IULIU MANIU AMERICAN-ROMANIAN RELIEF FOUNDATION INC.

P. O. Box 230664
Astor Station
Boston, MA 02123


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
Justin P. Liuba

Senior Vice Presidents
Dan Manuila
Yolanda Papageorge

Vice Presidents
Sorin Naum
Elisabeth Vasilescu

Vice President
Treasurer

Patricia Kennedy Issarescu

Honorary Members
Alexandra Balamaci
Irene Bie-Corsani
Ruxandra Bork
Mircea C. Carp
George Duca
Mircea A. Giurgiu
Dorothy Norris Harkness
Stefan Issarescu
Veturia Manuila
Mihail Marinescu
John M. Metes
Rozeta M. Metes
Ariane A. Popa
Ervin Popa
John A. Rocsin

Members
Domnica Fotino
Lucia Giurgiu
Dorela Maiorescu
Catalin Nicolaescu

MISSION STATEMENT

The guiding principle of the Foundation is the preservation of Romanian identity in the United States and abroad.

Although primarily an institution dedicated to provide material help to refugees from Communist Romania, the Foundation was instrumental in restoring their morale and in encouranging them to keep alive the flame of freedom and democracy in their country of origin.  To this end, the Foundation organized numerous meetings and observances over the years.  Due to its integrity and following its moral strategy, the Foundation kept above partisan politics, its leadership never vacillating on principles, thus achieving and enjoying an impeccable prestige in the United States and abroad.

SHORT HISTORY

Realizing the urgency of salvaging the important sectors of Romanian youth now in the West and in need of aid, Americans of Romanian descent, newer American citizens, and exiles in the U.S. organized the Iuliu Maniu Foundation especially for refugee assistance to the youth who needed help in pursuing their studies in the free world; to provide the extra bit of financial aid that, along with the income from the most menial jobs, would enable the students to become doctors, professors, engineers -- professions which could well serve their new country or eventually, if circumstances changed, their native land.
The Foundation had begun its work in 1950, at first informally, by giving a helping hand to students, thus adding to the assistance being given refugees by other American and Romanian-American welfare organizations already working at easing the situation of refugees in general.  On July 25, 1962 it was legally incorporated as the Iuliu Maniu American-Romanian Relief Foundation Inc.  The Certificate of Incorporation in the State of New York was signed by Dr. O.K. Cosla, Mrs. Dorothy Norris Harkness, Mr. Mircea Iurascu, Mr. Mihail Marinescu, Dr. Sabin Manuila, Mr. John M. Metes, Mr. George Musat, Mr. Pamfil Riposanu and Mr. Werner Wartenberg.

ACTIVITY/RECENT EVENTS

THE BEGINNINGS OF ROMANIAN IMMIGRATION TO AMERICA