Warm greetings from Chi-town, the city of big shoulders Chicago.
We are undoubtedly excited to be hosting UNAA 2019 in our city. The 3rd largest city in the US has a lot to offer that the convention goer will surely enjoy.
Our theme this year is ‘Cultural Diversity and Economic Empowerment: Building Stronger Diaspora Community’ As Ugandans living in the diaspora, we should be proud of who we are through celebrating, recognizing and advancing our cultures, norms and way of life.
Chicago 2019 is one of the places we want to showcase this. Don’t leave your traditional attires home. Chicago being the birthplace of the UNAA trade and investment forum back in 2009, we are working on an extensive version to build on what was started in 2018 Seattle. The local organizing committee is striving to bring on board businesses and individuals that will add value to our already resourceful forum. Entrepreneurships and business collaborations have started at
these UNAA business forums, empowering our communities and members. This should be on everyone’s to-do list for Chicago 2019.
This year we plan on having a convention that will cater for everyone from the kids, youth, adults and our elderly. We will have in place programs suitable for each group. The big number of youth we have shouldn’t miss out on the programs designed specifically to meet their backgrounds. Our youth team is working to have them engaged all throughout the convention right from Thursday through Sunday.
A lot of parents have expressed lack of enough children programs at UNAA conventions. Chicago 2019 has this at the forefront. To free up the parents so they can attend forums, network, have fun and not have to worry about the kids, we will have busy, fun packed activities throughout the convention to keep our kids entertained and engaged. Bring your kids with you so you can all share the Chicago memories together.
Entertainment will be at its best in Chicago. The lineup of artists is splendid. This year we plan on catering for both the youth and older generations. We have carefully reviewed our past glitches and are trying our best to close all those loopholes.
For those who love cruising on the water, The Chicago Odyssey dinner cruise is going to be the first of its kind in UNAA history. We are to be treated to a live fireworks show as we cruise Lake Michigan waters. This spectacular view of the Chicago night skyline and fireworks at the same time isn’t something anyone would want to miss.
In addition to the exciting busy convention program, Chicago as a city is a place to visit. With its state of the art architectural skyline, art galleries, museums, parks, beaches, restaurants, there’s a lot to do and see. And all these will be in walking distance from our convention hotel the magnificent Hyatt Regency on Wacker drive.
There is all the reason to be in Chicago Labor Day weekend 2019. We are looking forward to hosting you and your families and trust me you will create numerous everlasting memories. There’s in place a very vibrant, resourceful, hardworking local team striving to make this a memorable event for everyone.
Visit www.unaaonline.org/chicago2019 to complete your registration and also reserve your hotel room before they run out. While there also renew or pay your membership to be able to vote for your new leaders. It’s election year Chicago 2019.
See you on August 29th 2019!
Chairman Local Organizing Committee – UNAA Chicago 2019
Deputy Speaker – UNAA Council
Council Representative – Great Lakes Region