India’s 69 th Republic Day Celebration

Federation of Indian Association Chicago
Sunday Jan 28-2018
Sri Swaminarayan Temple, Itasca

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Itasca, IL: – The Federation of Indian Associations Chicago (FIA) celebrated India’s 69 th Republic Day by holding a Community Event at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Itasca Illinois on Sunday, Jan 28 2018.
The event comprised of a blood Donation drive, a Health and Wellness Camp, Information on Medicare and Medicaid benefits, Information and advice on Taxation, College counselling, and Passport and Visa help. The event drew attracted more than one thousand people from the community who took advantage of the various services offered. The Blood Collection Drive was conducted by Heartland Blood Centers. The Health and Wellness Camp saw more than 25 doctors in attendance comprising of Dentist, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic, Optometric, Cardiologist, Chiropractors, Urologist, Physiotherapists and Podiatrist taking care of people, around 325 people had their blood and other vitals checked, and more than 55 had an on the spot EKG taken for their heart issues, while others went on to see other doctors with their general and specific health issues starting rom dental issues, general and specific health issues, orthopedic issues, heart issues not to forget muscle and joint issues.

There were booths with experts and counselors giving people advice on Medicare and Medicaid, in home help for seniors, taxation advice, and college admission counseling and passport and visa advice booth with officers from the Indian Consulate in Chicago. The event began with the American National Anthem sung by Ashika Sachdev followed by the Indian National anthem sung by Geetanjali Maru. Mr. Sunil Shah, Founder President, in his speech welcomed the dignitaries to the event and appreciated volunteers who gave their valuable time for this event. Mr. Onkar Singh Sanga and Mr. Mukesh Shah (Past Presidents) in their speeches welcomed and thanked the volunteers for showing up in large numbers for this community event, spending their valuable time to serve the community and welcomed all the dignitaries and the FIA Board on the stage. Mr. Neil Khot current president announced that this type of event would be the ongoing theme for the FIA. He also announced the opening of non-emergency FIA Toll Free number 1 (833) FIA CARE. He thanked all the supporters, doctors and volunteers and dignitaries in an overwhelming majority in this event.

Mayor McLeod and Senator Tom Cullerton handed over the proclamation to the FIA. The event was well attended by dignitaries, elected officials, politicians and respected people from all walks of life. The dignitaries were led by Ms. Neeta Bhushan, CGI Chicago, Mr. Raja  rishnamoorthi, Congressman, Mr. Michael Frerichs, Illinois Treasurer, Ms. Michelle Mussman, Illinois State Rep, Senator Tom Cullerton, Senator Laura Murphy, Christina Castro, State Rep, Frank Avila, MWRD Commissioner, Bill Mc Leod Mayor Hoffman Estates, Rodney Craig Mayor Hanover Park, Tom Dailly Trustee Schaumburg, Khaja Moinuddin Trustee Hanover Township.

The traditional lamp lighting ceremony was performed once the dignitaries and the FIA board were on the stage. The dignitaries in their brief speeches extolled and praised the development India has seen since independence and the India USA collaboration in various fields and the friendship between the leaders of both the democracies. The FIA was praised by all the dignitaries for its growth over the last eight odd years. A progress that had put FIA in the forefront among Indian community organizations. Some even put FIA as the best organization amongst all other Indian community organizations.
This was followed by a patriotic song by Geetanjali Maru.

Then all the volunteers were presented with appreciation plaques on behalf of the FIA. A vote of thanks was given on behalf of the FIA by Mr. Hitesh Gandhi Executive Vice President.

At the end of the program FIA announced a non-emergency 24 hour helpline – 1 833 FIA CARE