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SJMCAA CONSTITUTION

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The Constitution of the Alumni Association of

 

St.John’s Medical College, Bangalore-34

 

1.                  Name and Address

An Association of the Alumni of St.John’s Medical College, Bangalore has been formed and it is called

 

“ST.JOHN’S MEDICAL COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION”. The office of this Association is

 

located at the premises of St. John’s Medical College, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore-560034.

 

2.                  Aims and objectives

 

a)     To develop, encourage and foster friendship and fellowship among the students, teachers, senior administrative staff, and management, past and present, of St.John’s Medical College, Bangalore.

b)    To preserve and stimulate in past and present students a lively and abiding affection for and interest in the Alma Mater and to keep them aware of the opportunities to contribute actively to her progress

c)     To promote the aims and ideals of the Institution as set out in its prospectus and other relevant literature

d)    To arrange and conduct scientific, professional, social and cultural programmes for the benefit of member

e)      To conduct and participate actively in public outreach project such as health Education, Rural Health Schemes, Mobile Hospital Services, Specialist Camps, Medical Exhibitions etc

f)     To collect, screen and edit articles for publication in St. John’s Medical College Journal of Medicine and to contribute articles to other scientific and popular periodicals for dissemination of knowledge and information to the general public.

g)    To assist meritorious and needy medical students by offering scholarship and financial grants.

h)    To assist doctors in rural service and those who plan to pursue higher studies and training.

i)     To participate actively in Continuing Medical Education Programmes.

j)     To collect funds for the benefit of the Association by way of donations, contributions, aids membership fees and subscriptions.

k)    To maintain active liaison with foreign and local chapters for mutual benefit, by way of academic and financial assistances.

l)     To do such other acts and things as are conducive or incidental to the attainment of these objectives.

 

 

3.Membership

a)     All medical students (Undergraduates & post graduates) graduating from St. John’s Medical College are entitled to become members of the Association.

Membership Fees

             i) All member  are required to pay a membership fees, the amount of which will

               be determined by the Executive Committee.

ii)    The membership fees is subject to revision at the discretion of the Executive     

                Committee from time to time.

 

*     At present the membership is Rs.500/- which may be paid in annual install-

        ments of Rs.100/-. This facility for payment by installment will be withdraw

         after end of the year 1993.

b)    Donor Member

i)  The Executive Committee shall be empowered to invite Alumni and Alumnae  

              to become Donor Member of the Association on payment of Rs.10,000/-.The

                   amount is subject to revision by the Executive Committee from time to time

           ii)    The names of such donor member shall be published in the Annual Bulletin

               of the Association.

           iii)    The names of such member shall be entered in a roll of honor displayed at                 

                the Alumni Office.

           iv)     Donor member shall receive the regular publication/bulletins of the Associa-

                     ion at no cost.

           v)      These member shall also be permanent invitees to all functions of the

                 Association.

 

c)        Patron member

i)        The Founder Dean, the Director of the Institution and the principal of the Medical College, shall be patrons of the Association. The executive Committee may invite the past Deans/Principal to be patrons of the Association.

ii)      The patrons shall assist and advice the Association and the Executive Committee in working towards the objectives of the Associations.

iii)    The patrons shall be permanent invitees to all functions of  the Association.

iv)    All proposed amendments to the constitution shall be communicated to the patron’s atleast 21 days in advance for their advice.

 

d)         Honorary Members

              i)        The Executive Committee with the approval of the General Body

                        Shall invite present member of the teaching and senior administer-

                        ative staff and management of the Institution becomes Hon.

                        Member of Association during their tenure of service at S.J.M.C& H.

 

ii)            The Executive Committee with the approval of the general Body

Shall also invite eminent past member of the teaching staff and distinguished member of the public to become honorary member of the Association. This honorary membership will be subject to renewal every three years by the General Body.

 

iii)          All such honorary membership may be conferred without payment

Of any fee. Such member may be invited to all function of the Association and will receive copies of the communications and publications of the association. However honorary members shall not have any voting rights, and cannot contest for election to posts in the Executive Committee.

 

 

e)                  Expulsion of Members

i)              Any member, who acts in a manner which is detrimental to the aims and objectives of the Association, may be expelled at a meeting of the General Body

ii)            Such a member shall be given a show cause notice and atleast 21 days to submit an explanation

iii)          This shall be reviewed by the Executive Committee and appropriate action recommended shall be placed before the general Body.

iv)          The member shall be expelled if such an action is approved by2/3 majority at the General Body meeting.

4.         Executive Committee

 

 

 

 

a)      The Association shall have an Executive Committee consisting of the following elected members:

1.      one President

2.      one vice president

3.      one Gen.Secretary

4.      one Jt Secretary

5.      one Treasurer

6.      Six other members  I/c of:

i)        Academic Affairs

ii)      Sports

iii)    Cultural Activities

iv)    Communication

v)      Magazine/Bulletin

vi)    Career Guidance Cell

                                7. Immediate Past President of the Association shall be an Ex officio

                                    Member of the E.C. All elected posts in the Executive Committee

                                    Shall be honorary posts.

 

b)      The Executive Committee shall hold office form the date of its election till a new Executive Committee is formed after the next election.

c)      The member of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the General Body at the annual G.B.Meeting.

5.                   Election of the Members of the Executive Committee

i)        The Notice of the Annual General Body Meeting shall invite nominations for the posts number 1-5 and 6 (i tovi) as listed in 4 (a)

 

ii)              The notice shall specify the time, date and venue of the meeting. This notice shall also specify the last date for receipt of nominations in writing duly signed by the Proposer, Seconder and the prospective candidate. all of whom should be member on the rolls of the Association.

 

iii)            Nominations to the above posts shall be sent in writing to the General Secretary on or before the specified date and shall bear the signature of the proposer, seconder and prospective candidate, all of whom should currently be ordinary or life member of the Association. No member shall propose or scoend more than one candidate for the same office and no candidate shall stand for more than two posts.

iv)            If nominations to any of the above posts are not received on or before the specified date, it shall rest with the retiring Executive Committee to propose a candidate for that office.

v)              Nominations for the posts may also be entertained from the floor at the annual General Body Meeting.

vi)            It is desirable that candidates to the posts be likely to reside in Bangalore during the tenure of office.

vii)          The election shall be conducted by the Returning Officer nominated by the President.

viii)        The member may cost one vote for each of the elected offices. The vote shall be cast by secret ballot, in person.

ix)            Immediately after completion of the voting, the returning Officer shall nominate four scrutinizers to tally the votes and announce the results as soon as possible

x)              In case of a tie for any office re-election shall be held for the same post at the same meeting.

xi)            The retiring Gen. Secretary shall notify the results of the election in a written statement signed by the Returning officer. The Notice shall be sent to all member of the General Body.

 

6.          Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Committee

                 Members

 

a)      President

i)                    Shall preside over all meeting of the Alumni Association

 

ii)                  To nominate a substitute to officiate in the absence of  himself/herself and the vice President

 

iii)                To nominate a Returning Officer to conduct the elections of the Association.

 

iv)                To cast the deciding vote in case of a tie in matters put to vote at meeting of the Executive Committee and General Body, except in the election of office bearers.

 

b)      Vice President

 

i)          To assist the president in the performance of his/her duties

ii)        To substitute for the president in his /her absence

iii)      To carry out such duties and responsibilities as are allotted to him/her

        by the president

 

c)      Hon. Gen. Secretary

i)                    To be responsible for calling of meeting of the Executive Committee and the General Body in consultation with the President.

ii)                  To record the minutes of all meeting of the Executive Committee and the General Body

iii)                To the place before the Executive Committee suggestions and proposals received from member of the Executive Committee and the General Body for its consideration and necessary action

iv)                To ensure that the decisions of the Executive Committee and the General body are duly carried out

v)                  To place before the General Body, the minutes of the previous General Body Meeting and the Annual Report for adoption

vi)                Shall be responsible for day to day work of the Association.

 

 

d)     Jt. Secretary

 

i)                    To substitute for the Gen. Secretary in his/her absence

ii)                  To assist the Gen.Secretary in the performance of his/her duties

iii)                To carry out such duties and responsibilities as are allotted to him/her by the President.

 

e)      Honorary Treasurer

 

i)                    To be responsible for the collection of membership fees and all other incomes of the Association

ii)                  To be responsible for maintaining detailed accounts of the financial transactions of the Association and to submit the same for scrutiny by the executive Committee

iii)                To maintain the books of accounts

iv)                To have the annual Statement of Accounts duly prepared and audited and present the same to the general Body at the Annual general body Meeting.

             

f)       Academic  Affairs:  The Member in charge will be responsible for :

 

i)                    Assisting the Editor in the collection, screening and compilation of the St. John’s Medical College Journal of Medicine.

ii)                  Conducting the Orations, Seminars, Symposia and other               academic activities of the Association.

g)      Sports: The Member in charge will be responsible for :

 

i)                    Conducting the annual Dr.Isaac Abraham memorial Hockey Tournament and other sports events organized by the association.

h)      Cultural Activities: The Member in charge will be responsible for:

 

i)                    Conducting the Annual St.John’s Medical College Ball and other social and cultural programmes of the Association.

i)        Communications: The Member in charge will be responsible for

            i)          Updating and maintaining the Directory of Members

           ii)          Regular Correspondence with the members

                         iii)          Distribution of notices and information concerning the

                                        Association.

 

j)        Magazine/ Bulletin: the member in charge will be responsible for:

 

i)                    Screening, compiling, editing and publications of the association.

ii)                  Liaison with Gen. Secretary and member in charge of communication and the Career guidance Cell for dissemination of relevant information to members.

 

 

k)      Career Guidance Cell: The member in charge will be responsible for:

 

i)                    Providing information to member regarding opportunities for higher studies and employment in India and Abroad

ii)                  Assistance to and communication with alumni in rural service

               The Member of the Executive Committee shall assist and co-ordinate with each

               Other in the performance of their duties for the common good of the

               Association.

          

            The member in charge of the various activities shall have the option of forming sub-committees consisting of member of the Executive Committee and other member of the Association to facilitate the achievement of objectives.

           

               The Executive Committee shall, from time to time. Circulate a report to the

               General Body of the activities of the Association and shall also prepare an Annual Report of such activities. It shall, in all important matters seek prior sanction of the General Body, In case of an emergency in any such matter; the Committee shall take the necessary action on its own initiative and Report such action to the general Body within a period of a month for ex-postfacto approval.

 

6.          

Meeting of the Executive Committee

 

 

 

 

i)                    Within fifteen days of the election, the out going Gen.Secretary shall call for a combined meeting of the newly elected and the out going Executive Committee to hand over charge. The out going Gen. Secretary shall notify all member of both committee atleast one week in advance of the date of the meeting.

 

ii)                  The Executive Committee shall meet regularly thereafter. Notice of such regular meeting with the agenda shall be issued to all member of the Executive committee by the Gen. Secretary at least one week on advance. However an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee may be held on notice of two days only.

iii)                The quorum for each Executive Committee meeting shall be six and the President shall preside over all such meeting. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall preside. In the absence of both, the meeting shall be presided over by a member of Executive Committee nominated by the President.

 

iv)                If a member of the Executive Committee is absent for three consecutive meeting without giving adequate notice he/she may be deemed to have resigned form office and the post declared vacant.

 

v)                  In case an Executive Committee post falls vacant during the course of the year, the Executive Committee shall fill the vacancy by co-option of a member of the Association.

 

vi)                In the events of a tie in votes on any issue the decision of the presiding member shall be final.

 

vii)              The minutes of each Executive Committee meeting shall be recorded immediately by the Gen.Secretary/Jt.Secretary. The copies of the minutes of the meeting shall be sent to all member of the Executive Committee within one week of each meeting.

 

7.           Meeting of the General Body

 

a)      A minimum of 21 days clear notice shall be given for all meeting of the General Body. The business to be transacted at this meeting shall be sent to each member of the Association.

 

b)      The Association shall hold an Annual General Body Meeting around the month of may to transact the following business:

 

i)                    Presentation and adoption of the minutes of the previous Annual General Body Meeting.

 

ii)                  Presentation and adoption of the  Annual report

 

iii)                Presentation and adoption of the Audited Statement of Accounts for the year

 

iv)                Election of the member to the Executive Committee

 

v)                  Appointment of Auditor

 

vi)                Any other matter with prior permission of the Chair.

c)      Quorum for  the General Body Meetings

 

i)                    1/6 of the number of member on the rolls of the Association or 40 members which ever is less shall from the quorum for the meeting of the General Body.

 

ii)                  If the required number of member for the quorum for General Body Meeting is not present the meeting shall stand adjourned for atleast 30 minutes. The meeting so adjourned shall be held thereafter on the same date and at the same place provided the quorum is present. In the absence of the quorum at he end of the period specified by the President the meeting shall stand adjourned to a another date and notices of the same shall be issued to all member atleast one week in advance.

 

d)     At all meeting of the General Body, in the case of a tie on any issue other than election of office bearers, the President shall have the casting vote.

 

 

9.            Extraordinary General Body Meeting

 

An Extraordinary General Body Meeting shall be called by the President on receipt of a memorandum from 1/6 of the member of the Association ‘or 20 member which ever is less. Notices of this meeting will be given to all member atleast 21 days in advance. This meeting will transact such business as specified in the notice.

 

10.

        Finances

       

Finances

 

 

 

 

a)      The official year of the Association shall be the financial year that is from 1st April to 31st march.

b)      The funds of the Association shall be deposited in a Bank and/or in. Public Sector undertaking in the name of the Association. These shall be jointly operated by the Treasurer and any one of the following office bearers of the Association.

1)      President                          2)    Gen.Secretary

c)      The Accounts of the Association shall be audited by a Chartered Accountant appointed by the general Body as the Auditor for the year and the accounts shall be presented at the Annual General Body Meeting of the Association for adoption.

d)     The Honorary Gen.Secretary shall not incur expenditure exceeding Rs.1,000/- at any time. Without the previous sanction of the Executive committee.

e)      The Membership fees collected during the year will be added to the capital fund and invested in fixed Deposits in Nationalized Banks and Public sector undertaking approved by Executive Committee.

f)       The monies 0of the Association which are not immediately required shall be invested in such securities or in bank accounts as may, from time to time, be determined by the executive Committee of the association.

g)      The Executive committee shall meet the expenses of conducting the activities of the Association from the interests accruing from the Capital fund, other investments. And such income as is generated from activities of the Executive committee during its term.

h)      The Executive Committee shall not liquidate the capital Fund and other investments to meet recurring expenditure.

 

11.        Activities of the Association          

 

        A. The Association shall be responsible each year to conduct the events and                             

        honor the Commitments listed below

i)                    The Dr. Isaac Abraham Memorial Intercollegiate Hockey Tournament.

ii)                  The Dr. H.J. Mehta Memorial Oration.

iii)                The Dr. Jayashree Thomas Memorial Oration.

iv)                St.John’s Medical College Ball.

v)                  Merit-cum-means scholarship to Medical Undergraduates, Postgraduates.

vi)                Financial Grant to postgraduates Medical Students for presentation of original paper at National Conferences.

vii)              Compilation, screening and Editing of St.John’s Medical College Journal of Medicine.

viii)            Publication of Alumni Bulletin.

ix)                Providing Career Guidance to members.

x)                  Maintenance and updating the Directory of members.

xi)                Organizing the “Alumni Week” in December every year at which the following activities will be held:

a)      General Body Meeting.

b)      Scientific Symposium/Seminar/Workshop/CME Programmes

c)      St.John’s medical College Ball.

d)     Any other scientific, cultural or sports activities as decided by the Executive Committee.

xii)              Organizing an Inter National Convention of Alumni once in

Three years in the month of December to felicitate members of those batches which complete 25 years after admission to St.John’s Medical College

B.     Any new activity which requires recurring expenditure shall be undertaken

Only with the permission of the General Body.

12.        Amendments

i)                    Any amendment to the Constitution shall become valid if it has been duly proposed, seconded and passed by a vote of 2/3 majority of the members present at the Special General body meeting called for this purpose.

ii)                  The quorum for such a meeting shall be 40.

iii)                The proposed amendments shall be circulated to the members and Patrons of the Association atleast 21 days before the date of meeting.

iv)                Only such supplementary amendments to it as shall have been received by the Secretary atleast seven days before the meeting shall be considered.

 

13.  Dissolution

   The Association shall not be dissolved except by a three-fourths majority vote of member present at a meeting of the General Body specifically called for the purpose, provided that total number of votes cast at such meeting, is not less than two- third of the total number of the members on the rolls of the Association on the day of the meeting. In the process of dissolution, the funds of the Association, after meeting all its liabilities, shall be disposed off in accordance with directives given in this behalf at such a meeting.

 

 

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Johnite Culture Fads

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It's getting a little close to a decade since I joined St. John's and I reckon it is about time to do the 'old-manesque' recollection of memorable aspects of our Alma Mater. Most notably, and I doubt if it has changed that much, the campus was a homogenous melting pot, with students gaining admission from all over the country and contributing to the camaraderie. We had a Johnite culture in place, which was constantly modified by fads that appeared momentarily and disappeared after a while. I'm not going to list all, but what I will do is present a less than perfect analysis of facets of Johnite culture, including, but not limited to, words, mannerisms, gadgets, food and drink, and music.
I will attempt to limit the list to four, but will aim to do this on a serial basis. Seriously, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have suggestions.
Cassette tapes Where did these go? When I passed my Five years in B-Block is a fantastic experience. Highly first year exams (how I passed Anatomy provides for an animated conversation. Another time, perhaps?), I asked my father for a cassette player. These used to cost anywhere between Rs. 2000 for a decent deck to expensive stereos found in Oswald's, Stephen's and Ambrose's rooms. I had a different idea though, and that was to nick our expensive car stereo. Now I had to get it set up to provide for supreme acoustic ambience in my room. Two weeks and a couple of grand later, the stereo was thumping out Journey, Rage Against the Machine, and such. Six months later, it died tragically due to heat build up. I refuse to acknowledge that it's a cassette of James Blunt that led to its untimely demise.
Tiger Biscuits I was greatly saddened to hear that Tiger Biscuits™ is now a non-entity. At least the Britannia one. News reached me saying that they have been acquired by a U.S. confectionary major called
Kraft Foods, signalling the death of yet another critical aspect of our mess-derived nutrition. At Rs.2/packet, it was the epitome of a frugal meal. There were many takers though, for someone later serendipitously discovered that partial immersion of a biscuit in Mess Chai® led to an overall improvement in its palatability. Notoriously enough, Elvis Peter Joseph of my class was known to secretly admire the brand and thus famously stock truckloads of the said product. For me, it did zilch. Non-dietary uses were primarily related to a convenient grip over the packet, so it doubled up as a fairly accurate projectile. No serious injuries were reported, however.
B-Block* In mythological circumstances, it is rumoured to be a place where intensive learning takes place, although to those who reside there, it is often described a little differently – as in, where one might get to stay in one of the palatial cubicles or get an opportunity to appreciate RCA latrines exactly as described in the textbooks. Exotic wildlife was available only in some rooms but certainly allowable on request. The terrace used to host parties where amber currents of beer would flow freely and men would get newscasted from excesses after a hard day at an exam, viva or even a normal day with complete lack of responsbility. Extremely effective, except in isolated instances.
Five years in B-Block is a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.
*A decade ago.
PLAB An academic fad of yesteryears. Used to refer to an exam that a lot of Johnites attempted successfully until my class just about finished medical school. Plab is also a term in usage that refers to a style reminiscent of the 80's, for e.g. plaid pants, thick rimmed spectacles etc. However, the only context we were interested in was the former, with swarms of Johnites doing PLAB courses, PLAB interviews and PLAB revisions. Everything used to be plab! It all turned out to be so wrong soon after, with a skewed immigration policy of the Labour Government allowing thousands to emigrate without reason. Then appeared a sudden paucity of training positions and accession to the European duty-hour regulations, preventing non-EU candidates from taking up career-grade jobs and scrapping of the HSMP scheme. The result? A few Johnites lost a lot of money whilst applying, but most of them subsequently completed U.S. licensure successfully. All's well that ends well thus.
Verb: Plabbing. Conversation starter: Macha, are you plabbing? Yes. What the...Me too! Conversation non-starter: Macha, are you plabbing? Nope. I like Singapore. It's very now, it's very today.
- Amal Isaiah, Batch of '00
- a critical analysis of gadgets and colloquialisms a decade ago.
 
It's getting a little close to a decade since I joined St. John's and I reckon it is about time to do the 'old-manesque' recollection of memorable aspects of our Alma Mater. Most notably, and I doubt if it has changed that much, the campus was a homogenous melting pot, with students gaining admission from all over the country and contributing to the camaraderie. We had a Johnite culture in place, which was constantly modified by fads that appeared momentarily and disappeared after a while. I'm not going to list all, but what I will do is present a less than perfect analysis of facets of Johnite culture, including, but not limited to, words, mannerisms, gadgets, food and drink, and music. I will attempt to limit the list to four, but will aim to do this on a serial basis.

Cassette tapes Where did these go? When I passed my Five years in B-Block is a fantastic experience. Highly first year exams (how I passed Anatomy provides for an animated conversation. Another time, perhaps?), I asked my father for a cassette player. These used to cost anywhere between Rs. 2000 for a decent deck to
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Dr Preeti John :Her role in the Haiti Diaster

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Dr Preeti John went with a team from University of Maryland / 'Shock Trauma' to help in Haiti, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in Jan 2010 and measured 7.0 on the Richter scale. The relief efforts were under the direction of Dr.Thomas Scalea, chief surgeon, Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland.

 

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The Origins Of the North American chapter

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ST.JOHN’S MEDICAL COLLEGE ALUMNI NORTH AMERICAN CHAPTER FORMATION AND ORIGIN 

 

Dr. Louis Monteiro, our ex Dean, who moved to the U.S,  met me in April 1982, at our apartment in Brooklyn Heights, when I was a consultant/attending  in Orthopaedics, he was accompanied by Eddie and Marguerita Pinto. After chatting for while, he came to the point, and said “ Thomas, we have been trying for years to organize an American Chapter, could you take charge and start one”. I was taken by surprise.  I discussed with my wife Joy, and several of the Alumni, in New York area, and elsewhere, who said that they would strongly support the North American Chapter Fr. Percy also called me at that time. He was deputed by St.John’s in 1981-1982 at Arlington Virginia, for an MBA in management. He also spoke to me about it, and strongly supported the idea for a chapter.

 

 

After the decision was made to start the chapter, a meeting was held at Eddie and Marguerite’s house, at Trumbull Connecticut, with Dr. Monteriro,  the Pinto’s and several other alumni present. The North American Chapter of the Alumni was formally formed in May 22nd 1982, with myself as president/convener with 129 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn Heights as the first address. A newspaper ad was placed as a display ad in the India Abroad paper, on June 25 1982, announcing the formation of the chapter, and asking for addresses to be mailed. With that, and with the help of various people across the USA, the number of addresses increased. Initially we had 50 addresses and within a year, we had more than a 150 names and addresses of alumni and in 4 years we had more than 240 addresses.

 

In December 1982, we moved to Oklahoma City, to do a fellowship in Joint Replacement and Arthroscopy, following which I started practice near Tulsa. The Alumni office correspondingly changed.

An ADHOC committee was found in December 1982 at a meeting in New York pending the first general body. The members were myself as convenor, and the committee members were Dr.Marian Kamath, Dr.Eddie Pinto, Ephrem Thoppil, Gynasunder Reddy, P Narayan, Kumar Belani, Louis Baretto and Jovita Crasta.

 

By January 1983, we collected 143 names, and addresses of which 133 were in the US, 7 Canada and 3 West Indies. The aims and objectives of the chapter was formulated in January 1983, with the aim of getting the chapter going and to have a convention and general body meeting, every 2 years, with a CME, and get together,  the first being 1984, and to help St.John’s, and to help the alumni, to get residency programs.

 

The First North American Chapter convention, was held on May 26th 1984, at the Nassau County Medical Centre Recreation Hall. It was decided that the memorial day weekend, was the most convenient for everybody. By the time the conventional was held, we had 200 names and addresses. Jovita Crasta was helpful in getting the hall at no cost, as well as obtaining CME credits. There were two lectures in the morning, one by Peter Noronha, batch of 1964, on “ DECADES OF PROGRESS IN LEUKEMIA”, the second talk by Wenzel Vaz, Batch of 1967 on “ CT SCANNING AN UPDATE”.

 

The first general body meeting was held at 12.00 noon on 26th May 1984 with 65 alumni present. The fee of 18 US dollars for consultants and 8 dollars for residents was decided. The lunch and the party after, was attended by about 120 people. The constitution, and byelaws  was discussed, and was approved at the second convention in 1986. The committee was formed with myself as Founder President, Peter D’sa as Secretary, Jovita Crasta as Joint Secretary, and Kumar Belani as Treasurer. The Committee members were Marian Kamath, Willy Gomes, Ephrem Thoppil and Liphard D’souza. The alumni was encouraged to contribute to the St. John’s  Endowment Fund, which had just been started by Fr. Percy, and also to become life members of the parent body. Members were advised to help the younger alumni to get Residency slots and Fellowship positions.

 

The second convention was held on Saturday , May 24th 1986, at the same venue with a gathering of about 120 alumni with about 200 people including families attending, It was a grand affair. The organizing committee were Jovita Crasta, Peter D’sa, Marian Kamath, Liphard D’souza, Arun, Yesupriya, Willy Gomes, Ephrem Thoppil, Louis Baretto, and M J Varunny, plus the committee members.

 

The 2 CME talks were by Selwyn Baptist, First Batch, on “AIDS an Overview” and Dr. P Narayan,  on “ Recent Advances in male interfertility”. At the general body meeting, the same officer bearers were asked to continue for another 2 years.

 

That night, there was a grand party at Marian Kamath’s house. Over 200 people attending, with singing and camaraderie, upto 3.00 a.m. Contributions were requested for the Endowment Fund, and for the various college departments. A good amount was collected and sent to St. John’s. After the meeting, the addresses had reached over 210 within a span of 4 years.


 

The 3rd North American Chapter Convention was held in Bangalore in 1988, to coincide with the St.John’s Silver Jubilee, we had now obtained about 240 names and addresses. The Silver function was a grand affair. We had a General Body Meeting, of the North American Chapter, which was well attended.

 

After 6 years as  Founder – President  & Convener, I handed over to the new committee, as I had earlier planned to move to Bangalore, and start HOSMAT – an Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery and Trauma Hospital. Though our actual move to Bangalore got delayed  to 1993 .

 

It gives me a great pleasure and pride to see how the chapter has grown from very humble beginnings in the early 1980s to what it is now. It could only happen with the support and help of Dr.Louis Monteiro , Dr. Gerry Mascarenhas, Dr. Alfred Mascarenhas and  Dr.Mary Ollapally, and the help and support of the North America Chapter, Committees and Members and the Alumni of St.John’s, Bangalore.

 

Fr. Percy Fernandes was a major guiding force, and support for the North American Chapter, in the 1980s & 1990s, as well as Fr. Bernad Moraes ( Now Arch Bishop of Bangalore ), and subsequently by Fr. Kalam and Fr. Lawrence.

 

The members of the chapter during its infancy & first decade that worked hard, and helped the organization to grow, were Marian Kamath, Jovita Crasta,Peter Noronha, Eddie Pinto, Ephrem Thoppil, Kumar Belani, Willy Gomes,  Eunice Misquith, Selwyn Baptist, Liphard Douza, MT Varunny, Gyana, Balasunder Reddy, and many others.

 

The North American Chapter has helped St. Johns Medical College in many ways, with generous contributions, and sharing of medical knowledge, as well as helping, other charities, and charitable causes, in India.

 

Foot note :

 

I had the pleasure of attending the 1990 and 1992 conventions, which were grand functions, with larger attendance and again I made a trop to New York 1996 from Bangalore to attend the chapter function.  There which was another grand function with another great party by Marian Kamath in the night.

 

On June 30, 2000, I attended the North American Chapter, at their General Body Meeting in New York, they gave me a plaque in recognition of the initial work done to get the North American Chapter started. I treasure it.  Subsequently I attended the North American Chapter meetings on 2006 & 2008. I am a life member of the AANA

 

 

 

 

 

Singalong for the 25th Annivesrary put together by Dr Annita John

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A HARD DAY’S NIGHT BEATLES

 

It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog

It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log

But when I get home to you, I find the things that you do

Will make me feel all right

You know I work all day, to get you money to buy you things

And it's worth it just to hear you say,

You're gonna give me everything

So why I love to come home, 'cause when I get you alone

You know I feel okay

When I'm home, everything seems to be all right

When I'm home, feeling you holding me tight, tight

Yeah, it's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog

It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log

But when I get home to you, I find the things that you do

Will make me feel all right, Oh!

So why I love to come home, 'cause when I get you alone

You know I feel okay

When I'm home, everything seems to be all right

When I'm home, feeling you holding me tight,

All through the night

Yeah, it's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog

It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log

But when I get home to you, I find the things that you do

Will make me feel all right

You know I feel all right… You know I feel all right…

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlDdcCzKjsc

 

ALWAYS ON MY MIND

Maybe I didn't treat you

Quite as good as I should have

Maybe I didn't love you

Quite as often as I could have

Little things I should have said and done

I just never took the time

You were always on my mind

You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died

Give me, give me one more chance

To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Maybe I didn't hold you

All those lonely, lonely times

And I guess I never told you

I'm so happy that you're mine

If I make you feel second best

Girl, I'm sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind

You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died

Give me, give me one more chance

To keep you satisfied, satisfied

Little things

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7f189Z0v0Y

 

ANNIE’S SONG JOHN DENVER

You fill up my senses

Like a night in a forest

Like the mountains in springtime

Like a walk in the rain

Like a storm in the desert

Like a sleepy blue ocean

You fill up my senses

Come fill me again

Come let me love you

Let me give my life to you

Let me drown in your laughter

Let me die in your arms

Let me lay down beside you

Let me always be with you

Come let me love you

Come love me again

Hum hum hum hum hum.....

Let me give my life to you

Come let me love you

Come love me again

You fill up my senses

Like a night in a forest

Like the mountains in springtime

Like a walk in the rain

Like a storm in the desert

Like a sleepy blue ocean

You fill up my senses

Come fill me again

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1esC0RjV0qw

 

 ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT ELVIS

Are you lonesome tonight,

Do you miss me tonight?

Are you sorry we drifted apart?

Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day

When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?

Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?

Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?

Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

I wonder if you're lonesome tonight

You know someone said that the world's a stage

And each must play a part.

Fate had me playing in love you as my sweet heart.

Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance

You read your line so cleverly and never missed a cue

Then came act two,

You seemed to change and you acted strange

And why I'll never know.

Honey, you lied when you said you loved me

And I had no cause to doubt you.

But I'd rather go on hearing your lies

Than go on living without you.

Now the stage is bare and I'm standing there

With emptiness all around

And if you won't come back to me

Then make them bring the curtain down.

Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edRnjGPJGo0

 

 

BACHELOR BOY CLIFF RICHARD

When I was young my father said

'Son I have something to say'

And what he told me I'll never forget

Until my dying days

CH: He said, son you are a bachelor boy

And that's the way to stay

Son you'll be a bachelor boy

Until your dying day

When I was 16 I fell in love

With a girl as sweet as can be

But I remembered just in time

What my daddy said to me

CHORUS

As time goes by I probably will

Meet a girl and fall in love

Then I'll get married have a wife and a child

And they'll be my turtle doves

CH: But until then I'll be a bachelor boy

And that's the way I'll stay

Happy to be a bachelor boy

Until my dying day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uRlgNF7uAU

BESAME MUCHO Consuelo Valezquez

Besame, Besame Mucho

Each time I cling to your kiss I hear music divine

So, Besame, Besame Mucho

I'll love you forever, say that you'll always be mine

Dearest one, if you should leave me,

Each little dream would take wings and my life would be through

Oh, Besame, Besame Mucho

Ooh, love me forever, make all my dreams come true

Ooh - This joy is something new,

My arms enfolding you

Never knew this thrill before

Who ever thought I'd be holding you close to me

Whispering, "It's you I adore"?

Yes, so, dearest one, if you should leave me,

Then each little dream would take wings and my life would be through

Oh, so Besame, Besame Mucho

Love me forever, make all my dreams come true.

Ooh - This joy is something new,

My arms enfolding you

Never knew this thrill before

Who ever thought I'd be holding you close to me

Whispering, "It's you I adore"?

Ooh, love you forever, make all my dreams come true

Ooh, love you forever, make all my dreams come true

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzfUDt_5L-s&feature=related

 

 

BLOWING IN THE WIND

BOB DYLAN

 

 

HOW MANY ROADS MUST A MAN WALK DOWN

BEFORE YOU CALL HIM A MAN

YES AND HOW MANY SEAS MUST THE WHITE DOVE SAIL

BEFORE SHE SLEEPS IN THE SAND

YES AND HOW MANY TIMES MUST THE CANNON BALLS FLY

BEFORE THEY'RE FOREVER BANNED

Chorus:

THE ANSWER MY FRIEND IS BLOWING IN THE WIND

THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND

HOW MANY TIMES MUST A MAN LOOK UP

BEFORE HE CAN SEE THE SKY

YES AND HOW MANY EARS MUST ONE MAN HAVE

BEFORE HE CAN HEAR PEOPLE CRY

YES AND HOW MANY DEATHS WILL IT TAKE TILL HE KNOWS

THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED

 

 

 

Chorus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc6KIykei74&feature=related 

BLUE BAYOU

I feel so bad, I got a worried mind;

I'm so lonesome all the time

Since I left my baby behind on Blue Bayou

Saving nickels, saving dimes;

Working till the sun don't shine

Looking forward to happier times on Blue Bayou

I'm going back someday, come what may to Blue Bayou

Where you sleep all day and the catfish play on Blue Bayou

All those fishing boats with their sails afloat,

If I could only see

That familiar sunrise through sleepy eyes,

How happy I'd be

Gonna see my baby again

And to be with some of my friends

Maybe I'll be happy then on Blue Bayou

I'm going back someday, gonna stay on Blue Bayou

Where the folks are fine,

And the world is mine on Blue Bayou

Oh that girl of mine by my side,

The silver moon, and the evening time

Oh, on some sweet day,

Gonna take away this hurtin' inside

I'd never be blue, my dreams come true

On Blue Bayou

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceYjg1dy-h0

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

When you're weary, feeling small

When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all

I'm on your side, when times get rough

And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

When you're down and out, when you're on the street

When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you

I'll take your part, when darkness comes

And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl, sail on by

Your time has come to shine

All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine

If you need a friend

I'm sailing right behind

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYKJuDxYr3I

 

BYE BYE LOVE

 

 

 BYE BYE HAPPINESS

 HELLO, LONELINESS

 I THINK I’M GONNA CRY

BYE BYE LOVE

 

BYE BYE LOVE

BYE BYE SWEET CARESS

HELLO EMPTINESS

I FEEL LIKE I COULD DIE

BYE BYE, MY LOVE, GOODBYE

I’M THROUGH WITH ROMANCE, I’M THROUGH WITH LOVE

I’M THROUGH COUNTING THE STARS ABOVE

AND HERE’S THE REASON THAT I’M SO FREE

MY LOVIN BABY IS THROUGH WITH ME

BYE BYE LOVE

BYE BYE HAPPINESS

HELLO, LONELINESS

I THINK I’M GONNA CRY

BYE BYE LOVE

BYE BYE SWEET CARESS

HELLO EMPTINESS

I FEEL LIKE I COULD DIE

BYE BYE, MY LOVE, GOODBYE

BYE BYE, MY LOVE, GOODBYE

BYE BYE, MY LOVE, GOODBYE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFoIdxLBm_A

 

 

 

Hey where did we go, days when the rains came

Down in the hollow, playin' a new game,

Laughing and a running hey, hey

Skipping and a jumping, in the misty morning fog

With our hearts a thumpin'

And you, my brown eyed girl,

You, my brown eyed girl.

Whatever happened, to Tuesday and so slow

Going down the old mine, with a transistor radio

Standing in the sunlight laughing,

Hiding behind a rainbow's wall,

Slipping and sliding, all along the water fall,

With you, my brown eyed girl,

You, my brown eyed girl.

Do you remember when we used to sing,

Sha la la, la la la, la la la, la la te da

So hard to find my way, now that I'm all on my own.

I saw you just the other day, my how you have grown,

Cast my memory back there, Lord

Sometime I'm overcome thinking 'bout

Making love in the green grass, behind the stadium,

With you, my brown eyed girl

You, my brown eyed girl

Do you remember when we used to sing

Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2ssLBdNcew&feature=related

 

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

 

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray

I've been for a walk on a winter's day

I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.

California dreamin' on such a winter's day

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way

Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray

You know the preacher liked the cold

He knows I'm gonna stay

California dreamin' on such a winter's day

(INSTRUMENTAL)

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray

I've been for a walk on a winter's day

If I didn't tell her I could leave today

California dreamin' on such a winter's day

California dreamin' on such a winter's day

California dreamin' on such a winter's day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0UcQDUR-fU

 

COME BACK LIZA

 

Whenever I'm away from Liza, water come to me eye

Every time I'm away from Liza, water come to me eye

CH: Come back Liza, come back girl

Wipe the tear from me eye

Come back Liza, come back girl

Wipe the tear from me eye

When the evening starts to fall, water come to me eye

I need to hear my liza call, water come to me eye

Chorus

Standing here in the marketplace, water come to me eye

I need to see my Liza's face, water come to me eye

Chorus

Whenever I'm away from Liza, water come to me eye

Whenever I'm away from Liza, water come to me eye

Chorus (

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GJ16klBPok

 

COTTONFIELDS

 

When I was a little bitty baby

My mamma would a-rock me in my cradle,

In them old cottonfields back home;

When I was a little biddy baby

My mamma would a-rock me in my cradle,

In them old, cottonfields back home.

CH: Oh when them cotton balls get a-rotten

You couldn't pick a-very much cotton,

In them old cottonfields back home;

I was down in Lousiana

'Round about a mile from a-Texarkana,

In them old, cottonfields back home.

(Repeat from top)

In them old, cottonfields back home,

In them old, cottonfields back home!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zvpMBxVAvU

 

COUNTRY ROADS

 

Almost heaven, West Virginia

Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River

Life is old there, older than the trees

Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze

CH: Country roads, take me home

To the place I belong

West Virginia, Mountain Mama

Take me home, country roads

All my memories, gather round her

Miner's lady, stranger to blue water

Dark & dusty, painted on the sky

Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

CHORUS

I hear her voice, in the morning hours she calls me

Radio reminds me of my home far away

Drivin' down the road, I get a feelin' that I should have

Been home yesterday, yesterday

CHORUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWzeInQaUk4

DELILAH

I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window

I saw the flickering shadow of love on her blind

She was my woman

As she deceived me I watched and went out of my mind

My my my Delilah

Why why why Delilah

I could see, that girl was no good for me

But I was lost like a slave that no man could free

At break of day when that man drove away I was waiting

I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door

She stood there laughing

I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My my my Delilah

Why why why Delilah

So before they come to break down the door

Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more

Forgive me Delilah I just couldn't take any more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI5LWwC-cE8

 

EDELWEISS

Edelweiss, Edelweiss

Every morning you greet me

Small and white

Clean and bright

You look happy to meet me

Blossom of snow

may you bloom and grow

Bloom and grow forever

Edelweiss, Edelweiss,

Bless my homeland forever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFHujvkacNY

Cant Help Falling In love with you

Wise men say only fools rush in

But I can't help falling in love with you

Shall I stay, would it be a sin?

If I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea

Darling so it goes

Some things are meant to be

Take my hand, take my whole life too

For I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea

Darling so it goes

Some things are meant to be

Take my hand, take my whole life too

For I can't help falling in love with you

For I can't help falling in love with you'

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TMA3YhQkIg

 

 

FEELINGS

MORRIS ALBERT

 

Feelings, nothing more than feelings,

trying to forget my feelings of love.

Teardrops rolling down on my face,

trying to forget my feelings of love.

Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.

I wish I've never met you, girl;

you'll never come again.

Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,

wo-o-o, feel you again in my arms.

Feelings, feelings like I've never lost you

and feelings like I've never have you again in my heart.

Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.

I wish I've never met you, girl; you'll never come again.

Feelings, feelings like I've never lost you

and feelings like I've never have you again in my life.

Feelings, wo-o-o feelings,

wo-o-o, feelings again in my arms.

Feelings...(repeat & fade)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyBcHUe4WeQ

 

 FOR THE GOOD TIMES Elvis Presley

 

Don't look so sad, I know it's over

But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning

Let's just be glad we had some time to spend together

There's no need o watch the bridges that we're burning

Lay your head upon my pillow

Hold your warm and tender body close to mine

Hear the whisper of the raindrops fallin' soft against the

window

And make believe you love me one more time

For the Good times

I'll get along, you'll find another

And I'll be here if you should find you ever need me

Don't say a word about tomorrow or forever

There'll be time enough for sadness when you leave me

Lay your head upon my pillow

Hold your warm and tender body close to mine

Hear the whisper of the raindrops fallin' soft against the

window

And make believe you love me one more time

For the good times

For the good times

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7LP1CkosjE

 

HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU?

 

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Could I tell you once again somehow?

Have I told with all my heart and soul how I adore you?

Well darling I’m telling you now

Have I told you lately when I’m sleeping

Every dream I dream is you somehow?

Have I told you why the nights are long

When you're not with me?

Well darling I’m telling you now

My heart would break in two if I should lose you

I’m no good without you anyhow

And have I told you lately that I love you

Well darling I’m telling you now

My heart would break in two if I should lose you

I’m no good without you anyhow

And have I told you lately that I love you

Well darling I’m telling you now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ4NAZPi2js

 

HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT

 

Kris Kristofferson

Take the ribbon from your hair

Shake it loose and let it fall,

Layin' soft upon your skin,

Like the shadows on the wall

Come and lay down by my side

Till the early mornin' light

All I'm askin' is your time,

Help me make it thru then night

I don't care what's right or wrong,

I don't try to understand

Let the devil take tomorrow,

Lord, tonight I need a friend

Yesterday is dead and gone,

And tomorrow's out of sight

And it's sad to be alone,

Help me make it thru the night

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkQnSPgdgOM

 

 

 

 

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SHE SURE LOOKS HAPPY, I SURE AM BLUE

SHE WAS MY BABY, TILL HE STEPPED IN

GOODBYE TO ROMANCE, THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

 


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