CHELMSFORD, MA—India Association of Greater Boston on Saturday elected Mr. Sanjay Gowda as President, Vaishali Gade as Vice President and Veeresh Rudramuni as its treasurer for the two-year 2019-2021 term.
Mr. Gowda, who previously served as Vice President of IAGB, replaces Aditi Taylor. The new EC will officially take charge after the end of the fiscal year on October 1, 2019. Al members were elected unanimously.
In the absence of nominations, the post of the Secretary was left empty to be filled subsequently by the new executive committee of the IAGB. The following individuals were elected as IAGB directors: Sutanuka Basu, Sanjay Kudrimoti, Sushil Motwani, Lata Rao, Nagendra Rao, Harsha Sheshanna, Ashok Shetty and Prag Singh.
The IAGB Election Committee appointed by the executive committee of the IAGB provided an overview of the election process. The Election Committee discussed the candidates that had been nominated and approved after the due diligence review. The proposed candidates were then voted in unanimously by the General Body for the 2019-2021 term.
“We have accomplished a lot and seeded a number of initiatives in the last two years under the visionary leadership of Aditi Taylor. And now it is the time to take them to the next level,” said IAGB President-Elect Gowda. “IAGB is a non-political organization but will take the larger role to create awareness, educate at the grass root level and encourage more to understand and involve in the civic activities, and also will build a higher level of engagement with local/state agencies.”
Mr. Gowda said that there is a need to unite all the regional organizations together for the issues that matter to the larger Indian Community.
“The strength is in numbers. Our cultural celebrations will continue to unite and create socio-cultural awareness in the mainstream New England area but will need to take it to much higher heights for broader participation similar to other major cities in the US,” Mr. Gowda said. “I am truly humbled and honored for the opportunity and excited to be part of the fantastic diversified incoming 2019-21 team.”
Vice President-elect Ms. Gade said that the new team will build the bridges identifying opportunities and experiences that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations among families, youth and community organizations.
On Sept. 7, IAGB also held its General Body Meeting during which outgoing IAGB President Aditi Taylor provided an update from her term of last two years (2017-2019). She outlined that in the last two years the IAGB EC had consciously expanded the focus on the organization beyond cultural events that it was previously known for.
IAGB established a five platform structure focusing on civic engagements, community service, senior interactions, youth engagement and culture. Across the five platforms, IAGB EC organized over 15 events in the last two years. A list of the events is included below.
IAGB is the oldest and one of the leading Indian-American organizations in New England. It serves the Indian-American communities in the Greater Boston area – Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. IAGB strives to foster a strong Indian-American social, cultural and community presence in New England.