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65th Independence Day Networking Dinner Launches “GIAN”

By Ravi R. Ponangi
September 2011
65th Independence Day Networking Dinner Launches “GIAN” The attendees at the 65th India’s Independence Day networking dinner, held Monday, August 15 at Srikrishna Vilas, Alpharetta, have decided to launch Georgia Indian Associations Network (GIAN), to promote interaction among Atlanta based organizations, to better serve the Atlanta community.

Chand Akkineni, convener of this networking event, explained the need for a network of organizations. A series of burglaries had occurred and the affected people had asked where to go for help. Every organization has an obligation to help its fellow members, but collaboration among organizations can facilitate this help. Attendees therefore agreed to form a Facebook network group, Georgia Indian Associations Network (GIAN), for the interaction of the officers of the organizations. There is no hierarchy—every organization is equal and can interact with others effortlessly.

The meeting, which started with “Vandemataram” and concluded with “Janaganamana,” included representatives from Agency for India Development (AID), Art of Living, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta (BAGA), Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC), Georgia Tamil Sangam, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Greater Atlanta Punjabi Society, Gujarati Samaj, Indian Professional Network (IPN), Maharashtra Mandal, Raksha, Sikh American Society of Georgia, Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), US India Business Research Council (USIBRC), and VIBHA.

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