Henry Ford once said, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." This is the legacy of the Indian American Nurses Association of Greater Houston.
I am grateful for the progress IANAGH has made from it’s humble beginning in 1994 by few visionary leaders who contributed to the success of this association. Today IANAGH has flourished and has been blessed with almost 500 life members including more than 100 Advanced Practice Nurses. IANAGH is one of the great chapters under the umbrella of the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA). It received the 501c3 charitable organization status in 2014. I am thankful to all the visionary leaders and members for their tireless contributions in bringing this organization visible at local, national and global level. Our theme “Indian Nurses: Inspiring, Influencing and Changing the world” is our reminder that excellence is a journey and not a destination.
Today on May 25th 2019, we are celebrating the silver Jubilee of Indian American Nurses Association of Greater Houston and I am indeed humbled and honored to be the current president. I welcome all of you to our IANAGH Silver Jubilee Gala and the Educational Seminar, “Journey of Leadership: Challenges to Championship”.
Indian Nurses came to the United States between 1965-1975. They left their family and friends and rose to the forefront through hard work, perseverance, dedication and higher education. Today Indian American nurses are an integral part of the US health care. They serve in diverse arenas from bedside to boardroom, academia to industry, entrepreneurship to politics impacting the ever-changing health care landscape.
IANAGH has made its impression at local, national and global level through its community outreach and educational programs. Here in IANAGH we learn from the Geese, as we work together harmoniously on teams, sharing common values and a common destination and arrive at the destination quicker and easier, because we are lifted up by the energy and enthusiasm of one another. The success of IANAGH is due to the result of dedication and determination of its members. I would like to thank all our past and present committee members who spent countless hours working on various projects and pooled their talents and treasures for our Silver Jubilee programs.
This is a very special day for us, and we are delighted to celebrate it with each of you. We look forward to the threads that we will add to the tapestry in the next 25 years, to celebrate the continuing journey.