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GOPIO-CT ELECTS OFFICIALS FOR THE YEAR 2019, RAISE FUINDS FOR AMERICAN CHARITY TEACH FOR AMERICA

December 18, 2018 , GOPIO Press Release

GOPIO-CT Team 2019 with CT lawmakers

GOPIO-CT team for 2019 with CT Assemblymen-Elect at the Annual Holiday Party. From l. to r. CT Assemblyman-Elect Raghib Allie-Brennan, Treasurer Viresh Sharma, Joint Secretary Gayatri Mahesh, Vice President Bhavna Juneja, President Anita Bhat, Exec. Vice President Santosh Gannu, Trustee Srinivas Akarapu, Trustee Neelam Narang, Trustee Sanjay Santhanam, Trustee Dr. Thomas Abraham and CT Assemblymen-Elect CT Assemblyman-Elect Matt Blumenthal

GOPIO CT elected new Executive Committee Members for the term 2019; President – Anita Bhat, Executive Vice President – Santosh Gannu, Vice President – Bhavna Juneja, Secretary – Prasad Chintalapudi, Joint Secretary – Gayatri Mahesh, Immediate Past President – Shelly Nichani, Trustees: Srinivas Akarapu and Shailesh Naik. The Annual General Body Meeting was held on Friday, December 14th at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Stamford.

All were elected unanimously. The nominations and elections were conducted by a committee headed by Dr. Thomas Abraham along with Varghese Ninan and Meera Banta.

Dr. Thomas Abraham, Neelam Narang, Sanjay Santhanam and Varghese Ninan will continue as Trustees.

At the General Body meeting, President Anita Bhat gave report of the activities in 2018. Bhat said that the chapter’s signature event was its Annual Awards Banquet at which those Indian Americans from Connecticut who have achieved in various fields were recognized. GOPIO-CT gave scholarship to three graduating high school students and one student joining Norwalk community College. GOPIO-CT sponsored five soup kitchens at the New Covenant House in Stamford where GOPIO-CT volunteers also cooked and served the food. GOPIO-CT also participated in the cancer walk to raise funds for Stamford Hospital’s Bennet Cancer Center. A series of Meet and Greet sessions with First Selectmen of the following towns were held in 2018, in Westport, New Canaan, Trumbull, Greenwich and Darien at which members of Indian American community could interact with the First Selectmen.

Following the election, GOPIO-CT had its Annual Holiday Party which also served as fundraiser for Teach For America, whose Executive Director from New Haven Nate Snow spoke at the event on the organization’s mission to “enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.” Snow called upon Indian-American community to participate in Teach For America programs.

Two of Connecticut’s newly elected assemblymen Raghib Allie-Brennan and Matt Blumenthal were honored guests who committed to closely work with community groups such GOPIO-CT for the welfare Connecticut’s residents as well as the society at large.

Assemblyman-Elect Matt Blumenthal Speaking to combined audience

CT Assemblymen-Elect CT Assemblyman-Elect Matt Blumenthal speaking at the GOPIO-CT Annual Holiday Party which also served as fundraiser for Teach For America

Over the last 12 years, GOPIO-CT, a chapter of GOPIO International has become an active and dynamic organization hosting interactive sessions with policy makers and academicians, community events, youth mentoring and networking workshops, and working with other area organizations to help create a better future. GOPIO-CT – Global Organization of People of Indian Origin – serves as a non-partisan, secular, civic and community service organization – promoting awareness of Indian culture, customs and contributions of PIOs through community programs, forums, events and youth activities. It seeks to strengthen partnerships and create an ongoing dialogue with local communities. For more details, please visit: www.gopio-ct.org

 

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