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Seniors Celebrate Mother’s Day with Gusto and Games

July 2006
Seniors Celebrate Mother’s Day with Gusto and Games

Senior Citizens Program (SCP) Inc. held a joyous Mother's Day Luncheon for senior citizens at the Ashiana Restaurant Banquet Hall on May 27. The Executive Director, Raj Razdan, welcomed the seniors and also recognized Bhagu and Roopa Ahuja for sponsoring the luncheon. Each lady guest was greeted with red rose and escorted to the tables.

The entertainment program to a packed hall began with a Memory game conducted by Arunaben Patel and Shashi Sidhaye. The participants had to recall the items on a trolley that were shown to them earlier. Majority of seniors were seen scratching their heads trying to remember different items. Mrs. Shah was announced the winner with the sharpest memory.

The next game was an impromptu Fashion Parade by Mother's only! After some persuasion and encouragement, Mother's clad in colorful saris and Punjabi dresses paraded their outfits. The Fashion parade elicited a lot of fun, mirth and applause as the beautiful and bold ladies walked in pairs towards the Judges. The competition was so tough that the Judges unanimously decided to declare all the participants winners.

The final game before lunch was a team challenge. Teams were asked to make an alphabetical list of items they would carry for a picnic. The answers were quite imaginative and amusing. The winners of this game were each given a token prize by Arunaben Patel.

During lunch, light entertainment was provided by Mrs. Kukreja, who sang a Hindi bhajan, Ishwar ko yaad na kiya to kya yaad kiya, following which her husband Mr. Kukreja, engaged the audience with family banter.

Mrs. Shail Sharma spoke about the significance of Mother's Day. She said that in the Western society, parents were remembered only on Fathers Day or Mothers Day. But in the Indian culture children believed in matru devo bhava and pitru devo bhava by treating their parents as God. She added, "Children appreciate the untold sacrifices made by their parents and grandparents in raising them and they reciprocate by taking care of their elderly parents and grandparents".

After lunch, the seniors participated in one more hilarious game of "Popping the Balloons". Seniors were asked to sit on balloons without popping them. The games as usual brought out the winner instinct in all the elders. Mrs. Janu Wassan said that the dedication and love of the volunteers for the elders had made the Senior Citizen Program thrive and flourish in Georgia. Mr. Giriraj Rao presented the volunteers with a bouquet of roses in appreciation of their selfless service.

Raj Razdan, the Executive director, announced that the Senior Citizens Program Inc. would be celebrating Father's Day in June and was also organizing a picnic on the last Sunday of July. And subsequently in October, a variety entertainment program would be staged to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the SCP along with the Diwali festival celebrations. She exhorted the seniors to invite their friends, and relatives to the show. She urged them to participate in various aspects of the program.

~ Mahadev Desai

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