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On 16 Aug’17, GLD Movement starts it’s 6th year journey, at this great moment, let me take the opportunity to share my hearty thanks to each and everyone of you for your great contribution to GLD Movement and it’s initiatives.
At this wonderful time, let me share few moments from our previous year Journey.
Thank you once again for being with GLD Movement and it’s initiatives.
New beginning always inspires us! We together started our 5th year of positive, result oriented social contributing journey.
Let me take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers, trustees, donors, mentors and beneficiaries who present here at Theni (Anugragha Nagar) during the meeting and those who share their well wishes from distance even they cannot make it in person. With all your collaboration, support, guidance and best wishes we are starting our 5th year journey today. As planned, Energizer’s from different part of states join us to begin our “Energizer Meet- 2016”.
The annual family get together is always Energize every one of us. As a Volunteer and founder of the organization every annual meet is special moment for me and it’s very close to my heart, it always gives me very positive energy to do more as well better than last time. I got great experience and like to share with you here.
We begin our meeting with welcome note. I too got opportunity to introduce GLD Movement and it’s activities to new members and volunteers. Suthakaran who is playing very vital role in FTC and it’s progress shared, how FTC begins it’s journey and his personal experience with FTC. Also explained, What is our long term vision for FTC? He highlighted about how the regular things get different colours in life when we adopt and start doing it for the cause (FTC).
Jeyagowri who is key person in all Karnataka related GLD Movement activities shared her experience with “Ignite Me” program (An initiative supported by CAO-Junior, with the motto of brining light in rural government school student’s education by providing solar lamps). She also highlighted the importance of family support to carry forward her social contribution. Specially, she thank her life partner Saravanababu an inspiring FTC volunteer and supporter for Ignite Me program, always motivate Jeyagowri in her social contribution journey.
Baskaran, Asst. Librarian – Redhills, his volunteering attitude inspire many of us. He talked about how they bring changes to library they belongs to with the help of public support? That is really inspiring example for any librarian who like to bring the chance to library. Here we have to mentioned another important person Uma Rani – Librarian – Redhills , they together introduce great opportunity us. That helps us to collaborate with rural libraries and it’s developments journey at our level and spread the idea to public.
Saravanan (our Secretary) shared, how we begin our journey 4 years before? How we are progressing? And how we like to proceed further? He also highlighted the core value of GLD Movement. He insists on the sustainable development and progress for any activities we do. He introduced new initiatives and projects GLD Movement planning ahead. [ Refer : Presentation attached]
Neeraj, an inspiring individual who is part of FTC, shared his experience with GLD Movement and it’s activities. He also shared his thoughts on “Inspiration and Motivation”. He talked about the today’s digital trend and it’s influences, impact in the society. He expressed his wish to contribute his part in that area. Poonam, done knowledge sharing on “Chappathi Making” to all the South Indian women after evening walk. I seen cultural and knowledge sharing during that process. I personally recalled the meaning of “Unity in Diversity” and how this Nation demonstrates the same to the world till today? Because, all these (knowledge sharing) happens within lesser than 12hrs after their meeting time
Ramadevi, done very excellent translation of Neeraj speech from English to Tamil and coordinated for all necessary activities during Energizer Meet
Vijayaraj, our chief guest by his action and contribution to the local government school students and villegers in Agamalai area shared his experience and expectations. He rightly highlighted very important needs of students and people who are living in the villages of Western Ghats (specially in Theni District). It’s also open us great opportunity to do lot more in this region. Currently he is working on the new project, as he explained it’ll bring the change in the way his school students learning. On behalf of team GLD Movement we convey our greetings and wishes for the success of this initiative. Thanks to Thangeswaran for introducing Vijayaraj to GLD Movement.
Ignite Me Requests:
Government School students request forms from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka received from Baskaran and Saravanababu respectively. As of now we identified around 750 school students for the solar lamps requirement for this year thanks to Gowri, Saravanababu, Baskaran, Thilak Raj, Ashok and schools of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. This year we are planning to support 1000 rural students.
It’s time to recognize everyone’s contribution; I have no words to express them here because as per me, volunteering is the feeling that everyone experience by doing, not by words. I like to thanks everyone from my bottom of the heart for their excellent contribution. They made everything possible for us. Some moments here for you
And got opportunity to thank everyone before closing morning session and getting ready for delicious lunch with team.
I personally thank the whole family members Vijaya, Kumaresan, Rama, Suriya, Buvaneswari, Sarajo, Rajaiah and Poonam for giving us very delicious food for all three times.
My Special thanks to Visagan, who freeze and capture the moments for us it’s going to give us great memories in future. The mobile cameras also do better in his hands. Check his “For The Cause video” if you find time in our FB page GLDMFORTHECAUSE or in Youtube channel.
Post lunch the whole team had brainstorming session to improve the way we do and points regarding CAO- Junior, CAO-Yuva, CAO-CM, CAO-Intellect, fund raising possibilities, 80G, At and After School, At and After College supports to rural students, alternative options for solar lamps discussed. Great ideas, suggestion given by the team to take it forward, now team will focus on realizing them.
Our long time supporter and supplier of solar lamps for our Ignite me program Pavalan shared about D-light and it’s products also discussed with team post lunch session.
For The Cause Walk with Nature:
As planned all team members joined the FTC “Walk with Nature” in the evening. Various points discussed during the walk. It’s really great pleasure being with Nature. It’s also one of the key reasons we found this as our annual meeting location. Open discussion really open new doors to us.
Few of them started their journey before dinner to catch their buses and few with us for dinner. Overall it’s great new beginning and it’s always energizing to do more.
Once again my hearty thanks to everyone and their families for their support, guidance, collaboration in positive, results oriented social contributing journey. Also, I welcome everyone of you to be part of this journey in possible way.
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Before sharing our 3rd anniversary celebration experience with you, let me share our hearty thanks and greetings to each and everyone of you being part of GLD Movement throughout this Journey. Specially let me thank all the NGOs and their members, Government School students, teachers and head masters, Head mistress, College students, Staffs and management, public, government official, Industry experts, friends, mentors, Our suppliers and members of GLD Movement, their family & friends with your guidance, support and collaboration this journey is possible for us.
With the same support and collaboration let us continue our journey in 4th year. As I repeatedly shared many time with you “We are here to identify the challenges and make them as opportunities for the betterment of the society”. We’ll do it with positive energy and positive process.
Fresh Blood and Fresh Energy:
As you knew we are expanding our activities across Tamil Nadu as well we are taking up the projects progressively in order to improve our contribution to the vision. In order to make this possible, like minded selfless team members also joined their hands for this cause. This gives us fresh blood and fresh energy; surely you’ll see the outcomes in few weeks from now. Join me to welcome our new members on board R. Karpaga valli, A.M. Senthil kumar, R. Jaya Gowri, P. Uma Maheswari and S.K.Rama Devi. Bigger team with biggest responsibility; from now expect biggest changes within GLD Movement activities and our contribution to the society.
DAY -01 : ENERGIZER INDUCTION
It’s great morning at Theni for all of us, as it’s like family get together after long time. Post lunch session our four chief guests Mr.R.Nagarani, Mrs.R.Pitchaimani, Mrs.K.Vijayalakshmi and Mrs.P.Sumathi delivered very valuable message to all of us. The key messages are in line with “Wishing to Do” to “Doing”, what need for an individual to become doer? It’s started from Family values, Parent and Children relation, Self-Belief, belief on almighty, contributing to the society at possible level without failing, their life journey experience. We all blessed to hear from them. I personally thank our chief guest and their family members for sparing valuable time with us.
The first fund for the 4th year Journey received from S.K. Rama Devi and family, Mrs.R.Pithaimani and family. This was real surprise for me personally, especially from S.K. Rama Devi family because they contributed the first month salary for Ignite Me initiative which support the Rural Government schools 10th and 12th students by providing solar lamps for their studies. I thank them for their decision and contribution also conveyed that this will help GLD Movement to support 40 students for their studies.
Evening Walk along Western Ghats with all team members was excellent experience hope everyone of us enjoyed and remembers for long time. After return from the walk, I got opportunity to brief about GLD Movement’s three years journey, activities and future plans, projects. The day one for me was like family get together. Everyone collaborate to do every activity for the day is highlights the team efforts.
DAY-02: VISITS TO VAIGAI DAM & KUMBAKKARAI FALLS
According to me the special guests for Day-02 are Nagajothi and Sabari, they are currently doing their 12th standard at government school near Theni. Mostly we three discussed about the current challenges they have and going forward plan while we spend our time in Vaigai dam. Before lunch time we reached Kumbakkarai and enjoyed good time with swimming. The experience with Visagan and some of our team members highlights me our learning now within the class room, outdoor experiences missing for younger generation. That’s why many of them not got chance to learn swimming while their parents experts in the same .
Lunch at shadows of Mango Farm with guards to protect ourselves from Monkeys of kumbakkarai; mostly they (Monkeys) are more strategic while approaching as well attacking. Thanks to Prem, Senthil, Sumathi and the ladies belongs to Mango Farm for guarding and saving all of us J. After excellent lunch at great green environment we started to Theni.
With all pleasures and good memories we are started our return journey to Chennai, the clouds in and around Theni gave us send-off with rain.
My hearty thanks to my parent, sisters and Visagan’s family because without them we might not enjoyed healthier as well tasty food for these two days. Of course my special thanks to everyone who involved during the preparation.
As a team member of GLD Movement, I was happy about this meeting as it’s helped all of us to share our thoughts, knowledge to take forward our social contribution. Also so confident very soon we’ll see more in actions. When and where is out next meeting? This question remains same in all our hearts….
The special highlight during this meet was we got solar lamps requirements for 100 students who are doing 10th and 12th standards in government school. From this request we are going to do our activities not only in Tamil Nadu also in Pondicherry. Now some discussion for Kerala also initiated… Very soon expect more activities from us.