These awards are given to KOA members annually to recognize them for their efforts to volunteer their time for KOA and support its programs.
Dr. Rimda Wanchoo helps us with medical opinions for many cases forwarded to us by KMECT in India.
For a role in preserving and promoting Kashmiri culture and language, and mentoring the Kashmiri Pandit youth:
They have been very active in organizing Diwali, Shivratri and biradari picnic in Dallas area. Their work has been instrumental in setting introductions into motion as the community sees continual growth (10-12 families just 4 years ago vs ~40 families).
Georgia Chapter: (Alabama, FL, MS)
North Carolina Chapter (North & South Carolina)
Special Events, Picnics and Cricket
Spearheaded the KP kids Kashmiri learning program that is very much alive and thriving in this area for the last 3+ years. The kids are excited and enthusiastic about learning their mother tongue and the results are phenomenal.
KOA Transformation VII
Devoted and Valuable Services Rendered to this Organization on the 1000 year anniversary celebrations of Abhinavagupta at the KOA Transformations VII Jyeshtha Ashtami Havan at Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (May 21st – May 22nd, 2016)
KOA East Coast Camp Volunteers
The following members of Camp Committee were also recognized:
Award of Excellence
A plaque honoring KAILASH MEHRA SADHU, The Kokila of Kashmir, in appreciation for years of dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments, and in recognition of Valued Participation at the KOA Camps, 2016.
In the just concluded KOA East Coast camp at Lake George, NY (July 4th weekend), the following individuals were recognized for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the KOA executive committee and the board of directors:
The following members of Camp Committee were also recognized:
Lalit and Nina Wanchoo, Ashok and Chandra Sultan, Akhilesh and Kalpana Fotedar, Vijay and Arti Parimoo, Rakesh and Neetu Kaul, Anil and Nita Matoo, Raj and Jyotima Kaul, Ashim and Nirja Sadhu, Shakun and Rajat Malik, and Preryna and Rajesh Raina
Volunteers who were recognized for their services at zonal level were nominated by the Zonal Directors from the respective zones. The following people were recognized for their services at the zonal level:
6. Mr. Rattan Khosa – Chicago IL
For his philanthropic, entrepreneurial and generous contributions to our community
7. Ashok & Renu Kaul – Andover, MA
In recognition of their immense contributions towards the local community events
8. Shree Hira Kaul – Lansing, MI
In recognition of their immense contributions as chairperson of KOA Scholarship, program
9. Umesh Kaul – New Jersey
In recognition of his leadership and immense contributions in organizing the KOA 2010 Annual National East Coast Camp at Lake George NY
In addition, members of the 2010 KOA East Cast Camp Organizing Team were recognized for their Outstanding Efforts, and dedication in organizing the KOA 2010 Annual National East Coast Camp at Lake George NY: Anil & Pami Kachroo, Ashish & Minakshi Kak, Asheesh Goja, Ajay & Veenita Tikoo, Akhilesh & Neena Fotedar, Pradumon & Anita Tickoo, Inder Kaul, Kiron Dhar, Manik & Dolsi Mam, Nirmala Mitra, Pramod Kachroo, Rakesh & Nitu Kaul, Sunita Dhar, Umesh Kaul, Vikram Dhar, and Yoginder & Anshu Kak
Following awards were presented on the Occasion of 2nd Annual National KOA West Coast Camp
1. Rajneesh and Rajshree Raina
For Their Outstanding Contributions, in supporting KOA, Zone -9 events and new initiatives.
2. Ajay & Alpana Kaul
For Their Outstanding Contributions, in coordinating the KOA, Zone 9 Kashmiri language and culture classes.
3. Raman Kaul
For His Outstanding Contributions, in maintaining and updating the KOAUSA.ORG website during 2009 &2010
In addition, members of the 2010 KOA West Cast Camp were recognized for their Outstanding Efforts, and dedication in organizing the KOA 2010 Annual National West Coast Camp at Mount Shasta, California: Dimple & Vinod Moza, Reena & Ashok Moza, Pushpa & Ashok Dhar, Rajni & Vijay Dhar, Vinita & Sanjay Kak, Anita & Sanjay Dhar, Rajshri & Rajneesh Raina, Alpana & Ajay Kaul , Liloo & Neeraj Kaul AND Smita & Rajesh Khazanchi
In addition, following members of the 2009 KOA Camp Organizing teams were recognized for their Outstanding Efforts and dedication in organizing the KOA 2009 Annual National East Coast Camp at Corinth NY:
East Coast Camp: Anil & Pami Kachroo, Umesh & Anju Kaul, Akhilesh & Kalpana Fotedar, Pramod & Rekha Kachroo, Inder & Sunita Kaul, Rakesh & Nitu Kaul, Vinod & Deepika Raina, Ashish & Jyotsna Goja
West Coast Camp: Dimple & Vinod Moza, Reena & Ashok Moza, Pushpa & Ashok Dhar, Rajni & Vijay Dhar, Vinita & Sanjay Kak, Anita & Sanjay Dhar, Rajshri & Rajneesh Raina, Alpana & Ajay Kaul, Liloo & Neeraj Kaul, Smita & Rajesh Khazanchi
For their outstanding efforts and dedication in organizing the KOA 2007 Annual Camp at Moodus, CT
Mr. Sidharth Ganju, Director KOA received this award on behalf of Padamshri Jagan Nath Kaul lovingly called ‘˜Papaji’. The award will be handed over to papaji’s daughter Dr. Kalpana Kinni from Atlanta who was unable to attend the ceremony because of prior commitments.
The award money will be utilized for giving Scholarships to Boy and Girl students staying in Jammu and Udhampur camps. Dr. Kalpana Kinni will be taking the award to India to be handed over to Papaji.
KOA Annual Award of Excellence for Kashmiri Pandits was initiated this year in an effort to recognize and reward the accomplishments and achievements of Kashmiri Pandits across the globe. We were striving to honor individuals who have made our community proud.
The selection committee comprising of Sh. Mohan Bamzai, IL, Sh. HiraL Fotedar, OH and Sh. Subash Razdan, GA had, through a consensus, selected Padamshri J. N. Kaul as the recipient of this prestigious award.
Padamshri Jagan Nath Kaul is the President of SOS Children’s Villages of India (www.soscvindia.org) and is lovingly called as ‘˜Papaji’ by the children. SOS India provides a home for almost 15,000 children in 34 Children’s Villages, located in various parts of the country.
Padamshri Jagan N. Kaul has been a role model for millions of people around the globe. To learn more about Shri Kaul, you may visit http://jnkaul.blogspot.com.
KOA plans to give this award annually to deserving persons on a regular basis hereafter so that our community is inspired by such success stories within our brethren.
Awards Selection Committee:
Mohan Bamzai Chair)
Hira Lal Fotedar
5. Inder K Bhat and Kamini Bhat, VA for their outstanding efforts and dedication for organizing the KOA Camp of 1997 at Hershey, PA. Meeting was concluded by thanking people for their participation in various KOA sponsored activities.
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