Founding of Guyana Friends Association
In the fall of 1994, a few Guyanese: Augustus “Gus” Corbin, Carl Moseley, Charles Maxwell, Charles Jonas, Richard Rodrigues, Leslie David Fraser, and Marjorie Jones met at the home of Charles Maxwell, in Dorchester, Mass., and discussed the need for Guyanese to come together to share and transmit their Guyanese heritage. The outcome of these conversations was a decision to define a structure for an organization.
They subsequently invited other Guyanese in the greater Boston area and on May 13, 1995 founded the Guyana Friends Association of Massachusetts, Inc., as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
At the organizing meeting on May 13, 1995, Ms. Helen Pankey, a Guyanese living in Boston, provided the space at the John F. Green Senior Center, Columbia Road, Roxbury. The Constitution and By-Laws were presented and adopted, and officers were elected. Monthly meetings and membership dues were established.
Later, the organization’s Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Thomas Mayers, a Guyanese Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 73 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA provided space at the church hall for our monthly meetings.