October 31, 2023
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In this edition...

President's Remarks
Know your board member
TNF helps students plan their future
ABC students excel beyond academics
Educational Scholarships - October 2023 Update
Welcome New Members
Youth receive Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
2023 Summer Essay contest winners announced

Austin's creative fundraiser ideas continue...
Support upcoming local chapter events
Thanks to our partners
Monthly Project Highlight!

TNF Merit Scholarships

Helping students achieve their educational dreams based on their success in school/college. 

President's Remarks

Chicago kicked off TNF50 celebrations earlier this month with laughter and music. The year long Golden Jubilee celebration will give all of us, an opportunity to look back and celebrate the path we have travelled. While we rejoice the impact we continue to make, we plan to pave the path for next 50 years.

The strength of an organization grows with its membership's growth. During the golden jubilee year, one of our focus areas will be our membership growth and reach out to every well wisher to become a life member. A campaign to help us reach to all prospective members was launched on October 2nd 2023 கை கோர்ப்போம்! கரம் கொடுப்போம்! Let's join hands, Let's lend a hand!. As a reader of this newsletter, I hope you are aware and appreciate the difference TNF makes in Tamil Nadu. If you are not a life member, please consider joining hands with us. If you are a life member, please help us spread the word. Please visit the Golden Jubilee Membership page for details!

In addition to becoming a member, I request your support at the local chapter level more than before. TNF chapters across the country continue to host events and fund raisers through out the year. These events will gain more prominence in your city as part of Golden Jubilee celebrations. I request you to attend these events with your family, invite your friends and help create awareness about an organization you are proud to be part of. 

The Golden Jubilee celebrations will culminate with our 50th Annual convention at Chicago during the Memorial Day week end 2024. Please block your calendars and stay tuned for more details. The convention committee is planning to bring a once-in-a-lifetime line-up of programs such as Symphony Orchestra, Classical Instruments & Musical show, celebration of the origin of Tamil folk art & dances  and local talents from chapters. It takes a village to manage such an undertaking. If you have a passion to be part of any of the performances or have the leadership it takes to coordinate one of the programs, please email to chicago@tnfusa.org

It is your support that keeps the board members, chapter committees and numerous volunteers going. Thank you for being with us to enable the impact we all continue to make.

Looking forward to seeing you in-person at Chicago in May 2024. Let's Go Chicago!

Thank you all.
Veera Venugopal

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Know your board member!

 Seetha Krishnan has served in the board since 2016, as General Director, VP Membership, and Communication and Technology Director. Throughout her tenure, she has played a crucial role in modernizing the TNFUSA website, making significant improvements to its functionality and design. She created individualized websites for all 26 chapters, ensuring that each chapter had its distinct online presence. With the collective efforts of board members and volunteers, she spearheaded the development of dedicated Mannvasanai pages for every district in Tamil Nadu, significantly amplifying TNF's outreach and influence at the grassroots level.
Ms. Krishnan also integrated a Google Drive interface into each district and chapter's photo gallery pages, facilitating the real-time display of photos and videos, which allowed for immediate updates to be shared with the community. As the technology support lead for six annual conventions since 2016, she ensured that these events ran smoothly from a technological standpoint, contributing to their overall success. In her role as VP Membership, she implemented a self-service membership portal, empowering members to access and update their information and enhanced member engagement.  

TNF helps students plan their future

 Exposure to options available for further studies are crucial to students especially in 10th and 12th grade. Soon after their exam results are announced, they would have to make decisions that will lay the path to their future. TNF provides an opportunity to these students in ABC schools to visit college campuses closer to their school. In this academic year, a total of 535 students from 8 schools in 5 districts have been on these visits so far.

For students from rural areas, this opportunity turns out to be an eye opener as they feel WOW ed as they stroll through the various departments in the colleges. Many students who are not sure about pursuing college education get motivated to change their minds as a result of these visits. Students from other ABC schools will be going on their visits in the coming months.

Soft skills Training

Two days of training covering topics such as time management, learning how to focus, confidence building in addition tips on preparing well for upcoming public exams are offered as part of TNF's soft skills training to ABC students. A total 5706 students from 75 schools in 26 districts have received the training this year as they prepare for public exams. 

The feedback from headmasters show that many students who go through this training begin thinking about their long term goals. We are glad to continue making a positive impact on these young minds.

ABC students excel beyond academics

S Sivaharish, a student of Government Higher Secondary School, Kuruvikkarambai, Thanjavur district won the 1st place in 200m, 400m, 600m and championship under 14 years category during Republic Day Sports competitions. We congratulate Sivaharish and wish him all the best, as he gets ready to compete at the State level competition. 

M Valarmathi, a 12th grade student at Government Higher Secondary School, Thirumalapuram, Tenkasi district won 1st place in English essay writing competition conducted by Department of Space, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The ABC project in this school is supported by TNF Washington DC Chapter. We congratulate M Valarmathi on the accomplishment and getting honored at ISRO.

Educational Scholarships - October 2023 update

During the month, 49 students received scholarships totaling an amount of ₹ 3,71,205/-.
Description # of Beneficiaries Scholarship Amount
(in Rupees)

Educational Assistance to the Destitute and socially abandoned school children 2 ₹ 35,000.00
Scholarship to Government aided school students (SC Gurukulam) 25 ₹ 79,000.00
Dr Ramadoss Abboy Memorial Educational Scholarship 4 ₹ 40,000.00
VTK Memorial Educational Scholarship 2 ₹ 10,000.00
Senthil Mahadevan and Uma Senthil Educational Scholarship 3 ₹ 60,000.00
Government Vinobha Higher Secondary School, Dhalavaipettai 6 ₹ 70,000.00
Manickam & Padmavathy Educational Scholarship 1 ₹ 6,455.00
P Ramaswami Memorial Educational Scholarshihp 3 ₹ 5,750.00
Bharathiyar Arakattalai Educational Scholarship 2 ₹ 60,000.00
TNF Scholarship for orphaned/semi-orphaned children due to COVID-19 pandemic - GATS 1 ₹ 5,000.00
  49 ₹ 3,71,205.00

Welcome New Members!

Thank you & welcome new members to TNF's 50 year Legacy! 
(In honor of each new TNF member, college prep books will be donated to a student in need)

Ahamed & Rubina, Cooper City, FL
Amalraj & Immaculate, Ceder Park, TX
Anbarasan & Santha Sheela, Pembroke Pines, FL
Anbu & Nandhini, Menomonee Falls, WI
Arun & Anuradha, Weston, FL
Balasubramaniam & Nagajothi, Buffalo Grove, IL
Balasubramanian, Hoffman Estates, IL
Douglas & Auxilia, Miramar, FL
Ganesh, Pembroke Pines, FL
Gayathri & Kumar, San Jose, CA
Jagadeesan & Valli, Darien IL
Jay & Vijayapriya, Munster, IN
Jebin Deva Jeyam & Devaprabha, Sunrise, FL
Johnsingh & Rebelee, Miramar, FL
Kanapathy & Selvi, Palatine, IL
Kathirvel & Fancy, Averne, NY
Kingsly, Northville, MI
Lalitha, Olmsted Township, OH
Phari & Deepakalyani, Irving, TX
Prakash & KarthigaiSelvi, Austin, TX
Raj & Usha, San Ramon, CA
Ramesh & Sindhu, Pembroke Pines, FL
Rathinakumar & Sudha, Vernon Hills, IL
Sanjay & Komala, Liberty Hill, TX
Sankara & Jayasree, Austin, TX
Santosh Kumar, Pembroke Pines, FL
Satheesh & Veda, Hoffman Estates, IL
Selvaputthiran & Umamageswari, Pembroke Pines, FL
Senthilkumar & Anjugam, Cranberry Township, PA
Senthilselvan & Thenmozhi, Flower Mound, TX
Sivakumar & Kaarthiga, Metuchen, NJ
Suresh & Priyatharshini, Plainfield, IL
Thirumurugan & Devika, Pembroke Pines, FL
Varadarajan & Sundari, Jersey City, NJ
Veerabaku & Aparna, Weston, FL
Vijay, McLean, VA
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TNF Youth receive Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to our 2022 Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipients! The youth LOVES members served more than 800 hours during the year. 
Award Recipient Name TNF Chapter Award Level
Ishita Mannar North East Ohio Gold
Srinesh Nandhakumar           North East Ohio Gold
Kanitha Mannar North East Ohio Silver
Krish Punyam North East Ohio Bronze
Preethi Bhaskar Philadelphia Bronze
Purva Punyam Philadelphia Bronze
Samyuktha Natesan Bay Area Bronze
Shanthi Bhaskar Philadelphia Bronze
Shiv Narayan North East Ohio Bronze
Yuvha Karthikeyan North East Ohio Bronze

Click here to learn more about how your child can earn the award

2023 TNF Youth Summer Essay contest winners Announced!

TNF Youth & Young Professionals Committee is announce the winners of the 2023 summer essay contest. This year is no different in terms of number of participants and the quality of essays submitted. Congratulations to all the winners! 

Elementary School
First Prize: Meera Palaniappan, Ashburn VA

Middle School
First Prize: Rebecca Kim, Tenafly, NJ
Second Prize: Priyamvadha Prakash, Centreville, VA
Third Prize: Hailey Lee, Norwood, NJ

High School
First Prize:  Soojin Park, Northvale, NJ
Second Prize:  Anjana Sundararajan, Weddington, NC
Third Prize: Howard Lee, Norwood, NJ

A special shout-out to the members of Youth & Young professionals committee: Anu Suppiah (Chair), Arun Periakaruppan, Hrishi Kousik, Samyuktha Natesan, Shanthi Bhaskar and Priya Periakaruppan.

Austin's creative fundraiser ideas continue...

The fifth 5k event at Austin touches new heights with 230+ participants coming together to raise more than $17k to support their projects. The youth did their part raising $369 with selling art & crafts, lemonade, fruit bowls and T-shirts.

The creative minds of Austin created a replica of a shed unit they plan to build at Natrampalayam Higher Secondary School, Krishnagiri District received a donation of $5700 during the event. 

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