Lion's Club of Thiruvanmiyur

 

Members

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S.Manikandan, President,( PP) and DC

Easily the most lively and enthusiastic member brimming with zest and energy with excellent PR skills. PMJF Manikandan is a high flying entrepreneur in Advertising.Has BPO units at Chennai and Madurai. Helps the Club in as many ways as he can and ready to chip in to make up a short fall. Zone Chairman. Has been holding District positions.
despite heavy business schedules balanced between Chennai and Madurai. Free Mason and member of social and technical organisations. Donated blood 26 times. Lion Lady Menaga manages his Chennai unit while he is at Madurai. Cub Divya is a budding singer and renders invocation at Club functions, while Cub Deepika is a sweet little girl

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S.Mani, IPP, DC

A very quiet Metrowater Engineer with a serene demeanour. But give him a task and he completes it sincerely. Has acquitted himself creditably as President, despite being very new to Lionism. Visits Sabarimala unfailingly every year. Lion Lady Aruna is now Senior Principal Engineer at Saibem India Pvt.Ltd.. Cub Balasubramaniyan is a student of Engineering. The family loves playing table tennis and carrom

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V.M.Chandrasekar,I VP, PP

Despite having relocated to Kuwait years back this banker is a very participative Lion. He was DC Twinning and has taken active interest in the twinning programme of our Club with LC Kulim. In fact the twinning agreement was signed by him in the capacity of Chairman for International Relations. He has been a very large hearted donor for the Club. He has taken active part in trade union movement in the banking industry and held some important positions. Loves watching TV, films, reading, travel and games. Lion Lady Nirmala was an active Lioness and Cub Hema is working.

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K.V.Sundaram, I1 VP

Charter member, a light hearted gentleman and a very successful exporter of castings in the forging industry. Work commitments prevented him from holding the President’s post. Nevertheless has been a very supportive Lion both morally and monetarily. He loves reading books, auto racing and cricket. He is a proud grandfather four times over through Cubs Raghuvir and Rajiv. Raghuvir helps with his business and Rajiv has settled in the US.

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Prof. Dr. Jaffar Hussain, Secretary

Prof. Dr. Jaffar Hussain, Secretary He was been three years back. He was Secretary last year as well. He heads the Marine Biotechnology Department and is Special Officer and Dean AMET University. Reads ‘heavily’, books ranging from politics, women’s empowerment, Tamil/Urdu literature and inter-religious works. He is a member of International and National film societies. Listens to film songs, ghazals and qawalis. As Faculty Advisor, he is already showing keen interest in the new Leo Club attached to AMET University. Lion Lady is Mahmuda Begum and Cubs Nausheen Istiaque is a software professional and Shaheen is a project leader in Thomson Bio Pharma (an IT enabled service).

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Poornima Vijayakumar, Treasurer

This quiet looking, smiling postgraduate diploma holder in Nutrition and Hospital Dietetics, has an innate ability to execute tasks assigned to her efficiently. She can not only give you a tip or two on what you have to eat, she can also extract dues with relentless determination. An ideal trait indeed for a Treasurer of the Club, just into her second year as Lion. She is also a keen observer and has an eye for detail. She helps with husband Lion Vijayakumar’s multifarious business ventures . She still finds time to pursue hobbies like drawing, painting, cooking, reading and travelling. Ln Vijayakumar needs no introduction in Lionistic circles as he is District Chairman, Day Long Projects and is an prominent member of Lions Club of GKD Millennium. L ion Vijayakumar has not forgotten his roots as an ex-Thiruvanmiyurian, for he has persuaded Poornima to join our club. Thank you Lion Vijayakumar. Cubs Bala Abhinav Kirti is in Final Year BE (Comp. Science) and Kirtika is in 12th standard.

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A.R.Krishnan, Membership Director (PP)

Second time President, MJF Krishnan has had a highly colourful and long standing career both lionistically and professionally. Post retirement from a pharmaceutical firm, he became chief executive of another. He He has had numerous awards to his credit. He rose to the prestigious post of District Cabinet Treasurer in the year 2003-04. Donated blood 22 times. An avid reader,he loves music, is a distinguished Free Mason and member of several pharmaceutical cultural and social organizations. Lion Lady Vasanthi is a former President of Lioness Club and was a Lion too. His Cubs, Madhusudan is a dentist at Chennai and Nandakumar is in US. He enjoys the company of his four grandchildren.

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A.S.Subramanian, One year Director, PP and DC

An MJF and an architect with an eye for detail. Was President for two different terms, both of them thumping successes, the last having won him the Grand Prix and many more awards. His strength was his meticulous manner in which he communicated events and activities to Club members and to the District. Celebrated his 60th birthday in 2008 by organising a string of service projects. Never a mute spectator, raises valid points at meetings whether it is an endorsement or on objection. Loves cricket, watching TV and reading. Lion Lady Sita is a pious and soft spoken lady. Cubs: Priya loves to do service with Sathya Sai Seva Samithi and Sriram, recently married, has happily settled in the US.

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S.Karikalan, One year Director

He hit it off with Lions Club of Thiruvanmiyur almost instantly, by organising a massive Blood Donation Camp the very first year of his joining. As Joint Pro- Chancellor of AMET University, is on the management side looking into student’s welfare. Has always interested himself in youth affairs, be it as student leader during College days or as a Rotarian. He loves music, watching films and is a political observer. He is playing a key role in the creation of Leo Club of AMET University. Lion Lady Mohana is very interested in gardening. Cub Vanathi is a dentist and Rakesh is a trainee pilot. donation on behalf of willing donors. Coming from an illustrious music family, she loves music and sings with a group in the neighbourhood temple. She also loves browsing the net and spending time with Cub Venkataraman, popularly known as Ramji, now a software engineer/Marketing Manager.

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S.Vanchiappan,One year Director, ( Treasurer)

He is a fairly new comer to Lionism, though he has been a Free Mason for some years. He held Treasurer’s post for two years in succession. He is a very hospitable host at meetings. He is a builder and has two companies: Sanjay Promoter of which his Lion Lady Latha is a partner; and N.S.V.Constructions. Cub Sanjay is a young student and there is a new comer in the family in little Cub Sanjith. Vanchiappan loves watching TV, reading books and besides Lionism, engages privately in charities – he regularly contributes substantially to Saradha Sakthi Peetam.

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Sasikala Ashok, One Year Director,PP, (DC)

Like husband L.Ashok, she voluntarily retired from the insurance industry. President when relatively new to the Club, but soon learnt the ropes and went on to win awards. DC the next year and in charge club activities for a couple of years. Thereafter confined herself to writing for Amongst Us - of which she is now Editor. The Scrap Books she made for the Club won acclaim. Post retirement she has kept herself occupied learning French and music. Loves reading and solving crossword puzzles. Besides these her focus of attention is her year old grand daughter through Cub Aarti and her newly married Cub Karthik and his wife.

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Dr.Arun Kumar, One year Director

He has come back into our fold. As a young medical graduate, he provided voluntary consultation at our Medical Centre during the years 1983-84 to 1999-2000. He was very regular and dedicated in service, simultaneously looking after his roaring private practice. He participated in a number of Health Camps and Blood Donation camps. He resigned in 2005-06 as his practice kept him too busy. Loves reading and listening to music. Through Lion Lady Latha he has got three cubs, Madhumathi, a B.Tech now doing MBA, Saravana Kumar, doing medicine like his father and Haripriya, is in Dental College.

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L.Ashok, Two, year Director,(PP and DC)

L.Ashok, Two, year Director,(PP and DC) Joined as early as 1984.. Rose to become Zone Chairman, but transfer out of Chennai, paused his Lionistic career in 1990. Nine years later rejoined the Club. An MJF, has been holding District posts since last four years. Has won many awards, notably the Chevron and Key member awards. Among his many noteworthy donations are a couple of ventilators worth lakhs of rupees and pulse oxymeter to a hospital. A self made man and voluntarily retired from the insurance industry. Hobbies are listening to western music and watching TV, especially cricket. A Free Mason. Fun loving and regales all with his light hearted banter and jokes. Married to Sasikala, also a Lion. Cubs, Aarti and Karthik well settled.

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R.Tamil Oli, 2 year Director,(PP)

A field officer with ESI, Tamil Oli , he always wears a beaming smile. He actively participates in club programs and whenever possible, brings his family of Lion Lady Anandhi and Cubs Nisha and Nirosha along. Nisha, now in service and Nirosha, a student, are very well mannered girls who help out at the reception table at important Club functions.

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V. Dhanaraj ,Two Year Director, PP and DC

He is a PMJF and an Engineer with Metro Water and Sewerage Board. He was instrumental in getting water and sewer connection to our Medical Centre hitherto considered impossible. He was also DC Water Resources Management and Zone Chairman. He enjoys Table Tennis and photography. Lion Lady Durga is a very quiet person and Cub Bharaneedharan has completed Engineering graduation and has been well placed.

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M.S.Pillai, PP

He is a builder by profession and a very busy one too. He has held DC postions but is now too occupied with his business. Nevertheless he gives his services whenever the Club requires in connection with construction work at the premises of the Medical Centre. His family comprises, Lion Lady Jayalaxmi, and Cubs Hariharan and Menaka. While Hariharan works in Nokia, Menaka is happily married and has a child.

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Sudha Mitra, Tail Twister

She is new to our Club, but not new to social work. She was awarded Master’s degree in Reiki from the Reiki grandmaster P.D.Patel of Ahmedabad. She has attended classes in yoga, Art of Living and dynamic meditation practised at Osho. Over the years, Reiki, she says, has given her the gift of helping people seeking good health. Member in Indian Red Cross Society. Her husband, Mitra is a business and he is highly supportive of Sudha’s activities. She has donated generously for projects on many occasions. She was awarded New Lion of the Year award for her regular attendance and active participation. Cubs Samaresh is Business Development Manager and Soumi, a post graduate, qualified in Computer Science has learnt Bharathantyam. She is also a beautician.

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Dr.V.Balasubramanian , Joint Secretary

He is Professor and Head of Department of Chemistry and environmental Sciences, AMET University. Through his Lion Lady Umarani, he has two cubs, Satish Kumar and Rajeshkumar, both married and employed in USAl. He loves watching TV, jogging , book writing and video and audio participation in TV Channels.

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P.S.Rou, Board Advisor, PDG and PCC

Teacher by profession. MJF. Breathes and swears by Lionism. Combining hard work and dedication, became the first District Governor of Dist.308 in 1983, giving a clarion call, “Improve to Serve”. Council Chairman of MD 308 B in 1986-87 and Secretary General of OSEAREA Lions Forum in 1985. Joined our Club on relocating to Chennai from Malaysia. As our Board Advisor year after year, played the role of educating new office bearers and motivating them to perform to their fullest. Conceived, initiated and organised the process of twinning our Club with Lions Club of Kulim, Malaysia and that has given both the clubs a rewarding experience. Now moved to Hyderabad, he visits us whenever he can to get into action.

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K.Veeramani, PP

He was running a family forgings business. His business connection with two members of Lions Club of Guindy brought about the birth of our Club and Veeramani’s induction as Charter member. Club President in 1981-82. An MJF and a dedicated Lion, has made and continues to make significant contributions to the Club’s kitty, (either by himself or through his Cubs), besides making his services available at all Club activities. Takes active interest in Sringeri Mutt activities. Lion Lady Narayani is a music lover. Herself a talented and trained singer she used to entertain at many Club meetings in its early years Goes to US often to spend time with Cubs Mani Prakash and Sabitha Prasad and their families.

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V.P.Iyer, PP

Affectionately called Panju, Iyer first joined Lionism while in service in Gujarat. He assumed responsibility as Lion Liaison and was member Editorial Board of Lions Touch. Was also Editor, Amongst Us. He recalls with pride the prompt and flawless manner in which he brought out the issues. Full of humour, he is known for airing his views frankly even if they may be uncomfortable. He carries out with care and without delay whatever tasks are assigned to him. He, Lion Sankari, who was herself a prominent Lioness , and Cubs Archana and Subhadra served as the back bone of our Club, helping out at all Club meetings. Both Cubs are married and settled. Dr.Archana works in Saudi. CubSubhadra a former member of our Club and a highly talented lady with a variety of interests is working .The Iyers love their grand children

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V.Ravichandran, PP

Pharmaceutical executive. He has been working in Mumbai, for more than a decade. But makes sure to attend Club meetings whenever he visits his family at Chennai. Has been ZC and has held DC positions. Has had the unique distinction of having donated the eyes of his deceased 4 month old baby daughter, possibly the youngest ever donor in the world. Time and again for the last several years, has been arranging for donation of eyes of deceased friends and relatives, thus helping the cause of the sightless. Can tell you what the stars foretell and how numbers influence your destiny. Lion Lady Vidya is also a Lion and the two are a lively pair. Cub Venkataraman has just started working but spends his leisure time playing the guitar. The family has now moved to Mumbai.

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V.Janardhanan, PP

A retired Commercial Tax Officer. First joined LC Madurai where he was ZC, PRO and DC Dist. 324B3 twice. Takes active interest in talent promotion among poor children who do not have the opportunity their peers from affluent schools have. Has been conducting such programs every year either on his own or through the Club and has a rolling trophy for the purpose. Tennis, reading and oratory are his love and recently he started to learn vedic mantras. Lion Lady Lakshmi and Cub Vaidyanathan with wife Ujwala and children make a very lively family group. Cub Meenakumari is married and works in Bangalore.

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Dr.R.Viswanathan,

He joined our Club in its second year of existence. He, Dr.Krishnamurthy and other Charter Members have been pioneers in organising health camps and setting up the health centre. He was a Dental Surgeon, Retired Professor and Dean, Ragas Dental School. He used to bring a large contingent of dental students at all camps. Besides he used to treat for free five orphans from Santhome School every week. His poor health and his frequent visits abroad prevent him from taking part like before in Club activities. Lion Lady is Rukmani. Cubs Bhuvi and Malini are both married and live abroad. (He was honoured on 30.1.2010 by Dy.Chief Minister, M.K.Stalin, on the occasion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Dental Council of India)

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Sankari Iyer

The Iyers are a dynamic family. Sankari Iyer was the President Lioness Club during 1991-92 and was awarded for the best Quest Programme she had organized. She was a family member for sometime but dropped out because of family commitments. Now again she has joined our fold, what with her daughters married and settled.

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Datuk Dorai Rajoo

He is a thriving management consultant placed in IPOH, Malaysia and is a patron, a large donor to and a well wisher of our Club. Retired a couple of years ago as Head, PWD Department of Perak State __one of the few non-Malays who held such a high position. Lion Lady Pooranamary is a retired Teacher and Cubs are Logaraj, Deepa Lakshmi and Premraj.

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Prof P.Gnanaraj, PP

A retired professor of Chemistry in Palayamkottai, he has presented papers at renowned institutions abroad and in India. A senior Lion, has held key positions in his Club under Dt.324B4.He has been ZC and many times DC. Through Lion Lady Rathnavathy, he has a large family of 4 daughters and 3 sons, all of them highly educated and distinguished themselves in their respective fields. He is an associate member of our Club.

 

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History - Saga of 42 Years

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