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UMD Bulletin

Monthly Bulletin
December 8, 2010
In this issue...
:: Macedonia Must Cease "Negotiations"
:: Launch of UMD Western Australia
:: Little Caesars' Tradition Continues
:: Upcoming UMD Events
:: 3rd Annual UMD Global Conference
:: UMD Meets With Canadian Prime Minister Harper
:: Premieres of A Name is A Name
:: UMD Meets Turkish Foreign Minister
:: Launch of UMD Indiana
UMD Board Message

Dear Friends!

This issue of UMD Bulletin features information about recent UMD activities, including building further U.S., Canadian, and French support for Macedonia, and meetings with Canada's Prime Minister and Turkey's Foreign Minister.

We hope you will consider becoming a member of UMD, renewing your membership by December 31, 2010 if already a member, or donating to one of our projects. As the year nears to an end, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to UMD. Help UMD kick off 2011 more financially stronger!

Please enjoy reading our bulletin!

UMD Board of Directors
UMD Reiterates Call Upon Macedonian Government to Cease "Negotiations" with Greece

On November 22, UMD reiterated its position that Macedonia should immediately cease "negotiations" with Greece as outlined in the Resolution passed by the UMD Board of Directors at the 2nd UMD Global Conference.

UMD vowed to continue its grassroots efforts to educate U.S. and European policymakers on the importance to all of Europe (including Greece) of Macedonia becoming a formal member in NATO. "UMD urges NATO leaders to stress to Greece that enough is enough of their blackmail tactics and ugly gamesmanship," stated UMD Chairman Stojan Nikolov.

Read more....

UMD's Macedonia in NATO Campaign 2010

Since being founded in 2004, UMD has encouraged NATO to invite Macedonia to join the world's greatest military alliance. In 2007-2008, UMD held a campaign by publishing advertisements in newspapers in Washington, D.C. and in Macedonia. This year, UMD garnered a lot of support for Macedonia's NATO membership, although again Macedonia was not invited by NATO to join the alliance. Here is a selection of the work:

19 Members of Congress Send Letter to President Obama in Support of Macedonia's NATO Membership

Croatian-Americans Support Macedonia's NATO Membership

Hungarian-Americans Support Macedonia's NATO Membership

French MP Sends Letter to President Sarkozy (In French, press release in Macedonian)

Four U.S. Senators Urge President Obama to Support Macedonia's NATO Membership at Lisbon Summit

Canadian National Defence Committee Vice-Chair Bryon Wilfert Urges Support of Macedonia

Turkish-Americans Support Macedonia's NATO Membership

UMD Reaffirms Request That President Obama Champion Macedonia's Accession to NATO; Refutes AHI

UMD Launches Western Australian Operations and Appoints Dame Krcoski as Regional Representative

UMDPerthTeamOn November 12, 2010, UMD reached an important milestone in its growth strategy in Australia by officially launching its operations in Western Australia with a reception appointing Dame Krcoski as its inaugural Regional Representative.

Read more....

In Other News:

Australia's On Line opinion publishes UMD Director's piece "Improving Australian aid"

UMD Offended by Insulting and Racist Comments by UWA Professor

Educate. Advocate. Donate.

UMD, through the extraordinary work of its founders, members, donors and volunteers, has been at the forefront of promoting the interests of Macedonians in Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Canberra, and Brussels. In order for us to continue our advocacy and outreach, we are asking for your support in the form of a monthly financial donation. Your monthly donation will go a long way towards achieving our goal.


Corporate Matching

Your donation to UMD could be matched dollar for dollar! Many companies offer matching gift programs that will double, even triple a donation's value. Check with your company to find out if your company will match your charitable contribution to UMD.

Please Note: Canadian donors who donate above $100.00 should mail a check to our Canadian office address instead of an online donation in order for you to receive a tax-receipt.

Little Caesars' Tradition Continues in Westfield, Indiana

LittleCaesarsThe tradition of Pizza Pizza continues this time in Westfield, Indiana. 50 years ago, Macedonian-Americans Michael and Marian Ilitch founded what would today become one of the world's largest pizza chains, Little Caesars.

Little Caesars is a franchise, and the Westfield store was opened by Macedonian-Americans Lou and Valentina Nestorovski of Michigan and Dejan and Olivia Minoski of Indiana. Macedonian-Americans have a great history of entrepreneurialship. The grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony held on December 6, 2010 was attended by Westfield Town Officials, Chamber of Commerce Officials, and UMD President Metodija A. Koloski.

More details about this great story will be featured in UMD Voice magazine.

Important Survey of the Australian-Macedonian Community

In partnership with the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UMD, you are invited to participate in the following survey about people of Macedonian background in Australia.

The survey is about the ways in which connections with Macedonia are maintained by migrants, children of migrants and those who have a close connection with Macedonia. It should take from 10 to 20 minutes to complete depending on how much you want to say.

Upcoming UMD Events

December 12, 2010 - Washington, D.C. - Launch of UMD Mid-Atlantic Region. E-mail for more information, or check the UMD Calendar on our website.

December 16, 2010 - Washington, D.C. - 3rd Annual Joint Macedonian-Turkish Happy Hour. E-mail for more information, or check the UMD Calendar on our website.

January 15, 2010 - Washington, D.C. - 6th Annual Macedonian Old New Year's/Vasilica Party at the Macedonian Embassy. E-mail for more information, or or check the UMD Calendar on our website

Several UMD events are being planned for the next few months. If you want to help plan a UMD event in your town/city, please e-mail us at
3rd Annual Global Conference - A Celebration of Macedonia

The 3rd Annual UMD Global Conference will be held on June 23-25, 2011, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. next door to the White House!!

Registration for the conference will open next week! You will receive an e-mail next week with the registration and hotel discount information.

The work of UMD is more crucial than ever. Join us in Washington, D.C. and connect with Macedonians from throughout the world and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Macedonian Independence!!!

If you would like to get involved with our conference, please e-mail us at


UMD Meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Presents Goce Delchev Award


On November 2, 2010, UMD met with The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The meeting was to discuss Canada-Macedonia bilateral relations and Macedonia's aspirations to join NATO. UMD bestowed upon Prime Minister Harper its highest honour, the Goce Delchev Award, for his bold and honourable leadership in international affairs, and his recognition of Macedonia by her constitutional name, solidifying the excellent relationship between Canada and Macedonia. Prime Minister Harper is the first recipient of the Goce Delchev Award.

Chicago and Fort Wayne Premieres of A Name is A Name; Perth, Miami, and Los Angeles to Come

On November 12, 2010, UMD organized the Chicago Premiere of A Name is A Name at the prestigious Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in the heart of Chicago. 400 people attended the premiere, including the Consul Generals of 14 different countries.

On December 4, 2010, UMD organized the Fort Wayne Premiere of A Name is A Name at the Indiana University/Purdue University campus. Close to 100 people attended the premiere.

Details and pictures will be published in UMD Voice magazine coming out this stay tuned!

The Perth Premiere will be held on December 16, 2010 at the Astor Theatre. Click HERE for more info.

UMD is in preparations of organizing the Los Angeles and Miami premieres. Stay tuned!

Join UMD Today! or Renew Your Membership!

Become a member of one of the leading and fastest growing Macedonian organizations in the world, the United Macedonian Diaspora, Today!

What are the benefits of UMD Membership? Click HERE.

New Members: All UMD Memberships are for 1 year. When you join now, your membership will be valid until December 31, 2011.

Current Members: You must renew for 2011 by December 31, 2010 for your membership to remain in good standing. Once renewed your membership will be valid until December 31, 2011. Only members who have timely renewed and are in good standing are eligible to vote in the UMD 2011 Board Election.

Please Note: Canadian donors who donate above $100.00 should mail a check to our Canadian office address instead of an online donation in order for you to receive a tax-receipt.

UMD Meets Turkish Foreign Minister

DavutogluOn November 28, 2010, UMD Board Member and Treasurer Denis Manevski and UMD Development Coordinator Diana Booth attended a reception at the Turkish Embassy in honor of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Minister Davutoglu's family roots are from Ohrid, Macedonia. Manevski and Booth thanked the Minister for his strong support of Macedonia and Turkey's friendship to Macedonia.

UMD Appoints Argie N. Bellio of Fort Wayne as Indiana Regional Representative

BellioAppointmentOn December 4, 2010, the same night as the Fort Wayne Premiere of A Name is A Name, UMD appointed Argie N. Bellio as the UMD Indiana Region Representative. Bellio has been a long-time member and support of UMD, born and raised in Fort Wayne. His responsibility will be to increase awareness about UMD's important work. Fort Wayne is one of the United States' oldest Macedonian-American communities. UMD President Metodija A. Koloski presented Bellio with a Certificate of Appointment.

More details to follow in UMD Voice magazine.

Calling all Leaders

We need your help!

Are you a leader? Do you want to become more actively involved in the Macedonian community? This is a great opportunity!

UMD is looking for volunteers to get involved in its programs benefiting Macedonia and the global Macedonian community. Although any involvement in the community is a good place to start, we do have a critical need in certain areas.

  • Advocacy
  • Event Planning
  • UMD Voice
  • Fundraising
  • Writing Press Releases
  • Translations in Macedonian
  • Charitable Efforts
If you would like to volunteer to help in any of the above areas, please contact Meto Koloski at
Are you a Student?

UMD offers internships throughout the year in Washington, D.C. The internship program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Macedonia and Southeast Europe. The internship can serve as an effective means to introduce and advance a future career in foreign policy, journalism, public relations, human rights, advocacy, government, or the nonprofit sector.

Prospective applicants from a variety of academic majors are welcome, and all majors are eligible. Candidates for UMD should expect to work a minimum of 15 hours per week during the academic year and 35 hours per week during the summer. This position is unpaid, but may offer a small stipend.

To apply for an internship, please send a copy of your resume, writing sample(s), and a brief description about your interests in the Southeast European region, especially Macedonia, to Meto Koloski at
Founded in 2004, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is a leading global non-governmental organization addressing the interests and needs of Macedonians and Macedonian communities throughout the world. UMD is a not-for-profit corporation and tax-exempt entity pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. UMD is also a registered Canadian charity.

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