Presidents Message – Aparna
ఎందరో మహానుభావులు, అందరికి వందనములు!!
TAGO EC would like to take this opportunity to thank our annual sponsors, Dusera event sponsors, HSCF Governing Council, past TAGO leadership, volunteers and the community members who donate their time, effort, and resources to make our Telugu community strong and vibrant.
We set out with these goals as we started off 2018
1) Together as a Vasudhaika Kutumbam, or “One Family”, we will cherish and preserve our language, music, dance, culture, traditions, and festivals by celebrating their significance.
2) We will emphasize our support and encourage volunteers of Manabadi and Telugubadi, with the goal of helping our beautiful Telugu language reach the next generation and flourish in the USA.
3) We will give back to both our local community through fundraising, public volunteerism, and community service through our all-new service program, TAGO Cares, led by our dynamic youth members.
It was a fantastic and busy year. Now, we reflect on all we have accomplished together in 2018—
TAGO Telugu Festival celebrations – The new Executive Committee started off the year with Sankranthi Sambaralu on January 20th at HSCF Auditorium. We had close to six hundred attendees. We had a memorable cultural program followed by a delicious dinner. TAGO then celebrated Vilambhi Naama Samvatsara Ugadi on March 31, 2018 at HSCF auditorium, which was filled to the brim with attendees. The cultural program, dinner, and overall organization of the event was acknowledged by community as one of the best events ever organized by TAGO. For Annamacharya Sankeerthanotsavam on May 5th, 108 devotees offered Saptagiri Keerthanalu at our temple. It was a divine experience for one and all. Nagara Sankeerthanam, Kalyanam, Saptagiri Keerthanam, and the evening cultural program were done with such devotion and resulted in an amazing and divine celebration. Bathukamma was celebrated by TAGO on Oct 14th, 2018 at Trinity Preparatory School, again with amazing participation and great food. Dushera Dhamaka was celebrated only 2 weeks after the Bathukamma at the Foundry Church auditorium on Oct 27th, 2018. We had tremendous support from our local donors who helped TAGO EC bring this event to life. Entertainment was provided by local talent, Dr. Ranga Raj, and Akhila of Padutha Teeyaga Fame.
The TAGO Community Service – TAGO Cares community give-back event was in February at the Second Harvest Food Bank. TAGO donated 381lbs of food, which was collected by our youth members. The team also collected personal items and kids’ necessities to donate to SafeHouse Seminole. The TAGO community took a lead role in the Sri Rama Navami Kalyanam in March and in the HSCF Kumbhabhishekam celebrations in April, volunteering to beautify temple premises and participating in the festivities.
TAGO Saradaga Oka Sayanthram (SOS) and Sahithi Charcha provided a platform for several local kids from Telugu Badi and Mana Badi to showcase Telugu poetry and discussion. In May, TAGO hosted our special visiting guest, Sri Puli Seshayya garu of Miryalaguda, Nalgonda district, for an exciting evening for Telugu Pandya Natakam fans. TAGO EC also hosted an educational and entertaining literary event – టాగో “సరదాగా ఒకసాయంత్రం with Jonnavittula Ramalingeswara Rao Garu in June. TAGO is excited that the Oviedo and Lake Nona Telugu Badi schools are prospering well, teaching more than 35 kids and would like to see more Telugu Badi initiatives across Central Florida.
TAGO Sports – For the first time ever, TAGO sponsored a Cricket team, the TAGO Warriors, in the ICSO Tournament in March. For our last event of the year, TAGO will host throwball and volleyball tournaments for the Telugu community at Vanabhojanalu and Sports Day on Dec 8th.
TAGO Annual General Body meeting and elections for 2019 was held on Nov 24th, with a quorum of TAGO members present. TAGO end of the year financials were presented and election results declared.