GOPIO-CT elects new Executive Committee Members

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GOPIO-CT team for 2019 with CT Assemblymen-Elect at the Annual Holiday Party. From l. to r. CT Assemblyman-Elect Raghib Allie-Brennan, Treasurer Viresh Sharma, Joint Secretary Gayatri Mahesh, Vice President Bhavna Juneja, President Anita Bhat, Exec. Vice President Santosh Gannu, Trustee Srinivas Akarapu, Trustee Neelam Narang, Trustee Sanjay Santhanam, Trustee Dr. Thomas Abraham and CT Assemblymen-Elect CT Assemblyman-Elect Matt Blumenthal

GOPIO-CT elected their new Executive Committee Members for the term 2019 at their Annual General Body meeting held on Friday, December 14 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Stamford, Connecticut.

The elected committee includes:

  • President: Anita Bhat
  • Executive Vice President: Santosh Gannu
  • Vice President: Bhavna Juneja
  • Secretary: Prasad Chintalapudi
  • Joint Secretary: Gayatri Mahesh
  • Immediate Past President: Shelly Nichani
  • Trustees: Srinivas Akarapu and Shailesh Naik, along with Dr. Thomas Abraham, Neelam Narang, Sanjay Santhanam and Varghese Ninan

During the meeting, a report of the activities completed by the organization in 2018 was given.

Bhat said that the chapter’s signature event was its Annual Awards Banquet at which those Indian Americans from Connecticut who have achieved in various fields were recognized.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Giving out a scholarship to three graduating high school students and one student joining Norwalk Community College
  • Sponsoring five soup kitchens at the New Covenant House in Stamford
  • Participating in the cancer walk to raise funds for Stamford Hospital’s Bennet Cancer Center
  • Hosting a series of Meet and Greet sessions with First Selectmen of Westport, New Canaan, Trumbull, Greenwich and Darien

Following the election, GOPIO-CT had its Annual Holiday Party which also served as a fundraiser for Teach For America, whose Executive Director from New Haven Nate Snow spoke at the event on the organization’s mission to “enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.”

Snow called upon the Indian American community to participate in Teach for America programs.

Also, two of Connecticut’s newly elected assemblymen Raghib Allie-Brennan and Matt Blumenthal were honored at the meeting.

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