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Thank You For A Wonderful 2nd Year

Open Letter to the Community From Texas PCC

Date: March 24, 2010

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to first wish everyone a very happy Norooz. I wish for a very healthy year for all of you.

Texas PCC is now 2 years old and we are now into our 3rd year of operation. I wanted to thank everyone for all the kind words, encouragements and support that you have provided. I cannot believe that we are now starting our 3rd year of existence as a cultural center. Thank you to those of you who have supported us through the years and have encouraged us to continue our work.

A very heartfelt thank you goes to our volunteers and teachers as well as the volunteers' families who share their loved ones' time with us. Without you, we could not have made it this far. You have shown clearly that contrary to the popular belief, our community in this city CAN and WILL come together and organize a center that symbolizes and celebrates our proud heritage. You have shown that instead of sowing seeds of doubt, gossip and negativity, we CAN sow seeds of integrity, sincerity, respect and compassion. I sincerely believe that a vast majority of our community members not only posses these great human qualities, they also significantly enrich quality of life for others in the community. What I find interesting is that this great majority usually works in a vacuum and on individual basis, because they either do not trust or do not know organizations that actually DO good work and ARE just like them, sincere and compassionate. Our members and volunteers want to let you all know that our doors are open to you if you want to join forces and if you respect our bylaws/organizational constitution to make a better community.

If you look at last year’s accomplishments, you will soon realize that a center like ours is a necessity for a healthy and functioning community. Last year, with your help & support, we were able to help the Iranian refugees with basic necessities; Iranian children with Persian language and arts & crafts classes; a number of patients with free doctor consultation and prescription medication; American and Iranian-Americans with Persian language instruction; the Iranian women with the establishment of the Iranian Women’s Society, the elderly with a place to get together and enjoy each other’s company; the adults with basic computer classes; the artists and musicians with gallery and venue for displaying, performing or selling their art; the Persian literature and poetry enthusiasts with various events; the entire community with several seminars by healthcare professionals; the film enthusiasts with several film and documentary viewing; the authors with a venue to launch, talk about or sell their books; the college students with a venue to meet, have discussions, dance, eat dinners or just have fun mingling; the filmmaking students with a venue to use for their class projects; American high school students with a place to visit to learn about Iran and her history; the entire community with celebration of events such as Norooz, Sadeh, Mehregan, Yalda, Halloween, New years eve and numerous other events. This level of commitment does not come easy and every single person helping and supporting us in these events should be very proud of their tireless efforts. You know who you are, and we thank you for your efforts and support.

A few more items I'd like to share with you as we start our 3rd year of operation:

  • Our email membership has now exceeded 1100 members, but I know we have many more Iranians in this town who have not heard of our center and would enjoy being part of our community family. If you have local people with emails/or email lists, please forward them to me or forward this email to them so they can join through our website.

  • I am happy to say that in 2009, with the exception of one month (October), we were able to make our financial commitments such as rent, electricity, phone, internet, water, garbage, etc… on time, every month with a few dollars to spare at the end of the month. In October we were short about $800 which we were able to put together by help from generous donors. Our expenses are not huge (about $3300 per month) compare to the services we provide to the community. We draw no salaries and our teachers volunteer their time. We want to get to a point where we can compensate our teachers at minimum for the time they put in for our children’s education. A few of you are helping us with monthly credit card donations (from $1.00 per month to $100 per month) which helps us tremendously because we know we have a guaranteed few hundred dollars every month.) – the remainder of our expenses are generally covered by class tuitions, ticket sales to events and cash/check donations made to our donation box. We can really use a few more regular credit card donations. Even $10-$20 a month will make a huge difference if the number of donors is increased. As you know, we have been awarded a Tax Exempt Status by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to TexasPCC are tax deductible . Everyone who donated to the cultural center in 2009, should have received their year-end receipts by now. If you have not, you have either not provided us with a valid address or somehow failed to give us an address at all. Please let me know if you need a year-end receipt for your donation.

  • I want to ask you to support our advertisers so they continue to help us with purchasing ads. We have made changes to our website so the position of the ads change every time a new page is loaded so all advertisers have the same chance of having their ads displayed on the top rows. If you want to advertise with us, please contact me.

    Again, thank you all for the wonderful 2 years and we are looking forward to meeting more of you as we start our 3rd year of operation. Please let us know what we do right and what we can improve upon. If you have ideas, we would love to hear them. If you want to join our team, please let us know. Remember, this center belongs to our community and only YOU can make it better and more functional.

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EMAIL: support@texaspcc.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 833717, Richardson TX 75083-3717