Michigan

Michigan

Detroit Tamil community has strongly supported TNF’s charity events since 1978. It has hosted four national conventions of TNF. The first TNF event to be held in Michigan was the Third Annual General Body Meeting held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from July 1 to 3, 1978. Thirty-five families attended the meeting and two movies, “Nenjil oar Aalayam: and “Gayathri” were screened (remember, it was 1978 and watching Tamil move in America was a big deal!).

TNF’s 12th General Body Meeting was held at the Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti in 1987. Invited guests included Mr. P. Chidambaram and Mr. Arunachalam, both ministers in the Government of India.

In 2001, the Annual General Body Meeting was held jointly with the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America from July 6 to 8 in Southfield, under the leadership of Mr. Ganesan Naidu and TNF President Mr. Gomes Ganapathy.

TNF’s 32nd National Convention was held during the Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-28), 2006, at the Ford Performance Auditorium in Dearborn under the leadership Dr. Athi Narayan, Mrs. Geetha Pradeep and TNF President Dr. P. Chockalingam.

In 2014, TNF Michigan Chapter, under the leadership of Dr. M. Subramanian and in partnership with Michigan Tamil Sangam adopted Namakkal District for the ABC Educational initiative and raised close to $50,000, a record to date for TNF’s chapter/regional events.

Current Officers

Chairperson: Dr. M. Subramanian, michigantnf@gmail.com, (248) 737-5708

Secretary: Nalli Ravi, nravi23@yahoo.com

Treasurer: Latha Mani, latguna@gmail.com,

Committee Members:

Kalpana Hariharan, kalpanahari88@gmail.com

Uma Subbiah, Uma.subbiah@yahoo.com

Geetha Pradeep, gita@gitatravels.com

Abirami Swaminathan, abi.mts2011@gmail.com

Past Events

2014: December 14. Charity Event jointly organized with Tamil Sangam, Michigan. “Panchathandiram”, comedy drama was staged by Dr. Venkatesan and group. From the funds raised, $ 40,083.23 was dedicated towards TNF-ABC project in Namakkal district. Some donors donated for the TNF Corpus Fund and for other TNF projects and the total funds raised were closer to $50,000.

Learn more about the Namakkal District Project.

For more details on 2014 Charity Event: Download the event flyer, read about the event in Tamil Online, or read more press clippings.

2012: December 31. New Year’s Eve Charity Night. Raised $ 2,033 and donated it to feed abandoned special needs children at Anbalayam in Sirkali.

2010: May 21. Lakshman Sruthi light music program. Funds used to initiate the TNF-ABC project which focuses on educating the underprivileged in government schools in Tamil Nadu. Organized by Tamil Sangam, Michigan.

2006: May 27-28. TNF’s 32nd National Convention, Dearborn, Michigan.

2004: Ragamala dance program. Raised $22,000 to build class rooms for orphan girls at Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam in Vedaraniam.

For more details on 2004 Ragamala Event: Download the event announcement and the follow-up program update.  The program was also reviewed in the press; here is the Review by Surendran and a review from youth, Aarthi Prasad.

2001: July 6 – 8. TNF Annual General Body Meeting, South Field, Michigan

1987: May. TNF’s 12th General Body Meeting, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1978: July 1 – 3. TNF’s 3rd Annual General Body Meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

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