Annual Day Celebrations of Bangalore Chapter of ICSI

Yesterday ( I attended the Annual day function of the Bangalore Chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India - at Hotel Woodlands, Bangalore. It was the function for the members & their families. I reached little early at the venue (5.50pm), while the function was supposed to start by 6.15pm. The members (true Indians) started coming around from 6.15 and by 6.30 there were few members. The Chief Guest Dr.Master Hirennaiah reached the venue by about 7.00pm. Finally the function started at 7.25pm. CS Nagendra Rao welcomed the gathering and introduced the Chief Guest. Mr.Kannan, Secretary of the Bangalore Chapter read out the agenda of the day. Luckily I got the company of the past Chairman of the SIRC of ICSI & the Bangalore Chapter of the ICSI and sat on the second row.

The function started with speeches (everyone greeting the members on the dias individually...we are still to come out of the Indian political way of mentioning the names, designation before starting their speech. Prizes were given to the meritorious students. I was surprised to hear that the Chapter has organised sports & games events for the members and students. The winners were presented with Certificates and gifts by the Chief Guest. They have organised for Chess, Table Tennis, Carrom, Cricket, Football and Shuttle. One person won many prizes for Carrom and Table Tennis.

Finally with a foreword from CS.Gopalakrishna Hegde, the Chief Guest started to deliver the speech. It was a hillarious speech and though provoking. While speaking, the Chief Guest reminded that he will adhere to his time as it was nearing the Dinner. The dinner was supposed to be at 8.30pm. When he finished, everyone gave a thunderous applaud for the excellent speech. When everyone got up to form a line for dinner, it was announced that there is a cultural program by the students and the dinner will be served afterward. By that time, it was 8.30pm and I had to leave, as I had some commitments.

I hope the students' program went well and all the members & family members had a fantabulous supper - No doubt on the Woodlands taste! I missed it.

I thought I can meet some of the Company Secretaries in Bangalore, but could not. I realised how I miss this profession by not attending any program in Bangalore. I made it a point to attend few Professional Development programs of the Chapter.


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