Sunday, December 26, 2010

The present and past Trustees of MLB Trust who attended the Silver Jubilee function in the morning session on 26.12.2010

The Invitees who attended the MLB Trust Silver Jubilee function in the morning session on 26.12.2010


The valedictory functions of the Silver Jubilee year of Mallimadugula Lalithamba Bangarayya Trust have taken place on 26th December 2010. This was to mark the end of an year long programs.
A lunch meeting was held at the school prememis and all the present and past trustees were invited with families to thank them for rendering their services to the Trust. They were also presented small mementoes as remembrance to show our appreciation. All the Trustees past and present have attended. They came from Hyderabad and Berhampur, having traveled all the way to attend this function.
In the evening, the program started with tea at 4.30 the local Visakha Public Library Hall. Sri D.V. Subba Rao, leading lawyer and ex-mayor, Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation presided and Dr. B. Parameswara Rao, Founder, BCT was the Chief Guest. Prof. K. Vithal Murthy, Sri K.S. Sastry were speakers. Three distinguished persons of Vizag, Smt. Saraswati Devi Digumarti, Sri G.S.N. Sarma, Gandhian and Sarvodaya Leader and Smt. Rukminamma, of Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust were honored. A Souvenir, edited by Smt. Vijaya Murthy was released by the Chief Guest, to commemorate the occasion. The souvenir contained articles highlighting the Trust's high ideas and ideals of women empowerment, child education, girl child, uplifting the downtrodden and upholding Gandhian principles.
The speakers spoke highly of the work done by the Trust to the society, especially the role played by it in educating children of local rajak, fishermen's and slum colonies. Dr. Parameswara Rao said that the MLB Trust and the school run by it are providing a platform for the creativity of children. Dr. Vithal Murthy traced a comparison of the Trust to Kalpavriksha quoting a poem from Potana's Andhra Bhagavata. Trust's Chairperson Kum. Jaganmohini welcomed the guests and the secretary, Dr.(Smt) V.R. Mayadevi presented a report of the activities of the Trust. She also thanked Gayatri Vidya Parishad for the help and supprot they are providing in running the school.Smt.A.Vijaya Murthy introduced the souvenir. vote of thanks was presented by Sri M.N. Murthy.

Reported by Vijaya Murthy (Jijji)

Making a good start in 2011

The year 2010 is coming to an end, and a new decade is starting. It is time to reflect back at the year that is ending and see what we accomplished and where we stand. It is time to make new resolutions too.

“Let us start from the very beginning” (sound of music). I am sure most of us made some resolutions on 1st January, 2010. Who ever didn’t, and wants to do from this year, it is the very beginning for them. People, who made some decisions in 2010, let us contemplate and self retrospect about those decisions. How far we stuck to the rules, how far did we meet the goals, whether they are practically reachable goals or they are only dreams and are too ambitious? If we did reach the goal, then let’s think whether they are very easy to accomplish and decide whether we can make little more difficult goals and challenge ourselves this year.

The goals and resolutions can be on either at physical level or at mental level or at intellectual level. We have to remember that any of these can be a stepping stone towards spiritual level. Remember, that one small step of yours can become a giant leap for mankind. The main ingredient in this formula is the determination and self discipline which should be followed by self check from time to time.

When you want to make a resolution, remember that it is for you and for your own good, but not to please somebody else. “You can cheat others but never your conscience, your God” (Swami Chinmayananda). Sincere attempt always gives results. Where there is a will, there is a way. No excuses and no postponement. This is not an advice only a suggestion. If I say advice, I am sure to accept some one else’s advice. If I say suggestion, then, people might read thinking it is only a suggestion, we can read and see whether we agree or not and decide on our own.

Hope we all can make a change within ourselves and to others around us. Let’s take a step forward and make a resolution for the year 2011. Let us remind ourselves what “Ushakalam” stands for, how our older generations started this “family magazine” and how it embraced all the relatives under one cover and how the ideas and talents were recognized and appreciated. Why don’t we all make posting one article, one photo, one quote or one idea to “Ushakalam” as one of our resolutions and feel good to see how “Ushakalam” (dawn) blossom into full sunshine.

Sailaja Somayajula

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