27th Annual General Meeting and 

13th National Leaders Conference Held

 

    

The Annual General Meeting & the National Leadersí Conference are the utmost important & attractive amongst the regular programs of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh. In this connection, with much enthusiasm  the 27th Annual General Meeting and the 13th YMCA National Leadersí Conference were held in the Prayer Garden of Bangladesh Baptist Fellowship at Rajendrapur, Gazipur from May 28-29, 2004. The Honorable Members of the National Executive Committee and its  Past Presidents, Lay & Professionals Leaders of the Local YMCAs and the light & leading Personnel of Christian Society ; about 75 delegates assembled for the occasion.

In the inauguration ceremony, His excellency, the Most Rev. Francis A Gomes, Bishop of Mymensingh Diocese was the Chief Guest while, Messrs. Gabriel Manik Gomes, Alexander Pereira, Symon P. Adhikary and James Ruram, former Presidents of Bangladesh YMCAs were present as Special Guests. The opening devotion was conducted by Rev Philip Adhikary the honorable President of Dhaka YMCA. Soon after the devotion, a multimedia presentation on the overall activities of Bangladesh YMCAs was screened by the National General Secretary.

In his speech, Bishop Francis A. Gomes expressed his deep satisfaction over the ongoing programs of the YMCA. He called upon all the YMCA Leaders & Professionals to devote themselves in embracing social & Christian responsibilities for the well-being of the downtrodden mass in the society shunning all personal interests.

The themes chosen for the Leadersí Conference of the year were 

(i) The history of the ecumenical movement & its endeavor in Bangladesh. 

(ii) "Just Peace" Ė the precondition of the real peace 

(iii) Importance of active participation of the members for the fullness of Y-Movement 

(iv) The harmony between volunteerism & professionalism for ensuring a better dynamic Y-Movement. 

Principal of Notre Dame College Dhaka, Rev. Martin Adhikary, Director for Promotion & Personnel of the Leprosy Mission Bangladesh, Mr David Pronob Das,  Ex-President of Dhaka YMCA and Dr Neville DíRozario a renowned Lay Leader of Dhaka YMCA spoke respectively on the aforesaid themes.

In the Annual General Meeting the President of Bangladesh YMCAs emphasized on Youth & Gender Issues, Community Organising Programmes, extension of Y-Movement in Bangladesh and also the self-reliance of Bangladesh YMCAs. He also stressed the need for concerted efforts of all the YMCA Leaders to come up with the issues.

The National General Secretary delivered his speech & presented the Annual Report. He informed that despite various territorial & social hazards, Bangladesh YMCAs is still continuing its battle in alleviating the poverty for the sake of building a happy & prosperous Bangladesh in the offing. After all the proceedings of the Annual General Meeting, a cultural soiree was present by various YMCA artists who came from the local YMCAs.

 

 

 

Past Presidents spoke on the occasion

Mr. Gabriel Manik Gomes, Mr. Symon P. Adhikary &  Mr. James Ruram
Key Note Speakers

Rev. Martin Adhikary

Mr. David Pranob Das &  Dr. Neville D' Rozario

 
 
     

Mr. James Gomes

Chittagong YMCA

 

Mr. Sebastian Areng

Edilpur YMCA

 

Mr. Richard S. Arinda

Gopalgonj YMCA

Mr. Ripley P. Gomes

Savar YMCA

Mr. Ananta Bairagee            

            Kaligram YMCA                       

Cultural Soiree