Siraj KhanS MESSAGE
Dear Members and Friends,
Assalam o Alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak in advance.
I am pleased to advise you that in accordance with PAGB Constitution, a three-person Election Commission has been appointed to conduct the election of Board Members for the term 2022-2024. The following Board Members have kindly accepted our request to be part of the Election Commission:
Hasan Usmani [email protected],
Malik Masood Khan [email protected],
Nahid Shafi Malik [email protected],
We remain in gratitude to them to accept the appointment and to be a part of this process.
Following this 90-day Constitutional notice, the elections will take place on Saturday, June 25th 2022 at the Social Hall of ICB Wayland.
Time and other info will follow. Please note that, according to PAGB's Constitution: Only regular paid members of the Association, with at least 4 weeks standing, are eligible for voting and nominating candidates for the new Board.
Only regular paid members for a continued period of at least one year prior to the election date and of continued good standing, are eligible to serve as a Board Member of the Association.
They should be educated to at least Bachelor’s degree level from an accredited college or university. Possess demonstrated experience of serving on a registered non-profit Board or have a proven record of being actively involved in social and community service Members can send their nominations directly by email to the three Members of the Election Commission, providing the credentials of the candidates they are nominating.
We look forward to your active participation in the election process and encourage the younger members to step forward and continue the vision and work of the previous Boards, over the 30+ years. I get my strength from you all and thank you for your love, support and attention, always.
On behalf of the Board,
Siraj Khan President PAGB
Dear Members, Friends and Pakistan-American community at large, I am delighted to inform you that Lahore Arts Council/AlHamra and Pakistan Association of Greater Boston have signed an MOU on February 6th, 2022 to collaborate and mutually promote Pakistani art and cultural endeavors through musical, dramatic and literary activities, including concerts, seminars, talks, workshops, publications, and other programs. Now look who has put an invisible seal on this arrangement! As we are all aware, Lata Mangeshkar left on her final journey also on February 6th, leaving behind her incredible musical legacy for us. Two articles featuring the diva, one released by the Faiz family and the other penned by yours truly have been published by Aman ki Asha at the same time today, Friday February 11, 2022, that too just two days before the legendary poet's birth anniversary. Yes, you could call it a coincidence, but I believe there is some spiritual connection in this unfolding of happenings. You can read both the articles with the same link. https://amankiasha.com/category/news/ Siraj Khan, President Pakistan Association of Greater Boston
Assalam o Alaykum
As we enter a new month for the year 2022, we hope and pray that you are navigating well in these unprecedented times of continued uncertainty and anxiety. We also hope that everyone reading this message and their family members of age 5+ are by now fully vaccinated. I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to update you on what is happening around us.
At a Board meeting on January 26, 2022 we decided on the following matters:
1.According to the PAGB Constitution, the elections are expected to be held around March 23rd of every even-numbered year. However, as we took office in June 2020, combined with the present pandemic landscape being where it is, we were advised by some senior members of our Membership to extend our term to June 2022. Hopefully, things will be better by then and we can hand-over to the new Board in better circumstances. The Election Commission would be appointed and the exact date will be advised in March. However, please note that only paid members in good standing will be allowed to vote and also nominate candidates for the new Board.
2. We will still hold the Annual General Body Meeting on March 26th. Please mark the date on your calendars and stay tuned for details to follow. It will, most likely, again be held on the Zoom platform.
3. Several individuals have approached PAGB in context with supporting / sponsoring Afghan refugee families, who have arrived a few weeks back in the middle of winter. There are two fund-raising events being held in February. Donations are being accepted and should you be receptive to supporting them, you can kindly send your contributions to PAGB for safe onward transfer. We have also approached MCSS in this context and hope to collaborate with them in this humanitarian effort.
4. Let me also share some more good news. A Memorandum of Understanding between PAGB and Lahore Arts Council (AlHamra) is being finalized to promote artistic and cultural collaboration, between Boston and Lahore. 5. Please also allow me to inform you that the current memberships will expire on March 23rd, 2022. You are kindly reminded to renew your annual memberships by that date. We have found that many memberships lapsed in the past two COVID years, as they were not renewed, despite our reminders.
Its time to get things regularized. Doing it online through pagb.org is the easiest, quickest and also painless option, but checks are always acceptable and can be be mailed to:
PAGB 10 Atherton Road Hudson MA 01749
Thank you for your time and attention.
On behalf of the Board,
Siraj Khan President PAGB