Doha, Jun 9: Mangalore Cricket Club (MCC), Qatar conducted its 28th annual general meeting on Friday June 4 on a virtual platform wherein members elected Naveen Melwyn D’Souza as its new President for the term 2021-2023.
The meeting opened with an introduction by Ryan Renjar, the compere of the evening and welcomed the gathering. Jeevan Rayan Ferrao, the cultural sub-committee member, led the opening prayer invoking God’s blessings on the programme. The audience was welcomed with the MCC anthem song 'Raisondhi Amche MCC' composed by MCC member Remy D'Souza and sung by young budding singers Vanessa Fernandes and Viola Monteiro.
The special guest and representative from Indian Cultural Center (ICC), Sajeev Sathyaseelan, ICC Affiliation head was present for the meeting to witness the election procedure and was invited to address the gathering.
MC Ryan invited the outgoing executive committee led by the dynamic president Sunil D’Silva along with the sub-committee members who served the club from June 2018-2021 to the virtual stage. All the committee members and advisory committee were introduced to the virtual platform.
The executive committee of 2018-2021 then presented its annual report before the members for the term 2019-2021. The general-secretary Naveen D’Souza presented the annual report of the club while treasurer Ashith Rodrigues presented the audited financial report.
Sunil D’Silva then gave his final outgoing president message and briefed on the success story of activities especially virtual Monti fest celebrations in 2020, career guidance/counselling workshop conducted for children pursuing higher education in India and abroad. MCC always stands by the needy and continued its support to the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) in difficult times and gave a substantial amount as donations to support Indians during this pandemic both in Qatar and India to fight out Covid-affected people. The MCC Charitable Trust promoted by MCC is at the forefront of helping needy and deserving children through scholarships for classes X and XII in Mangaluru and Udupi. He thanked every excom member, advisory committee and members for their continued support and help during his term.
He then emphasized the need to promote budding leaders in the community as they had witnessed drastic leadership gaps for their survival. He said, “We have a the sizeable, well educated Catholic community in Qatar holding good positions, but then it is very sad and pitiful to see our youngsters not stepping forward to take leadership roles or serve the community or contribute some time for the betterment of society."
MCC has always extended a platform to showcase the talents and groom them as a leader. He requested the incoming committee to work on an MCC YouTube Channel to promote their cultural activities and talents of their members. He concluded his speech wishing success for the MCC elections and to the new committee for a successful tenure.
Wendy D’Silva as the Q and A moderator received all the questions pertaining to the AGM meeting and presented them to the committee. On behalf of the committee, the president answered all the questions of the members.
To lighten the mood before the elections, the audience was entertained by a melodious song 'Sopnanthlo Raay' composed by Vishwas Rebimbus. The song was presented by Muzo Thalo Gaithalo (Gulf Edition) winner and GVOM Season 5 runner up Carol D’Souza winning the hearts of the audience.
This was followed by the election of the new committee. MC Ryan invited the election officer Henry D’Souza to conduct the elections. Henry D’Souza is a senior member, chartered accountant by profession, a financial advisor at Al Balagh Trading and Contracting and an advisory committee member. He first dissolved the old executive committee members from their duties.
Conducting the election of the new president and executive committee in a professional manner, he read out all the nominations received for the positions and invited all the elected members. The new executive committee elected is as follows:
President: Naveen Melwyn D'Souza
Vice-president: Fredrick D'Souza
General-secretary: Letitia Kavita Tauro
Cultural secretary: Amith Roy Mathias
Sports secretary: Shameen Sylvester Lewis
Membership secretary: Meena Francisca Mascarenhas
Treasurer: Anup D'Souza
Facilities and arrangements secretary: Denzil Christen Lobo
Public Relations Officer: Edvin Santhosh Pinto
Joint secretary: Sean Colin Fernandes
Joint cultural secretary: Shaila Pradeep Menezes
Joint sports secretary: Stanly Siprian D'Souza
Joint facilities and arrangement secretary: Melwin Pinto
Sub-committees to assist the executive committee were also formed on the occasion.
The members are:
Cultural team: Shown Fernandes, Renzil D’Souza, Savious Crasta, Prameela Monteiro,
Delita D’Souza and Renita D’Souza
Sports team: Ryan Renjar, Nishan D’Souza
Web-master: Anson Sequeira
Election chair Henry D’Souza then took an oath from all the elected members describing their duties and were officially enrolled into the committee. He then asked the pledge from the members of MCC to the newly elected excom in discharging their duties. Sunil D’Silva then handed over the constitution to the new president Naveen Melwyn D'Souza.
Naveen Melwyn D'Souza then delivered his acceptance speech and thanked the members for giving him a chance to serve as president. He thanked the outgoing committee for a successful term and congratulated the newly elected committee members. He addressed the gathering by identifying MCC’s immense contribution to the good of society and appreciated the sacrifice and service of all the advisors, executive committee and members. His close association with MCC and his active involvement in MCC activities gave him the confidence to accept the important post of this prestigious club and thanked the opportunity given to serve the community. He also requested the members to step forward to participate in their club programmes and give their full support and cooperation.
The official programme was then followed by a short cultural programme. The recently conducted Muzo Thalo Gaithalo (Gulf Edition) male category winner and GVOM Season 6 winner Clement Fernandes entertained the crowd with a beautiful song ‘Kenna Thuzo Ugdas Yetha’ from the album 'Xetam Merer', composed by Roshan D’Souza Angelore.
Well-known musician and ballroom dancer Royston Lobo and melodious singer Prameela Monteiro sang a beautiful duet mash-up songs 'Shirandhariso Pavs' from album Konkani dance hits by Maand Sobhan, 'Nach Nachoya' by Claud D’Souza and 'Baila Nach' by Dilraj Rodrigues. The mash-up songs kept the audience entertained.
Facilities and arrangements secretary, Denzil Christen Lobo rendered the vote of thanks.
MC Ryan Renjar did an excellent job as compere and wished all good times to come soon so that they could meet physically to enjoy MCC activities. All members were then invited for a virtual group photography.
MCC thanks Renwick D’Souza who managed the entire programme behind the scene on Zoom without any technical glitches.