As I look back at those formative years of ANPA, there were lots of challenges. At that time, systems and processes were in the making. We held frequent evening executive telephone conference calls that went on for hours. I am one of the founding members of ANPA and was appointed as a treasurer at the first Las Vegas Annual Convention. I was not at this meeting because I had just given birth to our son who is often referred to as ANPA’s baby. During my time in office, finances came from member dues. Board members were levied One Thousand Dollars, while some members donated Five to Ten Thousand Dollars. Some contributions came from pharmaceutical companies.

The executive members at this time were:
Dr. Alphonsus Obayuwana, President
Dr. Segun Salako, Immediate Past Treasurer, served two terms. He was President Elect.
Dr. Iheanacho Emeruwa, Executive Director
Dr. Aqua Don Umoren, Immediate Past President
Dr. Obayuwana is remembered for introducing Robert’s Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedure to our general members and board meetings. It was most needed for TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORDERLINESS.

The business center for the organization was run from the Secretariat in California. Mrs. Magdalene Emeruwa was the Administrative Executive Assistant to Dr. Acho Emeruwa. The first newsletter was published at this time. Four to six combined ANPA certified and sponsored missions were held annually.
I was unable to serve a second term as Treasurer at this time due to the care needed for an infant son.
The baton was passed on to Dr. Yele Aluko as the 3rd National ANPA Treasurer.

Now, we have our first female President, Dr. Charmaine Emelife. Her service with ANPA started here in Chicago as our local chapter Secretary. Here leadership skills, hard work, and dedication were quickly noticed. I join all in congratulating ANPA on her 25th Anniversary and survival through those difficult and rocky early years.
KUDOS, TO ALL THE FOUNDING MEMBERS! LONG LIVE ANPA!!!

Rita N Oganwu, MD
Second ANPA National Treasurer 1999-2001

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