LIBERIAN ASSOCIATION OF CHESTER COUNTY, (LIBACCO),
LIBACCO’s origin can be traced back to June 1997. A few
Liberians living in Chester County decided to organize
themselves into an association. However, after five years
the organization became dormant.
In 2005 a meeting was called by the then acting president
Mr. Richard Hanes for the purpose of reorganizing and
revitalizing the association. This meeting was held at the
home of Mr. Kennedy Queh. The meeting attracted around 90%
of Liberians living in and around Coatesville, Downingtown
and Thorndale. At the conclusion of the meeting, the members
decided to rename the organization “The Liberian Association
of Chester County” or LIBACCO for short.
In 2006 a five member constitution committee headed by Mrs.
Roseline Sarnor was appointed by the then acting chairman,
Mr. Richard Hanes to formulate a working document that would
guide the association.
Under the new constitution, the title of President was
changed to executive chairman and the Board of Directors was
changed to Board of Advisors. Presently, the organization is
administered by a five-member board of Advisors and an
Executive Committee comprising the Executive Chairman, Vice
Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary General, Auditor and all
chairpersons of the various standing committees. The
Standing Committees include the Social Services, Sports,
Elections, Building and Grievance.
Membership: Membership to Libacco is opened to all
Liberians, friends of Liberia and spouses of Liberians
members. Membership to the organization is also accorded to
non Liberians as associate and honorary members. However,
associates and honorary members cannot vote or contest an
election within the organization. To become a member, one
must pay a one-time membership registration fee of $25.00
and a continuous monthly due of $10.00 in order to remain in
good standing within the organization.
Elections: Since its reorganization, Libacco has had three
successful general elections. The first election which was
held In August 2009 elected Mr. Richard Hanes as Executive
Chairman, Mr. Moses Kollie-Vice Chairman, Mr. Kennedy Queh-Treasurer
and Mrs. Jackie Hanes as Secretary General.
In October 2010 a five member advisory Board was elected to
serve for a four year term. In 2012 election was held for a
new administration for the organization to serve a two year
term of office. Mr. Eskine Wollie was elected Executive
Chairman, Mrs. Jeneh Logan vice chair and MS. Cleopatra
Dennis as Treasurer. The position of General Secretary still
remains to be filled.