KAGW Newsletter February - 2018

February 2018

Talent Time - 2018

We are counting down on Talent Time Day 1 events,
March 24th 2018 at Thomas Pyle Middle School, Bethesda.

Topics for Essay writing, Story writing and Malayalam Public speaking will be released on March 3rd for Category 1, 2, 3

We wanted to remind you that the early bird discounted rates will be ending on March 8th. Please register and make payment in advance to secure your spot!

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World Malayalee Council (WMC)

World Malayalee Council (WMC) cordially invites you to be a part of the launching event of our Washington DC Province on Saturday, March 31st, 2018, from 6:30 PM - 10.00 PM at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854.

WMC is a non-sectarian, non-political community organization which provides a global network of Malayalees around the world. Having over 200 provinces in 40 countries and expanding fast, WMC is the largest ethnic community association in the world. WMC fosters friendship and fellowship among its members worldwide while providing several platforms under its umbrella for networking, training, empowerment, business development and charity. We seek out and recognize Malayalee talents, skills and accomplishments globally and mobilize them for the enhancement of professional development, career advancement and entrepreneurship.

We request you to take a few hours out of your busy schedule to come and learn more about WMC and witness the plugging-in ceremony of the Washington-Baltimore Malayalee community to this great worldwide network

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Yay Learner Inauguration in Ashburn

KAGW is proud to announce the launch of Yay Learner, a new start-up in Ashburn by two members from our community. Yay Learner is a one-stop shop for different skills for children ages 7-12. It has been co-founded by Lin Thomas and Geena Abraham both active KAGW members. Here is our interview with them

KAGW: What is Yay Learner ?
Yay Learner : Yay Learner is a learning program for children ages 7-12. Our mission is to help kids learn in a stress-free environment. We offer Creative Writing, Coding, Public Speaking classes and also have a Book Publishing initiative

KAGW: This name is pretty unique. What does it mean?
Yay Learner : The Merriam Webster dictionary definition for “Yay” is an expression of joy, approval or excitement. Our vision is to promote learning with enthusiasm. One of the biggest problems facing the youth of today is stress. We hope to create an enthusiasm for learning that our students will carry forward for the rest of their lives

KAGW: What is your motivation behind it or why did you feel the need for such an initiative?
Yay Learner: As moms ourselves, we have been looking for a learning program that motivates children. This program was conceptualized after several years of research to figure out the right balance of challenges that children can handle. Our curriculum was developed with a combination of real life experiences as well as our team’s training and certifications.

KAGW: What is unique about your program?
Yay Learner: Our goal is to continuously integrate feedback into the program. We welcome feedback from parents so we can create a program that truly works. Our Public Speaking program focuses on replacing “fear” with “joy”. Our Writing program stresses on vocabulary development along with creative expression. Our Coding program inculcates logical thinking.

KAGW: Has KAGW played any role in this start-up?
Geena Abraham: Most definitely. Both of us have attended programs hosted by KAGW in the past focusing on youth that inspired us. My children have benefited from participating in Talent Time and a fun platform to develop communication skills is a logical extension of such events.
Lin Thomas: My experience working as KAGW’s Editor has definitely helped inspire the need for a Creative Writing and Publishing platform. In the past, KAGW’s Women’s forum hosted a seminar on small businesses that generated some encouragement in our minds for a startup. I also reminisce the time in 2006, when I helped KAGW launch CrossRoads and then in 2011 worked as the Youth Liaison. Those experiences definitely sparked an interest to combine fun and learning.

KAGW: Any other fun fact to share with our readers?
Yay Learner: Parents have told us that after the free trial class, children have asked the next week if they could go back to Yay Learner. We feel blessed to be able to make this type of a difference in attitude. A true love for learning will create self-motivated learners.

KAGW: How can parents register or find more information?
Yay Learner: We offer free trial classes. Visit our website for more details
You can contact us at lin@yaylearner.com or geena@yaylearner.com if you have additional questions on our curriculum and our programs.

KAGW 2018 Carrom Tournament:

KAGW 2018 Carrom Tournament was held on February 3, 2018 at the Gaithersburg Library, Gaithersburg, MD. Due to overwhelming responses, we had to extend the competition to another day. The semifinal and final games of this tournament will be held on one of the Talent Time competition days.
Carrom Semifinalists:

Preethi Sudha and Manoj Sreenilayam vs Joam Mathew and Zainuddhin PK
Philip Furtado and Neeraj vs Benny Joseph and Mathews Mathew
We thank all the participants, parents and volunteers for making these events a huge success!

KAGW 2018 Checkmate Chess Tournament:

The Kerala Association of Greater Washington (KAGW) Sports Committee organized “KAGW Checkmate 2018” Chess tournament at the Gaithersburg Library, Gaithersburg, MD on February 3, 2018. This was the third chess tournament organized by KAGW. Around fifty leading chess players from the metropolitan area competed in four different categories including many adults. The tournament was held in a knock-out fashion. Mr. Saju Thomas, President of KAGW, handed over trophies to the winners.

Category First Prize Second Prize
One Devki Pullanchodan Bhargav Raghava
Two Abhishek Hari Aiden Matthews
Three Teresa Thoundayil Kiran Manoj
Four John Varghese Zainuddin PK

Reconnect and Rejuvenate - Family Fun Evening

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Youth Club and Women's club organized "Reconnect & ejuvenate "a fun-filled event for KAGW family on Saturday, March 24, 2018. A writer's workshop conducted by Sujata Hampton, art workshop by Sridevi Yogeswar and Yoga program led by Avani from Isha USA where the highlights of the evening.
The event culminated with gala time for the children to unwind and mingle with friends through games, music, and dance.

St.Jude Parish Retreat

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