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History
The Orissa Society of the Americas Washington DC chapter is one of the 13 chapters of the National Orissa Society of the Americas (OSA). OSA Washington DC chapter is a non-political, non-profit, and voluntary association recognized as a 501(c)(3) public non-profit in the United States and follows OSA constitution and by-laws Constitution and Bylaws. OSA Washington DC chapter was established in 1980 by a few local Odias who thought of establishing Odia identity in the Washington DC region.
National OSA (www.orissasociety.org ) was established in 1969 by a few visionary Odias who thought of establishing Odia identity in the adopted land. Our OSA society was established in 1981 in Tennessee as a non-profit corporation for promoting activities for a better understanding of Odia culture and exchange of information between Odisha, United States and Canada. OSA held an annual get-together called convention, where people of Odia origin from different parts of USA and Canada mingled and shared experiences of ethnic living.
Vision:
The vision of OSA Washington DC chapter is to promote and propagate Odia culture in Americas by bringing together all the people interested in Odisha.
Mission Goals:
The mission goals of OSA Washington DC Chapter are:

  • To provide a mutually supportive environment for the better interaction of Odia immigrants of Washington DC region through socio-cultural growth, friendship and fellowship;
  • To enhance the awareness of Odisha and Odia traditions in North America through cultural programs, social events, and developmental activities;
  • To facilitate the exchange of information between Odisha and the United States/Canada.

OSA Washington DC Office Bearers Term:
Every 2 years, OSA Washington DC chapter Lifetime Activity members elect new Office bearers. Process: President of the chapter appoints an Election Committee of 2 personnel. One is the chair person while the other would extend the help as necessary. The ballot paper comprising the candidates would be distributed during Ganesh Puja of the election year. Election result will be declared by the Election Committee at the Kumar Purnima event.

NOTE: The nominee for the chapter president has to be a member of both National OSA and OSA Washington DC chapter Lifetime Activity. The official term for the new officials starts on Kumar Purnima and ends on the 2nd year Kumar Purnima
event.

Governance:
OSA Washington DC chapter conducts its business through its Office bearers that consists of chapter president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer.
OSA WashingtonDC Office Bearers act as the centralization point of information and decision-making. Chapter president may appoint other officials for other responsibilities as it is needed for the chapter operation.
President
Vice-President
Secretary/Treasurer
Activities

Activities of the Washington DC Chapter for the year 2014 include:

  • Saraswati Puja - 02/08/2014 Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Rajdhani Mandir, VA
  • Regional Drama Festival + Odia Speech - 05/17/2014 Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. location TBD
  • Raja and Annual Picnic - 06/21/2014 Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. location TBD
  • Ganesh Puja - 08/30/2014 Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. location TBD
  • Kumar Purnima - 10/11/2014 Saturday 2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. location TBD

Membership
The OSA Washington DC chapter Lifetime Activity membership is open to individuals and families interested in Odisha, the eastern coastal state of India, to promote activities for a better understanding of Oriya culture and exchange of information between Odisha and the Washington DC, United States.
Incorporation and Constitution
The Official Constitution and Bylaws are available from the corresponding document on constitution. From inception until August 1981 known as “Orissa Society of Americas”.
From August 1981 known as “The Orissa Society of the Americas”

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