Navin Gupta, presented the vision and focus of the LA chapter through a slide show. He said GOPIO-LA is trying to fill the critical voids in the community services not supported by other organizations such as youth leadership development, health care, financial health, and women’s issues. He promised GOPIO-LA would work with successful Indian political leaders to share their experiences to provide guidance and mentoring to young Indian aspirants.
Inder Singh, chairman, GOPIO Intl. gave a slide presentation and walked the audience through the vision and accomplishments of the organization and explained how it is bringing People of Indian Origin together worldwide. Harry Sidhu, Member OC Water Board of Directors, asked parents to encourage their youngsters to let them become what they want to be. Chiang, addressing the audience highlighted how he is working to solve the financial crisis that hit the state during 2008-09 economic meltdown. Inder Singh and Deepi Singh honored the dignitaries by presenting them books on Indian Diaspora and The Gadar Heroics.
Kewal Kanda was the emcee. Amrit Bhandari of GOPIO-OC administered the Oath of Allegiance. Kalika Gupta, the Chair for Youth Affairs coordinated the entertainment. Children from Sangamam Academy, Savitri Dance Academy, NDM and ADA Dance Academy performed classical and Bollywood dances. The highlight was the Bhangra performed by South Indian kids.
There was also singing of Bollywood songs by GOPIO member Venkat Gopalan. Rajinder Dhunna thanked the guests and supporters. The function concluded with sumptuous dinner.