NetIP Atlanta enjoyed an active 2012
NetIP Atlanta's Global Soap Project volunteers.
The Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Atlanta made great strides in 2012, giving them the title of Most Improved Chapter of the Year at the 2012 BOSCARS ("Bollywood Oscars"). Archith Seshadri, VP of Communications and Logistics, was awarded Officer of the Year also.
The group held several events in 2012, fulfilling the four pillars of NetIP:
1. Professional Development: a Tax Seminar (photo at left) and Business Card Exchange.
2. Cultural Awareness: Holi, Independence Day Dine and Unwind, Diwali Dinner.
3. Political Awareness: Presidential Debate Viewing Party.
4. Community Service: St. Baldrick’s Foundation (childhood cancer), Global Soap Project (Norcross based: diseases in Africa), MedShare (Decatur based: surplus medical supplies for the developing world), The Drake House (Roswell based: needy women).
MedShare volunteers (right).
Baal Dan Launch Party (below).
For the first time, NetIP Atlanta organized a Charity is Colorblind initiative, "Protect our Children: Protect our Future"; the beneficiary was Baal Dan, a U.S.-based nonprofit supporting needy children in India with food, clothing, schools, sanitation facilities, and more. The Baal Dan Launch Party at the Artmore Hotel raised over $500. Monthly networking events helped enhance exposure of Baal Dan to the NetIP Atlanta community. The year concluded on a high note with over $800 raised at the Annual Gala via a matching rally and raffle prize drawings. Overall, NetIP Atlanta raised over $3,500 through socials, fundraising tactics, and the support of its members and community.
The July social (left).
The November social (below).
Monthly networking events at top restaurants included themes such as the Get Green, Get Lucky March Social for St. Patrick’s Day, Red Carpet Affair in February, Fall Football Social, and the Member Appreciation social. The networking environment was both professional and fun.
More than 30 Atlanta members attended the 21st NetIP NA Conference in Chicago, IL. Several board members volunteered by finding speakers for the professional development panels. NetIP Atlanta added a Facebook page in addition to its existing Facebook group. The website got a new interface allowing a cleaner and more polished view with interesting blogs. Twitter was used for maximizing NetIP Atlanta's social media presence.
The group was active and visible; old and new Board members (left) and all members are looking forward to 2013.
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