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Tibetan Community of Chicago buys its Community Center in Obamaland.

November 30, 2008

Kelsang Draggo
Sent by mail
November 28, 2008

The Tibetan community of Chicago buys its first community center on
November 26, 2008.  The property  consists of approximately 5000
square feet of building and 6000 square feet of parking area.  It is
located at 2422 W Dempster street in Evanston, the first suburb to
the north of Chicago. North Western University, one of the top
universities in US is located in the same municipality/village and
over the years many  students have been our volunteer tutors to the
children. Ngari Rinpoche's son Tenzin la, was the first Tibetan
alumni from this great Institution. Since the community center is now
located in this university town we foresee more students getting
aware of the Tibet situation and perennial sources of volunteers.
Most of the Tibetans especially with children live within the  3
mile- radius from the center. The first and immediate existential
problem of finding a parking spot in our old center is solved.

The entire housing fund was raised during HH the Dalai Lama's third
visit  to Chicago in the summer of 2007. I thank Nina Schroeder and
her family for single handedly organizing this event and generosity
of the great citizens of Obamaland. Let me tell you a good news in
this bad economic downturn in US. Almost the entire proceeds from the
event including the interests earned are used  for  buying  the
community center right here in Chicago thereby recycling back to the
source. What a synergy !

Purchase price of the property is US$725,000 with down payment of
US$425,000 which is almost 60%.  As decided by the members and TAC
board, maximum down payment was made out of the housing fund of
almost US$550,000.

The officers of the Tibetan community of Chicago ( TAC ),
incorporated as non-profit organization since 1992 signed the closing
documents today, November 26, 2008.  President of the TAC Mr. Pema
Rinzin, Secretary Mr. Choephel Baro and treasurer Mr. Kalsang Chodak
signed and received all the purchase documents for safe custody.

Finally I thank housing committee members ( Lobsang Wangdak, Tenzin
Jamyang,Choephel Baro,Norbu samphell, Tenzin Wangpo ) for attending
endless meetings and numerous visits to  properties at inconvenient
times and places. All our meeting minutes and decisions are in
writing and maintained by our secretary Mr.Choephel Baro. Housing
committee members are not involved in any cash transactions related
to this purchase and entirely handled by TAC board.

This center belongs to six million Tibetans both inside Tibet and in
diaspora. It  must be used to keep Tibetan Dream alive by so many
means and not by one single way which will be dependant on so many
uncertain and unknown variables. This newly acquired property is one
such means and we are ready to host anyone and everyone from
traveling magicians to occasional freedom fighters that may
criss-cross this so called middle America between the two vibrant
coasts. So our dream must and will continue and the power and magic
of this dream will one day return Tibet to Tibetans or Tibetans to Tibet.

Next year in Lhasa/Tibet
Happy Thanksgiving to Tibetan Yankees in the US.

Chairman/Housing Committee
Kelsang Draggo
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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