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Lion Hina Trivedi strengthens bridge between USA and India

Lion Hina Trivedi, a famous community leader from Chicago, USA was invited as a delegate to Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017 held at Bangalore India. Hina Trivedi serves Chicago Indo-US Lions Club (President), GOPIO Chicago (Former President), Federations of Indian Associations (Former President) and many more organization.

She met many dignitaries that included External Affairs Minister Mr. V. K. Singh, Mr. M. Jakbar, CM of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, CM of Chhattisgarh, Hanan Singh, CM of Haryana. Manoharla Khattar, CM of Arunachal Pradesh, Takam Pario and many other distinguished people, administration officers and bureaucrats to discuss many issues related to NRIs and Indians living in the USA.

Ms Trivedi tried to spread awareness in 2nd and 3rd Generation Indians living in USA towards their native country India through social-economic and other prospective programs so they can build strong future relationships between both the countries. She also raised issues nonresident Indians facie during their visit to India. She also attended Pravasi Haryana Divas 2017 held at Guru Gram on the personal invitation of Chief Minister Mr. Manoharlal Khattar. She was also invited to Vibrant Gujarat 2017 and also attended the republic day parade on 26th January at New Delhi as a Special Guest during her Delhi visit.

She went to Sushma Swaraj’s residence to meet her and greeted her for speedy and healthy recovery. She visited various cities and villages of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana to spread awareness about Swatchh Bharat Abhiyaan and helped poor children with food and clothes. She was accompanied by her team that includes Mr. Deepak Nayak, Nirav Parekh, Satish Patel, Pinky Rana, Shaitan Nayak, Vikas Ji, Haresh Mehta, Dipak Jaitly and many volunteers from across India.

Hina Trivedi honored with Asian Exemplary Civic Service Award 2016

Hina Trivedi, a Gujarati community leader, President of Indo US Lions Club and a Trustee of Federation of Indian Associations Chicago, has now two more feathers in her crown, receiving Prudential Gold Medal from Washington DC and Asian Exemplary Civic Service Award 2016 for her exemplary community services for the past thirty years.

Hina received this Award along with other Asian community members. The award ceremony took place on November 20, 2016 at a dinner banquet at Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 10249 W Irving Park Rd, Schiller Park, IL where more than 200 guests mostly Asian Americans of Chicago & its Suburbs attended the event. The program included musical entertainment and dances. Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White was the chief guest.

President Barack Obama in his letter addressed to Hina Trivedi congratulated her for getting the President’s Volunteer Services Award for 2016 which was presented to her by Secretary of State, Jesse White during the event.

For the last fifteen years, in the month of November The Asian Humanitarian Award is given annually by the Asian Chronicle TV channel to individuals and families who are cohesive and positive role models for others to emulate, extend numerous civic and community services here and/or in their native countries, and they impact the positive image of Asians in America. Asian Chronicle TV channel is a very famous and popular Asian TV Channel in Chicagoland area.

Asian Chronicle USA is a television program on public access cable broadcast in many suburban communities of Chicagoland area. The program started in 1997 as a labor of love and service to the Asian American community-at-large by professionally trained crew.

Asian Chronicle USA, a Cable Access Television Program, had earlier selected Hina for the Asian Exemplary Services for being a bridge between India and USA serving the community with her command over seven languages and active association with local service organizations.

Hina Trivedi is the president of Indo US Lions Club, a bridge between India and USA. She is multilingual speaking seven different languages and has served more than thirty years in various communities, serving as translator for citizenship interviews, helping people register to vote and assisting seniors in applying for Medicare or Medicaid, and housing. She tutors children in order for them to be busy and off the streets at CEDA and LIFHITE.

She is also the president of the Federation of Indian Associations, founding member of GOPIO Chicago, Executive Board Member of AIA and MAFS. She has attended many public awareness and social services conferences across the globe and has received many honors and awards from President Barack Obama, Mayor Richard M. Daley, IL Secretary of State Jesse White, Congressman Danny Davis, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and other locally and in India.

In an interview with Asian Media USA after Hina Trivedi received the award she said, “We must care for kids because they are our future, so we must guide them to the right direction and do whatever we can to help them to become proud Americans. It’s an honor and privilege to serve Asian American community. I am always looking for ways to serve our Asian American community and other American community and help improve them. I will continue taking this challenging, exciting, collaborative, and positive attitude to help everyone. I am a cancer survivor. I believe that God gave me a second chance in life, for a reason. Because of this, I am dedicating my life to serving the needy. A smile on the face on a person means a lot to me”.

New Year 2015 bash with a charitable mission

With Charitable mission as its central focus to help the victims ravaged by Hudhud cyclone in Andhra Pradesh, a breathtaking New Year 2015 Bash was unveiled with an eclectic display of music, singing and dance performances augmented by a lavish spread of food as overflowing guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois on December 31, 2014 lasting into the wee hours of the New Year day.

This grand New Year gala added a glamour quotient with the presence of the Bollywood/Tollywood’s star power led by glamorous actresses Miss.Richa Panai, Miss. Madhu Shalini, celebrity Anchor Pradeep Machiraju joined by popular playback singers Ranina Reddy and Prudhvi Chandra enhanced by a string of exciting Bollywood dances. This large bash was hosted under the aegis of CDM & HR Group, Nature Resource directed by Chandini Davuluri of Events Unlimited group.

Dr. Ram Gajjela, the principal host who is Chicago’s renowned health-care industry figure – in his remarks – outlining the primary objective said that the New Year event was hosted with the principle purpose of raising funds for the victims of Hudhud Cyclone that ravaged the coastal region of Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh state in October 2014.  

Substantiating his remarks with audio/visual presentation, Dr. Ram Gajjela made an impassioned plea with the spotlight on the loss of life and damage caused by this high-intensity cyclone in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. 

Ram Gajjela also took the opportunity to throw spotlight on the other tragic incidents and urged the families to pause for a moment in silent prayer to pay homage for the victims of various tragedies around the globe with a pronounced focus on the victims of Hudhud cyclone.

Dr. Ram Gajjela made a preliminary declaration of $ 10,000 donation and added that additional efforts are underway to mobile more funds to support the victims.  

Some of the notable community figures who supported and/or participated in this gala event include FIA President Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, IADO President Dr. Ashish Sen, TAGC past-presidents Kalyan Anandula Reddy, Sundar Dittakavi, Srinivas Pedamallu, current president, Jagan Bukkaraju, ATA Founder Hanumanth Reddy, TTA President Jagdish Kanuri, CTA President Srinivas Boppana and other community figures Raja Krishnamurthy, Jitender Diganker, Vir Doshi and Jawahar R. Police. This New Year bash was ably supported by Federation of Indian Associations [FIA], Indo American Democratic Organization [IADO], Telugu Association of Greater Chicago [TAGC], and Chicago Telugu Association [CTA] among other community organizations.

The celebrations continued into the night with dancing by the couples and children continued to a high-decibel music ushering the New Year.

Presidents Day celebration by Democratic Party of DuPage

Democratic Party of Dupage County organization, (the largest event of the year for the organization) celebrated Presidents Day gala 2011 with great enthusiasm on Sunday February 13, 2011, 5:00PM, at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. More than 500 people were present at this exciting program.

Prominent Leaders from the Democratic Party present were Gov Pat Quinn, Lt Gov Sheila Simon, Atty Gen Lisa Madigan, David Hoffman, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Mike Madigan, John Cullerton and Don Harmon. The Trustees and Executive Committee Members of the IADO, viz., Dr. Ram Gajjela (President), Dr. Ashish Sen (Vice President), Sainath Reddivari (Secretary), Peter Palaparthi (Joint Secretary), Lakshmi Lakshmanan (Treasurer), Dr. Mridu Sekhar (Joint Treasurer), Pramod Shah(Executive Director), Jitendra Diganvker (Directors) were joined by several prominent community Leaders from Indian-Pakistani community, CIOGC representatives, Project M representative, AIPHA, Islamic Center of Western Suburbs and ICNA Chicago representatives. Sunil Shah (President of FIA), Neil Khot, Mayur Patel, and members of the media including Suresh Bodiwala and Dr. Chandrakant Modi from Asian Media USA.

As the Master of Ceremony Bob Peickert, Chair, Democratic Party of DuPage County welcomed the guests and kept the audience spellbound with his wit and wisdom throughout the function. Bob Peickert is a long time resident of DuPage County. He has already announcing his candidacy for the position of Board member of the DuPage County Board serving District 1. Bob is a 34 year resident of DuPage County and resides in Elmhurst with his wife, Pat. Bob is a former math teacher and spent 25 years as a director of a teachers’ organization working to improve our educational systems. He is now a small business owner and member of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce. Bob has raised his family in DuPage and is dedicated to improve the future opportunities for the residents of as well as for his family that includes 5 grandchildren, and all families in DuPage County.

Bob Peickert, chairman of the Democratic organization Operation: Turn DuPage Blue said his party has finally broken the Republican party’s “stranglehold” on the county. “It’s exciting to see the election results, but we still have our work cut out for us,” Peickert said.

“We are so pleased to have Governor Dean at this year’s gala.” Said Bob Peickert, Chairman of the DPDC “He is the architect so many of the political grassroots organizing principles you see at work throughout the country today, and he is a tremendously inspiring speaker.”

Governor Pat Quinn in his brief address said that he grew up in Dupage County, and wanted to thank everyone because it was they who elected him in November 2nd election. He said that in 2012 he wanted to make sure that Presidents bama gets elected for the second term. He specially thanked Bob Peickert, his committee and
all those who supported him, because they worked hard from door to door and making lots of phone calls. He introduced the Keynote Speaker Howard Dean and recalled Howard Dean’s “vision for 50 states strategy in Democratic Party 2008. President Obama accomplished his vision. I hope that Howard’s dream becomes reality through President Obama.”

Howard Dean served six terms as the Governor of Vermont and was a candidate for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. He is a former chair of the National Governors’ Association and of the Democratic National Committee. During his tenure as DNC chair, Dean created the “50 State Strategy” that was credited for sweeping electoral victories in 2006 and served as a model for the Obama campaign for the White House in 2008. Dean is the founder of the national grassroots organization Democracy for America and was named Chair Emeritus of the DNC after his retirement two years ago.

Howard Dean thanked Bob Peickert and Amy Tauchman for an excellent service rendered for the Democratic Party. He briefly made a remark about former President Clinton that the most prosperous decade for United States was when Bill Clinton was President. The country enjoyed 69 billion dollar surplus!

“For the first time in United States history, people below 35 won the presidential election. We will support President Obama for the second term and will make America proud. We will win the race nationally and we will start putting our efforts in Dupage County. We would like to see Dupage county “Blue” in presidential election. We want to change neighboring communities and this work will begin from the DuPage County. This grass root movement will change DuPage County and it will change the country,” he predicted.

Referring to the Muslim Community in the U.S, he said, “we cannot stand the Republican Party running against the Muslims claiming that they have 120 Muslim terrorists. It also means that there are Two million nine hundred ninety nine thousand eight hundred Muslim are not terrorists. We have to stand up for them and be united and proud for them,” he said in support of the Muslim population in the U.S. During his twenty plus minute speech over seven times he received standing ovations.

James Walsh received the Katherine “Tinker” Harvey Pioneer Award .This is an award that is presented annually in honor of Kathryn “Tinker” Harvey. Tinker has been involved with the DPDC for nearly 50 years. She has spent the last 50 years in various positions within the county including chair of the Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization and the Democratic Party of DuPage County. The recipient of the award is selected by the county officers and the township chairs.

James Walsh as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; has been fighting for the working men and women and Democrats in DuPage since 1965. He has served as Chairman of the Democratic Party of DuPage County, York Township Democratic Organization, the DuPage Democratic Club, editor of the DuPage Democrat, Illinois State Central Committeeman, candidate for public office 5 times, Democratic Delegate to 3 Presidential Elections, and more. Jim Walsh has had an impressive career in the DPDC including chair of the party and a candidate for public office. He is also on the Ethics Committee of the DuPage Election Commission.

Gala committee Event coordinator is Rose Fitzpatrick and Committee members are Karen Hoffman, Janice Rinehart, Sue Burtnette, Marian Tomlinson, Thomas Castillo, Mary McGinty Mike Braun, Nasir Jahangir, Bob Jeffers, Kathy Grier, Richard Novinger, Sarbani Chowdhury, Edith Makra Kuzniera, Dave Kuzniera, Ken Kuchar, Karen Kuchar, Connie Sunderhaus, Amy Tauchman, Chris English Anne Marie Testa, Sue Yalatta, Kevin Allen.

Suresh Bodiwala, chairman of Asian Media USA had an opportunity to talk to Dr. Ram Gajjela (President of Indo-American Democratic Organization) about perspective of Dupage County. He said, “DuPage Turn Blue because of Indian population increased drastically in last 5 years. Dupage County has approximately 30 suburbs, majority temples are in DuPage County. It’s exciting to see the election results, but we still have lot of work to do in DuPage County. We want to change neighborhood and community and this two is a grass root that makes a change in the country”.

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