Nazareth Hospital Mokama Nurses Alumnae Association ( NHMNAA) Delhi had their annual general body meeting on January 29, 2012. Since it was the last gathering with Sister Bridget as the Patron of the Association, the members had a meeting cum picnic at Lodhi Garden, one of the picnic spots in Delhi. The day began with a short prayer and invoking the blessings of Our Lady of Mokama. Self introduction and fun followed. Simple games like musical chairs, Anthachiri (Popular Sing Song competition) passing the parcel, etc. revived the spirit of young and old alike. There was laughter, excitement, competitive spirit and lots of fun as the games progressed. After some fun and a short tea break the business session was held. Philomina Thomas, the President of Nazareth Hospital Mokama Nurses Alumnae Association formally welcomed everyone. A brief activity report was presented by the secretary and the account was presented by the treasurer. They decided to sponsor the education of a child for one year at Asha Kiran, a home for the Children at Dharuhera, and contributed Rs. 15.000 towards it.

After the business session, Sister Bridget Kappalumakal was felicitated and honored for her valuable service and great work she has done to bring together and unite the nurses in Delhi. There were about 21 members along with Sisters Bridget, Cassilda and Nirmala present at the gathering. Everyone expressed their deep appreciation and gratitude for all that Sister has done over the years especially for the formation of the Association which is the first of its kind in the country. On behalf of the Nurses, the President, Philomina Joseph and secretary, Molly Das, thanked Sister, acknowledged her deep love for the nurses, her perseverance and persistence in getting the group together.

Sister Bridget congratulated the members for the unique gathering of the AGBM and their cooperation and support of the past years and encouraged them to continue to have periodic get togethers and programs to empower them professionally and to deepen their bond with one another. Sister announced to the group that Sister Nirmala will continue the work as the Patron of the Association and the members welcomed her with a bouquet.

The finale was a potluck lunch with about 30 varieties of dishes, each one superseding the other. Preparations of South Indian, North Indian, Chinese, Punjabi and Bengali dishes were a display of multicultural , regional and continental “delights.”

Nirmala Mulackal

 

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