Dear Kith and Kin: I have never been more delighted, in my nearly thirty-year association with the Nationalities Council of Indiana, or prouder to have had the privilege to have served as its 17th President, than I was at the 61st Annual IPL 500 Festival Parade on Saturday, May 27, 2017. According to Event Manager Marife Callender, there were more than three hundred (300) individual participants who marched with the NCI. Forty (40) giant flags, provided by the International Center of Indianapolis, and transported to and from the parade site by 2nd Vice President Leslie Clumb, were carried by parade participants, not to mention the smaller flags that were waved by our members, at the suggestion of Treasurer Alma Smith. The NCI Parade Unit was arranged by continent, and separated by four (4) performing groups that included Indy Hula and Pacific Islanders, the Chinese Lion Dance and Lady Lantern Troupe, the Sikh Bhangra Dancers and Dhol Players and Basket Head Balance Troupe, with assistance provided by Parade Marshal KP Singh of the Sikh Educational and Cultural Society and the Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis.
Representation by continent was as follows:
Americas Indy Hula, Indiana Hawaiian Civic Club, Association de Venezolanos, and Indiana Latino Expo
Asia Indiana Association of Chinese Americans, Indy Korea, Barangay Club of Indiana, Mabuhay! Philippine Cultural Community (PCC), Camp Mabuhay, India Association of Indianapolis, Nepal Association, and Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis
Europe American Turkish Association, Indianapolis Liederkranz, Sons of Norway, Italian Heritage Society of Indiana, and the Scottish Society of Indianapolis
Africa Coalition of Second Generation Ethiopians, Liberia Progress Foundation, and various individual members representing African countries
Photos of the IPL 500 Festival Parade can be seen on our NCI website at http://www.nationalitiescouncil.org by going to “On Facebook” which links to http://www.facebook.com/indyinternationalfestival Our Facebook Page includes video of the IPL 500 Festival Parade from WTHR 13 in Indianapolis which serves to demonstrate that no parade unit received more air time than the Nationalities Council of Indiana. And no one received a more positive response from parade attendees than the NCI, but what they did not see was the celebration that took place in the marshalling area, involving musicians and dancers from all of our member organizations.
A number of our Nationalities Groups have not paid their Annual Dues for 2017, and, needless to say, if their dues remain unpaid, they will not be participating in the 41st Annual Indy International Festival at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Thursday through Saturday, November 9-11, 2017.
The next meeting of the International Festival Committee, under the direction of Festival Chairman Maria Manalang, will take place in the offices of the Nationalities Council of Indiana, in the Suite 125 Conference Room of the Interchurch Center of Indianapolis, located at 1100 West 42nd Street, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017.
The Nationalities Council of Indiana will host its Annual Festival Dinner at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Friday, September 8, 2017. There will be a Cocktail Reception at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM, a live DJ at 7:30 PM, and the Festival Queen Contest at 8:00 PM. The price is $750.00 for a table of ten (10), $160.00 per couple, and $100.00 per person. For more information contact Treasurer Alma Smith at 317-442-7039.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the passing of Dan Anderson, a true gentleman, who served as the first President of the Nationalities Council of Indiana from 1989 to 1990, and who continued to participate in the NCI as the representative of the Vasa Order of Swedish-Americans, and the Indianapolis Liederkranz German-American Club, until his death at the age of eighty-five (85) on Friday, May 26, 2017. His obituary may be viewed online at http://obits.flannerbuchanan.com/obituary?id=306260 I remain, yours, aye! Carson C. Smith, FSA Scot President 2016-17 Nationalities Council of Indiana