UNCON organized a get-together named “meet greet and build a social network” of its members and well-wishers at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve pavilion in Plano on September 26th, 2015. The main purposes of this gathering were to strengthen the network of its members and well-wishers, briefly explain UNCON’s achievements over the past 10 months along with its current & future projects, and establish UNCON’s youth team.
The five hours long meet and greet program was comprised of:
• A few songs, sung by Sabina Shah and Damodar Lamichhane.
• Four different games for ladies, youths, children and couples.
• Formation and introduction of UNCON youth team. Seventeen youths registered but thirteen were present in the get-together.
• Brief explanation of UNCON’s activities and achievements over the past ten months along with its current and future projects.
During the program UNCON honored four Corporate Donors that had financially supported UNCON’s activities in the past and have provided assurance for future support. President of UNCON, Prakash Gautam, presented special appreciation plaques to Vastika Inc., Raju Corporation, Pioneer Healthcare Clinic, and Allstar Healthcare Inc. Vastika Inc. is also the Corporate Advisor of UNCON.
UNCON appreciation plaque was also awarded to the President of Nepalese Society of Texas (NST), Bhuwan Acharya, for the successful role that NST played in raising funds for the relief of the earthquake victims and for the reconstructions of earthquake damaged schools in Nepal. NST had managed to send three separate earthquake relief teams with relief materials during the very critical time of the earthquake devastation in Nepal. The first team was led by NST Past President Gouri Joshi, the second team was led by NST Member Krishna Lamichhane and coordinated by NST VP Bal Joshi, and the third team was led by Medical Doctor Sanjeeb Shrestha. An appreciation plaque was also awarded to Sneha Bista, a youth volunteer of UNCON, for her contribution in designing UNCON’s logo.
UNCON appreciation certificates were presented to its well-wishers, who donated $500 to $2,500 to UNCON projects. Mr. Ganesh Thapa of McKinney, Gita Forum of Dallas, IANT Dallas, Bipin Raj Bista of Colorado, Mohammad U Burney, Alam M Khaleque, Shraddha Bista of Richardson, Prakash Gautam of Fairview, Dr. Prem Adhikari of Coppell, 108 Yoga Challenge of Grapevine, Pragya Gautam of Fairview, Uttam Lamichhane of Las Colinas and Suresh Bashyal of Irving were honored with UNCON appreciation certificates. Overall UNCON received financial support from 62 donors in the past ten months. UNCON’s President expressed his belief that UNCON would not have reach at this stage without its well-wishers’ love and support; he also urged to continue such support and motivate UNCON in future.
An entertaining game, stick on your partner’s forehead, was an attraction of the gathering and was greatly enjoyed by most of the attendees. Laxmi Adhikari and Nirmala Adhikari, two lovely doctorate sisters of Euless, won the first prize. Yashu Adhikari and her partner Saroj Khatiwada grabbed the second prize, and Damodar Lamichhane and his partner Ramita Lamichhane of Arlington got the third prize. Also Kanchan Puri and Sunita Giri of Plano received the special prizes on this game. In ladies musical chair, Mamata Karki of Garland, Nikita Gautam of Greenville, and Anju Basyal of Irving bagged the first, second and third prizes, respectively. Ashual Basyal of Irving, Siman Shrestha of Garland, and Kritika Gautam of Greenville got the first, second, and third positions, respectively, in the youth category of musical chair. In the children’s pass over the ball game, Arnav Siwakoti of Mckinney, Victor Panta of Garland, and Aayush Karmacharya of Plano won the first, second, and third prizes respectively. Spouses of UNCON officers distributed the prizes and certificates to the winners of the games.
In the middle of the program Pramesh Shrestha, President of United Newah USA, urged all the community people to come and celebrate the famous Indra Jatra event that is going to be organized by United Newah USA on October 4th at the River Legacy Park in Arlington. He explained that there will be a lot of fun filled activities in the event. In the same manner Suman Karki, Pradip Giri, and Nikita Gautam from the Walk For Nepal 2015 team announced that the Walk For Nepal 2015 event is going to be organized on November 15th at the River Legacy Park in Arlington. Displaying the Walk For Nepal event banner Pradip Giri invited all the members of the Nepalese community to participate in the program and contribute for good causes.
An information booth was setup in the corner of the pavilion where flyers, brochures, and UNCON’s promotional materials were displayed and UNCON’s activities were explained by the UNCON youth volunteers. As a token of love UNCON branded pen and projects pamphlets were distributed to all the attendees. Throughout the program, UNCON officers and youth volunteers were busy in explaining its projects and answering queries raised by attendees.
As per the registration record, $2,310 was collected from the registration fee and t-shirt sales (38 t-shirts were sold @ $10 each) and $937 was expended for foods, park booking, and others. UNCON was able to save $1,373 from this event, which will be used for the Children Education Project in Nepal. Currently UNCON is sponsoring full education cost of 10 children through Child Development Center and has a plan to sponsor 25 children in 2016.
Presidents of all the DFW based major social/community organizations (NST, NCSC, NRN TX, NJSS DFW, DELC, INLS TX, Yeti Chamber of Commerce, United Newah, Peace for Development, NSND, and Advisor of BDA) and several prominent leaders of the community attended this event. UNCON’s President thanked to all the leaders and community members who attended the event and further said UNCON is honored by their presence. He also said that the program would not have been successful without the dedication and hard work of all the UNCON officers – specifically two team leaders of this project Agni Sanjel and Laxmi Oli Panta, spouses of all the UNCON officers, and above all the UNCON YOUTH VOLUNTEERS.