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23 October, 2010, Seattle

Nepalese in Seattle commemorated the auspicious Dashain and Deepawali festival with a cultural and social event at Asian Resource Center in Seattle, WA.  The programstarted at 6 PM with a social hour and delecious Nepalese Dinner buffet. The dinner was followed by Nepalese cultural program, where talented local artists from Puget Sound area

Namuna Cultural Group Performing on the Stage

performed their dancing and singing talents.  At the program, NSS president Mr. Shree Ram Dahal welcomed everyone to the event and also thanked for all the volunteers for their hardwork and memebers for their support. Abhilasha Khanal, Akanchha Khanal, Bittu Adhikari, Bibek Chapagain, Suraj Ranjitkar, Basanti Biswa, Namuna Culturral Group, Sita Gurung, Tara Gurung, Krishna Gurung and Gorkhes in Black were among the artists who performed the cultural items on the stage.


Scheduled Date: 05/14/2010, Friday
Time: 7 – 9:30 PM
Location: Mr. Shree Ram Dahal’s residence, Lynnwood, WA
Facilitator: Kiran Shrestha
Notes Taker: Shree Ram Dahal

Attendees: Kiran Shrestha, Prakash Dhamala, Sampurna Prajapati, Puspa Man Shrestha, Mingma Sherpa, Bandana Shrestha, Bishwo Sigdel, Shree Ram Dahal, Kris Rizal (on phone)

Absentees: Pasang Sherpa (out of town), Kalpana Sharma (schedule conflict)


1. Discuss / updates on events for rest of this year

2. Event leadership within EC team

3. Detail planning for summer programs

a. Language class

b. Summer picnic

4. Discuss agenda for Board - EC meeting


1. Roles and Responsibility:

a. Discuss Project leadership

b. Language Program – Prakash D., Kalpana S.

c. Summer Picnic – Mingma S., Bishwo S.

d. Website – Sampurna P.

2. Summary of past program

a. API heritage – appreciate Puspa’s leadership and commitment to the program and provide transportation for artists

b. NSS received $200 for participation

c. NSS made $45 contribution to Namuna group; Kris $15

3. Summer Picnic

a. Location Options to be reviewed by Mingma and Bishwo and propose to EC

i. Magnuson Park

ii. Sammamish Park

b. Meal

i. NSS sponsor BBQ (Chicken, hotdog, corn, veggies, rice, tea, water)

c. Sports – Madan to lead team

i. Tug of war; piñata for kids

ii. Team registration - $30, max 8 people in team

iii. Prize options: free Dashain tickets, dinner coupon

d. Kabi-Gosti, Joke competition, talent show

e. Marriage (card game) competition – NSS to sell chips

4. Language Program

a. Proposal presented by Prakash – passed by EC

i. Include Nepali teaching, singing/dancing, yoga for parent(s)

b. progress update on discussion

c. Start from June 3rd week and finish Aug 2nd week

d. Target group 4 – 12 years

5. Organizational Development classes/seminars offered by BOD Ms. Pradeepta Upadhyaya’s organization

6. Email sent by Dhan ji from NSS account - How did he access it?

7. NSS Business tax – need to pay income tax to City of Seattle for Dashain Program in Oct 2008 including late fee

8. Dashain proposed Oct 2, 2010 (Nawami) or Oct 9, 10 (Purnima)

a. First choice Oct 2, second choice Oct 9

b. To be decided based on venue availability

9. Kris proposal – Bal Krishna Sam’s book “Boksi” made in a movie

a. Producer would like to screen in Seattle

b. They will email info to NSS


Action Items

1. Bishwo to check on net and posts for volleyball

2. Shree Ram to ask Dhan ji about the email sent by him from NSS account

3. Kris and Kiran to follow up on movie “Boksi”


1. Proposal for Language program passed by EC

Next Monthly Meeting

  • June 11, 2010



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Name Amount ($) Comment
Prasoon Khanal 25
Monica Shrestha 25
Chhatra Karki 50
Boby Bhattarai 20
Yadav Bhattarai 25
Bina Bogati 30
Naveen Shrestha 20
Niraj Paudyal 50
Nitin Thapa 25
Chandika Bhandari 50
Atul Regmi 25
Krishna Gurung 50
Sushil Bogati 30
Sital Shrestha 20
Rupak Sanjel 110
Rajdeep Khadka 25
Mohan Gurung 40
Mukunda Adhikari 50

On behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Nepal as you welcome in the New Year. This is an opportunity to celebrate national unity and goodwill in Nepal, and for people of Nepalese heritage around the world to reflect on new beginnings and possibilities. As Nepal's friend and partner, the United States hopes that the coming year will see continued consolidation of democracy, including the promulgation of a new constitution, that will keep Nepal on the path of progress and
prosperity. We look forward to strengthening the partnership between our governments and the friendship between our people.

I offer my warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday. Naya Barshako

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

April 12, 2010

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