The Inauguration of
the New Executive Committee of the American Association of the Indian
Social Workers and the Holiday Party were celebrated with pomp and
splendor on January 24th, 2004 at the Charis Christian Center auditorium
in Queens. The freezing cold and adverse weather conditions did not dampen
the festive spirit of our members and their families in coming together to
make it a memorable event.
The program started
with registration coordinated by Mr. James George- Treasurer AAISW and Ms.
Jhancy Anthony. The public meeting commenced about 4.00pm with the welcome
speech by Sajan Thomas, Secretary who was also the Master of Ceremonies.
Mary Ann George’s the melodious prayer song was uplifting to
everyone in the auditorium. Sunny
Paulose CSW, senior member and the Treasurer of FOKANA introduced the
chief Guest George. Koshy the President of FOKANA. Mr. Koshy in his
inaugural address stressed the importance and role of Social Workers in
today’s changing society. He urged social workers to become agents of
social change and get involved in the multiple challenges and complexities
of the Indian Community.
John Mattam in his
Presidential address gave a brief outline of the programs and activities
of the Association for the coming year. He also spelled out primary focus
of the Executive Committee as the enhancement and professional growth of
the members through various educational programs.
The lighting of the
Traditional lamp “Nilavilakku” by Mr. Koshy marked the formal
inauguration of the Association, which was followed by Oath taking
ceremony by the Committee members. Dr. Paul Njalieth introduced the newly
elected executive committee to the audience. Dr. Francis Jacob in his
felicitation stressed the need to galvanize the association by making it
truly national and not just parochial. Mr. George Thaila gave a ‘Walk
down’ of the 10-year history of the association and its phenomenal
growth through the years.