IMAGH Honors Mothers; Forms Advisory Board

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The IMAGH Exectuve Committee and Board of Directors for 2015 at the monthly meeting with President Latafath Hussain (center in blue shirt).

By Jawahar Malhotra

HOUSTON: Although they hold their monthly meetings at the Bayland Community Center the first Saturday of each month, this particular occasion had a special meaning as Club 65 gave all the ladies an early Mother’s Day celebration.

About 70 people came to the lunch event which featured a melodious opening song by newcomer to Houston, Dr. Parvin Saiyed with organizer and emcee Rahat Kalle gamily standing by. Club 65’s first and oldest lifetime member, my mother Shakuntala Malhotra was asked to give blessings at the start of the program and remarked that “In India, every day is Mother’s Day, we don’t need a special day.”

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IMAGH’s newly formed Advisory Board (from left) Rajneesh Chaudhary, Paru McGuire Rahul Pakal (Vice Chair), Jawahar Malhotra and Abeezar Tyebji (Chair). Other members Raj Bhalla, Swapan Dhairayawan
and Angeli Arjumani were not present.

Children of volunteers sang a couple of numbers, then Fateh Ali Chatur showed his humorous wit as did another elderly gentleman who drew out many chuckles and laughs. Gary Iyer from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management accompanied his colleague Karl Kuenning from Nationwide Insurance to give a presentation on Long term Care and also sponsored the pizza, lasagna and salad lunch for the gathering.

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IMAGH Secretary Ismet Warsi (left) and volunteer Roja Pakal with Club 65’s first and oldest member,
Shakuntala Malhotra
at its Mother’s Day celebration

In an accompanying room, the Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston President Latafath Hussain convened a meeting of the Board and unveiled the newly formed Advisory Board, introducing its members. The roundtable discussion of their professions and passion for community mindedness made it clear that it drew them all together for a common cause.