C.O.M.A Newsletter Oct – Nov 2018

Hello friends,

We are getting ready for the final event of C.O.M.A 10th Anniversary Celebrations!

Preparation for Christmas this Saturday is in full swing. Registration for the event is closed; we have more than 250 guests registered to attend the event. Everything you need to know about the event is listed below! Come and join us for celebrations & C.O.M.A 10 year anniversary Finale!!

Can’t believe the year is coming to an end so soon! We feel like we just took over at EC for 2018 not long ago! What an eventful year it has been; we went from height of excitement in May with the mega musical event of Chitra to the despair and helplessness with devastating floods in Kerala in August!

We have tried our best to make this a memorable 10th anniversary year for C.O.M.A by conducting a variety of events to suite the tastes of everyone in the community. We started with a small gathering for bowling in January, celebrated Valentines Day in Feb, organized community 5K Run in April. As we heard feedback from several participants on fitness and their interest in joining a regular activity, we started ‘Active C.O.M.A’ and organized morning walks on Saturdays in several different parks and trails!

After the mega musical event, which drained most of us, we had a magical evening with Dr Gopinath Muthukad where he displayed his magical prowess and also discussed about his dream project to support differently-abled children with his dream project ‘Magic World’. This was followed with the Picnic in July. The flood disaster stuck Kerala while we were almost set for celebrating Onam. The plight of our brethren has shifted our focus on supporting the flood relief efforts, rather than celebrating. We were able to collect more than $43,000 and donate to Kerala CM’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Halloween costume competition was a fun event for kids and adults alike, towards the end of October! We had several kids (and a few adults)  in variety of costumes showing off!

See you soon for Christmas Celebrations!

-EC-2018


All You Need to Know About Christmas 2018

  • Location: Makoy Center, Hilliard (5462 Center St, Hilliard, OH 43026)
  • Gates open at 5:30 for Guests. Please check in at the front desk managed by C.O.M.A Youth Wing!
  • Dress Code: Western Formal, Traditional Indian, Sari or Chudidar 
  • Unlimited soft drinks, Coffee and Tea will be available throughout the evening
  • You can take pictures with Santa till the program begins
  • There will be eight chairs per each round table. Please do make sure that you do not leave open chairs on any table, as we will have exact number of seats arranged
  • Program starts sharp at 6:20 and will end at 8:00. Program includes Christmas Carol, Margam Kali, Christmas Skit, Dances and a show by Kids from Malayalam class
  • Buffet Dinner starts at 8:00 PM. Cash bar also opens at 8:00 PM
  • We have a Surprise Dance Program at 9, followed by music and Dance. Practice your steps!
  • We have to vacate the venue by 10:30 PM
  • Please note that we will have no extra seats available, so no additional guests not registered are not allowed.

Any questions? As always, call one of the EC Team members, or send an email to coma.officials@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

From C.O.M.A Trustees: Introducing COMA 2019 Executive team

COMA Trustees are happy to announce the following appointments for the 2019 Executive committee. Please join us in congratulating and thanking this team for coming forward to take COMA’s stewardship.

  • President : Girish Manoharan
  • Vice President: Rajesh Ramachadran
  • Treasurer: Ravikumar Hariharan
  • Secretary: Sheeja Oommen
  • Jt. Secretary: Arun Chand
  • Agent: Sathiaprakash Tayathil
  • Auditor: Rajiv Thomas

The nomination and election of the above candidates were executed through an unanimous decision.

Survey 2019

We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions! Please take the survey below to let us know what events you would like in 2019

Link: https://goo.gl/3KmWGr or scan this QR Code with your smartphone

Congratulations to Alex and Ben!!

Alex Kurian (10) and Benjamin Kurian (8), sons of Soumya and Anup Kurian of Powell, OH, won Third prizes in this year’s International Indian Icon Season 2 (www.3iii.us) held at Chicago in November. Competing as the youngest participants in the open Instrumental category along with older kids and adults from across the country, both of them received special accolades from renowned celebrity judges from Bollywood – Arko Mukherjee (Music Director) and Longinus Fernandes (“Jai Ho” Choreographer) for enthralling the audience with popular Bollywood songs. Alex & Ben are budding talents of our local Malayalee community. They have also won prizes in the 2018 India Festival and Vindhya 2018 Band Competitions. They thank the Almighty Lord for their musical gifts and dedicate their accomplishments to their piano teachers Maddie Brennan and Lloyd George

International Indian Icon Season 2,  Instrumental Category, Third Prize shared by Alex Kurian & Benjamin Kurian.

2019 C.O.M.A Membership

The membership runs from January to December each year. For 2019, the membership will open on January 1st. We request all of you to become a member and be part of a vibrant Malayalee community in Central Ohio. Participate and reconnect with your roots! There are several benefits as a C.O.M.A member – some highlights below

  • Member discounts for regular COMA events
    • Events include Onam, Christmas, Picnic, 5K run and other 2019 events
  • Member only events
    • Active/Healthy COMA clubs (Walk/Run club, Bike club and other sporting events)
    • Malayalam class for adults and kids
  • All year around discounts from C.O.M.A. sponsors
    • 5% off at Bhavani Cash and Carry
    • 5%, Maanas Restaurant – 10% for carryout
    • Discounts at Shuchi Jewelers
  • Opportunity to participate in charity/volunteering events
    • Coma supports various events including Meals on Wheels, YWCA Meal hosting, Indian clothing drive, Ronald McDonald house and other volunteering events (for adults as well as youth)
  • Access for your children to COMA Youth Wing
    • Youth (under 18) can join the Youth wing and participate in various planned events:
      • Volunteering and Service Club opportunities
      • Meet with industry experts
      • Finance and Investment 101 sessions
      • University Campus tours and other fun events

Membership levels will be same as this year (Sustaining $300, Family $35 and Individual $20)

Halloween Event Pictures

Community Service News:

Meals on Wheels – Nish Nishant

COMA started Meals on Wheels deliveries in Jun 26th 2016. We deliver two routes every month, on 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

Sunday, Oct 14th:

  • Ashish Muthiraparambath
  • Sangeetha Muthiraparambath
  • Adithya Muthiraparambath
Sunday, Nov 11th:

  • Nish Nishant (registered driver)
  • Subin Thomas
  • Kevin Subin
  • Binoy Rappai
Sunday, Oct 28th:

  • Saira Nawaz (Registered Driver)
  • Shibu Nair
  • Sandeep Nair
Sunday, Nov 25th:

  • Saira Nawaz (Registered Driver)
  • Girish Manoharan
  • Valsan Palika

Please note that we are still welcoming volunteers to the COMA volunteer pool. A typical Meals on Wheels delivery involves about 4 hours of your time. If you’d like to volunteer, please get in touch with the EC team via coma.officials@gmail.com.

Get Involved!

Please let us know at coma.officials@gmail.com if you would like to get involved with any of the following:

  • YWCA Host a Meal
  • COMA Youth Wing
  • Malayalam Class
  • Volunteering in C.O.M.A Events