Landa Kongreso preparations
Hi, my name is Jed Meltzer, and I'm one of the people in Washington DC helping to organize the 2010 National Conference for Esperanto-USA. We have some official information up on the web site, and will be adding to it, but I'd like to take advantage of this blogging feature to post some more informal updates to a wide audience. Read more for much more info.
If you like, you can view (and participate in) the detailed discussions for planning the conference on our LKK google group. LKK stands for "Loka Kongresa Komitato" - local congress committee. That site is at:
I've decided to do this blog in English, to make it accessible to beginners. Official information on the conference web site will always be bilingual.
So here are a few announcements about the conference planning:
1) We are pleased that Arika Okrent will attend the conference and give a lecture. Dr. Okrent is the author of the recent popular book "In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language."
2) We are also excited to have a special guest from far away, Drissa Flayoro DIAKITE from Mali in West Africa. Mr. Diakite will present to us about his home country, as well as the Esperanto movement in Africa.
3) Did you know that L.L. Zamenhof's great-granddaughter lives in the United States? Hannah Zamenhof-Zalewski, of Lousiana by way of France and Poland, attended our annual banquet in DC this year, courtesy of funding from the Polish embassy. She spoke to us about the Zamenhof family, and the ideas of "homaranismo" that Dr. L.L.Z. cherished. She is willing to come back for our conference, and we are seeking funding to bring her. Which brings us to some business:
You can see the whole budget for the conference at the LKK google group - it's all open to the public. Costs for meeting space and lodging in our nation's capital are high, and to keep the registration cost to an affordable level, we had to prioritize what we would spend money on. Because we anticipated getting some high quality speakers, we decided not to have an "honor guest" whose travel and lodging would be funded. However, there is still much interest in providing support to additional guests whose means are limited, including overseas Esperantists, students, and other special guests. Rather than make this support obligatory in the conference fee, we are making it optional. If you would like to help bring special guests to the conference, please make a donation to EUSA via the retbutiko.
Two funds that are particularly relevant are:
Congress Donation - if there is enough, we will use it to bring Ms. Zamenhof-Zalewski, and if there is still more, we can bring more special guests.
Thompson Fund - donations to this fund will be used to provide support to students to attend the conference. We are fortunate to have a lot of interested young people this year who are in great need of this, so let's step forward and help them out!