United Florida Nepal Association-Florida Association of Nepali Societies (United FNA-FANS), Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization registered in State of Florida. 

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NAF annual meeting and Dashain -Tihar 2074 Celebration

 Press Release

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.   

Thank you.
Amar Karki
Event Coordinator