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This is the internet version of the Kerala Center News letter. Vol.7 , 2000
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Annual Awards 2000 Report
Annual Awards - 2000 Pictures
SACSS Workshop Report
Beauty Pageant
New Activities @ Kerala Center

               REPORT ON 
   Keraka Center Annual Awards:  November 11, 2000       

photo: Kerala Center awardess with Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan, Sreedhar Menon and Kerala Center Board of Directors. The Kerala Center honored recipients of its annual awards at it Awards Banquet on November 11th at the Kerala Center at Elmont in Long Island, New York. This year's awardeess are Keralites who have been selected for their outstanding recognition in their fields as well as for philanthropy and community service. The Guest of Honor at the Award Night was Mr. T.P. Srinivasan, Deputy Ambassador at the Indian Embassy who is soon be taking over as the Ambassador to Austria. Sridhra Menon, a venture capitalist, in his keynote address said that influential Keralites, within Kerala and outside the country, to move the Government of India to establish an Indian Institute of Technology in one of the major cities in Kerala. "Kerala boasts of the highest literacy in the country, but most of oureducated people move to other States in search of jobs and our neighboring States like Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Andhra are taking the lead in Information Technology and we need to cover the gap, otherwise we will be left out," Menon said. Menon also requested Kerala Govt. to consider appointing an informal consultative body to advise them as to how the State should move ahead in attracting industries to Kerala and exploring what else Keralites outside can do to make Kerala part of the technology boom. Menon also suggested that overseas Keralites should develop an endowment fund to promote computer software education as well as to support the project "World India Diabetics Foundation" in Trivandrum for which a lead role is being taken by Dr. Sreekumaran Nair of Mayo Clinic. In his welcome address, Kerala Center president E.M. Stephen said that the Center has made major contribution to the political and civic life of the Nassau County. Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of the Kerala Center said that the Center has initiated two new services, South Asian Council for Social Services and National Indian American Association for Senior Citizens The following are the awardees: Dr. Abraham George - PHILANTHROPY Dr. Margaret Abraham - SOCIAL SCIENCES Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan - JOURNALISM Dr. Ram Mohan - ENGINEERING Dr. K. Sreekumaran Nair - MEDICINE Dr. Babu George - EDUCATION Jose Mundassery - CORPORATE MANAGEMENT John Abraham, M.D. - COMMUNITY SERVICE Aleyamma Eapen - NURSING Marykutty Kuriakos - SPECIAL RECOGNITION To see details of Awardees Click here

             REPORT ON
SACSS Capacity Building Workshop : NOVEMBER 12, 2000
           at  Kerala Center

South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) organized the first of a
series of workshops on Capacity Building on November 12, 2000 at the Indian
American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center. The workshop with the theme
"Setting up an effective non-profit structure: Community Development as a
model", was presented by Frank Lang, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) as
free technical assistance to community-based organizations.  The event was
co-sponsored by American Association of Indian Social Workers, Global
Organization of People of Indian Origin-NY Chapter, Indian American Kerala
Cultural and Civic Center, National Indo-American Association for Senior
Citizens, Network of Indian Professionals and News India Times.

Sudha Acharya, Chairperson of SACSS, welcoming the participants said that
the mission of the South Asian Council was to address the social services
needs of the community in collaboration with existing organizations. She
emphasized the need for organizations to work and network together to most
effectively respond to the needs of the community.

Frank Lang, Director, Planning and Development, AAFE, stressed the
importance of non-profit status and reviewed the basic organizational steps
for emerging organizations who want to take on community-based projects.
Applying for Incorporation and Tax exemption as a 501C(3) non-profit
organization, composition of the Board and responsibilities, organizational
capacity and structure were explained. The different funding sources that
were available and building Public-Private Partnerships and collaborations
were discussed. Speaking on the importance of a business plan to secure
funding, Mr. Lang said " It is not enough if you have a good idea. You have
to show that you have the capacity to succeed or that you have the business
structure that will!"

The participants included representatives of Nav Nirman, Islamic Center of
Long Island, South Asian Youth Action, Santhana, representatives of the
co-sponsoring organizations and individuals planning to create non-profit
organizations. Thanking AAFE and the participants, Venkat Vaikuntanarayanan,
the Secretary of SACSS, said that the organization would continue to hold a
series of such workshops in the future.

SACSS can be contacted at 718/523-7668 or e-mail:


========Beauty Pageant========
November 18, 2000 Saturday


*** Prize Distribution for the youth festival winners***

*** Performance by the First Prize Winners of the MillenniumYouth Festivals Part 1 and 2 ***

*** Guest artists perfomance ***

*** DINNER ***

Register by: October 30, 2000.

To read the pageant rules
To get the list of winners: Kerala Festival
To get the list of winners: India Festival

========New Activities at Kerala center========

J. J. Entertainments
Organizing Different Activities
at Kerala Center

Dance class: Mrs. Beena Menon ( Every Tuesday 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM )

Karate Class: S. Clark (Everey Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6.00 PM - 9.00 PM

Yoga Class: Mrs. Sarama (Every Friday 7.00 PM - 9.00 PM )

Malayalam Class: M. Paulose ( Every Friday 7.00 PM - 9.00 PM )

Instumental Music Class ( Keyboard ): Madhu ( Every Saturday 10 AM - 1.PM )

Vocal Music Class: Mrs. Shantha Madhu ( Every Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM )