VSNA CONVENTION 2009 SOUVENIR
2009 Convention Address by VSNA President Introduction: Mr. Sundaresh Siddaiah was born and brought up in Bangalore, India. He is a graduate of RV Engineering College, Bangalore in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Computer Science from New York Tech, NY. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies in both US and India. Prior to his current role as VSNA presidents, he successfully served last year s Board of Directors of VSNA and as the president of VSNA NY chapter. Resident of NJ with his wife Dr. Sabitha and two children –Shruthi and Suvan.
Thank you, Chairperson, Mrs. Bhavani Moodabagil, for your kind introduction. Respected swamijis, invited guests and fellow veerashaivas, what a wonderful gathering! I am moved by your hospitality. It is a great honor to be in this 32nd Annual convention of VSNA. I am also excited to be here in the great city of Chicago, the hometown of our current president of USA, Barrack Obama. Looking around me, I see so many people from around the world, including my own Chapter members, New York /New Jersey. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. I know that all of you, have come from different corners of the world, but you come here to share a common spiritual platform under the banner of VSNA. Allow me to pay tribute to past executive committee, lead by Mr. Prabhu Patil and his team for the wise leadership of leading this organization over the past four years. (Please give them a big hand) I have admired VSNA, since long before I assumed the presidency of our beloved organization. The credit goes to all the fore fathers who have played a remarkable role in shaping VSNA for the past Three Decades. Thank you all for your contributions, especially for all that you have done to bring this organization where we stand today. My appreciation for VSNA has grown even deeper long before even I became the local chapter President. Let me share a simple story to show you why. Not long ago, when we were members of our local chapter we used to take our children to VSNA gatherings. We had projected a video of “How to do Linga Pooja”. And children were asked to follow the steps at this gathering by elders, and all of our children did an excellent job and we had a good time and came back home after the function. Right next day my daughter went back to her room and made a Linga of clay dough and started worshiping every morning after shower and chanted “ Om Namha Shivaya”. This really baffled us as parents. To add more twist to this, seeing her sister my son started doing the same following the footsteps of her sister. They were talking excitedly and they do their chores even today, without asking us what they should do. THEY ARE MY ROLE MODELS. THIS MOTIVATED ME TO BECOME A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST TO SPREAD THE BASICS OF OUR RELIGION. Our children are our future, when I visited various chapters and conventions I see the energy and spirit in them, like singing vachanas, coloring, dancing and showing their talents this a great encouragement to all of us.
Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.