LOC Chair Abdul Karim Memon
SANA Annual Convention (College Park, Maryland) Proceedings 1994
It was a great pleasure to attend Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) 10th annual convention on July 1, 1994 to July 3, 1994 at College Park, Maryland. I want to share those feelings and emotions about this convention, it is my personal point of view, nothing concern to SANA itself. Little bit about history … On this July weekend of every year, SANA members get together at one place to share their gratifications, accomplishments, and to focus on the challenges ahead back home in Sindh as well as here in North American’s Sindhi settlers. Since last nine annual conventions have been the best source of inspiration, solidarity and determination to help the motherland Sindh, in every way SANA can. Every year by SANA convention, there is kindle the craving to help the deprived and needy fellow Sindhis. There is not a single organization, whose members are in a perfect agreement on all the issues. the goals of SANA are clearly comprehend and executed by each of us with utmost honesty. From its First annual SANA convention, which was a mere gathering of a few concerned Sindhis, SANA as organization, has stood united and experienced a tremendous rate of growth and success in its short 10 year. This is because of team work that is combined by mutual respect, admiration, compassion, consideration and generosity for each other. The success story of SANA is deep rooted in the sincerity of members effort.
I was impressed by convention organizer’s, they did the wonderful job, all deserve the credit and they were: – Mr. Abdul Karim Memon – Mr. Sajid Akhund – Mr. Sarfraz Memon – Dr. Feroze Ahmed – Dr. Badaruddin Shaikh – Mrs. Tanzeem Abbasi – Mrs. Khurshid Shaikh – Mrs. Ishrat Memon – Mr. Zahid Shaikh
DAY TWO (Saturday, July 2, 1994)
North American technical & Educational Committee For Sindh (NATECS) was the second time conference introduce in this convention: Introduction: Introduction to NATECS, NATECS Science & Technology Conference by Roshan Shaikh, also was moderator for rest of this program. – "Navigation Tools for Information Age" by Syed Ali Ather Shah, polytechnic University, NY – "Virtual Reality & it’s Applications" by Zubair Shaikh, Polytechnic University, NY – "Prevention of Maternal Deaths in Pakistan" by Dr. Munir Abro, Univ of Texas, Houston – "A Brief Outlook on the Geological Conditions in Pakistan" by Nasir Pathan, Mehran Univ of Engg & Tech., Pakistan, presentation by Sohail Ansari. – Technical video: "The Thinking Machine – The Machine that changed the World" Conclusion: of NATECS conference by Roshan Shaikh Overall NATECS conference was informative and interesting. Some speakers suggested that we should emphasize more on practicle work to prosper our own people as well as country. They said, it is good start to move in like NATECS conferences, which will give more insight. Then there was Annual Picnic at Holly Picnic Area, Greenbelt Park from noon to 4:00, lunch box was provide at the picnic. Every one was busy in fun at their own pace, specially kids. Then there was Panel Discussion (around 5:30pm to 8:00pm): Moderator — Dr. Badaruddin Shaikh "Sind & Sate of Pakistan" — Mr. Anwar Shaikh "The internal Structure of Sindh Society" — Dr. Saifullah Nizamani "Ethnic problems in Sindh" — Dr. Aziz Talbani "The Status of sindhi Woman" — Mrs. Mumtaz Tunio Conclusion: Over all summary was, to get more education, get more awareness, give chance to girls/women to have education, give respect to our life partners, don’t destroy the precious gens by marrying cousins or close relatives. …etc…
There were lot of good suggestions from every participant even panel members. After Dinner break, there was Tableau Fancy Dress Show, Music program by Local Talents. – Opening dance by sons of Ghulam Mohammed – Dance by lady from St. Louis – Recitation of poetry Altaf Memon’s son – Group dances on "Alea Munjha Maroo Raa" – Wedding ceremony by Adnan and Adela – "Hoo Ju Maloo" Then there was Sindhi Adabi Sangat, Chairperson — Mrs. Saeeda Abro "The background of sindhi Adabi Sangat in Sindh" — Mr. Iqbal Tareen "Trend in Contemporary Sindhi Literature" — Mr. Ishaue Tunio Poetry Reading (Original) — Dr. Naranjan Dudani, Dr. Altaf Memon and Mr. Ishaq Tunio All were good, and specially Mr. Dudani did a wonderful poetry
DAY THREE (Sunday July 3, 1994)
There was 10th Genral Body meeting Introduction of all general body members were skipped, because of time constrain, most members suggest that we should devote time to open discussion of EC decisions and Resolutions. Conclusion: I like it, it was some time seems to be battle ground to win something, that’s good to get more juicy result. After lunch break, there was session of Project Reports and Invited speakers forum (around 2:45pm – 6:45pm) Chairperson — Dr. A.W. Bhatti Moderator — Dr. M.A. Qalbani EDUCATION PROJECTS FOR SINDH — Dr. Nazir Moughal SAMNA — Dr. Nazir Moughal SIND MONITOR FORUM — SINDH ALERT & IN TOUCH — Dr. Mazhar Lakho SINDH 2000 — Mr. Iqbal Tareen Dr. YASMEEN MEMORIAL TRAUMA CENTER — Dr. M.M. Vakassi MOHENJO JO DARO FILM — Mr. R. Baluch NATECS — Mr. Roshan Shaikh Guest Speakers: – PPP assembly representative from SIND – Mr. Rashdhi Conclusion: Most of the speakers gave us insight of their own respective projects, I was impressed by SINDH 2000’s goals and objectives. I wish to get out our land from SINDH held hostage… etc…. (I was in and out most of the time) There were Q & A from guest speakers, they were pro PPP and pro government obviously. There was a good question asked from Mr. Unar (Dr from LMC. — JS party), about his name published in wrong people list in London newspaper. Its my personal view, that, we all should support J.S. party, because their goals are far more helping than any other party for SINDHI people and for SINDH itself. Nothing wrong with PPP, but they should straight their nose towards SINDH people, where they start their inception.
Then there was Annual Dinner & Achievement awards. Finally there was a big musical show by Ms. Abida Parveen _ I really enjoyed the spiritual music show, almost all people were involved in clapping, dancing, it was spectacular show with spark. – As I saw the happiness, and involvement in spiritual music, I wonder if we all carry this enthusiasm for each stage of our life to full fill our goals and get more juicy result by accomplishment by hard work, we can easily achieve our SINDH 2000’s goals. If I miss any event or did any mistake, or wrong segment mentioned which never happen, please correct me if I am wrong, or add any thing with your respective comments, or what you saw. As I mentioned before, I was in and out from most of the events, so I don’t have whole saga picture. Again, this is my own views, nothing to do with SANA’s views or any body else.
By: Kosher Ahmed