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Communique No. 2 from Friends of India Newly Elected President Rajat Sood

Further to my message on January 1st and my acceptance speech at the Diwali function on November 5, 2022 I am updating all FOILV members on the changes adopted unanimously by the executive committee at our first meeting on January 1, 2023.

  • All efforts will be made to expand FOILV and make it community oriented and all-inclusive for all members of the Indian diaspora in Las Vegas.
  • A new position of a Youth Representative on the executive board has been created. The Youth representative will be aged 30-45 years and will be responsible to create programs to engage and involve the youth in the Indian community. These programs will be centered on education, sports, and cultural events to help them better understand their heritage.
  • To remove any ambiguity regarding qualifications to serve on future executive committees, it was decided that candidates must be paid members of Friends of India Las Vegas and be active participants in the executive committee or a sub-committee for 2 years in the 4 years preceding the election.
  • The Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations, Cultural and Youth Representative can have up to 3 members in their sub-committee.
  • In keeping with our intent to make FOILV committees accessible and open to all members interested in serving the community, it was decided that any interested parties should contact the Executive team member whose sub-committee they would like to work in. Sub-committee positions will be filled at the discretion of the concerned Executive Committee member.
  • Treasurer: Ashneel Singh
  • Secretary: Meena Dadlaney
  • Public Relations: Savita Kaushal
  • Cultural Secretary: Purbasha Banerjee
  • Youth representative: Amit Agarwal
  • Holi Celebrations to take place on March 19, 2023. Venue TBD.
  • Dates and formats of future events will be announced shortly.
  • FOILV will invite leaders of all regional Indian organizations and societies to join in our next executive meeting to brainstorm and discuss ways in which FOILV can be a meaningful and integrative platform for Indians from all states and regions.
  • FOILV will work closely with regional Asian organizations to make it more relevant and visible in the larger community, and to further its goal of promoting India’s rich culture and heritage.

The committee has also unanimously adopted changes in FOILV Membership structure and Fees effective immediately:

  • Annual membership will be for 1 calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.
  • Members who paid membership dues at the Diwali event on November 6, 2022, will be covered for the calendar year 2023 till December 31st
  • Life membership for a family of 4 is $500 till January 31st, 2023, with $40 per additional member. With effect from February 1st, 2023, Life Membership fee will increase to $750.00 for a family of 4, with $50 per additional family member.
  • Annual Family membership for a family of 4 is $25 till January 31st, 2023, with $5 per additional family member. With effect from February 1st, 2023, the Annual Family membership fee will increase to $50 for a family of 4, with $10 per additional family member.
  • Individual Annual membership fee is $15 till January 31st, 2023. With effect from February 1st, 2023, the Individual Annual membership fee will increase to $25.
  • Members will have to provide names of family members when buying event tickets online. Non FOILV members will not be allowed to perform at any FOILV event.

I encourage all of you to become members before January 31st to avail of the lower rates available till then. We are diligently working on updating the website to reflect all the above changes. In the interim, it can still be used to pay membership dues

If you would like to make a payment by check, please mail the check to:


C/o Rajat Sood

2839 St. Rose Pkwy, Ste 130

Henderson, NV 89052

If you have any questions regarding membership, please get in touch with:

1. Savita Kaushal 702-461-1193

2. Neeru Piplani 702-234-1071

I look forward to a more integrated and cohesive community in the coming years. As I mentioned in my previous email, if you have any ideas and suggestions that you would like to share, please email me directly at


Rajat Sood

President, FOILV


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