Annual Report 2010-2011



ph. 9838 0654



14 July 2011

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Management Committee I take pleasure in presenting the eleventh Annual Report of our Association for the year ending 30 June 11.

After successful completion of ten years, we started our new decade with renewed vigour and a keen motivation to add more variety to our services.

In keeping with current needs of being environmentally conscious, we have taken a small step and moved from paper-based communication to email communication with all our members. We now have only a handful of members who do not have access to Internet and email facilities, and for whom we ensure that they receive our newsletters by post.

A range of programmes were organised that included hobby and learning centre activities, study circle sessions on ‘Music as a universal language”, health management sessions, picnics and outings, workshops and training programs.

1. Monthly Meetings: Study Circle, Hobby and Learning Centre Activities

July 2010

o12 July – Silappadikaram – A Talk by Mr Sriskandadas.

o26 July – Study Circle - Music as the Universal Language – An introduction by Mrs Balam Lakshmanan.

August 2010

o9 August – Study Circle - Music as a Universal Language: Western Music Appreciation - Talk by Dr Thangaraj.

o2, 16, 23, 30 August: Hobby and Learning Centre - Narayaneeyam Sloka Class.

September 2010

o13 September - Study Circle – Piano in Western Music - Talk by Dr Thangaraj.

o20 September - Study Circle – Violin and Cello in Western Music – Talk by Dr Thangaraj.

October 2010

oPerformance of Narayaneeyam at SVT Temple Brahmotsavam

November 2010

o8November - Study Circle Meeting - Music in Classical Form - Talk by Mr Nat Iyer.

February 2011

o14 February – Indian Classical Music – An introduction to Hidustrani Music – Talk by Mr Nat Iyer.

o21 February – Hindustani Music – Lec-Dem by Mr Chidambareswaran.

o28 February – Carnatic Music: History and Evolution by Mr Nat Iyer.

March 2011

o7 March – Lec-Dem on ‘Systematic and gradual learning of Carnatic music’ by Mrs Kamala Santhanam.

o14 March – Talk on ‘Melakarta Ragas’ by Mr Nat Iyer.

o21 March – Lec-Dem on ‘Janaka and Janya Ragas’ by Mrs Saroja Balachandra.

o28 March – Nadabrahmam: Manodharma and Kutcheri Tradition in Carnatic Music - Lecture by Mrs Lakshmi Raman and Mr Hari Raman.

April 2011

o11 April – Managing Arthritis at Home - Talk by Ms Nadine Darland from Arthritis Australia.

o18 April - Celebration of Tamil New Year: Indoor Games and Lunch.

May 2011

o9 May - Mother’s Day Celebrations: Talks and discussions by Mothers

o23 May – Ayurvedic System of Medicine – Talk by Dr Indu Narayan

o30 May – Quiz – conducted by Mr Cheenu Srinivasan

June 2011

o18 June – Annual Members Day Celebrations with Group games, Quiz and Anthakshari.

o20 June – Ayurvedic Workshop: Demonstration of recipes for Common Home remedies – by Dr Indu Narayan.

2. Tours and Picnics

(1)30 October 2010 - A daylong sightseeing picnic to Minnamora Falls was organised.

(2)19 December 2010 – In the spirit of Christmas, a picnic and a day of fun and games was organised at the Ermington Reserve.

3. Special Training Programs

(1)March ‘01 - Stress Management Course - consisting of 4 sessions - was conducted by Dr R.S.Muthukrishnan of Awareness School of Hypnosis.

(2)March ‘01 - Beginner’s Internet Training Program for Seniors – conducted by Dr Uma Srinivasan and Dr Malathi Nagarajan.

4. Community Celebrations and Engagement

(1)24 Oct.’10 - Our members presented a very professional performance of Narayanneyam Slokas at the SVT Temple Brahmotsavam Festival.

(2)20 Nov.’10 - On invitation by the Indian High Commissioner, IWA Committeee representatives – Uma Srinivasan and Nateshkumars attended a meeting initiated by the Indian High Commissioner Mrs Sujatha Singh in Canberra. There were about 100 delegates from all over Australia. We presented our activities over the last 10 years and the High Commissioner and Consul General were very appreciative of our contribution to the community.

(3)22 March ‘11- Seniors Day was celebrated at Vedanta Centre, Ashfield.

(4)29 March ‘11- Harmony Day - Our members presented a cultural stall displaying kolam/rangoli and garland making at the Harmony Day celebrations organised by Parramatta Council in front of Parramatta Town Hall.

(5)18 April ‘11- Tamil New Year’s Day was celebrated with joy and community participation. There were a number of indoor games, which was followed with a sumptuous feast – prepared by a number of member volunteers.

5. Contribution to victims of natural disaster

As has been our custom, this year again we responded to a natural disaster in Queensland when it was hit by devastating floods. Thanks to all our members we spontaneously raised a sum of $ 700 which was contributed to the Prime Minister’s Queensland Flood Relief Fund. The Association thanks all those who have made a generous contribution to the cause.

6. Health Management Focus

The following workshops and talks were aimed specifically at focussing on health well being of our members.

oStress management Course

oAyurveda Workshop

oTalk on Arthritis management

7. Community Welfare Grant

It gives me great pleasure to report that amongst tough competition, NSW Indian Welfare Association’s proposal for Project – Jeevan Dhan - has been successful in securing a federal government grant of $10,000 from The Organ and Tissue Authority to promote Awareness of Organ Donation amongst the Indian Community, over the next year. Members can look froward to a number of interesting activities and programs as we fulfil our objectives to promote community awareness.

8. Library

Our Library continues to function at 7, Plymouth Avenue, North Rocks - the residence of Mrs Saroja and Mr Balachander. Members are encouraged to avail of the facility. We no longer charge membership fees specifically for the Library.

9. Membership

There was an increase in the membership during the year. As of date we have a total membership of 165 including new enrolment of 20 members.

10. Annual Subscription

The renewal of subscription for the year 2010-11 is due on 1st July. The annual fee is $20 for family and $10 for single. Members are requested to renew their membership by means of any one of the following options:

(a) By paying cash to any committee member or cheque drawn in favour of NSW Indian Welfare Association and mailed to the above address.

(b) By direct deposit to the NSW Indian Welfare Association (Inc) A/C no 062 BSB no. 471 1005 1751 in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia under intimation to the treasurer at the above address.

11. Annual General Meeting

The notice for the AGM scheduled for the 7 August 2011 is enclosed. Attached also are the Statement of Accounts for the year 2010-11, subject to audit. The certified accounts will be presented at the AGM.

The Association sincerely thanks

·Mr.Jayaraman Sinivasan of the RAM Accounting Financial &Taxation Services for auditing the accounts of the year 2010-11.

·The Migrant Resource Centre Parramatta and the Hornsby Shire Council for providing the facilities to conduct our Monthly meetings.

·Carewell Inc. for providing the infrastructure facilities for the Stress Management Course, the Internet for Seniors Training Program and transport and catering service for the Picnic.

The next year is going to be a big year for IWA as we move towards fulfilling our grant requirements in promoting Awareness of Organ Donation amongst the Indian community. We have planned a number of activities over the next year.

Thank you for your continued support and we look froward to even a greater involvement as we move forward.

Yours sincerely,


NSW Indian Welfare Association (Inc)

An Information Session by Dr. Syed Murad Hussain on “Community Health Centres” is organised on Monday 25th July ’11 at 10.30 a.m at the Migrant Resource Centre, Level 4 No 1 Horwood Pl. Parramatta . All are welcome.

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