NAF annual meeting and Dashain -Tihar 2074 Celebration
We are happy to share this good news that NAF has successfully celebrated her 25th anniversary during the Dashain and Tihar Program on October 7, 2017 at West Palm Beach Florida. About 240 Nepalese from different cities of Florida attended the program. The program was held at American Polish Club in the city of Greenacres. The annual meeting was followed by Nepali Cultural Program and then live performance of 4M musical band from Atlanta. All the past presidents were invited to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Association. Keeping our tradition the most popular sports in Nepalese community, soccer and tennis tournaments were also included to the program. The printed version of NAF newsletter "INDRENI" was also published on this occasion.
The program started 4:00 pm with the onsite registration. Mrs. Anila Neupane hosted the business session of the program.Chief guest Mr. Promod Sharma inaugurated the program by lighting the Deep in Diyo. Past Presidents Mr. Tirtha Mali, Mr. Rajeev Lamsal, Dr. Dharma Acharya, Dr. Bijaya Kattel, Dr. Khusi Ram Tiwari, Mr. Sanjay Bajracharay, Dr. Archan Kattel, Mr. Bimal Nepal and Mr. Bikash Devekota were also present in the program. The West Palm Beach Bhajan group led by Mrs. Sunita Shrestha and Mrs. Mithu Joshi performed Durga Puja and Arati. After the puja West Palm Beach Pathsala kids sang Nepali and US national anthem. The sitting President Mr. Ram Sharan Thapa welcomed and presented the Dashain-Tihar greeting to all the guests on behalf of NAF.
First President of Florida Nepalese Association (FNA) Mr. Tirtha Mali talked about the establishment of organization in 1992 and highlighted its achievements. Founding President of Florida Association of Nepalese Society (FANS) Mr. Bimal Nepal and the Past President Mr. Bikash Devekota (United FNA-FANS) also shared few sentences about the activities of the association in the past.
The other important part of the program was to recognize the members of Earthquake Relief Fund Collection and Disburse Committee of 2015 formed by United FNA-FANS (now NAF). The committee collected $180,000 and sent to Earthquake victims of Nepal through different volunteering organizations. Mr. Krishna Shrestha, Dr. Bidya Subedi, Mr. Ram Sharan Thapa, Mr. Bikash Devekota, Mr. Binod Basnet, Mr. Jhanak Thapalia, Dr. Sharada Bhandari, Mr. Rajeev Lamsal and Dr. Chooda Khanal were in the committee.
Information Secretary Dr. Amar Karki introduced all the Past Presidents and their teams and also presented their major achievements. General Secretary of Nepalese Association of South East America (NASEA), Mr. Krishna Shrestha introduced NASEA and explained its relationship to NAF. Mr. Krishna Shrestha also talked about the Adopt-A-Highway program in which NAF recently signed a contract with the Department of Transportation of Florida to remove the litter four times a year on the side of the segment of 1.5 Miles of Forest Hill Blvd.
The oath ceremony for the new Executive Committee members was conducted by ANEC Chair Mr. Rajeev Lamsal in the presence of other ANEC members Dr. Bidya Subedi and Mr. Rajendra Shrestha. New President Dr. Chooda Khanal delivered his acceptance speech and introduced his Executive Members Dr. Hari Adhikari (Vice President), Dr. Pragati Ghimire Aryal (General Secretary), Ms. Manju Malla (treasure) and Mr. Nabin Timilsina (Information Secretary). The business hours ended with the vote of thanks by event coordinator Dr. Amar Karki.
The medals and trophies were distributed to the Tennis tournament winners (Mr. Chandan Shrestha and Dr. Adarsh Shrestha) and the runner up (Mr. Deepak Adhikari and Mr. Ashok Shrestha) and junior tennis tournament participants, Sarah Thapa,Shreya Joshi, Saugat Shrestha, Deep Adhikari, Ashish Amatya, Presha Shah and Etasha Shah by Dr. Sharda Bhandari and to the Soccer tournament winners (Tampa Nepalese Team, Captain Suraj Poudel) and runner up (Orlando Nepalese Team, Captain: Sanam Rai) by Dr. Bijaya Kattel. Mr. Parbat Joshi and Mr. Binod Basnet coordinated the Tennis and Soccer tournament.
A special issue of NAF newsletter “INDRENI” has been published on the occasion of Silver Jubilee of Nepalese Association Florida (NAF). The newsletter contains NAF history with the information about its establishment as Florida Nepalese Association (FNA) in 1992 and its journey through the unification of FNA and FANS (United FNA-FANS) to all the way to getting its present name Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) in 2015. It also contains interesting news, greetings, arts and literatures. Some of the articles are very interesting and useful to our kids. Dr. Archana Kattel led the publication team. The copies of printed version were distributed during the program. If you do not have your copy please contact Mr. Ram Thapa.
The cultural program coordinated and hosted by Mr. Krishna Shrestha and Dr. Niraj Shrestha started at sharp 8 pm. There were performances by the local talents of different age groups. There were jaw dropping dance performances on Fantastic Wonderful by Aaron, Jasmin and Pranav, on Kalo topi by Miami Pathsal kids and on Mix Melody by WPB Pathsala kids. Yuvan Bhandari sang the song Jaha chhan Buddha ka aankha while Carolyn Shah presented two beautiful songs Lappan Chhapan and Thamel Bazar. Aiden Shrestha, Trisha Chapagain, Hrit Khanal, Hirman Khanal and Ryan Chakra Chailagain also presented their creation. After the performance by our local talents the 4M band took over the stage and rocked everybody. People fully enjoyed the live performance by the band until 11 pm.
The food was served by Namste Grill, a restaurant run by a Nepali team at Stuart, Florida. Typical Nepali foods were there in the menu. The fund for the food, hall, band and sound system were collected from the event fees and donation from our community members. A lot of community members, past presidents, local businesses and the organizing team donated money to support the expenses. NEPA Wholesale cosponsored the event with $700. Organizing team is very grateful to all the donors, volunteers, performers, players and guests without whom the event wouldn’t be successful.
NAF requests all of our members to renew their membership before to be eligible to vote or to become a candidate on upcoming central executive committee election.
It is very easy. Fill out the online form and pay registration fee online. DETAILS CLICK HERE.
Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF), Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization registered in State of Florida.
FEI/EIN Number: 593152163
United FNA-FANS and our local communities have already started providing the relief support to the earthquake victims in Nepal. We are thankful to all of our donors that have helped us help those in needs in Nepal.
Please click HERE to learn more about our Earthquake relief activities in Nepal
United FNA – FANS is pleased to announce that we have collected the total amount of $852.00 (US Dollars Eight Hundred and Fifty Two) from three different regions of Florida to exhibit our symbolic help to the victims of The Philippines Typhoon “Haiyan”.
Nepalese Florida Association (NAF) have collected the fund to support the Flood victims in Nepal.
We are thankful to all of our donors that have helped us help those in needs in Nepal.
Dr. Bidya Raj Subedi is travelling Nepal soon. He will handover the money to the victims through a trustful and legal volunteering organization.
Nepali New Year Picnic 2074
More than 100 Nepalese from different cities of Florida attended the Nepali New Year Picnic 2074 organized by Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) in association with NCCO in Orlando on 15th of April 2017. The event was held from 12:00PM to 5:00PM in the beautiful Bill Frederick Park. This year we had planned short welcome program, sports and cultural program to showcase local talent. We all believe that the program made a significant contribution in promoting Nepali culture in our community, especially among our kids. We also had other activities including Poetry Reading, Cricket Friendly Match, Ghyampo Fodaai, Singing, Dancing, Ester Egg hunt and Bingo, along with other sports and entertainment events. NAF and NCCO committee welcomed the distinguished guests together with all the gathered members and friends of Nepali community from various region. NAF President Ram Sharan Thapa extended the wishes for prosperity and good health to all the community members on the occasion of Happy Nepali New Year 2074. Social Worker Radha Selvester from Days for Girls International project also attended the event to introduce the program to our community. $400 donation was collected during the picnic and presented to Radha Selvester. NAF president also hand over the check on behalf of Dr. Basu Pudasaini to her. This project is going to support our girls in Jumla in coordination with Social worker Radha Paudel of Action Works Nepal.
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Some glimpse and the report of Silver Jubilee and Dashain 2074 Celebration at West Palm Beach Florida
We are happy to share a good news that Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) had moved one step forward to establish the working partnership with local government through the Department of Transportation ( DOT) by participating in " ADOPT - A- HIGHWAY " program. NAF had a contract with DOT to remove litter to clean both sides of the segment of 1.5 miles of Forest Hill boulevard ( WPB , Zip 33413 ) extending from Jog Road to west up to the entrance gate of DOT office ( just east of turn pike bridge). We have to clean this segment of the road 4 times in a year.
As we promised we completed our first cleaning on Sunday, 1st October 2017. A team of 7 members who had qualified safety training from DoT including NAF President Ram Thapa, Mrs. Sunita Shrestha, Dr. Bijaya Kattel, Mr. Bimal Nepal, Dr. Sharada Bhandary, Dr. Amar Karki and Project coordinator Mr. Krishna Shrestha was leading the job. Other participants in the cleaning were Mrs. Sushila Karki, Mr. Jaya Stayal, Mr. and Mrs. Kiran Pandey, Mr. Gopesh Maskey, Mr. Manoj Joshi, Mr. Binod Basnet, Mr. Parbat Joshi and Mr. Saugat Shrestha. We started the work at 8 am and completed by 10 am. We collected 6 bags of trash from that section of the road. Please see the attached highway reflective metallic sign board and some glimpse of our community in service. This is not only self-talking to identify our organization name which is in direct contact of thousands of eyes every single day but also the establishing a good connection with the local government.
We would like to thank all the volunteers for providing their valuable time early morning, just next day of the greatest Festival Bijaya Dashami. We would also like to thank Ms. Mary Lou Houghtaling , DOT , Florida ( Palm Beach County ) for the coordination , help , required materials and safety training for this project.
We will look forward to seeing more volunteers from our community during next cleaning in 3 months.
Thank you very much and have great festive days.
Annual Dashain Program 2016
United FNA-FANS, in association with Tampa Nepaleses, organized Dashain Program 2016 in Tampa, Florida on October 15, 2016 (Saturday).
Donation to Flood Victims of Nepal
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