As part of the Assam Convention, 2010 General Body Meeting of AANA was held on July 4th, 2010, at Nashville, TN. Agenda for this one and half hour lively meeting was introduction of members with their involvements with AANA, General Secretary’s report, Treasurer’s report, Board of Governor’s election, 2011 Convention site, recognition of service/contributions, and other businesses.
Some of the discussions/outcomes are already presented above under AANA President’s Corner. The other notable discussions/outcomes are:
- Mr. Pallav Bordoloi, a second generation Assamese American was elected to serve in the Board of Governors and replace retiring Dr. Debabrata Sarma.
- Dr. Aradhana and Mr. Robert Satin were recognized for their dedicated service towards publishing the yearlyAssamese Directory.
- After a discussion on frequency of Assam Convention, it was decided to hold the Convention yearly on the 4th of July weekend as per the bylaws.
- A discussion on discount to AANA members at the Convention as practiced by most of the socio-cultural and professional organizations raised questions about AFNA and ASSNA members as this is an AANA-AFNAASSNA sponsored Convention. Suggestions were forwarded to get the officers of these three sister/brother organizations to come up with a formula, including one membership form and one web site.
The Assam Sahitya Sabha, North America (ASSNA) held its annual meeting on 4th of July, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Assam Convention North America. Gayatree Siddhanta, the President of ASSNA presided over the meeting. The meeting began with the rendition of "Siro Senehee Mor Bhasa Jononee". The commemorative annual magazine of the convention "Luitor Pora Mississippi" published by ASSNA was formally released in that meeting. Dr. Iswar Chakrabortty of Canada recited two poems that he had composed. The meeting was well- attended and very successful in generating discussions among the members.
A brainstorming session was held during the meeting among the participants in order to generate ideas of new projects that ASSNA can work on. The Secretary of ASSNA Dr. Chandrasekhar Sarma emphasized that ideally these projects should be implementable within a year time frame, should need minimum resources requirement and should give ASSNA the best return on investment. However, he also acknowledged the possibility of always starting some special projects with a longer time frame.