SANA Convention: A Brief Report
I hope Khalid Hashmani and Dr Rahman Soomro would write detailed reports on the just concluded 23rd Annual SANA Convention. These are just a few glimpses of the greatest Sindhi event in North America:
Arrival of participants:
Some of the guests had started arriving in Orlando, FL, the venue of the meet, as early as 27th June. Several arrived on 28th while the most of the participants arrived on 29th. The members of EC, the Convention Organizing Committee and available AC members continued meetings and consultations on the 28th and 29th June on the preparations for the convention.
Several of the matters were discussed and meetings were held with the hotel management to sort out a few things. Sound system engineer visited the hotel on 29th and discussed requirements with us. We set up a registration desk in the evening of 29th and made arrangements for some invited guests pick up from the airport.
Sindhi Association of North America, during its 22nd Annual Convention, held in Toronto, Canada, on June 30 - July 3, 2006, presents, before the General Body, the following resolutions for passage:
Release Dr Safdar Sarki, other political workers
The General Body (GB) of SANA while condemning the unconstitutional and dictatorial misdeeds of the autocratic and undemocratic regime ruling Pakistan today demands an immediate release of the political worker and a rights activist Dr. Safdar Sarki. The GB of SANA also demands that all other political workers picked by the dreaded government agencies be released forthwith.
21st SANA CONVENTION - A MILESTONE TO MOVE FORWARD IN SERVICE OF SINDH &
Washington DC, July 2 and 3, 2005 -- The 21st Convention of the Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) was held over the July 4th holiday weekend at the Double Tree hotel in the Tysons Corner area of Washington DC.
The convention was attended by hundreds of delegates, arriving from almost states of the USA, Canada, Europe, Sindh, and Pakistan. In addition four Sindhi teachers undergoing the skills development training at the local George Mason University attended various sessions to meet their fellow North American Sindhis. The key highlight of the convention was the heart throbbing speech by Mian Rasool Bux Palejo, who energized participants with his call to support the struggle of Sindhis to end their oppression and domination. Other important sessions of the conference included General Body Meeting of SANA members, Literary session, Business workshop, Medical
Seminar, Women's session, Children's program, Youth Program, and two grand evenings of Sindh poetry, songs and music. I am sharing my observations and notes of the sessions that I personally attended and notes of other friends that were posted. I hope that others, who have more details, particularly on those sessions that I did not attend, will add those details to complete the record of the 21st SANA Convention.
20TH SANA CONVENTION -- A SUCCESSFUL AND MEMORABLE EVENT
The 20th annual convention of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) successfully took place from July 2 to July 5 in Houston, Texas. The venue of the convention was the Westin Galleria hotel , located in the Galleria Shopping Center located in uptown Houston. The three-day convention was packed with a variety of sessions and activities bringing Sindhiat (love for Sindh) to each and every attendee. The organizers had done a wonderful job to ensure every one's comfort and smooth flow of events.
The local organizing committee consisted of Jamil Daudi (chairperson), Zafar and Adi Zeb Agha, Bashir Shaikh, Waheed Patoli, Aamir Memon, Mazhar Memon, Ghulam Mohiuddin Memon, Talat and Adi Nicki Talpur, Sohail Soomro, Altaf Soomro, Tashfeen and Adi Samar Brohi, Majid Laghari, Taj Nizamani, Shafiq Nizamani, Salman Nizamani, Saeed Chang and Faisal Lashari. They did a wonderful job ensuring every one's comfort and offering an unforgettable hospitality of Sindh and Texas. Indeed it a one of the most memorable Sindhi event that will be remembered by all who attended.
SANA Convention: The miracle that happens once a year!
Finally the day was here. The 19th Annual Convention! The day that some of us hold so close to our hearts. The day that has a permanent place in our thoughts. We almost always look forward to it - and whatever comes with it - with so many expectations – some practical, some not so practical!
This time it was sunny (or was it Sani’s?) California. And the ‘City of Angeles’ was the host. It was noticed this year that people started arriving three to four days ahead of 4th July, the day the Convention was scheduled to officially open. This showed the interest the people had in the event and also how it has become part of their calendar. It was also noted that many people stayed in the city 2 - 3 days after the Convention. Goes without saying that these conventions provide an opportunity to North American Sindhis to combine family vacations with the annual gala.
18TH ANNUAL SANA CONVENTION 2002 WAS A GREAT SUCCESS
CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY, JULY 4-7, 2002: The town of Cherry Hill and its favorite Hilton Hotel suddenly became cheerful with the arrival of hundreds of Sindhis. The aroma of Sindhiat was every where and Sindhi language appeared to have become the main language of the Hilton hotel and nearby restaurants. The organizers had done such a great job that the 18th SANA Annual Convention will be remembered as one of the great convention.
The three-day conference started on Thursday, July 4 and ended on Sunday, July 8, 2002. Was attended by more than 325 guests coming from many states of USA, Canada, and other countries. The keynote speakers and presenters included Dr. A. N. G Abbasi (former Irrigation Minister of Sindh), Dr. Hafeez Shaikh (current Finance Minister of Sindh), Dr. Louis Flam (an American anthropologist of Indus Civilization), and other intellectuals, academicians, specialists, writers and scientists.
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