Federation Of Indian Associations, Chicago, Declares 2020 Team


The Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago, unanimously nominated Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan, and members of a new board at the annual board meeting held on the auspicious festival of Diwali Oct. 27, at ThumKa Restaurant, Hoffman Estates, IL.

The Federation of Indian Associations of Chicago declared its executive team Oct. 20, 2019. The team poses for photo. (Photo: courtesy FIA, Chicago)

The event was presided by Founder  President  Sunil Shah, Founder & Past President Onkar Sangha, current President Ninad Daftari, and founding members Mukesh Shah and Neil Khot.

President Elect Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan will spearhead the team for the year 2020 with the help of Executive Vice Presidents Hitesh Gandhi and Dr Kamal Patel along with the board which includes Vice Presidents Shital Daftari, Altaf Bukhari, Chetan Patel, Jatinder Bedi and Vinita Gulabani. Other members are Secretary Abir Maru, Treasurer Vaishal Talati, Cultural Secretary Hema Shastri, Joint Treasurer Ila Patel Chaudhari, Joint Secretary Ashwani Mahajan, and  Director Vibha Rajput. The new Directors Pratibha Jairath, Anu Malhotra, Richa Chand,Sonia Luther, Varsha Visal, Mukesh Shah, Hitesh Patel, Vikram Seth and Tanvi Dhillon are also part of the board.


From left, Ninad Daftari, Neil Khot, Hitesh Gandhi, Smita Shah, Brij Sharma, Sunil Shah, Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan, Keerthi Ravoori, Pradeep Shukla, Syed Hussaini, pose for photo at the Oct. 27, 2019 meeting to announce the new FIA, Chicago leadership team. (Photo: courtesy FIA, Chicago)

Sunil Shah requested the participation of all the members for the next event of FIA, Feed My Starving Children, an initiative during Thanksgiving holidays on Nov. 24, from 3 pm to 5 pm at Renaissance Convention Center.

The FIA will also celebrate India’s 71st Republic Day on Jan. 25, 2020, along with a Health Fair and Scholarship Drive. Other scheduled events include Indian Heritage Night with Windy City Bulls Feb. 23, 2020, at Sears Center &  Festival of Colors ( Holi ) in March.

Dhalwan, in his speech, assured those present he would work hard to take the organization to new heights with events planned for 2020, working with the support  of the Advisory Board Members Syed Hussaini (WinTrust Bank), Manish Gandhi (Power Plant Services),  Brij Sharma (Power Volt), Asha Oroskar(Orochem), Smita Shah (Direct Floors), Pradeep Shukla (CPA), Neal Patel(MedStar), Jasbir Suga (Suga Builders & Construction ) and Keerthi Reevori.

Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago President and Founder Sunil Shah, left, with President-elect Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan, center, and Past President Onkar Sangha, at Oct. 27, 2019 event where the new executive team of FIA was announced. (Photo: courtesy FIA, Chicago)

Founding member’s Sunny Kular, Rita Singh & Dhitu Bhagwakar could not attend the meeting.

The FIA Chicago plans to take on projects like Job Fair, Entrepreneurship Camps and Youth Leadership Development Skill Camps, a press release from the organization said.

FIA Chicago was founded to bring cultural awareness to the Chicagoland area and has grown leaps and bounds, the organization claims, hosting several events through the year for the well being and betterment of the community.




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