|The Kerala Center
The only Indian American Civic Center in America
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| With the enormous grouth of the community in the U.S.
and New York in Particular, the Kerala Community had long felt the need for a Community Center.
Such a Center could serve to promote the civic and other social service activities among the
Indian American community and also to serve as a focal point to coordinate the activities and
services to the Kerala Community.
Under the leadership of of Mr. E. M. Stephen, the founder President and the present President, the Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center ( IAKC & CC) - The Kerala Center was formed as a non profit organization in 1990. With three years of fund raising campaign The Kerala Center bought a former YMCA building as its center. It was inagurated in 1993 by Padmashri Yesudas and is the only Civic and Community Center in U.S. for Indian American Malayalees. The Kerala Center has become a focal point to coordinate activities and services to the Indian American Kerala Community. There are Malayalam language, Music and Dance classes for children, SAT coahing for youngsters. Various seminars are conducted ranging from political to investment in addition to many Civic and Cultural activities taking place on a regular basis at the Kerala Center. The Center has also been providing platform for various political leaders for have Town Hall meetings with the Indian Community. Also the Center provides the facilities for various religious activities and celebration for the members of the center which include Hindu, Muslim and different denominations of Christians.
The place like The Kerala Center is where the Community moulds its image. The Keala Center is the place from where the Community radiates its Character and is where the Community seek information. The Kerala Center is where the friendship and harmony among members of the community emerge.
The Executive Board, consisting of six members, and Board of Directors consisting of fifteen members are the Governing Body of the Kerala center.
Mr. E. M. STEPHEN, Prof. SRIDHAR KAVIL, MR. THAMBI THALAPPILLIL and Mr. ANDREW PAPPACHAN were the fromer Presidents of the Kerala center.
Mr. E. M. STEPHEN is re-elected as the current President for the next three years.
To Establish a community Center.
To publish a monthly newsletter for the Kerala community.
To facilitate two-way informal exchanges of ideas between members of Kerala Center and political leaders, including elected government officials and to develop an atmosphere of mutual respect, goodwill and understanding and also to encourage them to learn about major issues here and in Kerala.
To provide opportunities for learning through educational sessions on contemporary, civic, economic, political, social, and cultural issues affecting the lives of Kerala community in the United States of America.
To provide cultural educational opportunities to the children of Keralites
To Organize lectures, meetings, seminars, symposiams and workshops on various subjects of interest to Keralites.
To educate the Keralites in recognizing their individual and social responsibilities by involving them in public affairs which would affect their lives and that of the community in general here and in Kerala.
To identify and discuss the problems facing Keralites settled in different parts of the United States of America.