North America Masaba Cultural Association CONVENTION – 2020

North America Masaba Cultural Association CONVENTION – 2020

Dear Bamasaaba and Friends,

I am writing to inform those of you wishing to attend the next NAMCA convention
in San Francisco, California at Hilton Square Hotel from September Saturday 5th
to Sunday 7th 2020.

I am writing this message because of information that has
reached my desk from Uganda regarding invitation letters, issues of registering
online, people having visa cards, and other people simply not knowing what to
do. I hope I can shed some light on the above. 

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Frequently Asked Questions to Attend NAMCA Convention

What do I do to get an invitation? 

  • The person inviting him/herself must become first become a paid up members (See details in table below). 
  • If you have a relative in the diaspora inviting you, your friend or relative must be a Member who has paid membership fees plus $25 processing fees for each person to be invited. 
  • NAMCA members are entitled to invite a maximum of two people.
  • If you are a NAMCA paid up member in Uganda, you still have to pay the processing fee, send the secretary your receipts for post bank and he will forward your invitation letter, if you want the letter mailed please provide your mailing address.
  • For some of you that have attended previous AGMs by invitation, you still need a NAMCA invitation letter that you will present at the US Embassy for the visa application. A processing fee of $25 applies.
  • Ensure that the Secretary has your email or postal address and telephone number(s).
  • For communication with the secretary please call, use WhatsApp 701-318-6716 or email secretary@namca.us
  • For Payment details please visit our website at: namca.us and pay. Once you have paid, submit your receipt to the Treasurer at Email:  treasurer@namca.us.

How Do I Pay My membership Dues, Processing and Registration Fees and Hotel Registration?

  1. Do you have access to the internet? (√)
  2. Do you have a bank card with VISA? (√)
  3. Can You Pay at PostBank Uganda? (√)
  1. Go to namca.us go to membership and apply
  2. Go to namca.us go to AGM registration, look for attend in a red box, click and pay using your visa card
  3. Internet access: Ask the NAMCA Representative in Uganda,

Dr. Stephen Mungoma:

Phone 078411645

Email: smmungoma@gmail.com

Dues

USD

UGX

Processing fees before you get invitation letter from the secretary

$20

Uganda members NAMCA Membership Dues

50,000

Convention Registration Dues: members

$120

Convention Registration Dues: Nonmembers

$180

  1. If you need to wire money using your bank, MoneyGram or Western Union, we can provide you with additional details. Contact the treasurer@namca.us.
  1. Pay at PostBank in Uganda: Pay all your dues here

Account name; North America Masaba Cultural Association (NAMCA)

  • If depositing in UGX: 111 003 700 1281
  • If depositing in USD: 111 003 700 1278

Dues

USD

UGX

Processing fees before you get invitation letter from the secretary

$20

Uganda members NAMCA Membership Dues

50,000

Convention Registration Dues: members

$120

Convention Registration Dues: Nonmembers

$180


What so I do with the invitation letter?

Apply for a US Visa at the American Embassy.

What is the preferred Airport?

The preferred airport is San Francisco (SFO).

Where is the Convention Location?

Hilton San Francisco Union square, 333 O’Farrell St. San Francisco, California 94102

How do I make the hotel reservation?

Go online and make your booking. You need to have a credit card or bank card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover).

Can I cancel my hotel booking without charge?

When you cannot make it, you have up to 24 hours to cancel with no penalty. Remember to cancel bearing in mind the time difference between the two countries.

Does the hotel have a shuttle service?

The hotel does not offer shuttle service, so transportation from the airport using a cab costs between $40-$60 one way. 

Do you have alternative accommodations? E.g. hotel, Airbnb, free places to stay.

The convention committee is looking into these alternative and will communicate details. Please check the website for updated information or check with Dr. Mungoma.

Alternative hotels: The convention committee will share a list with prices.

Airbnb: The convention committee can look up homes if you indicate this as an option. They will share the information and you can go and reserve online.

Ensure you know the cancellation rules of your reservation should you not make it here.

Host home:  The convention committee is looking into finding host homes for some people to stay? Please be prepared to pay host agreed upon costs.

Can NAMCA organizers assist with Airport to hotel transport?

The committee is looking into community transportation, a fee will be applied. Transportation will depend on how many people register to attend.

What is the daily cost of upkeep for meals?

Plan on spending $60-$100 depending on your lifestyle. Does NOT include your transport and accommodation costs.

What other activities cost money?

Sight seeing, UNAA boat Cruise ($140), UNAA pageant (about $40), UNAA dinner(comes with UNAA registration or a separate fee up to $100), UNAA Investment and Trade Forum on 4th September (includes lunch).

Deadline for invitation letters May 30th 2020

LAST LETTER will be sent June 4th.

Bear in mind the US Embassy visa application scheduling.

Be sure to have you Visa appointment in good time. It may take more than 30 days to set an appointment for your visa application. Allow plenty of time.

Be sure to cancel your accommodations early if Visa is denied.

The following are established guidelines:

 

Summary

 

USA

Uganda

Package benefits

Individual Membership

1.   $ 50

2.   Can vote and participate in elections.

UGX 50,000

Cannot vote until constitution is amended

1.      Covers one person for one calendar year.

2.   Renewable on an annual basis.

Processing fees

$25: Can pay for the member they are inviting

$25 pay if wish to attend convention

 

Registration Dues

     

·Members

·Non-members

120

180