Respected Community Members,
First of all, on behalf of me, my family, and incoming Nepal Center of North Carolina, Inc. (NCNC) Board of Directors, I would like to wish the warmest Happy New Year 2018 to all of you and your families. May you have an abundant and amazing New Year ahead of you and may this year give you the opportunity to follow your dreams. Have a fantastic New Year! I would also like to thank everyone for unanimously electing me the president of NCNC for the tenure of 2018 – 2019. I feel very proud and privileged for this opportunity to continue providing my selfless service to the community as the president of NCNC.
NCNC is an organization with proud history and very rich social and moral values. NCNC was established with a goal of promoting friendship and close relationship on cultural, academic, and socio-economic exchange among the people of North Carolina, USA and Nepal; to help individuals and families of Nepalese in the process of enculturation; to assist in the socio-economic, cultural and academic development of Nepal; to provide financial assistance to the disadvantaged or less resourceful communities of Nepal; to disseminate information about Nepal to the interested individual, particularly in the fields of traveling, mountaineering, and exploration; and to establish and maintain close relationship with organizations of similar purposes and interests. Our community has come a long way stretching from a family gathering of few households in 1999 to an estimated over 4000 people living in and around the RTP area today. This provides an outstanding opportunity for community service through this rapidly growing organization.
Over the last 17 years, NCNC has grown tremendously both in its size, capacity and composition. I would like to honor the hard work and dedication put forward by every past executive committees, and community volunteers like you. With all your hard work and contribution, we do have a very united and exemplary Nepalese community under the umbrella of NCNC. On behalf of this newly elected executive committee, I would like to honor and thank the outgoing president Dr. Sushama Pradhan and her team for the outstanding community service and for successfully adding another bright chapter in the history of NCNC. Our team will give continuity to all these plans and programs of the past executive committees and add another heroic chapter in the history of NCNC.
I feel greatly honored and privileged to lead a team of highly accomplished personalities with varieties of knowledge and experience in community service in my executive committee – Senior Vice President Mr. Rabindra Karki; Vice President Mr. Ram Poudel “RP”; Executive Secretary Mr. Bikram Gautam; Joint Secretary Mr. Kamal Kafle; Treasurer Mr. Bhimsen Basnet; BOD Members Mr. Sanjib Baral, Mr. Padam Bhatta, Mr. Ram Krishna Wagle; Mrs. Shobha Pandey and Mr. Shiva Bhattarai. I would like to officially congratulate and welcome you all to my team.With this highly competent team and very engaging community members like you, I am very excited and enthusiastic to continue to impel NCNC to its zenith.
Our team has a vision to continue making NCNC more transparent, professional, welcoming, inclusive and well organized for future generations. In order to achieve the goal, we seek your full cooperation and active participation. We would like to assure that your voices will be heard and your ideas and suggestions will always be warmly welcomed. Every organization’s strength relies on its membership strength and we will work very diligently to boost the membership strength of our organization. We urge all our community members to reach out to others and encourage them to gain membership into NCNC. Several past NCNC executive committees, community leaders and community members alike have put together tremendous amount of time and efforts to create a NCNC community center and we are one step closer to reaching this goal. We will continue working on this as one of the topmost priorities. Collaboration, partnership, teamwork and participatory approach are the keys to success in the 21st century. We will give high priority for establishing, continuing and strengthening our relationships with local, regional, national and international organizations through bilateral cooperation and collaboration. As rightly said by Mahatma Gandhi, “If we are to reach real peace and success in this world… we shall have to begin with children”; our team will continue to transfer the knowledge of our rich culture and traditions to our young children through our Nepali School. We will also encourage and provide opportunities to our young members to volunteer in the NCNC’s community activities so that they can learn firsthand about Nepali roots and develop a sense of giving back to the community.
Once again, I am very thankful for all your trust and confidence on my executive committee and look forward to your continued support, participation and cooperation in all of our forthcoming events.
Dr. Batu Sharma
President, Nepal Center of North Carolina, Inc.