The fifth national convention of the Association of Bhutanese in America (ABA) will be held from July 4-7 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“The convention will be dedicated to bring new people, hope, and aspiration to fulfill the dream of ABA charter,” stated the official website of the Association.
The ABA has also asked all Bhutanese in the U.S. and North America to contribute to the convention in whatever capacity they could to build a strong and vibrant Bhutanese community.
According to Dr Purna Chhetri, over 400 delegates would gather from various states of America, and from North America.
He also mentioned that accommodation for their stay will be made either by the guests themselves or by the convention committee.
“The theme of our convention is: heading towards the path of self-sufficiency,” ABA Chairperson Chhetri said.
It is also learnt that the organizing committee has been working hard, being dedicated to make this fifth annual convention a truly memorable experience for all participants.
“We sincerely hope that you will join us in making this ABA Convention a true success. We look forward to welcoming you to Phoenix.”
The events during the upcoming convention included arrival of guests and welcome dinner (July 4), internal ABA board and general meetings (July 5), general convention and cultural program (July 6), and a tour to Grand Canyon (July 7), according to Chief Coordinator of the Event Organizing Committee Dilip Kumar Mishra.
“Morning session of the convention day will be focused on honor and recognition, ABA organizational and projects reports, listening to guest speakers, slide shows and question-answer session,” added Chhetri.
“Afternoon session will be full of cultural events, performed by in- state and out- of -state artists. Classical dances, talent shows, mono-acts, telling success stories and singing are some of the items in place.”
Editor’s note : The news story has been revised incorporating ABA’s press statement issued on June 10. Download ABA statement here