February 28, 2013

ILN-Bangalore chapter "Used Book Donation Project"

Dear Members,

Further to our Members' Meeting held on February 16th, 2013  we would like to inform you that our first step to used-book donation is defined as follows:

Books for donation:
Religious Books / Magazines / Journals / Dictionaries / Comics / Story Books / Plays / Novels / Reference Books / Text Books / Guides /  Reader's Digest / Thrillers / Mysteries /  Anything that we will not be reading again.

School Identified:

Somanath Education Society
4th Cross, 2nd Main, Byatarayanapura
Mysore Road, Bangalore - 560 026
Contact Person: Mr Mahesh Kumar, Secretary

Interested members are requested to come with their books to Coffee Day @ Gopalan Mall, Mysore road at 10:30 to 10:45 am on  Saturday March 2, 2013.  Saturday being half day for schools,  we request all book donors to reach on time.  In case you are not able to reach by 11.00 am, you can come to the school directly before 11.30 am.

After we set-up a library for this school with at least 300-500 books, we will move further to the next needy school.  Hope this initiative of ours will be a great success in setting up libraries in poor/ under-privileged schools. Our old/used books will become a library to someone.

With regards,

For more information you can contact
Shirley : 9741113846
Renu : 9448818701
E-mail : ilnblrchapter@gmail.com

February 20, 2013

Regular Meeting of Chennai Chapter held on 16th February 2013

The regular meeting of the Chennai Chapter has held on 16th February 2013 at Madras Kafe, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam, Chennai at 5 PM, which was preceded by the Core Committee meeting at 4pm – 5pm.

Members Present

Core Committee - Visukumar, Shefali, Venkat, Navin

Members - Shankar Raghavan, Akash


General Agenda for the meeting was “Activities and ideas - Plan Of Action”. The following points were discussed at length:

  1. Discussing outcome of College visits conducted last month.

  2. Organizing training events, short sessions on leadership skills, case studies etc. for the Chenna Chapter members,

  3. Creating a Committee for spearheading social entrepreneurship based activities and charting out activities in the same vertical

Next Meeting

Tentative dates for next meeting:

Core committee: 2nd March 2013, 16th March 2013 | 4-5PM

Regular Meeting: 16th March 2013 | 5-6pm

Venue: Not yet finalized

ILN Hyderabad Chapter - Minutes of the meeting held on 9th February, 2013

Venue: The Calculus, Paigah Colony, S.P.Road, Secunderabad.


The following members attended the meeting.

  1. Ambadas Kshirsagar.

  2. V.Ramprasad

  3. Vasanth Kumar

  4. Udayan Bakshi

  5. Naveen

  6. N. Sreedhar

  7. Dr. Archana Rupanagudi

  8. P.N. Parnandi- Marketing Manager-Spectramed*

  9. R. Ravikanth-Psychologist*

The last two marked* are LinkedIn members who are new to ILN chapter.

The members of Hyderabad chapter send in their warm felicitations to Mr. Manoj Acharya for successfully leading I LN for the past 5 years.

The following were discussed.

MS. Ambadas and V. Ramprasad briefed on the last few meetings in the chapter and the activities planned and done.  Mr. Ambadas was requested to contact once again Dr. Raghavaiah about the minutes of the awareness program held last month or else post it himself without any delay.

Mr. Ramprasad briefed on the MedhoSampathhi activity and how the awareness brought in by I L N members has drawn corporate giants like DELL to come forward to financially help the NGO. Further Mrs. Meena, MD of the NGO has approached I L N through MS. Dr. Archana and V.Ramprasad to help in marketing their NGO and marketing the products made by the students under vocational guidance. This has been agreed to be taken up on behalf of I L N by the personnel concerned, to help the NGO, in the best possible manner.

It was pointed out that due to the examination time faced by the educational institutes, activities connected with them could not be taken up. Also some of the gentlemen project drivers are yet to give a shape to the activities undertaken by them. We request them to hasten up their plans.

New activities

Generating a new revenue model for Sulabh centers which would not warrant collection of usage charges was one of them. The revenue model development has been entrusted to MS. P. N. Parnandi and Ambadas. (This is based on the input provided by one of the GHMC workers who has attended one of the meetings).

Power conservation awareness

Suggested by Mr. Ravikanth; and he is given the responsibility to prepare the plans. Along with this, he can also add up conserving water usage too as this is the need of the hour at Hyderabad and AP.

Yoga awareness program

We have already circulated detailed info on this as given by the Project Director Mr. Sreedhar. Mr.Sreedhar briefedthe members about the concept of Yoga awareness Program. He mentioned that the members have to come forward to identify the areas/community where the awareness program would be conducted so that the three yoga gurus identified would take up the program. Members felt that it would be helpful to organize such activities even for students as this would help them to overcome stress, and increase concentration. While Mr. Sreedhar suggested that all participants should give Rs.10 or Rs.20 per head so that the cost of transportation for the yoga masters can be met. At this the members gave their suggestion that organizing the awareness program should be done by I L N (including transportation charges) and that after ascertaining how many members present would be ready for regular Yoga exercises,  a plan may be devised for regular minimum contributions from those intending to come for yoga. The absence of the yoga Gurus who were expected to attend was felt by members. Suggestions were given that to create awareness, circular copies Xeroxed with feature and benefit chart for yoga exercises should be distributed by I L N at the needed avenues. It is suggested that Mr.Sreedhar should give details to be incorporated in such circulars or brochures.

Physiotherapy awareness Program

The driver of the project Dr. Archana, Physiotherapist, has come forward to organize such a program along with a leading orthopedic Dr. Prabhat Reddy  of Apollo Hospitals.  The program is to create awareness of Knee joint pains and cure by physiotherapy and where necessary by Surgery. Since this problem is prevalent in senior citizens, Mr.P.N.Parnandhi, has volunteered to make arrangements for conducting one such camp on the 24th of Feb at Dr. A.S Rao Nagar, community. He has also volunteered to contact the Dr concerned and has met him once on the 11th at Apollo Hospital and arrangements are now in discussion and planning stage. All members present felt, they would like to attend this program and make it a grand success.  We are still awaiting the confirmation of the professionals who would be conducting the program. We will request all members to keenly look forward to this, await further confirmation, and attend such programs and make them a grand success. ONLY THE ESTEEMED MEMBERS PRESENCE WOULD MAKE ILN A NAME TO BE REMEMBERED.

ILN Banner

Since I L N has no banners with any logo, as per their request, we are now working on developing a new banner only with the lettering as given in I L N website and not any logo. The responsibility of completing this activity is taken up MS.. Ambadas and Udayan Bakshi.


To meet these petty expenses, members felt that the funds being collected (we have collected from those who volunteered in the December meet) Rs.500 each. Now the body agreed that all members would contribute Rs. 100/month to start with so that these petty expenses in organizing the awareness programs would be met by I L N-Hyderabad chapter. We request all members of I L N Hyderabad chapter to come forward to pay their monthly contribution of Rs.100/=(Rs. one hundred only) to strengthen I L N chapter at Hyderabad. This may kindly be handed over to Mr. Ambadas at The Calculus who has volunteered to keep the amount in custody and keep accounts.

Election of governing body

It is very important for the chapter to have a small elected group to govern the activities of the chapter. Now just a few individuals are volunteering to do all the jobs. When we collect any funds, we should be able to operate with a bank account which should be operated by minimum of 2 persons. This needs to be supported by a resolution of the members. Since ONLY 9 members were present the election of office bearers has been postponed. And this cannot be done indefinitely. The next month (Mar) meeting members have to be either nominated or elected. For this we request all members to make their presence a must. Also this would give you a chance to make your monthly subscriptions to the chapter. Please make sure that you are present. You may kindly inform thecalculushyd@gmail.com/ vrphyd@gmail.com about your views on this and the dates that you propose for the meeting in March. The first Saturday in March also falls on 2nd. Also please come forward to say whether Saturday or Sunday would be preferable.

Email from Mr. Manoj Acharya on I L N agenda and the thoughts for 2013 dated 18th Jan:  This email is very clear on many aspects. Mr. V. Ramprasad went through the many salient features of this email and explained the various issues. Many members have not gone through the email and some have just glanced through the same. We request you to kindly go through the email and browse the link provided that gives you clear idea of I L N. For your information, we are providing the link again: http://www.indialeadership.net/about/

In case any of you would still like to seek any clarifications, please do send in your email to thecalculushyd@gmail.com/ vrphyd@gmail.com.

Comrades in Leadership, let us do something unique; something that would help to develop Leadership at grass root levels. We can include, Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Retired people, Students and even home makers as members. First let each one of us bring in another member and let all of us become active members.

With kind regards and Warm wishes,

Yours Truly,

For I L N Hyderabad chapter,

Varanasi Ramprasad.

ILN Hyderabad Chapter - Health Awareness Program held on 13th January, 2013

Report on the Senior Citizen Health Awareness Program conducted by Dr. Y. Raghavaiah held on  Sunday the 13th January, 2013 at the Central Government Pensioners Forum, Sitaphalmandi, Secunderabad. 

The meeting was attended by nearly 75 members and lasted for over 90 minutes.

Dr. Raghavaiah, an active member of the ILN Hyderabad Chapter, conducted the program at the Central Government Pensioners Forum, Sitaphalmandi, Secunderabad under the joint banner of  ILN, Hyderabad Chapter and Chak De Bharath. Chak De Bharath is a voluntary organization founded by Dr. Raghavaiah.

Dr. Raghavaiah lucidly explained the various health issues faced by the senior citizens and the precautions one should regularly take to ensure that minor issues are avoided all together.  He discussed the 21st century challenges faced by the retired and occupationally inactive elderly people and narrated a very genuine circumstance found in many homes today. He provided the psychological angle of the health issues and family environment in which we live.    Dr. Raghavaiah gave many valuable insights on why situations arise and how the elderly citizens can overcome the situation. At the end of the presentation a very useful question and answer session was also held.

The Organizing Committee of the Forum requested that they would like to have more programs like this on various topics and issues relevant to the senior citizens.

Dr. Raghavaiah was presented with a shawl by the forum organizing committee and the Program ended with a Vote of Thanks.