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Full Report and Pictures of the L.A. Reunion

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Click here for message from Fr. Van

Juon Yuon restaurant 
140 W. Valley Blvd #210 (on the second floor of the San Gabriel Square Commercial Center)
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Telephone (626) 288-9955

6.00 p.m.

Directions: Off the 10 Freeway, exit Del Mar, go North for 2 blocks. First street is Marshall. Next street is Commercial Center. Turn left on Commercial Center into the shopping center. The entrances for the San Gabriel Square Commercial Center where Juon Yuan restaurant is located can be found on Valley and on Del Mar. The one on Del Mar is found on Commercial Center, and the one on Valley can be located on Abbot Way (1 block west of Del Mar).

Please carry these directions to the restaurant with you together with mobile numbers of Chuck Wong (909) 234-0912 and Ashok Sadhwani (310) 480-1114 in case you missed a turning and are headed in the reverse direction.

1. Cold cuts platter
2. Shark's fin soup
3. Sea cucumber
4. Peking Duck
5. Preserved meat in honey sauce
6. Lobster in ginger
7. Two colored shrimp
8. Steamed fish
9. Chinese squash w/bamboo shoots
10. Spicy Eggplant

Thirty Three confirmed attendees so far:
Mark Jonah - Las Vegas (1953)
Phil and Sophie LadenLa - San Francisco (1948)
Monishi and Lalita Sanyal - San Francisco (1962)
Chuck and Janet Wong - Los Angeles (1975)
Nari and Maggie Avari - Los Angeles (1968)
Vikram Lynrah-Reddy - Los Angeles (1981)
Ashok and Jyoti Sadhwani - Los Angeles (1971)
Tamding Tempo - Los Angeles (1963)
Swapan Roy - Los Angeles (1965)
Eddie and Phyllis Hsu - San Diego (1956)
Mukesh and Candace Gupta - Los Angeles (1972)
Donald Martin and friend Sumi - San Diego
Owen and Ma Chaw Khoo - Singapore (1965)
Soumitra and Huma Ghosh - San Diego (1970)
Suresh and Georgina Mirchandani - San Francisco (1965)
Anil Rai - Darjeeling (1972)
Ronnie and Helen Hsu - San Diego (1957)
Sanjoy and Daniela Banerjee - Santa Barbara (1959)
Phiroze Patel - Bakersfield (1964)
Pinaki Guha-Niyogi - Los Angeles (1974)

The Agenda
6:00 Arrive at Juon Yuon restaurant
6:00 - 6:30     Social half-hour, filling up Self-Information form and photo session
6:30 - 6:35     Call to Order and Introduction - Phil Ladenla
6:35 - 6:40     Singing of the NP chorus
6:40 - 6:45     Review of the year's events - Monishi Sanyal
6:45 - 7:00     Video of Darj and the toy train - Eddie Hsu
7:00               Dinner is served
7:55 - 8:00     Announcement to order and speech by Phil Ladenla
8:00 - 9:00     Speech by each participant; 3 minutes each
9:00 - 9:15     Speech and slide presentation - Anil Rai
9:15 - 9:30     Q/A and Discussion after speech
9:30 - 9:45     Singing of the NP chorus and Wrap-up

(Photo session courtesy of Vikram Lynrah-Reddy who is also the event's official videographer)

Please come prepared with your personal speech during the 8:00 to 9:00 hour. Maintain the structure of your speech as follows and limit it to 3 minutes:
- Your name and year you graduated from NP
- A brief rendition of your life's activities since then
- Your current profession and what you do for a living (and/or what you would like to do but are not able to?)
- Your favorite hobbies
- And most memorable event/episode while you were in North Point.

Many of us will be meeting each other for the first time and some of us after twenty to forty years on this day. We will be together as a group for only 4 hours and then disband, perhaps to meet again next year or not at all. Let us all get to know each other intimately during these four hours.

For further information , please contact:
Phil Ladenla        (650) 493-8714
Ronnie Leong        (650) 255-0847
Chuck Wong        (909) 594-1689 or Mobile (909)2 34-0912
Ashok Sadhwani    (310) 996-1374 or Mobile (310) 480-1114

Pre-Reunion Message from Fr. Van

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 21:44:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: Gerard Van Walleghem <gvanwall@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: NP Alumni Reunion in Los Angeles, April 27
To: Ashok Sadhwani <asmara@asmara.com>

Dear Ashok,

           Congratulations on all the work that you, Ronnie, Phil have done to arrange for this reunion. I am sure it will be a great success. I was speaking to the Kolkata alumni on Monday night. I told them that they have done a remarkable job in developing a keen sense of fellowship (the number who attended the memorial Mass for Fr. Leo Forestell at St. Xavier`s the evening before is proof enough of that)but that there is another very important facet of a successful alumni (Jesuit) association that many are overlooking, though individually many are contributing to it. That is to give back to society what you have received. That is the man for and with others that Fr. General is continually stressing. No matter how small the chapter or group may be they should look around for projects within their community where they can get involved in helping others, in social uplift, opening up channels for a fuller life for those who are marginalized. It requires a bit of promotion and creativity within the group but alumni associations in many parts of the world are actively engaged. It is not a question of finance, but more a `hands on` kind of project to look for. The opposite of what I mean is paying a salary to a doctor to run a clinic and not getting involved in it in any other way. It might b e rather gathering some kids together in a seedy part of town and directly organizing games and so forth for them and spending a little time with them. These things generally lead to some other needed involvement. I am not asking you to do this but to put on your thinking caps and think up your own project.

The alumni attending this reunion come from many different places and obviously cannot evolve any project in Los Angeles, but when they get back home they may be able to stir up interest in a couple of others, even non-alumni, and get into something .I am writing this because many people wonder what is an alumni association for. Of course, there is always the area of promoting the school itself, giving ideas, helping in its renewal, but this is more in the line of finance and not all can do this.

I just want to wish all who attend a very happy evening that will rouse up even happier memories and recreate friendships that once were very strong. Enjoy yourselves.

Fr.Van sj

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