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Dearest AKMG Family,

Cheers to you all.

" She stood there bright as the sun on that California coast"
Bob Seger

Let me start with this beautiful quote which came to my mind when I woke up this morning. " Palm trees , ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair- California, take me there " Having lived in a small beautiful town of Murrieta, warm and welcoming with fabulous weather and friendly people for over 23 years, I must say life is happier and more beautiful than ever. After a series of winter rainstorms that brought one of the wettest seasons in recent memory, CA has been ready for a pleasant spring and a warm, dry summer. When I woke up to embrace this beautiful summer morning in Murrieta, I thought about a more beautiful message I had received earlier this week . A message which had inspired me about being the upcoming President of an incredible organization , one of the largest Indian medical alumni organizations in North America, Association Of Kerala Medical Graduates, words of wisdom from one of the founding fathers of AKMG, Dr Venkit Iyer. Yes !! I am truly humbled and take great pride to become the 39th President of this incredible organization which has been built upon pure vision of passion, friendship and camaraderie foreseeing a brighter future for generations to come. It was heartwarming and refreshing to meet with my dear friends , cherish nostalgic memories, chat and laugh , sing and dance , make new friends , reminiscent of medical school days, not wanting to leave enjoying every moment at the fantastic convention organized by Dr Geetha Nair and her amazing Michigan team at Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hearty congratulations once again to Dr Geetha Nair and her ever enthusiastic team Michigan!!

As I take over and carry on the history and legacy of this spectacular organization, let me take a moment to thank our past Presidents and leaders of AKMG for their selfless hours of dedication and commitment to AKMG over the years. As Mother Teresa said, " Together we can do great things " . I take this job seriously with utmost dignity and responsibility and I sincerely hope to continue our ongoing successful projects, mentorship program, educational program, entertainment and cultural activities and so forth. It is my objective to increase our membership to strengthen our organization to a higher level. I do have plans to initiate a meaningful collaborative project with RCC, TVM which can be of mutual benefit to both . AKMG Humanitarian Services has a strong history of having completed many outstanding projects including Helping Hands Project and Covid Crisis Project and I like to work with HS to initiate a program to facilitate and improve an ongoing project , regional early intervention center and autism center at Government T D Medical College, Alappuzha. AKMG Launchpad Course led by Dr Marina George , MD, MBA will be reinstated to assist our young physicians in their career development and leadership skills. We will focus on enhancing our knowledge level with state of the art CME programs conducted by our own eminent speakers on a regular basis .

Once again I am happy, excited and proud to announce our 45 th Convention to be hosted at one of the finest cities of Southern California, the city of San Diego and our website is open for early bird registration. I will be working with my Convention team regarding the logistics of the convention to be held at HIlton Bayfront, San Diego on August 29, 30 and 31st with a Hornblower dinner cruise as a preconvention event. I will keep you all informed of the updates and progress in the next few months. In the meantime I humbly request you to speak to your friends and bring everyone to our AKMG family to assist with our membership drive and also encourage them to register for our convention in August 2024.

Last but not the least, we will have our first meeting to celebrate " KERALA PIRAVI' in the most authentic and traditional manner with programs unique to our own home God's Own Country. Please mark your calendar for November 5 th Sunday late afternoon to evening.

Looking forward to seeing you all remotely through our cultural and educational programs in the next few months.
Thank you all always for your love and support

Sindu Pillai, MD
President, AKMG