About the Burmese Muslim Education and Community Center (BMECC)
Based on the decision of a public meeting, the Burmese Muslim Education and Community Center (BMECC) was formed and registered as a faith based community organization in September 2010. The organization’s 501(c)3 tax exempt status as a not-for-profit organization was approved by IRS in March 2014.
For the first five years of the organization, the Masjid Construction Project is the primary function and the organization committed to work on enhancing and raising the standard of living of Burmese Muslims in Fort Wayne within the guidance of Islam. The Purpose of the organization is to serve as a central place that empower the Burmese Muslims community and strengthen relationships with the community at large by promoting Five core values – Faith, Commitment, Knowledge, Respect and Unity.
As the BMECC is the faith based community organization leading by the community representatives, all the organizational activities are undertaken at its largest extend in order to reflect the will of the community members. Organizational activities, accomplishments and on going projects are publicized at the public meetings and community gatherings as well as by distributing flyers, posting at bulletin boards, and publishing on internet web pages. The organization also accepts, values, and considers suggestions, comments and complains.
In order to continuously enforce the organization as community represented entity, a Board of Directors election was held in September 2012 and again in 2014 in according with the existing by-laws. Numbers of Board of Directors has also increased to 15 that include brothers, sisters, elders, youths, and educated members from both religious and secular backgrounds. Within the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Fundraising Committee were also formed, and operates and carries out responsibilities within by-laws and policies.
During the interval of Board of Directors meetings, an Executive Committee that include President, Two Vice Presidents, Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer, oversee the approved activities and also ensure that all the activities are in compliance with the organization’s rules and regulation. The Finance Committee is lead by the Treasurer and include Secretary, Fundraising In-Charge and another Board of Director. The Fundraising Committee is backbone of the construction project and is carried out under the mandate of Fundraising In-Charge. All the committee work independently in according with the decision of Board of Directors. All the functions and activities are discussed in detail at quarterly Board of Director meetings, and monthly or weekly meetings are called upon as needed.
In addition to Board of Director, an Advisory Board that consists of experienced elders are approached before making major decisions for their inputs and opinion. Within the Advisory Board, five members were elected as members of Auditing Committee who audit both financial and operational transactions, procedures and records of the organization. In order to accomplish task effectively, sisters group and youths group have alliance with Board of Directors and provided necessary assistance in various activities.
The organization is registered with the state of Indiana since 2010 as a faith based community organization.
IRS recognized 501 (c)3 not-for-profit tax exempt status
To function the organization systematically, by-law and various level of policies were established and operate within the set of rules and regulation.
As a representative organization of the Burmese Muslim community in Fort Wayne, Board of Directors were directly elected every two years by the community members. Elections were held in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Number of Board of Directors was increased to 15 members which include brothers, sisters, elders, youths, and educated member from both religious and secular backgrounds.
An Advisory Board is created and includes community elders. Five advisory Board members also serve as Auditing Committee.
To accomplish task effectively, sister and youth groups have alliance with Board of Directors, and provided necessary assistance in various activities.
Organization has establish a good working relationship with other Masjids and Islamic organizations in Fort Wayne and involve in every possible collective effort.