President of the Indo-American Lions Club of Long Island, Indu Gajwani, hands over to Dr. Sunil Mehra — The Indian Panorama

LONG ISLAND, NY (COUNCIL): The installation ceremony of the Long Island Indo-American Lions Club was held on June 22n/a, 2022. CEO-TJ Anand, CEO-Anthony Paradiso, Former District Governor-Terri Oster graced the occasion. The evening’s host was Anju Sharma, who welcomed everyone and highlighted the incredible work being done by our club. The club is three years old, despite the pandemic the club has done a great job. President The club is recognized as number one:

  • First club founded with 34 founding members
  • Maximum membership (just in a short period of time in two and a half years 118 members.)
  • Maximum donations made per club.
  • The maximum number of Melvin Jones Award recipients are from our club.

President Indu Gajwani recognized and appreciated Lions for their service to the community. Krishna Maddipatla was named “Lion of the Year”. The Community Service Awards were presented to Kanak Golia, Nand Panjwani, Bobby Patel, Jay Shah, Anil Shah, Naveen Shah and Gary Sikka. Anju Sharma and Sanju Sharma received the Excellence in Leadership Award. Rita Shah, Gobind Bathija, Nimesh Shah, Vijay Shah, Saurabh Seth, Pradeep Gosalia, Poojaa Makhijani, Dr. Kalpesh Amin, Dr. Yogendra Saxena, Pawan Singla, Dr. Usha Tandon, Sital Shah, Yogini Oza, Madhu Pareek, Vandana Kumar have received recognition awards for their service to the club.

Sanjiv Jindal represented Senator Anna Kaplan’s office and citations were presented to Kanak Golia, Krishna Maddipatla, Anju Sharma, Dr. Sunil Mehra, Rita Shah, Sanju Sharma, Indu Gajwani and Shyam Gajwani for their outstanding service. “LCIF Leader” Shyam Gajwani has been appreciated and recognized for his support and dedication over the years. Outgoing President Indu Gajwani received the “Award of Excellence” for his outstanding work in a short period of time.

38 new members were inducted during the installation ceremony. President Indu Gajwani introduced the new incoming President (2022-2023) Dr. Sunil Mehra. She handed over the Lions bell and gavel to Dr Mehra as head of the club and wished him all the best. She also promised to continue her support for the club. The 2022-2023 Executive Committee was announced by Dr. Sunil Mehra. Kanak Golia, Gobind Bathija, Nimesh Shah and Anju Sharma were appointed as vice presidents. Secretary to Sanju Sharma and Treasurer to Vijay Shah for the coming year. Krishna Maddipatla, Dr. Kalpesh Amin, Saurbh Seth, Nand Panjwani and Dr. Abhay Malhotra will serve on the board. Dr. Mehra asked the team members to support the club. He promised to continue serving the community and urged members to work together to keep the club in the “number one” position. Vote of thanks given by Secretary Nimesh ‘Bunty’ Shah. The program ended with a presentation of Bollywood dance and a dance floor open to all.

The Long Island Indo-American Lions Club is committed to serving the community and creating a better future for those less privileged. In a very short period of 3 years, this club has done an amazing job through various events under the leadership of Founding President Indu Gajwani. The events organized by our club are not limited to reaching out to the community to help with food drives, clothing drives, etc. The club also organizes health and wellness fairs, cultural activities, social and educational events. As Lions clubs around the world try to provide healthy meals for the hungry by donating to local food pantries where hundreds of people are served daily, Our Local Club is following in those footsteps. Our club has made efforts to touch lives around the world by making donations for the cure of cancer, vision tests, eye surgeries, the donation of thousands of glasses, the delivery of groceries, jackets winter blankets and blankets as part of the “Spread the Warm” project not only in the United States, but reaching the less privileged in INDIA.

Charles P. Patton