May 31, 2023
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In this edition...

Thank you  - President's remarks
Let's look back at a successful ABC year!
Educational Scholarships - May 2023 Update
TNF Youth LOVES Summer Essay Contest opens
TNF Youth LOVES group in Dallas celebrate Earth day
Mano Mesmerizes Michigan
Tamil & Music amazes Austin audience
Non-stop laughter fills the air of Washington DC
Mother's Day celebrated in New York style
Enrich this summer for your child with TNF internship
Register for Presidential Volunteer Service Award 2023

TNF mourns former President Dr Palanisamy's death
Monthly Project Highlight!

UPLIFT - A TNF Scholarship program

When money becomes a bottleneck to avail the opportunities by talented kids, TNF's UPLIFT program extends its hand to UPLIFT them. Lend your hand to UPLIFT the deserving underserved.

Thank you & Congratulations on stepping into Golden Jubilee Year!

Today marks the end of my term as President of TNF and a new board of directors will be taking charge starting tomorrow. The past two years have been unusual ones with situations never seen before. With the the help of my fellow board members and support from all of you, TNF kept going and we continued to make an impact in TNF style during the pandemic. I am grateful for this opportunity. On behalf of the outgoing board, I congratulate the new board members and I am confident that they will make the Golden Jubilee year of TNF, a special one.

This past weekend, we hosted our 49th Annual convention and general body meeting on a cruise ship. Many TNF families across USA joined us. Amidst the fun, we had an overwhelming support for TNF activities. As we disembarked the ship, we all shared the same pride of being associated with such a great organization which has paved ways for thousands of NRI Tamilians give back to our dear motherland.

TNF enters its golden jubilee year and we will be hosting our 50th Annual convention at Chicago in 2024, under the leadership of incoming President Mr Veera Venugopal and the new board members. I congratulate them for a successful term and Let's Go Chicago!
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Let's look back at a successful ABC year

 In less than a week, students across Tamil Nadu will be returning to School after their summer break. TNF Chennai office will be buzzing with lots of activities as ABC program will begin another year of making impact. Let us take a pause and reflect upon ABC (Academic Bridge Course) success thus far. 

ABC began as a pilot project at Sivagangai district in 2011. Encouraging results during the pilot phase soon made ABC, a flagship project of TNF. A total of 68,378 students have benefitted in the past 12 years across 27 districts. 

Exam results of 10th, 11th and 12th grades published recently show the difference ABC has made in student's performances. Many schools reported 100% pass result (details below). Amongst the 543 students who cleared these examinations, a remarkable achievement worth noting is that of Selvi K Mahalakshmi. She was identified as a slow learner during 2016-17 at TPU Middle school, Vadugapatti. She was coached under our ABC project. Later, she joined Sathappa Govt Higher Secondary School, Nerkuppai. In the recently held 12th grade exams, she scored 502 marks out of 600 and emerged as a school topper. Mahalakshmi's story is just one of the many success stories. Thank you to all ABC donors who help to create these success stories. 

During the month of June, baseline tests will be conducted in 90 schools across 27 districts where we will evaluate a total of 8376 students to identify slow learners who could benefit from TNF's ABC initiative.
Mahalakshmi, once a slow learner, is a school topper now!
ABC Schools reporting 100% pass results. Congratulations to all the ABC students & teachers! Thank you to all donors!
School Name District Grade(s) with 100% pass result
Government Higher Secondary School, Vettriyur, Sivagangai District Sivagangai 10th, 11th & 12th grades
Government Higher Secondary School, S.S. Kottai,  Sivagangai 10th & 12th grades
Subramaniyam Chettiar Gurukulam Higher Secondary School, Amaravathipudur Sivagangai 12th grade
TSA Government Higher Secondary School, Kattampatty Coimbatore 12th grade
Government Higher Secondary School, Kombankulam Thoothukudi 10th & 12th grades
Government Higher Secondary School (Boys), Erumaipatti Namakkal 12th grade
ValvilOri Government Tribal Residential Higher Secondary School, Vazhavandhinadu Namakkal 12th grade
Nehruji Government Higher Secondary School, Idaiyankottai Dindigul 12th grade
Government Higher Secondary School, Uppoor Ramanathapuram 12th grade
Government High School, Thiruthangur Thiruvarur 10th grade
Arignar Anna Government Higher Secondary School, Vellakoil Tirupur 10th grade
Government Higher Secondary School, Kommadikottai Thoothukudi 10th grade

Educational Scholarships - May 2023 update

During the month, 22 students received scholarships totaling an amount of ₹3,06,000.
Description # of Beneficiaries Scholarship Amount
(in Rupees)
Educational Assistance to Orphaned Girl students 21 ₹ 2,50,600.00
Scholarship support to Government aided school students (SC Gurukulam) 1 ₹ 50,000.00
  22 ₹ 3,06,000.00

TNF Youth LOVES 2023 Summer Essay Contest opens tomorrow!

Click on the image for more details! Encourage your children to participate!

TNF Youth LOVES group in Dallas celebrates Earth day

TNF Youth LOVES group in Dallas celebrated Earth day on May 7th. Joined by their friends from nearby cities, the youngsters participated in several contests where they made posters, delivered speeches and wrote essays centered around the 17 UN sustainable development goals. In addition to these contests, the youngsters learnt about upcoming summer internship program and essay contest.

Mano Mesmerizes Michigan

Michigan community were mesmerized with Playback singer Mano and his troop on April 30th 2023 as Mano shared the joy of his achievement of singing 25k songs. A total of $46k were raised during the occasion. Thank you to volunteers from 26 TNF families who helped with their tireless efforts to make this event, a grand success.

Tamil & Music amazes Austin Audience

A thought provoking and entertaining speech by Dr Parveen Sultana on "அறம் செய்ய விரும்பு" amazed over 200 participants at Austin's Mother's day Gala. The Tamil treat was followed by light music as TNF supporters rallied to raise $23,360 on the evening of May 13th 2023. The proceeds from the event will be benefitting 80+ women as part of TNF's tailoring program. 

Austin's continued innovation in events reached new heights with embroidery contest. TNF Youth LOVES group joined hands and did their part by making cards to raise funds.

Non-stop laughter fills the air of Washington DC

Three hours of non-stop laughter by the trio standup comedians Ananth, GK (Bldg 18 comedy club) & Dr Pal filled the airs of Washington DC on May 20th 2023. "வாங்க சிரிக்கலாம், தமிழ் குழந்தைகள் கல்வியை வளர்க்கலாம்" gave a great start for the new committee who with the support of volunteers and donors raised over 20k in spite of conflicts with other local community events. 

Mother's Day celebrated in New York Style

New York chapter celebrated their signature event "Mother's Day" on May 20th 2023 with more than 300 attendees raising over $15k. The funds will benefit ABC Schools, nutrition project & procuring computers. Dr. Parveen Sultana stole the show with her eloquent and succinct take home message. Her rejuvenated thoughts and advice for parents were well received by all. The event included several performances including a drama to entertain the audience.

Elected officials from the Town of North Hempstead and Asian American Affairs Division of the county graced the occasion. 
The highlight of the event was the wrap-up done in New York style under 5 minutes by everyone lending a hand.

Enrich this summer for your child with TNF internship

Click on the image for details and application

Presidential Volunteer Service Award - 2023 registration is open

TNF is a certifying organization to recognize volunteers. More than ten youngsters across three chapters spent hours volunteering in TNF activities and in their local community and qualify to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. We are now opening registrations for the year 2023. Encourage your children to register, volunteer and get recognized for their efforts.  Learn more and register at 

Our deepest condolences

It is with deep sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the death of our former president Dr. Subramaniam Palanisamy, M.D. Dr. Palanisamy lived in Pittsburgh for several decades and ran two successful conventions (1997 and 2008). The 2008 convention paved the way for board sponsored education initiatives which eventually turned into our flagship ABC project. He is survived by his wife Renuka Palanisamy, son Sridhar Palanisamy, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the South Florida Chapter of TNF.

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