Report of Persian Cultural Center’s 2019 Annual General Meeting and Election
PCC’s annual meeting took place on May 19, 2019, at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, California. The annual report was presented and was followed by the election process for new Board of Director members. The past year’s activities were presented by Mrs. Fariba Babakhani-Ghazi-PCC’s chair, the Peyk and ISSD report by Mr. Ali Sadr- Principal of the Iranian School of San Diego and editor –in chief of Peyk, and the Financial Report by Mr. Hamid Rafizadeh – PCC’s Treasurer. A summary of PCC’s annual report is as follows:
Board of Directors and Committee Members for the past year was as follows:
Fariba Babakhani-Ghazi (President), Nikoo Atefi (Vice-President), Hamid Rafizadeh (Treasurer) Farideh Fazel (Secretary). Amir Frshad Babkhani, Parnian Badii, Ida Khodami, Hossain Hajimowlana, Venus Safaei, Shahla Salah, Golsa Soraya and the alternate members: Gity Neamtollahi and Hamid Beikzadeh. Ali Sadr (ISSD Principal)
Fariba Babakhani-Ghazi – President
Anahita Babaei – Vice President
Hamid Rafizadeh – Treasurer
Farideh Fazel- Secretary
Ali Sadr- ISSD Principal
Advisory Board: Shahri Estakhry, Saeed Jalali, Rosita Bagheri, Shaghayegh Hanson
The Board had twelve meetings in the past year. Sub-committees held meetings as needed. At their first meeting, the Board elected its Executive Committee and established the following committees:
Note: Last year, according to the board’s approval, the number of board members increased from nine to eleven.
The Board had twelve meetings in the past year. Committees held meetings as needed. At its first meeting, the Board elected its Executive Committee and established the following committees:
Arts and Culture: Hossain Hajimowlana (head), Ali Sadr, Anahita Babaei, Abdy Salimi, Nikoo Atefi, Ida Khodami, Venus Safaei, Fariba Babakhani, Sara Alaghehband, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Farshad Babakhani, Mahmood Reza Pirouzian, Parnian Badiei, Milad Jahadi, Golsa Soraya
Building: Hamid Rafizadeh (head), Ali Sadr, Fariba Babakhani, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Abdy Salimi, Hamid Beikzadeh
ChaharShanbeh Soori/Sizdebedar: Hamid Rafizadeh (head), Hamid Beikzadeh, Abdy Salimi
Charity (PCC Foundation): Giti Nematollahi (head), Nikoo Atefi, Fariba Babakhani, Farideh Rasouli Fazel, Shari Estakhry, Shahla Salah, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Venus Safaei
Education: Ali Sadr (head), Fariba Babakhani, Rosita Bagheri, Ms. Ahmadian
Finance: Hamid Rafizadeh (head), Fariba Babakhani, Farideh Rasouli Fazel, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Hossain Hajimowlana, Shahla Salah
Fundraising: Parnian Badii & Hossain Hajimowlana (head), Nikoo Atefi, Fariba Babakhani, Farideh Rasouli Fazel, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Shahla Salah, Venus Safaei
Grant: Fariba Babakhani-Ghazi (head), Rosita Bagheri, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Hamid Rafizadeh, Golsa Soraya
I-Ted: Ida Khodami(head), Fariba Babakhani, Nikoo Atefi, Ali Sadr, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Venus Safaei, Golsa Soraya
I-Power Group: Venus Safaei (head), Farshad Babakhani, Ida Khodami, Sara Alagheband, Milad Jahadi, Golsa Soraya
Membership: Farideh Rsouli Fazel (head), Ali Sadr, Nikoo Atefi, Fariba Babakhani, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Hossain Hajimowlana, Parnian Badiei, Farshad Babakhani
Nowruz: Nikoo Atefi (head), Bahar Bagherpour, Fariba Babakhani, Shahla Salah, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Farideh Fazel, Hamid Rafizadeh, Venous Safaei, Hamid Beikzadeh, Ida Khodami, Farshad Babakhani, Golsa Soraya
Peyk: Ali Sadr (head), Shahri Estakhry, Anahita Babaei, Aria Fani, Saeid Noori Bushehri, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Shaghayegh Hanson, Reza Khabazian and Rachel Tait
PR: Shalha Salah (head), Ali Sadr, Hossain Hajimowlana, Mahmood Reza Pirouzian, Parnian Badiei, Nikoo Atefi, Fariba Babakhani, Shahrzad Julazadeh, Farideh Rasouli Fazel, Giti Nematollahi, Ida Khodmi, Venus Safaei, Hamid Beikzadeh, Farshad Babakhani
Youth: Fariba Babakhani (head), Farideh Rasouli Fazel, Giti Nematollahi, Farshad Babakhani, Nikoo Atefi, Parnina Badii, Anahita Emami, Armita Fazel, Navid Ghazi, Behrad Hafezi, Shakiba Mahmoudi, Shadi Mohebi and Nick Taha.
Summary of Cultural Activities
During 2018-2019, 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, cross cultural activities.
PCC sponsored and co-sponsored the following programs:
PCC and ISSD Events:
1- King Raam Solo Concert at IAC
2- World Cup Screening at IAC
3- One day Art Tour at Getty and LACMA Museums
4- Tasinfkhani with Kourosh Taghavi
5- 2nd Annual Hafez Day in collaboration with SD Central Library
6- Namjoo Concert to Celebrate Mehregan in collaboration with SDMA
7- Tabla Concert at IAC in collaboration with Indian Group
8- Filmoween at IAC
9- Estate Planning Seminar in collaboration with IABA
10- Ode to Hope concert with Kourosh Taghavi at IAC
11- Third Writing Workshop with Hossain Mortezaeian Abkenar at IAC
12- Collaboration with Asian Winter Film Festival- PAC Art
13- Yalda Celebration at Sufi Restaurant with DJ Amin
14- Universal Children’s Day in collaboration with Child Foundation and Dollar a Month at ISSD
15- PCC Annual Charity Bazaar in December
16- Special Documentary Night at IAC
17- Screening “Bomb a Love Story” in collaboration with Sheed Film
18- Screening “Shivatier” with Q&A with Hila Sedighi at IAC
19- Setar Workshop with Kourosh Taghavi
20- Nowruz Preparation at the Iranian School of San Diego
21- Nowruz Celebration at the Iranian School of San Diego
22- Chahârshanbeh Soori with AIAP and HOI at NTC Park
23- Nowruz Celebration at Marriott Hotel with Sasy
24- Dornab concert at the Center for Art Escondido in collaboration with the World Music
25- SizdehBedar with AIAP and HOI at NTC Park
26- Presentation of Haft-Seen along with literary, cultural, and historical exhibits in seven public libraries
throughout San Diego.
27- Talk and Tanbour with Ali Akbar Moradi, cooperation with UCSD
28- Parisa & Hamnavazan Concert at the Q hall, Qualcomm
29- Screening “Columbus” in collaboration with Sheed Film
30- Limits of Whiteness, lecture and book signing with Neda Maghboleh at IAC
31- Persian music (Sibarg) and Jazz concert at the Dizzy’s
32- Family Game Night at IAC 4 times a year
33- Film and Discussion Series on every third Friday of the month at IAC (10 Events)
34- Jonge Farhanghi on every second Friday of the month at IAC (10 Events)
35- Art Exhibition at the Center
36- Collaboration with Docunight to show a documentary movie first Wed. of the Month
37- Multi Cultural Festival in Linda Vista
38- Multi Cultural Festival in Del Sur
39- Multi Cultural Festival in Mira Costa College
40- Multi Cultural Festival in Balboa Park
ISSD: This year both branches of ISSD were held at Mt. Carmel High School. The academic year 2018-19 was ISSD’s 31st year of operation. This year 289 students attended both branches of ISSD. The school’s Nowruz program was held on March 10, 2019, and was attended by 600 parents, students and family members. A variety of dance presentations, plays, music recitals, and songs were presented. Students received awards for their academic achievements. ISSD’s end of year event will be held on June 2, 2019.
ISSD’s first branch offers 21 classes on Sunday mornings, which are separated into six levels. ISSD also offers two Persian classes for adults and three classes for Kindergarten and Pre School. Extracurricular classes such as Dance, Theatre, Setar and Tombak have been offered as well. The second branch is held on Thursday evenings and has a total of 5 classes.
ISSD’s Persian language program is accredited by all local School Districts as well as WASC which means that high school students can fulfill their second language requirements by taking Persian language courses at ISSD. ISSD also provides Dance classes for adults. 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. Students at ISSD raised approximately $2,600 for Dollar a Month Organization “Project 200” for street children of Iran.
In Addition, ISSD is working with a network of Persian Schools in the U.S. May active Persian schools are using our textbooks and our curriculum. ISSD has a website (issd.pccsd.org) and is also active on Facebook, Instagram and You tube.
Persian Dance Academy:
With 70 students the Persian Cultural Dance Academy met on Sundays at ISSD Branch I. The dance students performed in following programs:
1- PCC Nowruz Event
2- ISSD’s Nowruz Event
3- SDSU Persian New Year by Persian Student association
4- IALSN Nowruz Celebration
Building: The Iranian American Center (IAC) has been hosting a variety of cultural activities for the Iranian community (such as IASF and DMF, SDSU, UCSD). The Center has a library with more than four thousand books.
Public Relations and Community Outreach:
During the 2018-2019 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, Los Angeles Counties, the Bay area, Chicago, Washington DC, Maryland, Dallas, and many other cities. Peyk is also available on PCC’s website (www.pccsd.org/peyk).
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 Farsi as necessary.
Membership: The Persian Cultural Center continued advertising and inviting members of the community to join PCC. The membership was increase by %10. PCC issued membership cards to its members. Members get a special discount to our events. PCC also managed to continue getting discounts from various Iranian businesses for its members.
Public Outreach: Thousands of people all over the world view the Persian Cultural Center’s Website, www.pccsd.org , Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and mass emails. PCC issues a weekly electronic newsletter that gets sent to thousands of people. 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. People can refer to our website to read about PCC’s many activities and to renew their membership and make tax deductible contributions online.
PCC issues a weekly electronic newsletter that gets sent to thousands of people. In the past year, several PCC events were featured on KPBS radio in San Diego, KIRN Radio Iran in Los Angeles, Chekhabar.com, Kodoom.com and on the San Diego Arts and Sol website. These programs not only reached out the Iranian American community, but other communities who attended our featured programs.
The PCC Foundation-a charitable organization:
The foundation continues to raise funds for a Project S (Iranian lady whom is victim of domestic violence and going through Chemotherapy. She has two kids age 4 and 11).
Youth: This committee has been behind the planning of many different PCC events, both for members of the center and for charity. They are responsible for organizing Family Fun Night every other month, and work on the logistics and promotion every month. Also, for PCC, we’ve helped plan for the Nowruz celebration and worked behind the scenes on putting together the gifts and display tables. At the Persian Cultural Center office, we also helped organize, and spent hours working together to clean out the library and organize the files. Our board has also spent time helping different charity organizations raise money. The student board has organized fundraisers for Dollar a Month Fund and within PCC, collecting 41 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank.
Special Thank You: 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 following members have served their terms and are leaving the board: Nikoo Atefi, Parnian Badii, Hamid Beikzadeh, Gity Nematollahi and Hamid Rafizadeh. Except for Ms. Nematolahi and Mr. Rafizadeh who have served their two terms and are subject of “term limit” the others can run for re-election.
We are continually looking for Volunteers to join our committees and sub-Committees. Please step forward and GET INVOLVED with various groups to HELP US to serve the community better.
After the board of director’s report, candidates to fill the vacancies in the Board introduced themselves and presented their plans for joining the BOD. The ballot was secret. Mr. Mahmoud Maheronaghsh and Ms. Shahri Estakhry and Ms. Sara Hossainizad, Ms. Soudabeh Rahmankh and Mr. Milad Jahadi observed the election. After counting the ballots, including the absentees and electronic votes, the results were announced.
The following were elected as voting members of the board of directors:
- Ali Sadr
- Parnian Badii
- Nikoo Atefi
The following members were announced as alternate members of the board of directors:
These new members will serve along with the current board members: Fariba Babakhani- Ghazi, Amir Farshad Babakhani, Hossain Hajimowlana, Ida Khodami, Farideh Rasouli-Fazel, Shahla Salah and Venus Safaei. The general assembly was adjourned at 12 PM.
The first meeting of the board of directors was held on June, 11th 2019. Subsequently, the Board elected the Executive Board. The Executive Committee of PCC serves for one year:
- President: Fariba Babakhani – Ghazi
- Vice president: Nikoo Atefi
- Treasurer: Shahla Salah
- Secretary: Farideh Rasouli – Fazel
Advisory Board: Shahri Estakhry, Ali Sadr, Rosita Bagheri, Saeed Jalali and Hamid Rafizadeh.
Other members of the BOD will be leading various committees such as Art and Cultures, Educations, Charity, Building, Finance & Grant, Fundraising & Nowruz, PR, PCC Youth Group, Chahrshanbeh Soori and Membership.
Committees and assigned Committee Heads
Education Committee, ISSD: Ali Sadr
Art & Culture Committee: Hossain Hajimowlana
Peyk Committee: Ali Sadr
Membership Committee: Parnian Badii
Grant & Finance Committee: Fariba Babakhani-Ghazi
PR Committee: Farideh Rasouli- Fazel
Charity Committee: Shahla Salah
IAC/ Building Committee: Hamid Beikzadeh
Nowruz & Fundraising Committee: Nikoo Atefi
PCC Youth: Fariba Babakhani- Ghazi
Chaharshanbeh Soori: Hamid Beikzadeh
Governance Committee: Ali Sadr
If you wish to participate in any of the Committees, please contact PCC and ask for the head of the Committee.