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Archives -The North American Chapter Chicago Reunion 2006

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The North American Chapter reunion was held at the Hotel Double Tree Oakbrook Sep 2nd-4th, 2006

Johnites starting checking into the hotel on Friday night. On Saturday most people had arrived and an informal meeting was held to discuss the agenda for the GBM on Sunday.

A lively discussion took place with a active group of participants whereas others enjoyed themselves visiting the waterfront in Chicago or participating in a lunch cruise on Lake Michigan organized by Binu Phillips.

Saturday night highlights included an open houses graciously hosted by the families of Winston Sequeira, Peter Noronha, Vijay Bajaj, Annita and Tom John and Ivan Chou  and  Vikram Prabhu.

The food was excellent and I think everyone had a great time meeting different generations of Johnites in a very informal setting. Some of us party hopped till the wee hours of the morning whereas others decided to enjoy themselves at one or two homes!!

After the night of partying Johnites in the true Johnite spirit woke up bright and early to attend the CME program. The theme of the CME program was wellness and ageing and clinical advances in medicine.

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Our featured alumni speakers included O’Neill DCruz (‘78), Jovita Crasta (’74), Jyothy Puthammanaa (‘89) , Jaishankar Raman (’79), Thomas John (’70), Vikram Prabhu (‘85  ), Kumar Belani (‘68 ). The meeting was well attended, the presentations were excellent and there was a lot of discussion following the presentations.

After Thai food for lunch, a 2 hour GBM followed. A number of topics were discussed some which included the role of the NA alumni as an organization and its relationship to the alma mater, membership, involvement of younger Johnites in the organization and issues related to the Friends of St John’s. Anita Shet (’89) who was visiting from SJMC gave her perspective about how we could further strengthen our ties with the alma mater.
Elections were held and the new committee includes
1. President (2 year term): Raghavendra Baliga (’78)
2. Birgit Khandelwala : Vice President and President elect ( ‘80 )
3. Secretary Treasurer (2 year term):  Joy Malliakal   (‘80)
4. Communications Secretary: O Neill D’Cruz (‘78)
5. Event Coordinator: Annita John (‘75)
5. Trustee (2 year term): Deepak Edward (‘74)
The Board of Trustees for the Friends of St Johns will include
  1. William Gomes (2 year term)
  2. George Varghese (2 year term)
  3. Marian Kamath (4 year term)
  4. Nirmal Raj (4 year term)
  5. Raghavendra Baliga ( 2 year term as President of SJMCAA NA Chapter)
The GBM was followed by Mass at 6 pm and then a reception and a grand banquet attended by over 200 people. The banquet hall was beautifully decorated in St Johns colors (thanks to Annita John and helpers!!).

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Annita was the MC for the evening and lead the singing of the St Johns anthem (which was a surprise to many; that something like that existed!!). Thomas Chandy (’68) visiting from Bangalore gave us a brief history of the association and encouraged younger johnites to keep up the tradition.

The sumptuous Indian buffet was followed by an evening of dancing and revelry with a live band “The Connexions” playing wonderful music. In the background was a slideshow made from contributions of many generations of Johnites. The party continued into the wee hours of the morning with a sing along led by Gladwyn Baptist and Annita.

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The weekend ended on Monday with some folks getting up to play a game of golf and other headed out to the airport or the highway to go home. Some folks stayed back for a brunch at an Indian restaurant before heading back home.

A highlight of the event was 18 members of the first batch attending the event and it was great to hear their stories of those ‘good old days”. Also it was nice to see and meet many of the younger Johnites.
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Cheers and signing off till the next reunion in 2 years!!
Deepak (’74) on behalf of the organizing committee

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