moratorium was needed to allow members and supporters a chance to re-evaluate it's successes and failures in hopes of re-organizing in the near future with a more substantial and sustainable plan for funding. Please stay tuned for further developments.
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