A meeting to discuss Christmas function and formation of an
organization of Keralites was held at Sree & Ambika Nair's residence
on October 13, 2002.
The following are the minutes of the meeting.
Attendees: Sree & Ambika Nair, Sunny & Shanti Andrews,
Robinson Luke, Prema Thommi, Sanjay & Veena Varma, Ronnie Thomas,
Mathew & Elsie Paniker, Simon Oommachan, Joseph Mathew.
Feedback of Onam gathering:
-Should have similar programs two or three times a year
-Some cultural significance to be taught to younger generation
-More people needed to assist
-Name tags needed at gatherings
-Help with telephone calls and directions
-Communicate better - Why are we collecting money. Send e-mail to
explaining where the money collected was spent. For example the
money collected during Onam function was used for donation to Prosanctity
church where the function was held and the balance kept for future
-Events should be held on a more timely fashion
Decided to celebrate Christmas on December 14, 2002 at Church of
Southwest Omaha at 127th and West Center Rd. 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Social
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Entertainment, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. meeting and 7:00
- 9:00 dinner
Voluntary contribution of $5.00 for family and $2:00 for individuals
Committee Chairpersons for Christmas celebration:
Food: Elsie Paniker
Entertainment: Robinson Luke
Decorations: Simon Oommachan
Santhi Andrews will find out the church's limitation on shoes and
decorations Elsie Paniker will decide on food items P. T. Krishnan
will make the necessary flyers
The meeting decided to formalize the organization. The name of
the organization shall be "Kerala Samajam"
Sree Nair will incorporate the organization to indemnify the members
and office bearers from liabilities.
Suggested annual membership fee: $15:00 for family and $5:00 for
individuals. The people present at the meeting felt that there has
to be designated individuals to take responsibilities. There has
to be a beginning.
A slate of nominations for 2003 was unanimously recommended by
the attendees of the meeting.
President - Joseph Mathew
Vice President - Sanjay Varma
Secretary - Ronnie Thomas
Treasurer - Shanti Andrews
Executive Committee Members - Mathew Paniker, Prema
Thommi and Robinson Luke
Committee Chairpersons - Publication & communications:
P. T. Krishnan
Education: Simon Oommachan
Banquet: Elsie Paniker
Entertainment Elizabeth D'Souza
All committee chairpersons will also be executive committee members.
The current nominations for office bearers are tentative.
Anybody interested to take the responsibilities of these positions
may please inform Sree Nair before Dec. 5th. During the Xmas function
on Dec. 14th, we will have the general body meeting and finalize
the office bearers for 2003
Each year the General Body meeting of the Kerala Samajam will be