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NBA Women’s Forum

A new subcommittee of NBA- NBA Women’s Forum- was proposed by Mrs. Vanaja Nair the sitting NBA President and the same was approved by the Executive Committee of 2013-2014.

Mrs. Rajeswari Rajagopal and Mrs. Jayasree Nair were nominated as the Chair Person and Co-Chair Person of the Women’s Forum respectively.

The goal of this Committee is to bring the women of the association to the forefront as a group and also to create programs that focus specifically on the health and wellbeing of women and children.

The women’s forum was officially launched on June 23, 2013 at

Mrs. Kumudam Menon, a senior member of NBA, lit the ceremonial lamp in the presence of over 100 Nair families. Following the lamp lighting, about 30 women signed up as membersof the Women’s Forum.

The first meeting of the Women’s Forum was held on July 19, 2013 at 7 PM and located at the NBA Center. The following activities and goals were planned and established during this meeting:

  1. To hold a monthly Women’s Forum meeting on the 3rd Friday of the month at 7 pm, at the center.
  2. To donate at least 10,000 rupees (approximately $200), two times a year, to deserving charity organizations in Kerala.  Will collect 10 dollars from each member during Onam and Vishu for this purpose.
  3. To conduct a workshop on a women’s issue.
  4. To conduct a Health Day/Health Fair focusing on women’s health.
  5. To go for a group trip to a place of members’ choice.
  6. To socialize and dine at a fun group get-together.
  7. To learn Ramayana Parayanam and Vishnu/Lalitha sahasranama recitation.

NBA Women’s Forum Accomplishments:

  1. Donation to Charity:
    1. Rs. 13,000 was donated to Ochira Annadana (Orphanage) Fund in September 2013.
    2. Rs. 10,000 was donated to Sabari Balasramam in Aranmula in December 2013.
  2. Group Trip: The group went on a pleasure trip to Atlantic City on October 19, 2013. About 25 members participated in the trip and it was well enjoyed by all.
  3. A Workshop on “Women’s Empowerment Towards Making a Healthy and Happy Family” was conducted on October 20, 2013.
  4. Dr. AKB Pillai and Mrs. Dhanya Pillai were the speakers: A Health Fair/ Health Seminar was held on December 8, 2013. The following were the highlights:

The group decided to continue the goals set last year. The following additional activities were added:


  1. A Telephone tree was formulated. Selected telephone numbers were assigned to volunteers from WF. Designated volunteers will call their assigned members to notify them of meetings and other activities. This is done to improve attendance to meetings and other activities.
  2. A panel discussion was conducted on December 28, 2014. The topics of the discussion were:
    1. Acting prudent with respect to police contact situation, by Mr. Ranjith Menon, PO from NYPD,
    2. Must have legal documents and know-how, By Runa Rajagopal, Esq., Supervising Attorney from The Bronx Defenders
    3. Psycho social needs of the Youth, By Dr. Reveendra Amin, MD, Chief of Psychiatry from CGSH and NF.
  3. Winter Gala:A winter Gala was held on January 4, 2015 at 2 pm. The Gala started with Games and Quizzes coordinated by Mrs. Kala Satish who did an outstanding job selecting and executing the right games for the group. Prizes were distributed to the winners. Following the games members exchanged New Year gifts from their Secret Santa. The Gala ended with an elaborate dinner at Luigi’s. Dinner and exchange gifts were coordinated by Mrs. Shobha Karuvakkat, which was enjoyed by all.
  4. NBA Bhajana:WF sponsored two bhajanas, one on October 11, 2014, and one on Jan 10, 2015.
  5. Lalithasahasranama recitation: restarted practice lessons.
  6. Stretching Exercise: Introduced stretching exercise to the group.  30 minutes stretching exercise will be done prior to the start of the regular meeting.
  7. Donation to Charity:  Collected 170 dollars during Onam for donation to Sabari Balasramam at Aranmula.

As is reflected above, in just a short time, the Women’s Forum has become a force within NBA, creating an empowered space for education, socializing and support. None of these events would be possible, nor their success, without the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of over 30 WF members. We look forward to an active 2015.

  1. Cooking Competition for the children of different age groups- ages 8 years and below, age 9 years to 14 years, and age 15 years and above. 21 children participated in the competition.
    Food items were carefully chosen to match the age and the skills of the group. Winners were judged on the taste, presentation, innovation, and ability to describe steps in cooking. First, second , and third prizes were distributed to the winners.
    Mrs. Beena Menon, Mrs. Deepa Nair, and Mrs. Radhamony Nair did an outstanding job as coordinators of the cooking contest.
  2. A Health Seminar was in the afternoon on the same day on the following topics:
    “Good Heart, Kind Heart, Is it a Healthy Heart?”  By Dr. Nisha Pillai, MD.
    “Age Appropriate Screening.”  By Dr. Smitha Pillai, MD.
    “Change in Season- A cause for change in mood.” By Dr. Geetha Menon, MD.
    “Alcohoism, a Family Disease.” By Ms. Janelle Hartman, LCSW
    All of the above were well presented and well received by the audience.
  3. NBA Mandalapuja and Bhajana. Women’s Forum sponsored the bhajana on January 4, 2014. Mrs. Susheelamma Pillai was the team leader for Bhajana. She led the team in singing the bhajana in a methodical and organized manner.
  4. Mother’s Day gathering and Dinner. Over 40 members gathered at Nan King restaurant on May 8, 2014 to celebrate Mother’s Day. While enjoying the Asian Indian fusion dinner, the group also had fun socializing with each other.
  5. Ramayana Parayanam. Mrs. Retna Rajan coordinated the lessons on Ramayana parayanam and also in reciting Vishnu Sahasranamam. This is a work in progress.

YEAR 2014-2015

In April of 2014, the new Executive Committee headed by Mr. Reghuvaran Nair as the President took charge of the NBA. Mrs. Rajeswari Rajagopal was re-nominated as the Chairperson of the Women’s Forum. Mrs. Padmini Narikot was nominated as the Co-Chair.
The women’s Forum membership remained much the same.