Posted by Peggy Strom on Mar 12, 2023
Our speaker today was Sreeni Checka from the India Association of Minnesota.  The vision of this group is to serve as the primary point of contact in Minnesota for advancing the cultural, charitable, academic, political, social, and professional interests of the Asian Indian community. They were founded in 1973, therefore the group is currently celebrating it's 50th year.  There are now over 50,000 Asian Indians living and working in Minnesota.  They sponsor many cultural events each year, the biggest of which is India Fest in August at the state capitol. Sreeni and several others from IAM who were also participating in today's meeting spoke about several other significant initiatives this organization has recently undertaken.  During the first year of the Covid Pandemic, IAM raised over $120,000 for protective equipment and food, focusing on needs within both MN and India. The Maple Grove Rotary Club was involved in this initiative and Sreeni spoke to the possibilities for future joint projects between our organizations.