Nov 2013

CMC Annual Report 2013 Dr Elizabeth Paul

Dear Friends,


Greetings

Our Annual meeting , as you know, was held in India, the first half in Kerala from October 6 to 12 and the second , in Ludhiana on the 12th night and 13. The Kerala portion of the meeting was attended by 24 of our alumni and their friends/family. A luncheon, sponsored by CMCNAA on the 7th was attended by more than 30 of the local alumni from and around Kerala, including 4 of our esteemed retired professors, Dr John Vettath, Dr Naomi Vettath, Dr Mary Mathew and Dr Joseph Samuel, who we honoured with a plaque, as a token of our appreciation of their dedicated work in CMC. Dr Abraham Thomas, the director attended the lunch and gave an update of CMC’s growth and status. During the meeting, we were able to present a check equivalent to $6900, as a start for the Benevolent fund that is set up to assist our deserving and needy retired professors and their spouses. It was a beautiful after noon, when a lot of us met some long lost friends and made some new, particularly, from the younger generation, who are enthusiastic and trying to propagate the CMC mission and the idea of CMC family.

The 6 days of the tour of Kerala, no doubt, convinced the participants, that Kerala
is indeed “God’s Own Country”. A few of us flew to Ludhiana on the 12
th, and were able to participate in the “ Ross Day” in Ross hostel on the 12th night, a morning Chapel service on Sunday, followed by the dedication of the Laparoscopic unit in memory of Dr Beryl Howie in the Gyn department, Onam function, a regional festival of Kerala, that was celebrated with kerala art forms and other entertainments,( in which the dance performer of Dr Bedi was demonstrated as well) and a sumptuous Keral Lunch served in Banana Leaf!, and a dinner with the CMC staff and the local alumni from and around Punjab, in the evening in near by Hotel. It was wonderful to see the positive changes in CMC and definitely the growth of the place, which now almost qualifies for a medical university! Our stay in CMC once again will stay memorable.

The Annual Alumni Meeting for 2014 is going to be in Los Angeles, from July 24to 27. Please mark your calendar and come and join the meeting. Details will be mailed out in the beginning of the new year.

What have we, the North American Alumni , achieved this year?

1.Howie endowment Fund for Laparoscopic unit for Ob/GYNThe alumni sent $45400 and the USA Board sent $9600 to make the needed $55000 for the scope.
2. Individual donations
Dr Ranu Grewal-Bahl $10000for peadiatric cardiac program,
Dr Cherry Mathew $10000for EMG equipment and $25000for Neurology chair
DrMadhu Bahl $25000 for Medical Library and electron microscope for pathology department.
Dr Ananthakrishnan and Dr Sewa Legha continue to give their time in patient care and teaching
3.website. Thanks to Dr Pradeep Sharma, we have a website www.cmcnaa. Org.
please visit it and use it
4. Alumni Directory Thanks to Rev Max Marble, Dr Sewa Singh and Dr Pradeep Sharma, we have a new directory which is more comprehensive though still far from complete. It has been a Herculien effort for Max, spending hundreds of hours, and our special thanks to him.
5. Resolution of issues with obtaining documents.

While in CMC the problems with obtaining documents was discussed. The following will be the procedure to obtain documents from CMC.
1.The Alumnus contacts the Principal’s office for the documents needed with the correct home or office address and clear instruction of where the documents are to be mailed, along with the initial fee of RS 5000 or the equivalent in dollar amount check
2. The alumnus is to be billed by the principal’s office for all the courier charges in the home or office address provided by the alumnus

The CMC administration is absolutely willing to do what ever it takes to make the process simple and easy. Do make sure that you give correct information

Projects for the coming year
1.Membership drive.
We have more than 400 alumni here in the North America. But , less than 10% is represented in the alumni organization. We have the potential to be a meaningful organization, to provide support for our own graduates here, to give back to our Alma mater and through that to our country men and to give back to our new country that we have adopted. But none of this is possible with out active participation from each one of us with ideas as well as money.
I urge you to become a member, annual or life time, the details are in the directory mailed to you. I invite the younger alumni in particular, as the future of the organization depend on you.

2.Benevolent Fund.
Over the last few years a very sad reality was brought to my attention, the life of some of our esteemed retired professors. They, like all of us, had opportunities to seek better life outside CMC, as you know that CMC’s salary was never competitive. They dedicated their lives for the mission of teaching and healing. Their meager pension monies do not make ends meet, leave alone when they are faced with unforeseen expenses related to illness and so on. It is only our moral obligation and responsibility to take care of our own, specially the ones who contributed to our being what we are today. This was discussed in the executive committee meeting in September, Dr Abraham Thomas was approached to set up a fund and manage it from CMC, which he has done with an initial seed money of his own with RS 20000. I am glad to report that with in the executive committee, we raised $6900, and gave a check to Dr Abraham Thomas during our alumni meeting in Kerala. This fund does not have a target cap, any one can contribute to it any time and the interest earned from the fund will be used for helping the deserving person, depending on the need.
I ask you to participate in this endeavor to take care of our teachers, in their old age I want to thank you all for all the support that you provide for our Alma mater and continue to be part of the CMC family, the family that nurtured us to what and where we are.

See you all in Los Angeles in July of 2014

Warmest regards

Elizabeth Paul M.D
President CMCNAA