Bhubaneswar: Odisha Society of Americas (OSA), a voluntary association of Odias staying United States of America and Canada, has elected its new executive members yesterday. While Kuku Das has been elected as President, Anil Patnaik has been elected as Vice-President, Vivek Das as Secretary and Utkal Nayak as Treasurer.
Kuku Das, an educationist and Founder-CEO of IGurukul Foundation in California expressed her pleasure being the President-elect of OSA.
This new team will work for three years and will begin their tenure at the conclusion of the 2019 Annual Convention on 7th July 2019.
In a social media statement Kuku wrote,
We are pleased, honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve this noble organization, OSA. We are very moved from all the affection and confidence that we have been receiving from members! As a team, we want to emphasize that through our passion, commitment and hard work, we’ll do our best to live up to your expectations. We still want to convey that we cannot walk through this journey alone and with your support, feedback, and encouragement we’ll be able to reach new heights. We will be able to build a stronger OSA. Together we can make a difference!
“Synergy, Engage and Empowerment is our mantra. We envision an OSA that will support generations to come. Our team believes in a mission to synergize, engage as well as empower (SEE) tomorrow’s Odia leaders and visionaries. This is of the utmost importance for a stronger and more advanced organization. In order to achieve all of this we absolutely seek your blessings, active participation, and guidance”, said Kuku Das.
OSA is a non-political, non-profit, and voluntary association recognized as a 501(c)(3) public non-profit in the United States. OSA was established in 1969 by a few visionary Odias who thought of establishing Odia identity in the adopted land. The society was incorporated in 1981 in Tennessee as a non-profit corporation for promoting activities for a better understanding of Odia culture and exchange of information between Odisha, United States and Canada. It held an annual get-together called convention, where people of Odia origin from different parts of USA and Canada mingled and shared experiences of ethnic living.
OSA is the oldest organization of Odias in North America.