HISTORY OF RICKS INSTITUTE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, USA, INC.

The deadly coup d’etat of 1980 negatively impacted Ricks Institute administration’s ability to sustain the institution as financial support for day-to-day operations was abruptly and significantly curtail from the following sponsors:

  • The premature death of the greatest advocate of Ricks Institute, Dr. William R. Tolbert Jr, then, president of the Republic of Liberia and former president of the Baptist World Alliance, left a void in the financial subsidy Ricks Institute had enjoyed from LBMEC and the Liberian government.
  • Finance, staff, and teachers provided by the South Baptist Convention dating back to the mid sixties, dwindled.
  • The change in the overall economic condition of Liberia made it impossible for parents to afford the tuition, room and board required for their children to remain students at Ricks Institute.

Out of the cry from the school’s administration to alumni to assist in alleviating the plight of their alma mater, the following attempts were made by concerned alumni groups to jump start an alumni association: 

  • In 1987, a letter writing campaign targeted at two hundred and fifty alumni was undertaken by the Minnesota group, Canmu Dennis (Class ’78) and Joan Toweh (Class ’79), to explore the possibility of a reunion. 
  • That same year, Miss Jonathan Minor (Class ’63), then serving as the principal of Ricks Institute, and Rev. Charles Jones (Class ’76), traveled to the Unites States as emissaries of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convention (LBMEC), to solicit support from Baptist churches and conventions as well as alumni and friends of Ricks Institute.  R. Napoleon Outland (Class ’78) who hosted Miss Minor during part of her stay in the United States, accompanied her to a church service in New Jersey, where Rev. Jones was the guest preacher.   The message inspired Napoleon such that he committed right there to spearhead an alumni focused fund raising to address immediate needs at Ricks Institute.  Immediately upon his return to Boston, Massachusetts, Napoleon contacted Watchen Harris Bruce (Class ’77)  and Christine Harris Idiokitas (Class ’70) and other alumni in the Boston metropolitan area to raise the much needed funds to purchase and ship the priority list of commodities requested by Miss Minor. 
  • Per the success of the first initiative undertaken for their alma mater, the Bostonians felt emboldened to take the lead in organizing the first of its kind alumni reunion.
  • In 1988, Dave Dixon (Class ’70), after visiting Ricks Institute during his vacation in Liberia, and seeing the devastating plight of the school, invited a few of his fellow alumni, upon his return to his home in Natick, Massachusetts, to devise a rescue plan for his alma mater.

In 1988, the Massachusetts and Minnesota alumni groups agreed to synchronize their efforts and thus a face-to-face exploratory meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts.  The attendees were: Christine Harris Idiokitas, Eliza Weeks, Watchen Harris Bruce, Canmu Dennis, Dave L. Dixon, and Napoleon Outland.  It is noteworthy to mention that even today, (2021), five (5) of those original six persons; Christine Harris Idiokitas, Watchen Harris Bruce, Dave Dixon, and Napoleon Outland have been continuously and consistently active with the association over the past thirty-two (32) years. Fate would not allow Eliza Weeks to be among that number because she passed on to glory during 2020.

What did that historic meeting accomplish?

  • We resolved that we should form an alumni association.
  • We resolved that we should target 1989 Labor Day weekend for the initial assembling of alumni to formalize the association and socialize.
  • We resolved that we needed to appeal to more alumni and raise funds so we could broaden the base of the initial committee.
  • We resolved that we needed to establish a leadership team.

At that meeting, Dave Dixon was appointed as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee with Napoleon Outland as his Vice Chairman. Christine Harris Idiokitas was appointed as Secretary with Watchen Harris Bruce was elected as Treasurer and Canmu Dennis was appointed Parliamentarian.  Within a few weeks, the committee grew to include the following alumni and friends: Kedrick White (Class ’80), Bill White (former student), Mazu Cooper (Class ’71), Malvina Cooper (Class ’79), Vivien Jones (Class ’79), Nathaniel Sayon (Class ’78), Thelma Garnett (Class ’78), Ciatta Victor (former student), Martha Moore (Class ’80), and Oso Smith (friend).

Faced with the plight of not having money to fund a reunion, the committee devised innovated ways and means to raise the $8,000 budget to host first reunion.  They organized and hosted paid socials in their homes and still had to dig deep and donated personal funds to close the budget short fall.  With these contributions in hand, we were able to pay for all the expenses of the first reunion including; airfares for Mr. and Mrs. Oody from California, car rental and hotel accommodation for them, rental of a cruise ship for a cruise around the Boston Harbor, hall rental at Northeastern University for the reunion activities, sports facility, drinks and food, etc.  We held weekly planning meetings, rotating from one member home to the next each week from the first meeting in March 1989 until the last in late August 1989.

After many tireless months of dedicated efforts, finally as the Labor Day weekend of 1989 rolled around it was time to put the efforts of the planning committee into action.  We saw the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Oody at the Worcester, MA airport. They were met and escorted to their hotel by the Chairman Dixon, who had not seen them in 19 years.  Former students from all areas of America began to converge upon Northeastern University in Boston. It was the dawning of a new day for Ricks Institute.  The first ever Liberian school reunion began with a lot of pomp and circumstance. 

Chairman Dixon introduced the occasion and welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Oody, and all the many alumni, former faculty and friends of Ricks Institute that had converged upon Boston for the dawning of this new historic day.  During the ceremonies, Mr. Oody delivered a heart warming and encouraging keynote speech before we moved into the business session with the first item being the ratification of the draft constitution that the Planning Committee had prepared.  Upon a two-thirds vote of those present, the constitution was ratified and, as we sang the school ode, this ushered into existence the organization that is known today as the Ricks Institute Alumni Association USA, Inc.

With the birth of a new organization, elections of the first core of officers were held. Upon a motion by Timotheous Weeks, duly seconded by Nehemiah F. Dixon Jr., all the interim officers were elected by acclamation to retain their respective positions for another year.  After a very successful three days of historic beginnings, on Labor Day, Monday morning, after an all night farewell party at the home of the newly elected National Vice Chairman, Napoleon Outland, those that had come to be a part of this historic occasion departed Boston leaving behind an infant Ricks Institute Alumni Association to be nurtured by the new cadre of officers whom they had elected.

Riaa History timeline

1989-1990
DAVE & NAPOLEON

Major accomplishments of the Dave Llewellyn Dixon & Napoleon R. Outland administration during their first year at the helm of the infant RIAA USA Inc. organization included, among others.

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1991-1992
WALTER & NAPOLEON

During the next two reunions the newly elected National Chairman, Mr. Walter Skinner presided and wasted no time in continuing to build upon the foundation his predecessor.

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1993-1994
NAPOLEON & LUCELIA

Napoleon resided over the 5th and 6th reunions held in New York and Baltimore, MD respectively and were again very successful.

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1995-1996
WELLINGTON & CHRISTINE

Following a very successful two years in office, he passed the torch to Mr. L. Wellington VanPelt and Mrs. Christine Harris Idiokitas who were elected as National and Vice National Chairman respectively.

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1997-1998
WESLEY & WATCHEN

Wellington later passed the baton after a successful two years to the newly elected National Chairman, Mr. Wesley N. Bailey and his newly elected National Vice Chairman Mrs. Watchen Harris Bruce and their core of other elected officers.

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1999-2000
RANDOLPH & LUCELIA

As the years advanced Wesley completed his term of office in 1998 and Dr. Randolph A.K.W. McClain, PhD, was elected as National Chairman for the reunions to be held in 1999 (11th) and  2000 (12th).

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2001-2002
INEZ & ALBERT

When Dr. McClain successfully completed his term of office, Dr. Inez Reeves (MD) was elected as National Chairman along with Mr. Albert Ireland as National Vice Chairman.

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2003-2004
ROSETTUS & FEWEH

After a job well done, the general assembly elected Mr. Rosettus L. Weeks, CPA, as the 8th National Chairman along with Mr. Feweh Sherman as his National Vice Chairman.

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2005-2006
ZWANNAH & TENEKAY

When Rosettus successfully completed his term of office, he passed the mantel of leadership to another very able alumnus, Dr. Zwannah D. Dukuly (MD). Elected along side Dr. Dukuly was Mr. Tenekay Sayeh as National Vice Chairman.

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2007-2008
ZWANNAH & DAVID

In an unprecedented move, shortly before the close of the 18th annual reunion in Atlanta, Dr. Dukuly was re-elected to serve as National Chairman for a 2nd two year term. Mr. David Thomas was elected along side Dr. Dukuly as National Vice Chairman to replace Tenekay Sayeh.

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2009-2010
DAVID & MALTINA

This task was undertaken by Napoleon Outland, David Thomas and Mrs. Maltima Outland who made it happen within a matter of less than a week. Today RIAA USA, Inc. enjoys one of the most sophisticated websites any non-profit organization can have.

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2011 - 2012
RUDOLPH & ELIZABETH

National Chair was Dr. Rudolph Bropleh and Vice National Chair was Mrs. Elizabeth Lowey-Mack.

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2013 - 2014
BEN & EDWINA

National Chair was Mr. Benjamin Jensen, Jr. and Vice National Chair was Mrs. Edwina Bropleh-Barchue

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2015 - 2016
DAVE & EMMANUEL

National Chair was Mr. Dave L. Dixon and Vice National Chair was Deacon Emmanuel Paulus

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2017 - 2018
EMMANUEL & JOHN

Deacon Emmanuel R. A. Paulus was elected National Chairman along with Mr. John E. Scott, II was elected Vice National Chairman at the RIAA New Jersey 2016 Convention and succeeded Mr. Dave Dixon in a tough contested election.

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2019 - 2020
JOHN & RENA

National Chair was Mr. John E. Scott, II and Vice National Chair was Mrs. Rena Smith-Jarrett.

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Dave & Napoleon

Major accomplishments of the Dave Llewellyn Dixon & R. Napoleon Outland administration during their first year at the helm of the infant RIAA USA Inc. organization included, among others:

  • Bringing together Ricks alumni, former students, faculty and friends from all over the U.S. for the first time in history to establish the Ricks Institute Alumni Association USA.

Other accomplishments included:

  • The Drafting the first Constitution of RIAA

  • The raising of $12,000 ($6K of which was donated by Mr. & Mrs Oody’s California’s church after their return to California) to help renovate and outfit dilapidated buildings at Ricks and fund teachers salaries due to the conditions existing in Liberia at the time.

  • Initiating an Annual Chairman’s award program to honor those who had made significant contributions to RIAA during the year.

  • Established the first official link between RIAA-USA and the Leadership team at Ricks Institute.

  • Initiating an annual National Chairman’s award to honor someone who had made significant contributions to our Alma Mater

  • In a dramatic and emotional setting, connected a mother (Miss Caine) who was a former student of Ricks Institute, with the father, Daniel Adjei, (also a former student of Ricks) of her child; they had lost contact with each other since the child was born more than two decades earlier.

The task continued.

The second annual reunion was held in Washington, DC at the historic Metropolitan Baptist Church on R Street, N.W.

At this reunion, Ricks alumni from all across the United States gathered once again, for just the second time, in the existence of this newly formed alumni association.

As National Chairman, Dave Llewellyn Dixon was pleased to confer upon Mrs. Victoria Tolbert, wife of the late president of Liberia, Dr. William R. Tolbert Jr., a stalwart of Ricks Institute, who had dedicated his efforts, resources and time to our Alma Mater all during his life, the annual National Chairman’s honor.

Mother Vick, as Mrs. Tolbert was affectionately called by Ricks students, was accorded this honor in recognition of the many sacrificial services she and her late husband had made to Ricks Institute. About $11,000 was raised and sent to Ricks Institute to fund teachers and staff salaries.

Before the close of this 2nd reunion a new core of officers were elected for the following two year term. These officers included, among others; Walter B. Skinner, National Chairman and R. Napoleon Outland, National Vice-Chairman. They were then duly installed by Rev. Eric David, former General Secretary of the Liberian Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention.

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Walter & Napoleon

During the next two reunions the newly elected National Chairman, Mr. Walter Skinner presided and wasted no time in continuing to build upon the foundation his predecessor, Dave Llewellyn Dixon, had laid in Boston.  By the time of the 3rd reunion in 1991 in Houston, Texas Walter, Napoleon and team had:

  • Drafted a set of By-laws for the organization
  • Incorporated the organization as a non-stock corporation in the District of Columbia
  • Conferred the national Chairman’s honor for outstanding service to Ricks Institute upon Reverend Walter D. Richards, a former principal

 

Before the end of the 4th reunion in Atlanta, GA, the Skinner administration had:

  • Initiated a monthly RIAA USA, Inc. Newsletter
  • Raised and sent about $10,000 to Ricks Institute for general operating expenses

The climax of the Skinner administration came at the close of the 4th annual reunion when his National Vice Chairman, R. Napoleon Outland, was elected to succeed him as the new National Chairman at the reunion held in Atlanta, Georgia. Miss Lucelia Harmon (now Bropleh) was elected along side him to serve as his Vice National Chairman.

Subsequent years under the leadership of Napoleon Outland & Licelia Harmon saw RIAA, USA, Inc continue to make progress in keeping with one of the initial goals of making each convention better than the other.

 
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NAPOLEON & LUCELIA

He had served under two prior administrations as National Vice Chairman in addition to being a founding member so he was very knowledgeable about the workings of the organization.

Napoleon resided over the 5th and 6th reunions held in New York and Baltimore, MD respectively and were again very successful.

He moved swiftly to:

  • Strengthen the various chapters.
  • They raised $8,000 during the first year of their administration, to send to Ricks Institute for faculty salaries
  • They raised an additional $6,000 during their second year that was sent for the renovation of the dining hall.
  • Chairman Outland’s administration continue to solidify the organizational structure of  RIAA by filing for and obtaining the coveted tax exempt status from the IRS, commonly referred to as the 501(c) (3) status, named after the code section of the tax laws which authorizes it. This status allows anyone who contributes monies to RIAA to take a deduction on their tax return for such amount.
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WELLINGTON & CHRISTINE

Following a very successful two years in office, he passed the torch to Mr. L. Wellington VanPelt and Mrs. Christine Harris Idiokitas who were elected as National and Vice National Chairman respectively.

Major accomplishments of their administration was;

The shipments of twenty (20)  barrels of  educational and medical supplies and other basic essentials to Ricks Institute along with two (2) microscopes for the science laboratory.

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Wesley & Watchen

Wellington later passed the baton after a successful two years to the newly elected National Chairman, Mr. Wesley N. Bailey and his newly elected National Vice Chairman Mrs. Watchen Harris Barker and their core of other elected officers

Major accomplishments of their administration was;

Providing the parts to rebuild the tractor (the life-blood of the campus’ livestock and farming project)

Sending to Ricks Institute a chevy S-10 Pickup truck that was donated by Mr. Henry Lewis from the graduating class of 1970.

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Randolph & Lucelia

As the years advanced Wesley completed his term of office in 1998 and Dr. Randolph A.K.W. McClain, PhD, was elected as National Chairman for the reunions to be held in 1999 (11th) and  2000 (12th).

Also elected to assist Dr. McClain as National Vice Chairman was Mrs. Lucelia Harmon-Bropleh (the former Lucelia Harmon).

Dr. McClain and team launched the theme 10-10-10, a strategic initiative to elevate Ricks Institute to excellence (especially in academics) in ten (10) years.

Other accomplishments included;

  • The devising of a methodology that shows the pathway to improve Ricks students’ competitiveness for the best college educational opportunities

  • They oversaw stagnant account moving from 0% interest to 5% interest

  • They raised half of the money needed to purchase an electric generator for Ricks

  • For the 1st time, they honored five Ricks employees, including Mrs. Rose Sherman Barti, the outstanding dietician of Ricks Institute who had dedicated all her efforts to ensure over the years that the students had a balanced diet daily in the dining hall, and Mrs. A.C. Donath, for continuous dedicated service to Ricks in spite of the long civil war.

  • Another major undertaken of the McClain administration was the launching of the RIAA website under the auspices of Mr. Eastman who served faithfully as webmaster.

Mr. Eastman is also credited with securing the URL for the organization i.e. www.ricksinstitute.org.

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Inez & Albert

When Dr. McClain successfully completed his term of office, Dr. Inez Reeves (MD) was elected as National Chairman along with Mr. Albert Ireland as National Vice Chairman.

This administration brought even more prosperity to RIAA and Ricks Institute some of which included;

  • Shipment to the “Ricks Project” which provided a variety of school and office supplies, including two computers and a number of high school science textbooks.

  • Dr.  Reeves also was instrumental in having RIAA, USA Inc. make two monetary awards to graduating seniors with the highest achievement in Math and Science.

  • Additionally, Dr. Reeves continued to pursue the website project appointing Napoleon Outland, David Thomas and Conrad Thomas as the web team to further refined the website

This refining made the website to be sophisticated enough to enabled former students from as far as Turkey, Jordan and missionaries from all over the United States to connect with the reunion and their fellow former students and faculty. It also supported a massive pen pal system connecting Ricks students with students all around the world.

Another major accomplishment of Dr. Reeves administration was the launching of the scholarship program for Ricks students.

This initiative was managed by a scholarship committee consisting of Mr. Napoleon Outland, Mr. Calvin Bropleh and Miss Maltima Norma (now Outland). This team did a remarkable job.

Through the state of the art process created on the website, this program was able to raise over $5,000 over a three (3) year period in scholarship monies for students desiring to attend Ricks Institute.

One major advantage of this state of the art web scholarship program was the creation of an equal opportunity for up to 100 student applicants to be selected for the scholarship.

During her administration, Dr. Reeves was also pleased to confer the National Chairman’s honor on Mr. John Mills (a former missionary science and biology instructor who had served Ricks Institute for a very long period even after losing his wife on campus to a tropical illness).  

She also was pleased to honor Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Bellinger (former long-term instructor, business manager & school nurse respectively) with the National Chairman’s honor during her 2nd year in office.

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ROSETTUS & FEWEH

After a job well done, the general assembly elected Mr. Rosettus L. Weeks, CPA, as the 8th National Chairman along with Mr. Feweh Sherman as his National Vice Chairman

  • During the first year of the Weeks  administration about $10,000 was raised and sent to Ricks Institute to fund faculty and staff salaries and another $1,000 was provided for scholarship.
  • During the 2nd year of this administration, $12,000 was sent for the renovation projects at Ricks.
  • This leadership team was also very instrumental in completing the amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws.
  • Also, during their administration, Mr. Weeks was pleased to confer the National Chairman’s honor on Mrs. Mildred Itoka, another former long term staff member who had diligently served the students of Ricks Institute over the years.
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ZWANNAH & TENEKAY

When Rosettus successfully completed his term of office, he passed the mantle of leadership to another very able alumnus, Dr. Zwannah D. Dukuly (MD).

Elected alongside Dr. Dukuly was Mr. Tenekay Sayeh as National Vice Chairman.

When Rosettus successfully completed his term of office, he passed the mantel of leadership to another very able alumnus, Dr. Zwannah D. Dukuly (MD).

Elected along side Dr. Dukuly was Mr. Tenekay Sayeh as National Vice Chairman.

  • The Dukuly administration saw its first year, 2005, sending $12,000 to Ricks Institute to renovate the William V. S. Tubman Administration building, after a very successful reunion in Houston
  • It was at this reunion that Dr. Zwannah Dukuly (MD) honored Mr. and Mrs. Ezekiel Bambolo, a citizen of Cameron, who had rendered dedicated very long-term service to Ricks Institute as a former French instructor and high school dormitory director. Mr. Bambalo, inspite of all the calamities taking place in the war ravage Liberia, risked his life to stay at Ricks Institute to protect the students and property of the institution.
  • During the 2nd year of Dr. Dukuly’s administration, he had the pleasure of honoring Mr. and Mrs. Phil Cole, who both were long term former instructors at Ricks Institute. “Pa Cole” (as the husband was affectionately called), had once served as interim principal during the absence of Mr. Oody.
  • Dr. Dukuly sent more than $15,000 to Ricks Institute to fund teachers and staff salaries.
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Zwannah & David

In an unprecedented move, shortly before the close of the 18th annual reunion in Atlanta, Dr. Dukuly was re-elected to serve as National Chairman for a 2nd two year term. Mr. David Thomas was elected along side Dr. Dukuly as National Vice Chairman to replace Tenekay Sayeh.

2007 took the 19th annual reunion to Providence, Rhode Island once again with Dr. Dukuly and team still in charge.

This time, Rev. Bishop Augustus B. Marwieh  (the 2nd principal of Ricks Institute) was chosen to receive the Annual National Chairman’s honor and this was conferred upon him, in abstentia,  by Dr. Dukuly.

Following the close of that convention, $12,500 was sent to Ricks Institute to renovate the high school boy’s dormitory, Cheeseman Hall,

An additional $7,500 was also sent to Ricks during the same period to purchase beds to facilitate the reopening of the Charlotte Tolbert Hall, the high school girl’s dormitory. 

Another major accomplishment of Dr. Dukuly’s administration was the further refinement of the RIAA USA Inc. website to a state of the art website.

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DAVID & MaltiNa

This task was undertaken by Napoleon Outland, David Thomas and Mrs. Maltima Outland who made it happen within a matter of less than a week. Today RIAA USA, Inc. enjoys one of the most sophisticated websites any non-profit organization can have.

RIAA USA inc. is very proud to be the trend setter, the first Liberian organization to initiate a student reunion in the USA and, also to be the first association to be the sole support of their alma mater during the darkest days of the civil war in Liberia.

Many people have made a lot of personal, as well as group, sacrifices to get the association to where it has been able to celebrate more than 30 years of contributions to our alma mater as well as build a great and sustainable organization. Looking back at all the financial support we have provided to Ricks over the years, it has exceeded more than $200,000. What other school can boast about that?

Over the years, the organization has always stayed focus on one of its main goals which is to restore Ricks to its former glory years so that those who come after us will be able to get the same quality of education, or even better, than we received from Ricks.

Today, Ricks Institute has produced a number of very successful alumnae among which include; three or more medical doctors, PhD’s, a number of CPAs, computer engineers, scientists, lawyers, president, senator, politicians etc. How many other Liberian schools can make a boast on that?

We thank God for the Grace He has given us to preserver during the past thirty (30) or more years to continue to “Lift Others as We Climb”.

We also recognize all those who have made substantial contributions to RIAA but have not been named in this history. It is not an oversight but it is either because we are not aware of it or, we may have been aware at the time of your contribution but due to the passage of time our memories have faded us. We appreciate all that you have done and we say a very BIG thank you.

Stella Polaris, O Ricks Institute, Thine Way to Greatness and Prosperity, Here We Turn to Glorious Ricks For Fame and Victory for another twenty (20) years.

God bless RIAA, its leadership and restore Ricks Institute.

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RUDOLPH & ELIZABETH

  • National Chair was Dr. Rudolph Bropleh and Vice National Chair was Mrs. Elizabeth Lowey-Mack.
  • Donated $ I5,000.00 for teachers’ salaries and $6,000.00 for sporting supplies (jerseys, balls, shoes, etc.) 2012 
  • Donated $20,000.00 for faculty and staff salaries
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BEN & EDWINA

  • National Chair was Mr. Benjamin Jensen,

  • Jr. and Vice National Chair was Mrs. Edwina Bropleh-Barchue
  • Renovation of Charlotte Tolbert Hall
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DAVE & EMMANUEL

  • National Chair was Mr. Dave L. Dixon and Vice 
    National Chair was Deacon Emmanuel Paulus
  • Launching of Virtual Education Program (VEP) including the latest in learning technology, donation of 50 laptops and desktops, purchased and installation of a 100 KVA generator to electrify the campus (Total cost= $21,985.00); th
    e cost of this project is unknown but will be more when it is fully implemented.
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EMMANUEL & JOHN

  • Deacon Emmanuel R. A. Paulus was elected National Chairman along with Mr. John E. Scott, II was elected Vice National Chairman at the RIAA New Jersey 2016 Convention and succeeded Mr. Dave Dixon in a tough contested election. Deacon Paulus served as National Vice Chairman under Mr. Dixon and also served as National Religious Chairman and President of the New England Chapter for many years with many achievements.  As National Chairman, Deacon Paulus launched the highest funded project in the history of the Association: “Project Renovate Ricks”.  This project gave the W.V.S. Tubman Administrative Building a general and specific face lift which included painting, renovating classrooms and changing all the windows to modern styled windows at the cost of $50,000; the project was 95% completed under his leadership.  The Science lab was also renovated by the class of 1976 and the gate project was started under Deacon Paulus’ Chairmanship.
  • Deacon Paulus successfully coordinated and spearheaded the 29th and 30th RIAA National Conventions in North Carolina and Maryland in 2017 and 2018 respectively;  raise the total amount of $65,000 to fund “Project Renovate Ricks”; the following persons were honored at the two conventions respectively for their valuable service at Ricks:  Ms. Rachel DuBard, Missionary and Teacher, Mr. Charmant Bock, former Vice Principal and French Teacher, Mr. Samuel Divine, former Chairman, Board of Trustees of Ricks, Mr. Dave Moss, former Basketball Coach. The 29th Convention was dedicated in memorial to Mr. Wesley Bailey while the 30th in memorial to Missionaries and Teacher Billie Scaggs and Maxine Lockhart
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JOHN & RENA

  • National Chair was Mr. John E. Scott, II and Vice National Chair was Mrs. Rena Smith-Jarrett
  • Project Renovate Ricks Phase II Completed. Established two Annual Scholarships in honor of Mrs. Johnetta R. Minor and Mr. Moses Ricks, at an annual cost of US$6,000.00. Donated Athletic
    Equipment and Jerseys (US$10,000.00), Renovated all Rest Rooms and a complete overhaul of the Sewer System in the W.V.S. Tubman Building – Ricks main classrooms building (US$20,000.00).
  •  Mrs. Rhoda Weeks Brown established four scholarships (US$7,520 annually). Mrs. Bernetta Neal donation for scholarship (US$1200.00) 
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