PCS OF CHICAGO HONORS SCHAUMBURG MAYOR AL LARSON AND CONSUL GENERAL OF INDIA MUKTA TOMAR SEMINAR
Chicago, Feb. 05, 2011
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) coordinated a dinner reception for Schaumburg village president honorable Al Larson and the new consul general of India in Chicago honorable Mukta Dutta Tomar. The reception was hosted by Diljit and Mohina Ahluwalia, immediate past chairperson of PCS Chicago.The Ahluwalia family owns industrial businesses in Morton Grove, Illinois.
The festive dinner reception by invitation only took place on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at India House Restaurant and Banquets in Schaumburg Illinois. More than 60 guests and PCS officials relished the interesting and educational presentations, Punjabi DJ music, delicious dinner, and the informal evening conversations.
Diljit and Mohina Ahluwalia the host family welcomed and thanked the guests and the special guests of honor.Balwinder Singh Girn president PCS Chicago addressed the gathering and elaborated on the mission of the organization and the community service programs like "Rangla Punjab 2011" on April 23, Graduation & Scholarship Award Night on June 12, PCS Sports Festival in August and so on.Rajinder Singh Mago, the convener of the event screened a short DVD “Cultural Safari” about the Sikh American community’s culture, spirituality, foods, festivals and performing arts. Mago also made a power point presentation titled “Who are the Sikhs.”“The presentation was to create an awareness of Sikh appearance, turban, beard, articles of faith, and external tangible symbols known as 5K’s which are constant reminders of the core Sikh values,” explained Rajinder Singh Mago.
Harinder Pal Singh, president of M.I.T.S. and past chairperson of PCS Chicago, who owns a business in Schaumburg introduced the village president Al Larson.
“I started my business from scratch in Schaumburg, I always received great service from the people friendly village officials. Now I have expanded to several locations, but Schaumburg is still my favorite and like a home to my business,” said Harinder Pal Singh.
“Seventeen percent of Schaumburg population is east Indian,” said the village president Al Larson, “ Schaumburg is no longer a bed room community for professionals working in Chicago, but it is home to many corporations like Motorola, Ikea, Woodfield Mall, Renaissance Convention Center, a sports stadium, an airport and about two dozen major hotels,” he added.
Shaan Singh Ahluwalia introduced the honorable consul general of India in Chicago Mukta Dutta Tomar. Madam Tomar addressed the gathering and expounded on the progress being made in the state of Punjab in India. She also applauded the good work being done by Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago to promote Punjabi culture in America. “Bhangra is no longer only a Punjabi dance, but it is popular all over India and abroad,” said Tomar. Commenting on the presentations about Sikh culture, she said that even though we already know most of these facts in the back of our minds but we all need reminders from time to time as we become complacent to these values and beliefs. Consul General Tomar brought Punjabi literary books as gifts for the guests of the reception. The books instantly disappeared like hot cakes.
The purpose of this reception was to introduce CGI Tomar to the PCS Chicago officials and the Punjabi community. There were many small group conversations, discussions and questions mostly about PIO & OCI, passport surrender certificates, and visa issues.
“We are scheduling an informational camp about PIO, OCI and surrender certificates on Sunday March 6, 2011 in Palatine,” announced Rajinder Singh Mago, immediate past president and permanent board of governors of Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago. It will be free and open to all.
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