by Virginia H Alphonso & Anumol Thomas
RICHMOND – The Indian American Nurses Association of Greater Houston (IANAGH) celebrated its Silver Jubilee on May 25th, 2019 at the Safari Ranch, in Richmond, Texas. There were about 150 attendees for the educational conference. The banquet hall was packed with about 500 guests who came together to support IANAGH. Nurses from all over the United States and India took part in this event. The gala night was a well-organized event, which started with prayer, Nurses’ pledge, lamp lighting, recognition of past & present IANAGH presidents, and honoring of dignitaries and sponsors. The night was filled with breathtaking spectacular cultural programs, which kept the audience engaged from start to finish.
The theme of the educational conference was “Journey of Leadership, Challenges to Championship”. It was a great opportunity to learn network and gain renewed motivation for nursing education. The educational conference concluded with a panel discussion on Transformational Leadership led by nurses in leadership roles.
The message of our IANAGH mission “Community of Nursing Excellence” and the vision “Facilitate professional growth, leadership and enhance social, cultural needs of our members through education and service” was concisely presented in the educational conference and the Gala night.
The gala night started with traditional Indian style with “thalappoli and Shingarimelam” to welcome guests. Official Program started with a prayer song by Brigit Mathew.
Anumol Thomas & Raina Rock served as vibrant Emcees for the program .Virginia Alphonso, secretary of IANAGH delivered the welcome speech & Accamma Kallel, President of IANAGH delivered the presidential address .Missouri city mayor Yolanda Ford was the chief guest. Honorable Fort Bend County Judge, KP George, Mr.Ashok Kumar, Consul,Consulate General of India, Houston, Dr. Durga Agrawal UH System Board of Regents and President, Dean Kathryn Tart from University of Houston College of Nursing. MS. Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing officer Methodist Sugar Land, Mr. Corey Russel, Director of nursing administration MD Anderson cancer center, Honorable County court judge Ms. Julie Mathew, Stafford city council member- Mr. Ken Mathew, Ms. Donna Stultz Associate Nursing Director, Michael E Debakey VA Medical Center, Dr. Agnes Therady , President of National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA) and Leena Eapen , Director Edwin health Institute were present during the event and delivered wonderful messages. IANAGH received proclamation from Congressman Pete Olson, honorable judge KP George, Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford , Houston Mayor Mr. Sylvester Turner and Stafford Mayor Mr.Leonard Scarcella.
IANAGH presented Nursing excellence awards to outstanding APN & RN . Anumol Thomas, MSN,APRN,CCRN received the APN Excellence award and Aleyamma Baby , MSN,RN received the RN Excellence award. Award for outstanding community services were given to Mr. Koshy Thomas, CEO of Voice of Asia New Group, Mr.Simon Valacheril , Chief Editor,Nerkazhcha News Paper, Mrs. Rose Jean Gailles , Founder of United Light of Hope and Mr. John W Varghese , Founder of ” Let Them Smile Again ” charity foundation.
IANAGH expressed sincere gratitude to all the sponsors: Diamond sponsor: Ms. Leena Daniel (Edwin health care institute), Platinum sponsors: Mr. John W Varghese & Mr. George Eapen (Prompt insurance agency) & Mr. Allison Wen (Management of Safari Ranch). Gold sponsors: University of Houston college Nursing (Dr. Kathryn Tart), Dr. Surya P Raguth and Dr. Manjula Raguthu,(Ace pain management) & MEDWIN family Medicine and Rehabilitation and Dr. Babu Stephen : Indo American Press club Chairman. Silver Sponsors: Mr.Jiju Kulangara, Freedom Automotive & Collison & Dr.Harilal Nair, APRN World
A Souvenir was released under the leadership of Raina Rock & Dr.Omana Simon which is a reflection of the IANAGH activities for the past 25 years ! Mr. Corey Russel, Director of nursing administration MD Anderson cancer center, released the souvenir.
Scholarships of $500 each was given to 4 Indian and 2 US nursing students by Mr.Joseph C Joseph & Mary Thomas . New graduates in RN, BSN, MSN,NP, DNP, PhD level were recoganized .
The official ceremony was followed by a series of cultural programs. The highlight of the cultural program was a skit named “The Journey of a Nurse”, which was written and choreographed by Brigit Mathew. A young girl, Maria decides to become a nurse and begins her journey from Kerala all the way to the United States in pursuit of her dream. Her experiences at different destinations during her journey brings forth captivating classical dance performances. An array of professionally trained dancers along with actors stunned the audience with their charm.The amazing part was most of the participants were nurses and through their performances they once more showed their might. The cultural program was orchestrated very well and kept the audience engaged through the Gala night.
If so Mohiniyattam by Gopika Babudas, Kuchipudi done by Reshma Vilson, Dandiya by Nisha Mathews & group, Kathak by Dr. Reenu Varghese & group, Bollywood by Alvina &group, skit by Merlin Thomas & group & Hip Hop by Clintone Alphonso ,Roji Mathew & group .
There was a lot of planning and hard work done by the Advisory, executive, governing and the jubilee committee. Each person played a great role in making this event successful.
The future promises to be an exciting time, as new trends and technologies drive innovation and opportunities for growth in the Nursing profession and the IANAGH!