ABOUT US

What is Narra?.

NARRA is the national tree in the Philippines. Filipinos treasure more their houses and furniture if they are made of Narra timber.

In Australia, NARRA is an acronym which stands for
N – National
A – Affiliation of
R – Respectable and
R – Responsible
A - Associations

Our aim is to have active participation by the members in the management and decision making processes of the Co-operative.

About the National Affiliation of Respectable and Responsible Associations (NARRA) Co-operative Limited.

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this content, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” (Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln, 19 November 1863). These famous lines were written during the American civil war and a fitting quote on the organization’s ambitious goal to unite the Filipino-Australian community. The Filipino-Australians has been here in Australia for a while and is a genteel breed whose only longing is to have a secure place of its own and be able to show and practice its heritage, culture and tradition. At present, a community centre with facilities to cater for the growing Filipino-Australian populace is non-existent!

A co-operative with shares of ownership of the proposed community centre is the redeeming choice for everyone. This is consonance with the spirit of the Gettysburg Address “… this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom … and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.

Therefore, the National Affiliation of Respectable and Responsible Associations (NARRA) Co-operative Limited’s main goal is the welfare of the Filipino-
Australian community.

Historical Background of NARRA Co-operative Ltd

It started in a simple birthday celebration at the Rocks , Sydney in 2012 where officers of Philippine Australian Community Foundation (PACF) were present. Jimmy and Myrma Lopez were also invited and had a discussion with PACF Chairman of the Board Manny Villon about buying a portion of the 2.2 hectares land owned by PACF. Initial consultation lead to a Memorandum of Agreement where Plaza Filipino paid $10,000 and donated a painting worth $5,000, in exchange with the right of Plaza Filipino to construct a Tennis Court.

When a vacancy occurred, Jimmy Lopez was appointed as the Treasurer of PACF. As a new Treasurer, Jimmy took the initiative to look at ways how to help in the repayment of the loan of $300,000. He proposed to the Board the formation of a Co-operative with shares, where the funds coming from the Donors and Pledgers will be given shares of stocks in exchange of their Donations. The proposal was not accepted.


As the papers for the formation of a Co-operative were finalised, Jimmy offered it to Plaza Filipino who accepted the proposal for the formation of a new Co-operative, Non-profit with Shares of Stock. The Officers of Plaza Filipino at that time agreed to be the Formation Officers, electing Jimmy Lopez - President; Daisy Ann Cumming - Vice President; Elizabeth Escandor - Secretary; Reynaldo Morcilla - Treasurer; Manny Roux, Max Canoy and Maria Bock– Directors.

National Affiliation of Respectable and Responsible Associations (NARRA) Co-operative Ltd was registered with Fair Trading on 20 November 2013 Co-op Number NSWC31887. Other registration details: Office of Liquor and Gaming: 06 Jan 2014 (Charitable Fundraising Authority Number CFN2392), Australian Taxation Office 27 Feb 2014 (ABN 20 633 411 572), Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission – 9 July 2015

The Co-operative was registered on 20 November 2013 (NSWC31887) with the Department of Fair Trading, NSW with the following objects:

  1. To acquire land and construct a Community Centre with facilities where arts, cultural, civic, spiritual, sporting and social activities could take place;
  2. To provide for the members to exercise control over their community centre through participation in the management and decision making processes of the co-operative;
  3. To manage on co-operative principles the land, community centre and its facilities;
  4. To educate its members, employees and the public on the principles, benefits and activities of co-operation and co-operatives;
  5. To liaise with other co-operatives and likeminded groups and individuals;
  6. To encourage artistic creation for the development and promotion of the Filipino – Australian culture and arts; and
  7. To do all such lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects and the exercise of the powers of the co-operative.

The cooperative intend to purchase a few hectares of land to build a Multi-Purpose Community Centre to:

  • Build a Community Centre to provide amenities for community and religious organizations to hold their meetings, social functions, sports and cultural events.
  • Provide a place for Filipino-Australians to Congregate to strengthen their ties and promote the Filipino Culture by bridging the gap between the young and old Filo-Aussies.

Active Membership Provisions

The primary activities of the members of the cooperative are:

  • To raise funds for the acquisition of the property (and its future facilities)
  • To have active participation by the members in the management and decision making processes of the Co-operative
  • To organize forums, trainings and seminars for the education of the members
  • To create public awareness by promoting activities of the cooperative through coordination with local media
  • An active member must pay annual subscription fee in accordance with Model Rule 7.2 and attend at least 50% of general meetings of the co-operative

Membership Qualifications

  • Every member must hold at least one share. Nominal value per share is $100.00.
  • Period of inactivity as a member prior to cancellation is two years.

COMPANY MISSION

The cooperative will empower members to exercise control over their community centre through participation in the management and decision making processes of the co-operative. The centre will encourage artistic creation for the development and promotion of the Filipino- Australian Culture and Arts. It will be an opportunity to tap retirees to share their knowledge and experiences with the younger generation, to educate the youth about Filipino Culture, to encourage the young generation and to preserve Filipino Heritage and Traditions.

Fair Trading: 20 Nov 2013

Co-operative Number: NSWC31887

Office of Liquor and Gaming: 6 jan 2014
Australian Taxation Office: 27 Feb 2014
Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commissions: 9 July 2015

NARRA Co-op Ltd Officers

Founded on 20 Nov 2013, the National Affiliation of Respectable and Responsible Associations (NARRA) Co-operative Ltd was formed to appeal to Filipino-Australians who wanted to raise funds to build a community centre under a co-op structure.

Jimmy Lopez
Jimmy LopezFounder & President
Daisy Ann Cumming
Daisy Ann CummingVice President
Josephine Tada
Josephine TadaSecretary
Violeta Escultura
Violeta EsculturaAssistant Secretary
Josephine de los Reyes
Josephine de los ReyesTreasurer
Virgie Nichols
Virgie NicholsAssistant Treasurer
Precy Buchlak
Precy BuchlakDirector
Rose Lay
Rose LayDirector
Marcus Rivera
Marcus RiveraDirector
Leo Ceniza
Leo CenizaInternal Auditor
Albert Prias
Albert PriasPublic Relation Officer
Emma Braceros
Emma BracerosPublic Officer
Ester Arador
Ester AradorCommittee Chair
Michelle Baltazar
Michelle BaltazarCommittee Chair
Charles Chan
Charles ChanCommittee Chair
Elizabeth Escandor
Elizabeth EscandorCommittee Chair
Ed Escultura
Ed EsculturaCommittee Chair
Carmenchu Gresham
Carmenchu GreshamCommittee Chair
Myrma Lopez
Myrma LopezCommittee Chair
Remedios Masian
Remedios MasianCommittee Chair
Rey Morcilla
Rey MorcillaCommittee Chair
Bob Reyes
Bob ReyesCommittee Chair
Manny Roux
Manny RouxCommittee Chair
George Torres
George Torres Committee Chair
Jessie Icao
Jessie IcaoLegal Officer

1/13-17 Sedgwick St
Leumeah NSW 2560

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