PUNJABI CULTURAL SOCIETY OF CHICAGO CELEBRATES
"I thank all the families, participants, item coordinators, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and dedicated PCS officials who have been working hard to organize PCS events to serve our community," said PCS President Surinder Singh Palia.
Manjeet Singh Bhalla and Rajinder Singh Mago made a presentation about PCS mission, its programs, seminars, cultural events, and accomplishments both within Punjabi community and the mainstream American community.
Asian American Coalition of Chicago Dinner Banquet in February; Practices and Preparations during January through March for Vaisakhi celebration cultural program "Rangla Punjab" staged in April; "Asian American Festival" at Daley Plaza in May; "Punjabi Youth Graduation and Scholarship Awards Night" in June; "PCS Sports Festival" in July or August; "PCS Night" including "PCS International Bhangra & Gidha Competition" in October or November; and "Thanksgiving Day Parade" in Chicago downtown in November keeps the PCS officials hopping throughout the year. In between there are a variety of other miscellaneous programs like Blood Drives, community related Seminars, Workshops, and providing platform for Books, music CDs, and documentary film releases that PCS facilitates for our community artists.
"This Silver Jubilee celebration is 25 years of Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago's registration as a non-profit organization in State of Illinois, but actually as a group we have been organizing these programs for about a decade longer than that. Our focus is promoting Punjabi culture amongst our next generation and community building," said Rajinder Singh Mago board of governors, who described the PCS mission and programs in detail during his presentation to the guests.
Amardev Singh Badesha, Dr. Amarjit Singh, Dr. Navdeep Kaur Sandhu, Arvinder Singh Gakhal, and Attorney Paul Chawla also spoke at the event highlighting PCS' accomplishments in promoting Punjabi culture among our youth who carry it on to their schools and universities making lifelong friends from their own community along the way.
"PCS has done a great job in promoting Punjabi culture, it should also expand to do more charity work in the mainstream," suggested Dr. Amarjit Singh, a past PCS Chairman.
"Many times organizations spring up, collect funds, we never see any output and they disappear, but PCS has been around for decades delivering its promises," said Dr. Navdeep Kaur Sandhu, also a past PCS Chairwoman.
"PCS results speak for themselves, my parents, my siblings and my children have participated in PCS, I have grown with PCS. I salute PCS," said Arvinder Singh Gakhal whose three generations have participated in P.C.S.
Nimma Dallewalia and Mona Bhalla with their melodious musical numbers and Punjabi folk songs entertained the guests and kept the dance floor party going till the end. Both singers were honored with PCS plaques by Chairman Bhupinder Singh Dhaliwal and President Surinder Singh Palia.
Mr. Sunil Shah of Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) who is running for the mayor of the village of Schaumburg also spoke and appealed to the community for support.
"Roohdari" a book in Punjabi by author Gurleen Kaur of Chandigarh India was released by PCS Chairman Bhupinder Singh Dhaliwal. Nikki Sekhon described the details of the book.
"Vanjara Geetan Da," another Punjabi poetry book by Nimma Dallewalia was also released at this event by PCS Chairman Dhaliwal. It is Dallewalia's fourth book.
PCS Vice President Bikram Singh Chohan gave the vote of thanks, thanking the guests, the organizers and all PCS officials.
The invited guests received a beautiful mug as a memento in celebration of PCS' 25 Years of Service.
The program was organized by Balwinder Singh Girn, Bhupinder Singh Dhaliwal, Sukhmel Singh Atwal, Surinder Singh Palia, Manjeet Singh Bhalla, Bikram Singh Chohan, Parvinder Singh Nanua, Jasbir Singh Palia, Mohinderjit Singh Saini, Paul Lail, Bhinder Singh Pamma, Onkar Singh Sangha, Gurmit Singh Dhillon, Parminder Singh Ghotra, Yadwinder Singh Grewal, Manjit Singh Gill, Vick Singh, Amarjit Kaur Atwal and Rajinder Singh Mago.
The DJ music was provided by Rashpal Singh and delicious Punjabi food by K.K. Pamma of Atlantis Banquets.
Photo credits: Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan, Adbhut Media
PCS Vaisakhi event "Rangla Punjab" is slated to be held on Saturday April 6, 2019, at College of DuPage Auditorium in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. PCS Open House planning meeting to plan "Rangla Punjab 2019" and registration to participate, is on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 12 noon at SRS Community Center, Palatine. The practices start on January 27, 2019 at SRS Community Center Palatine and Palatine Park District. To participate please contact PCS or any PCS official.
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community service organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing arts, education, good citizenship, healthy life style, and sports in the metropolitan Chicago area. For further information please contact: