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ABA’s fifth national convention ends
Participants of the convention (Picture courtesy : ABA)

The fifth annual convention of the Association of Bhutanese in America (ABA) ended successfully on 6th July.

Participants of the convention (Picture courtesy : ABA)

A statement issued by Chairman Dr Purna Chhetri mentioned that the welcoming of the guests from long distances was done on the July 4 at the chairman’s residence with the welcome dinner.

The guests that were attending had travelled from places such as Canada, Missouri, DC, New York, Iowa, Colorado, and New Mexico, according to the statement.

“There was renewal of friendship. It gave hope to bridge the gap in generations, and it provided many people the opportunity to work as a team,” said Dr Chhetri.

Addressing the convention on the second day, guest speaker Sydel Maher, who works for USAID as an administrative officer for overseas operations, highlighted the ways to strengthen the organization.

Dr Chhetri further said that the convention also saw a rigorous workshop and group discussion based on the needs of the community.

The workshop is said to have attended by around 80 guests. It was essentially a brain storming session. The board meeting followed it.

Meanwhile, the final convention on July 6 took place at the Ethington Theater of the Grand Canyon University, inaugurated by Charles Shipman, the State Refugee Coordinator followed by Hari Acharya’s presentation on ABA activities.

Then, the three guest speakers we invited spoke, said the statement.

“They were very knowledgeable who had many years of experience in their own respective topics. Their message was very simple and eloquent, yet helpful to the Bhutanese.”

One of the speakers, Dr Martin Krepcho, who is a behavior scientist, spoke on psychosocial issues and how to overcome depression while Dr. Ambika Adhikari, Faculty Associate of ASU spoke on social integration, economic well-being and cultural preservation.

Similarly, Joanne Morales, the Director of Catholic Charities spoke on refugee programs and path of self-sufficiency.

While, Chairman Chettri gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the ABA and organizing committee to all delegates, guests and the audience.

“The slide show that was presented was about Bhutanese culture, and examples of life in the refugee camp and memoirs of previous ABA conventions. There were over 300 attendees,” added he.

The cultural program on the closing session was very exciting and entertaining and many people were waiting patiently for a long time.

Other activities during the conviction included live songs, and fashion show, among others.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you very much for organizing committee and ABA for having this kind of convention in Phoenix, Arizona with different respectful personalities and multi-talented artists from different parts of the states. However, there were some defects of disrespect from organizing committee to the Bhutanese communities of Phoenix. They are:
    1) Neglecting for welcoming and offering chairs for invited guest representing from different communities.
    2) For not allowing bona-fide Bhutanese to attend 5th July program at Church saying ABA protocol doesn’t allow for them as there were already other Bhutanese communities from Arizona including ABA members. It is so ridiculous.
    3) If the ABA and OBCA are talking for future unification to one national organization than why they couldn’t keep both sides representative for answering common people questions in the question-answer session. I saw and heard only ABA members were answering Bhutanese people’s question. Do you think ABA and OBCA will be united by saying technical difficulties from the stage by ABA members? Is it possible?
    3) How did ABA organization know Dan, Georgia, and three local resettlement agencies without asking to local Bhutanese organization (BCA) as ABA is running small office and small grant in Baltimore? Do you think these people are popular and familiar with ABA? Or with BCA? Whom do you think we have to do Abhinandan and Samman for Bhutanese people or others by National Bhutanese organization? Are they a really deserving candidate to receive ABA samman? And How did ABA of Baltimore based organization know this sammanit people?
    Again, thank you very much for organizing this convention in Phoenix. We would like to see this kind of convention in future.
    Yours sincerely
    Dahaldhuki

  2. Hello Dhuki Ji,
    Greetings on the occassion of Bhanu Jyanti. I am Sukhi from Arizona who attended the ABA convention on July 6, 2012.I totally agree with you for ABA organizing committee should have welcome the outside guest. I don’t know what went on 5th July that you are not happy about.
    But I really don’t understand why there is a problem with you guys when ABA is felicitating the people who do something for our community. I am proud that ABA organizing committee did recognized these people. Why is BCA late in doing so? You should ask the same question to BCA office bearers.
    Your 3rd question looks very weak. Do you really understand the two organisation? How do you expect OBCA office bearer to be in ABA’s convention? Mr. Manorath Ji was there too, He could have come to answer those question on the stage, but he did not. It is because it was not his function.
    Dhuki ji, instead of we creating friction in the community, we should move forward with positive mental attitude. Be happy that both OBCA and ABA function went well. I feel proud that both convention went on smoothly without any tensions.
    Lastly, How many people are better off because you lived?
    With regards,
    Sukhi Dahal

  3. Sukhi – loved the last sentence in your post. If even one life is impacted in a positive way because you existed, did something, started an organization etc, it is all worth it, including all the negative criticisms from arm-chair do-gooders who post insults here.

  4. Dude Sonam

    Luckily, no one cares these organizations. These are not organizations but a group of relatives and family members.

  5. Hello Commentators,
    Although we are not giving our identity, our comments truly reflects each person’s character, thoughts, culture and we know each one very well. Each one of us is aware of our actions and comments but we fail to see that. When we are pointing one finger to others, we don’t realize to see other four fingers pointing to ourselves. Therefore, let us find out the fact while expressing our opinion if we are talking on behalf of someone. Regarding me, I don’t believe in abusing freedom of speech with baseless talks; I would definitely find out the fact with possible research. If I am not mistaken, I clearly remember how the organizers tried to involve more no of individuals requesting them through phone calls, emails, and with personal request until the last minute, or till they heard no answers on the final day of the convention. Therefore, it would be nice on our part to be able to give opinion based on some facts. Accusations eventually will not lead us nowhere or it will not give us any satisfaction for the time and energy we spent. So, instead of discrediting those people who worked hard, I would be very thankful to them for their effort. Honestly, some of us here are very jealous, judgmental, and too personal. Organizing an event like OBCA and ABA needed a lot of hard work. Please understand that talking and doing are two different things .In doing, we have to have resources, skills, patience, time and a lot of sacrifices, and it is hard to achieve 100% result. On the process of doing, it is hard to expect everyone to be happy as people see through their own perspective. Having said this, I would be thankful with OBCA and ABA for bringing their annual conventions in Phoenix and making us feel part of it .As I was told, if anyone is interested in learning more about ABA, please go to its website and check out for more information.
    Thank you all for investing your valuable time.

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  7. Although we are not giving our identity, our comments truly reflects each person’s character, thoughts, culture and we know each one very well. Each one of us is aware of our actions and comments but we fail to see that. When we are pointing one finger to others, we don’t realize to see other four fingers pointing to ourselves. Therefore, let us find out the fact while expressing our opinion if we are talking on behalf of someone. Regarding me, I don’t believe in abusing freedom of speech with baseless talks; I would definitely find out the fact with possible research. I clearly remember how the organizers tried to involve more no of individuals requesting them through phone calls, emails, and with personal request until the last minute. As per the sources they had to pull someone else only when they heard no answers on the final day of the convention. So, it would be nice on our part to be able to give opinion based on some facts. Accusations eventually will not lead us nowhere or it will not give us any satisfaction for the time and energy we have spent. So, I would not discredit those people, who worked hard, instead I would be very thankful to them for their effort. Honestly, some of us here are very jealous, judgmental, and too personal. Organizing an event like OBCA and ABA needed a lot of hard work. Please understand that talking and doing are two different things .In doing, we have to have resources, skills, patience, time and a lot of sacrifices, and it is hard to achieve 100% result. On the process of doing, we can’t expect everyone to be happy as people see things through their own perspective. Having said this, I would be thankful with OBCA and ABA for bringing their annual conventions in Phoenix and making us feel part of it .If anyone is interested in learning more about ABA, please go to its website and check out for more information.
    Thank you all for investing your valuable time.

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