Chicago IL:The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), Chicago held its Annual General Body Meeting to elect the new team of its office bearers for the year 2016-’17 on Sunday, December 13th, 2015 at North Shore Banquet, Devon Avenue, Chicago. The elections were carefully supervised by the Trustees and professionally conducted by the Election Committee in order to ensure that the election procedures were consistent with the FIA’s by-laws and the entire proceedings and processes were transparent and fair.
More than 25 FIA Association-Members, who participated in the process, elected Minhaj Akhtar as President, Kanti N. Patel as Executive Vice President, Dr Sanhita Agnihotri as Secretary, Girish Patel, Sathisan Nair, and Sher Muhammad Rajput as Vice Presidents, Vijay Ranjan as Joint Secretary, Ajit Singh as Treasurer, and Hemant Trivedi as Joint Treasurer.
The newly elected body had the support and blessings of a large number of prominent FIA Trustees, such as Babu Patel, Kanti S Patel, Sunny Gabhawala, Hina Trivedi, Sohan Joshi, Bhailal Patel, Anil Pillai, Sitaram Patel, Ajai Agnihotri, Keerthi Ravoori, the existing Executive Director, Syed Hussaini, Devon Avenue Merchants, and others. The new team steps into the shoes of the outgoing office bearers, led by Dr. Inderjit Patel, who oversaw a vibrant period of growth at the FIA.
Minhaj Akhtar, who has been serving the FIA, Chicago, for a very long time, in different capacities, is one of the eminent persons who have been associated with a number of organizations in the Chicagoland. Other office bearers too have got an excellent record of community service.
Minhaj Akhtar extended a deep sense of gratitude to all the FIA Association-Members, Trustees, and the community at large for reposing trust in him and his team and assured them of the democratic and transparent functioning of the FIA Chicago. “Even as we pledge to contribute our optimum best for the welfare of the Indian-Americans in Chicagoland, we seek their wholehearted and continued support”, he added.
“FIA Chicago is a 30-year-old umbrella organization led by many a doyen. I pay rich tributes to them for putting their best foot forward for bringing laurels to the Indian-Americans in the US”, said Minhaj Akhtar.
Minhaj Akhtar said that the top priority of his team would be to preserve, protect, and defend the integrity and credibility of FIA Chicago. He strongly underlined FIA’s commitment to the twin-objectives of not only empowering the Indian-American to realize their American dream but also preserving their unique culture and heritage. “We are determined to uphold FIA’s preeminent place in the Chicagoland and to enrich its brand value for the common good of one and all”, he added.
Kanti N. Patel announced that the ensuing Republic Day Celebrations will take place on January 23rd, 2016 at Meadows Club. He added that FIA Chicago will celebrate all events of national importance in order to ensure that the cultural flag of India flies high in the US. “We will continue to acknowledge the services of prominent Indian-Americans in different walks of life”, he added.
All the office bearers urged the Indian-Americans to come forward to contact FIA Chicago, on phone numbers of Mr Minhaj Akhtar 773 552 2000 / Mr. Kanti N Patel 847 571 5781, in order to enable it to achieve its cherished goals.