Club 65 Celebrates Valentine Day

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By Jaseem Pasha, MD

HOUSTON: There is something about Valentine’s Day that makes us conscious that we are most alive when we’re in love. When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out. Love is, after all, our true partner. Finding the meaning of life by us alone is not an option.

As expected, the Red and Pink, the colors of Valentine,were all over the hall at Bayland Community Center, at 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, where the Houstonian seniors of the Club 65 celebrated the Valentine’s Day on February7, this year. Approximately 75 plus members and Guests attended the event.

The members were happily socializing with smile on their faces, complimenting each other, and taking pictures with their spouses and friends against the backdrop created especially for the event. Love was definitely in the air. One could see it, and feel it.

The program started with a warm welcome from Paru McGuire, President of the Club. Next came Latafath Hussain, the ex-President of the Club 65, who after a brief history of Club 65 invited the members to send in their thoughts on ways to make the Club financially independent.

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The activity committee including Rozina Jafferali, Farida Bandali and Paru McGuire, with the help of Rahat Kalle kept the members engaged in Valentine theme games with members participating with zeal and vigor. Prizes were awarded to the Best Dressed Female, Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Couple. The 2 judges Jamil Chunawala and Rashida Logher had to work extra hard at making the final choices, but none the less arrived at a decision after much deliberation.

During a short break for lunch, seniors enjoyed the delicious Chinese cuisine and a Valentine Day Cake for desert, which was planned by Asghar Alibhoy and his team.

The music group of Aarohar Bollywood Music packed the dance floor and dazzled the audience with brilliant streams of oldies. Preitu Dave, Anjan Kothare, Vijay Kalpathi and Nick Ganatra entertained the audience with a mix of romantic and melodious songs of the 50’s and 60’s, as well as some newer Bollywood songs.

Never has the dance floor seen so many members engaged in slow dances with their spouses and the loved ones. Neither the music nor the dancing would have ended if it were not for the time restraints of the venue. The musicians thanked the audience stating that this was the most responsive and appreciative audience they have ever had.

The Aarohar Bollywood Music Group offered their services totally free as a courtesy to the seniors of Club 65. The program that usually ends by 2.30 PM went on until 3.30 PM.

Club 65 is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of IMAGH (Indian Muslims of Greater Houston). To find out more about Club 65 or to become a member, please visit, or call Paru Mcguire at 440-390-1763.