Senior Citizens’ Association – Raheja Vihar celebrates Independence Day
- Rekha Vijaykar
Senior Citizens’ Association –Raheja Vihar completed seventeen years on 15th August 2017.The Anniversary celebration has always been a part of Independence Day function. Members of Raheja Vihar assembled near the pool side. All stood in attention as the Tri Colour was hoisted by Mrs, Ameeta Vora, President of Rotary Club of Bombay, Powai. Precisely at 10.00.a.m. the sacred Indian Flag was fluttering amidst the vibrating notes of the National Anthem.
The congregation moved to the basement hall of Club House, Raheja Vihar. Mrs. Rekha Vijayakar, Chairman welcomed the guests. She announced the change in the Managing Committee and introduced the newly elected members of the Association. The new office bearers are: Mrs. Rekha Vijayakar, Chairman, Mr. D.K. Kapoor, Hon. Treasurer, Mr. S.K. Tripathi, Hon. Sec, Mrs. R. Bhavani Jt. Sec.,Mr. Surinder Kumar Gupta,Mr. P. K. Devdas, Mr. T. Narayanan , Mr. Shetty, Mrs. Manasi Gopal, Mrs. Kalpana Srivastava, Mr. Merhotra
It has been the tradition of the Association to honour the octogenarians of the year on its Anniversary Day, that is Fifteenth August, our Independence Day. Felicitation of Octogenarians was sponsored by Mita Nundy Community Centre, supported by Oracle. The following members were felicitated.
Mrs. Sushila Pawar, Mrs. Chhanda Dutta, Mrs. Jaylaxmi Gupte, Mr. B. L. Kalkani, Mr. Methil G. Kutty, Mr. Premnath Mehra, Mr. Sirish Gunderia, Mr. Gopal Bhatia, and Dr. Vincent Paul. The Octogenarians were honoured in the traditional manner with a shawl, coconut and flowers. Mr. Sankaranarayanan greeted the Octogenarian and then addressed the gathering. He reflected upon the importance of birthday celebrations. He opined that the first birthday was always important, perhaps because by then the baby had passed the most vulnerable stage of infancy. Every subsequent year come with its own unique significance. The eightieth birthday is often seen as an opportunity to celebrate a person’s achievements. And being able to celebrate eightieth birthday is an achievement in itself.
Rotary Club of Bombay, Powai graciously distributed snacks and sweets to the members. Members were happy and in a joyful disposition.
The day came to close with a sincere vote of thanks to Mita Nundy Community Centre, supported by Oracle and Rotary Club of Bombay, Powai. The total co-operation of Powai Developers was recorded. Mr. Rawat and his very efficient team helped in organizing the programme. Their spontaneous assistance was appreciated. Guests and all the members of the Association were thanked for gracing the occasion by their presence.
Independence Day Celebration at Panch Smruti
The residents of Panch Smruti celebrated the Independence Day with great fervour and enthusiasm. The building was decorated with flags and tricolored balloons. The Chief Guest Mr. Sanjay Patil, ACP-Sakinaka Division could not make it due to a last-minute emergency meeting that he had to attend. So, Mrs. Lata Shirsath, Police Inspector and one of the most senior officers of Powai PS graced the occasion with her presence.
The programme started with the Managing Committee welcoming Mrs. Lata Shirsath, after which the flag was hoisted. Managing Committee members from neighbouring Societies also joined the celebration. Madam advised the residents to hold a meeting where the police would be glad to educate them on how they can better be safe and contact the authorities in case of an emergency. She emphasized on women empowerment in India. She quoted examples of great women pioneers like Razia Sultan, Rani of Jhansi, Sarojini Naidu and Indira Gandhi and urged girls and women to “follow your dreams.”
The Managing Committee with the help of the kids organized a colorful programme including, songs, dances, speeches. The audience was enthralled by the puppet show, for which a professional group was invited. Children showcased their talent in the drawing competition, and the winners were given prizes by the judge for the drawing competition, Mr. Ashok Banerjee. All the participants were given prizes.
Delicious lunch was served to all, post that everyone dispersed after having loads of fun.