Past Events of 2010

KAW 2010 Community E-mails

KAW 2010 Community E-mails.

Meeting Minutes of EC Meetings

Meeting Minutes of EC Meetings.

Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2010.

Annual Financial Report 2010

Annual Financial Report 2010.

January 29, 2011: Movie: Pranchiyettan and the Saint

KAW organized the super hit movie Pranchiyettan and the Saint on January 29, 2011. The movie was free for KAW members. For the first time in KAW's history, we had a house full movie. In addition, there were no speeches during the interval. :)

January 23, 2011: Christmas/New Year Celebrations

KAW’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations was held at Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center in Bellevue at Noon on Sunday, January 23. The meeting was also a General Body meeting of KAW. President Santhosh Nair handed over KAW’s contribution of $1000 to SightLife to Robert J. Vatter (Vice President of Planned Giving, SightLife). Mr. Vatter addressed the gathering and thanked KAW members for their generous contribution. This was followed by variety entertainment programs conducted by KAW members. Executive Committee for 2011 was chosen unanimously by nomination. The following KAW members were nominated to the KAW EC 2011: Tom John (President), Rajagopalan Margessery (Vice President), Ojus John (Secretary), Ram Pranam (Joint Secretary), PM Mathew (Treasurer), Sandeep Sadanandan, Roy Mathew, Jayashree Narayanan, Abraham John, Mathew Raju, Viswam Changarath, Kalpana Hariprasad, and Seema Anil (members). Awards and trophies for the winners of various sports events were given away by Santhosh Nair at the meeting. (Photos, Brochure)

January 8, 2011: Movie: Elsamma Enna Aankutty

KAW organized the hit Malayalam movie Elsamma Enna Aankutty starring Kunchakko Boban, Ann Augustine, Indrajith, KPAC Lalitha, and Nedumudi Venu on Saturday, January 8th 2011 at 1:30 PM at Totem Lake Cinemas.

December 5: KAW Chess Tournament

KAW Chess Tournament was held at Cross Roads Mall in Bellevue.

Hariprasad Manilavalappil (first), Prajinesh Jayan (second)
Kids 10-12 age group: Rohan Skariah (first), Mevin Santhosh (second)
Kids 7-9 age group: Roshan Skariah (first), Elma Oommen (second)

November 27: KAW Cards Tournament

KAW Cards tournament was held at 1 PM at Valley Ridge Community Center in Sea Tac.

56: Ojus John, Davis Vithayathil and Biju Skariah (first), Mathew Titus, KG Sunny & Shyju Abraham (second)
28: Viswam Changarath, Hariprasad Manilavalappil and Santhosh Padiyath (first), PM Mathew, Santhosh Varghese and Mathew Joseph (second)
Rummy: Davis Vithayathil (first), Ojus John (second)

November 21: General Body Meeting

KAW Generable Body meeting was held on November 21 at Burien Library's multipurpose room to accept the amendments to the KAW By-Law. All recommendations were unanimously accepted at the meeting. The new By-Law was accepted with immediate effect. The EC filed an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation with the WA State's Corporations Division to make the By-Law in sync with our Articles of Incorporation.

The amendment of the current By-Law is necessitated by the differences in the Articles of Incorporation of Kerala Association of Washington, the existing By-Law of the Association, and the organization of the current and recent Executive Committees. For example, the current By-Law (and the Articles of Incorporation) stipulates that there shall only have five Executive Members in the Executive Committee where we currently have eight. The current By-Law does not have a clause to elect a Joint Secretary, nor does the Executive Committee include former President as an Ex-Officio member. And in certain cases, the current By-Law is vague on the responsibilities and accountabilities of the office bearers of the Association.

With the amendmends in place, the 2010 EC hopes that the ambiguities have been addressed.

October 30: KAW Men's and Women's Badminton Tournament

KAW Men's and Women's Badminton Tournament was held at Seatac Community Center on Saturday October 30 at 8:30 AM.

Men's Singles: Ajith Titus (winner), Thambu Z (runner up)
Women's Singles: Sabitha Brijesh (winner), Gopika Panicker (runner up)
Men's Doubles: Shyju and Graim (winners), Ajith Titus and Leslie Chacko (runners up)
Women's Doubles: Sabitha Brijesh and Priya Rajesh (winners), Sayona Binu and Lincy Joshy (runners up).

October 23: KAW Volleyball Tournament

KAW Volleyball Tournament was held at Kent Commons.

Winners: Dream Team led by Dinesh Thomas. Second spot was grabbed by the fighting Kavalachattambies led by Suresh Chellappan.

October 2: KAW Racquetball Tournament

Racquetball Tournament for men was held at Kent Commons on Saturday October 2. KAW followed these rules.

Toms John was the winner while Ashley Elenjickal became the runner up.

September 25: KAW Tennis Tournament

KAW Tennis tournament for Men and Women was held on Saturday September 25 at Henry M. Jackson High School on Saturday, September 25 at 8:30 AM.

Men's Singles: Champion: Arun Veetil, Runner up: Shiby Chacko
Women's Singles: Champion: Aju Kurivila, Runner up: Sabitha Brijesh
Men's Doubles: Champions: Arun Veetil/Brijesh, Runner up: Shiby Chacko/Sreekumar Valiathan
Women's Doubles: Champions: Sabitha/Anjana, Runners up: Aju/Julie Antony.

September 18: Onam Celebrations

This year’s Onam Celebrations were held at the majestic Auburn Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 18 from 11 AM to 5 PM. The auditorium, although slightly distant, comfortably seats 1000+, —one of the main reasons why we chose the Auburn PAC.

For the first time, the food was served in paper banana leaf, and we had the help of over 50 volunteers. Our count shows that we served sadya to 670 people. The sadya was served on a first come first serve basis, with preference given to program participants and members who’ve pledged to bring food for the potluck. KAW thanks all the volunteers to make this as effortless as possible.

High quality program were another attraction of this year's celebrations. We had strict program submission guidelines that enabled us to maintain the quality of the programs. Our MCs, Aneesh and Laxmi did an excellent job. Solid performance from the two to keep the audience entertained. Sooraj entertained the crowd as Maveli. KAW thanks Aneesh, Laxmi, and Sooraj!

Our sincere thanks to you all for the overwhelming support we had at the Onam Celebrations. To see the photos and videos of the program shared by KAW members, please friend us on Facebook and take a look at this collection as well.

September 11: Film: Oru Naal Varum

KAW organized the film show Oru Naal Varum on September 11 at 1:30 PM at Totem Lake Cinemas. Since the film distributor had increased the price, KAW lost an average of $220 per movie thus far. We were, therefore, forced to increase the ticket prices to $10 (KAW 2010 Members) and $14 (KAW Non-members).

September 11: KAW Throw ball Tournament

Red Chillies won the KAW Throw ball tournament held at Grass Lawn Park in Bellevue on September 11 Sunday at 10:30 AM . Pacers took the second spot. (Photos, Rules.)

August 28: Annual Soccer Tournament

KAW Soccer Tournament got underway on Sunday August 15 at 5 PM at Wilson Playfields in Kent. Finals was played at Grasslawn Park on August 28 at 5 PM.

This year we had four teams competing for the prestigious KAW trophy and for bragging rights! There were 6 preliminary matches played at Wilson Playfields, Jonathan Hartman Park, and Grasslawn Park. In the finals, Chempada beat Narasimham 2-1 to lift the KAW Soccer Trophy. Jacob Thomas lifted the inaugural Golden Boot trophy. Team details, fixtures, and rules are available here.

August 14: Annual Picnic at East Sammamish Park

KAW Picnic was held on Saturday August 14th at East Sammamish Park in Issaquah from 10 AM to 4 PM. KAW members attended the picnic with family and enjoyed free food, games, and other fun activities including Party Bouncers and Slides. To observe India's Independence Day on the next day (August 15), many attendees were on colored clothes: Deep Saffron, White, India Green, or a mixture of the three. (Photos)

August 1: Stage show Star Singers in America

KAW presented Star Singers in America, a rocking fun filled musical DJ nite with an exclusive percussion performance, in Seattle on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 5:30 PM in Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.

The show featured Idea Star Singer winner Vivekanand, Idea Star Singers Roshan and Teenu Tallance, Munch Star Singer winner Swetha, young singing sensation Vishnu KJ, Ravan movie fame and Young Hero Dancer Munna, Tele-serial Manasaputhri fame Archana, comedy artists Jobi and Sabu Thiruvalla and star drummer Jino Jose. Star Singers in America was one of the liveliest shows organized by KAW in the recent past. (Photos, Brochure)

100% of the profits from the show go to various charity efforts benefiting people of Kerala.

July 24, 31: KAW Cricket Tournament

KAW cricket tournament was held on July 24 and 31 at Grasslawn Park in Bellevue. As was the case in the previous years, we followed ARCL Rules. Pulikkoottam won the men's trophy and Challengers won the inaugural Roopa Memorial Trophy. Best Batsmen: Jacob Thomas (Joe), Best Bowler: Arun Kumar, Best All-rounder: Anil Shanmugham. (Photos)

Care & Share volunteers put together a food stall (thattukada) at the venue serving delicious homemade food such as Idli, Appam, Egg puffs, Pazham pori etc. at a nominal price. All proceeds went to support special school Raksha Society in Cochin.

July 17: Film: Pokkiri Raja

KAW organized the film show Pokkiri Raja on July 17 2010 at 1:30 PM. KAW members enjoyed discounted ticket price for the show.

June 19: Film: Pappi Appacha

KAW organized the film show Pappi Appacha on June 19 2010 at 1:30 PM. KAW members enjoyed $4 off of the regular rate of $12 for the movie.

May 22: Film: In Ghost House Inn

KAW organized the film show In Ghost House Inn on May 22nd 2010 at 1:30 PM. KAW members enjoyed $4 off of the regular rate of $12 for the movie.

May 16: Mommies and Kiddos Day Out

KAW celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday May 16, 2010 at 1:30 PM at Mar Thoma Church in Kent. “Mommies and Kiddos Day Out”—as we called it, was a huge success. Close to 50 families turned up for the event. The attendees enjoyed festive atmosphere and competitive spirit of the participants. The most fiercely contested competition was, expectedly, the cooking competition. 20 contestants participated with mouthwatering dishes such as Eggplant Curry, Enna Kathrikai, Misti Kebabs, Pepper Fish, 3 new styles of Biryani, Crab Roast, Last minute happy hubby Chemeen Puttu, Mannoothy Majboos, Coconut Banana Pudding, Pineapple Payasam, Chakka Crepe, Kulfi, Ras Malai, and Motayyappam with Coconut Icecream. Download recipes.

We have designed this super fun event named "Mommies and Kiddos Day Out" as an entertainer for the entire family. We had competitions for moms and kids of all ages and gave away attractive prizes for the winners.

The following competitions were held:

  • Cooking Competition (for moms/family): Competitions were held in four categories (vegetarian, non-vegetarian, appetizer, and dessert). A family was able to compete in any or all of the four categories, but we limit one dish per family per category. Winners received $200 worth of Gift Cards. Download recipes.
  • Identify/Guess the Ingredients (for moms): We had packaged food items on display that the contestants were asked to identify the ingredients. The contestant who got most number of ingredients correct was declared the winner. The winner received dining gift certificate worth $25. The runner-up got 2 free movie tickets to a movie screening organized by KAW in 2010.
  • Coloring Competition (for kids): We had separate competition for age groups 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10. KAW provided the picture, crayons, and papers for the kids. For age groups 8-10, the kids were asked to draw and color the picture. Winners and runners up received gift cards.
  • Fancy Dress for kids: Innovative costumes won the price for the fancy dress competition. Winners and runners up received gift cards.
  • Just-a-Minute (for kids 10-16): We had Just-a-Minute competition in English and Malayalam for kids age 10-16 as well as adults. The winner in each category (Malayalam and English) received $15 worth gift cards and runners up received $5 worth of gift cards.
  • Cinema Quiz (for family): The movie-wiz of KAW got together to get great prices in our grand cinema quiz competition on Indian movies. We had preliminary rounds to decide the finalists. The winner received 2 free tickets for Star Singer stage show conducted by KAW in 2010. The runner up received 2 free movie tickets to a movie screening organized by KAW in 2010. Download the Cinema Quiz!

Read competition rules, program report and winner list here. (Photos, Recipes)

April 8: Roopa Passed Away

Long-term KAW member and office bearer Roopa Manoj passed away at 5:25 PM on Thursday, April 8th at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle after prolonged fight with cancer.

February 28: Bone Marrow Registration Drive for Anwin

If you haven’t registered to be a marrow donor please register with NMDP. Finding matching marrow for South Asians is really challenging as the registry got only very few members. You can register either through blood sample or through a swab of cheek cells. Collecting cheek cell is as easy as rubbing a swab against the inner side of your cheek few times and it takes less than a minute! The facts & myths about being a marrow donor can clear many of your fears to become a donor.

KAW has worked with NMDP Seattle Chapter and is arranging a Marrow Registry Drive (cheek swab method) on February 28th Sunday at 1 PM to 4 PM at Hindu Temple & Cultural Center, Bothell.

Address: 3818 212th ST SE, Bothell WA 98021
Ph: (425) 483-7115

Anwin & Abel Fund Raising Update:

EC 2009 would like to thank your generous support in the fund raiser for Anwin & Abel. We raised a total of $7,000 with the matching grants from Microsoft. We will be using these funds for the Bone Marrow Transplant of Anwin, once he gets the match.

Abel successfully underwent Stem Cell Transplant during the third week of January from his twin sister. He is still monitored at Vellore hospital for any post transplant reactions/complications.

Anwin has very low cell count, that makes him very susceptible to various infections. While Abel was undergoing SCT, Anwin got kidney infection and admitted to Vellore Hospital ICU for couple of weeks in critical condition. He has survived the situation and has been discharged from the hospital now.

In the month of November 2009 Anwin had got 4 potential matches from German marrow registry, and everybody was hoping one of them to match in the high resolution matching process. But unfortunately all of them turned negative. The family is in desperate search for a matching marrow donor.

Christmas/New Year Celebrations: Januray 17

2009 Christmas/2010 New Year Celebrations were held on January 17, 2010. Santhosh Nair (President), Prakash Menon (Vice President), Santhosh Pillai (Secretary), Boney Mathew (Joint Secretary), Ashley Elenjickal (Treasurer), 7 members and two youth representatives were nominated to the 2010 Executive Committee.