The Annual General Body meeting of AFNA will be held as a part of the 34th Assam Convention, to be celebrated in Detroit form 4th thru 6th July 2013 at the Marriott Centerpointe, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac, Michigan 48341 USA. The exact date, time and venue of the meeting will be published as soon as it is finalized with convention organizers.
All AFNA members, volunteers and well-wishers are requested to register for the Convention thru the “Guest Registration” link in the website: http://ac-2013.com/.
- Dr. Gautam Lal Baruah
Srijut Tarun Gogoi and Leigh Chowdhary
Siddharta (Sid) Chowdhary and Partha Gogoi, AANA’s latest members, hosted Srijut Tarun Gogoi at a conference held at Sid’s home in the DC area on June 23, 2012. Sid is a dynamic entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He has been the president of the prestigious PanIIT Alumni association for the last few years. He bristles with new ideas all the time and has initiated several humanitarian causes in Assam and other parts of India through his organization and also personally. Partha Gogoi needs no introduction. We all know about his great efforts in furthering the social welfare of Assam through the numerous projects through AFNA. Sid has been championing the WHEELS program through PanIIT. This aims to leverage resources in USA to contribute to fruitful solutions to problems facing both India and the USA in the areas of Health, Education and environment. This program resonated with our progressive CM. Srijut Tarun Gogoi also got a welcoming response from several leaders of industry, in attendance, with his support for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indian retail sector. We are relying on Sid and Partha to inspire all of us with their enthusiasm and expertise to undertake important projects for the betterment of Assam. See the link for the whole story: http://www.indiaamericatoday.com/article/assam-cm-gogoi-looks-forward-cooperation-paniit-led-wheels
On Sunday morning, AANA (Assam Association of North America) General Body Meeting was a well-attended, well-conducted and informative meeting.
AANA's president Dr. Gautam Lal Baruah welcomed the attendees and gave a description of AANA's achievements for past year as well as the future goals for the upcoming year. The highlight of his address was, introducing for the first time, "The guidelines of hosting Assam Convention". Please read about this newly introduced important and necessary guidelines at the 'Presisident's Corner' (in this issue) by Gautam Lal Baruah, President, AANA. This is a major milestone for AANA this year. We thank all the members present in that meeting for voting "Yes" to these guidelines unanimously.
(In the photo above, AANA Exceutive Members, from left to right)
Deva Borah (Treasurer), Gautam Lal Baruah (President),
Roopa Sharma (Vice President) and Ranu Dutta (Secretary)
Dr. Deva Borah, Treasurer, AANA, gave a detailed account of AANA's financial statement. Ideas were exchanged regarding how to increase AANA's fund. It is worth mentioning, apart from being the Treasurer of AANA, Dr. Borah wears several hats. He is in charge of publishing the AANA Newsletter. He is also the liaison between AANA executive body and our website tech group to oversee the smooth operation of the website.
Mrs. Roopa Sharma, Vice President, AANA said a few lines about AANA's new website launched early this year. It was a major accomplishment of AANA with the help of a Minneapolis based couple Geeti Das and Prantor Bora - who did research on AANA, designed the website and are managing the same. She requested everyone to visit this wonderful and informative website often to receive all the latest news, information, articles and pictures of our community.
Mrs. Ranu Dutta, General Secretary of AANA, addressed the crowd with an issue close to her heart - 'Involving the younger generation in AANA'. Ranu has been working tirelessly on her own towards her goal for many years.
For the past few years, AANA has been honoring its members for their lifelong support, dedication and services towards AANA by presenting them 'Service Award's with 'phulam gamosa's and certificates of appreciation. This year, the following members were awarded. Mrs. Ranu Dutta and I had the honor of handing out the gamosa’s and the certificates to the recipients in the order:
Dr. Monoranjan & Jharna Bezbaruah
Ms. Alpona Barooah,
Mr. M. Rezaul (Pintu) Islam
Dr. Debojit & Mrs. Ruma Barua
Mr. Dhiraj & Mrs. Pompi Goswami (Pompi not in the picture)
Mr. Nripen & Mrs. Monica Barua (Monica not in the picture)
Assam Convention 2013:
The venue of the next Assam Convention (2013) was discussed. Although no formal proposal was received during the GBM, Detroit showed interest in hosting the next convention. Debojit and Ruma Barua from Michigan decided to inform AANA Executive Body in two weeks after discussing the 'newly formed convention guidelines' with other members of their community.
(Please read the announcement of Assam Convention 2013, Detroit in this issue)