United Macedonian Diaspora
UMD Bulletin
 October 2011
Dear Friend of UMD, Friend of Macedonia:

No matter whether its at the United Nations, the European Union, the U.S. Congress, the Australian Parliament, or the Canadian Parliament, UMD is making sure Macedonians have a voice.  But not everything we do is about educating policymakers.  UMD is more than just an advocacy organization.

Just a glimpse into what else UMD is doing or plans to do:

- UMD is planning another active charitable campaign to help Macedonia's needy.  Last winter's campaign to help the elderly in Macedonia was a huge success.  Over 200 elders were benefactors of our campaign.  (if you missed the pictures, click here);
- The new publication - UMD Business Brief, was launched this month to highlight the state of the Macedonian economy (in case you missed it, click here); and 


If you missed the UMD President's blog story about how UMD was formed, please click here.  


Make an Impact!  We welcome your feedback about how we can best keep you informed.  Please e-mail Metodija A. Koloski at mkoloski@umdiaspora.org.  If you know a friend or colleague who would appreciate receiving this e-bulletin, please click on the "Forward to a Friend" link at the bottom of this e-mail. 

We hope you enjoying reading October's UMD Bulletin below!    
Thanks to you, UMD is able to make an impact!  Thank you for your continued support!
UMD Board of Directors
Events & Social Media

We hope you will be able to attend these amazing events!  Know of a Macedonian event in your town, e-mail us at events@umdiaspora.org and we will feature it on our events calendar!



Saturday, November 5, 2011

20th Anniversary of Macedonian Independence Gala at the Macedonian Cultural Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. will be one of the keynote speakers!  Click here for more details. 



Friday, November 11, 2011

Opening of UMD's Sydney/NSW Branch and appointment of Tony Joseski as Regional Representative at the ArtHouse Hotel in Sydney.  Macedonia's Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Pero Stojanovski will be one of the keynote speakers.  Click here for more details.



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Launch of UMD's Chicago Branch at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Nevena Neskoska from DePaul University will receive the John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian Heritage Scholarship.  Click here for more details. 



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Reception to celebrate the 8th Anniversary of UMD and the Canadian Launch of the Macedonian Companions Program.  Click here for more details.   


Santa Fe, New Mexico

Ongoing till January 6, 2013

Thanks to the great efforts of the Macedonian Arts Council of New York, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico is hosting an exhibit entitled "Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress."  Click here for more details.  

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Founded in 2004, UMD is a leading international non-governmental and non-profit organization advocating for the interests and needs of Macedonians and Macedonian communities worldwide. 

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., UMD has built a formidable advocacy and operations network throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Europe, with membership spanning across six continents. 

Don't forget to visit our website http://www.umdiaspora.org for the latest updates on UMD.

Latest News & Activities
Australia, Recognize Macedonia Today!
Aussie FlagUMD Perth launched a campaign to urge Australia's Prime Minister to do the right thing and recognize Macedonia by her rightful and constitutional name!  Thousands of flyers were distributed this past weekend.  Please click here and get involved by sending your own letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. 

The campaign received significant media coverage in Macedonia, making it into almost 19 media outlets.  Click here to read some of the coverage.  

UMD Voice Summer/Fall 2011 Issue Downloaded 30,404 times!!!!

UMD VoiceThe UMD Voice Summer/Fall 2011 Issue, which is a 54 page magazine full of interesting and thought-provoking articles in Macedonia and Macedonian affairs was downloaded 30,404 times since it came out on October 5th. 


If you missed it, click here for the English version, and click here for the Macedonian version.   

UMD's Companions - a Distinction of Honor

DaikosKenneyEarlier this month, many of you received a special letter from two prominent Macedonian Diaspora business individuals George Atanasoski and John L. N. Bitove, C.M. in support of UMD's new program - Macedonian Companions. 


59 Macedonians and friends of Macedonia have already committed to provide key financial resources to UMD so we can carry on our important work for Macedonia and the Macedonian cause.  Click here to learn more about this new program.  Our goal is to get 300 people to commit their support, please consider being a Macedonian Companion.

Other news...

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Bulgaria...Again


UMD Criticizes European Commission Over Omission of Macedonian in Progress Report


UMD Salutes Gruevski's Speech to 66th United Nations General Assembly 

Ways to Get Involved with UMD
ACTION ALERT!!!  Is your Representative a member of the Congressional Macedonia Caucus?  Send them a letter and encourage them to join by clicking here.

Join UMD Today or Renew Membership for 2012!  By becoming a member of UMD, with its global network of advocates, you become part of one of the leading Macedonian organizations outside of Macedonia making an impact. 

Donate Today and Help Macedonia Every Day! (Canadians should visit http://www.canadahelps.org and type in "United Macedonian Diaspora") 
Who's Your Macedonian of the Month? There are many heroes in our community who often sadly go unrecognized. You can help! Nominate someone to be UMD's Macedonian of the Month! Simply e-mail a short, detailed nomination, along with a digital photo of them to info@umdiaspora.org. These individuals will be featured in future UMD Bulletins and UMD Voice magazines.

Are you a leader?  UMD is looking for volunteers to had up UMD operations in different parts of the world.  Want to get involved?  Please e-mail Metodija A. Koloski at mkoloski@umdiaspora.org.

Are you a student?  UMD offers internships throughout the year to students who want to build up their skills in foreign affairs, advocacy, networking, writing, etc...Interested?  or know someone who is interested?  Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to info@umdiaspora.org.


Contribute to UMD from the Comfort of Your Home...!
Every time that you use the Goodsearch search engine, you contribute 1 cent to UMD!

Planning to do Holiday Shopping?  Check out GoodShop.  Every purchase earns UMD a percent! 
Every time you buy from the UMD Store at Amazon.com, you contribute to UMD! 

Contact Us

United Macedonian Diaspora

1510 H Street, NW, Suite 900

Washington, D.C. 20005

United States

Phone: (202) 294-3400



United Macedonian Diaspora (Australia)

P.O Box 2153

Hawthorn, VIC 3122


Phone: +61 438 385 466



United Macedonian Diaspora (Canada)

3555 St. Clair Avenue East

Toronto, ON M1K 1L6


Phone: (416) 209-0448