Executive Committee

 Veena Rao
 Sudha Srikantaswamy
 Cultural Coordinator
 Sudha Raikar
 Guru Hindupur
 Rajeev Thalla
 Membership Director
 Prasad Kashyap
 Communications Director
 Seema Ravishankar
 Youth Committee Coordinator
 Rohan Rajeev
 Youth Committee Coordinator

 Guru, Prasad, Sudha S, Veena, Rajeev, Sudha K

Board of Trustees

 Lakshminarayan Ganapathi
 Namitha Jathan
 Madhu Rangappagowda
 Rekha Makham
 Sadananda Patil

Highlights of the year

I record with great satisfaction the opportunity to have served on 2009 Sampige’s board along with some very enthusiastic and energetic individuals. It is with great pleasure I look back at Sampige’s 2009 events and activities. We had a stellar year with several major programs and achieved some important milestones. It would not have been possible to achieve this success without the overwhelming support and participation of Sampige members.
Being a cultural organization, so far Sampige has functioned under non-profit status, thanks to the efforts of earlier Executive Committee members. One of the long cherished desires of many, however, had been to have that extended to a tax-exempt status. The tax-exempt status will provide tax benefits to sponsors of Sampige’s charitable causes and help Sampige implement its broader vision. Some of those are: impart Kannada language to our children, instill its cultural awareness among our youth, and undertake a greater role in charitable causes locally and, in India - especially Karnataka. We are pleased to have accomplished the goal of having the tax-exempt status this year.
Sampige’s youth have been critical to the success of many of its programs and events. One of our goals this year had been to involve them in its various activities. Towards that goal we have had youth events that were fun, while giving them an opportunity to work towards social causes. To further advance the goal of involving Sampige’s youth in its organizational service and volunteer activities, this year Sampige became a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. In future, any service hours accrued by the youth members from Sampige’s organizational activities can be used towards this Service Award.
Another goal was to extend Sampige’s reach to Kannadigas beyond the Triangle area. The Haasya Sanje program offered an opportunity to welcome the Greensboro-Triad Kannada group to this hugely popular Sampige event. We were pleased to have them participate in other events as well, including the Purandara Dasa-Basava Jayanti Day and the musical gala by Shashidhara Kote. It is our hope that Sampige’s events and activities will continue to be enriched from the participation of these sister organizations.

Congratulations to the 2010 Sampige Executive Committee and, on behalf of the current Executive Committee I wish them a successful year ahead.

Thanks and Happy New Year!
Veena Rao
President, Sampige 2009 Executive Committee
  1. Tax-exempt status. IRS 501(3)(c)
  2. For the first time, end of the year balance at more than $10K.
  3. Audio rental
    • Generated $1230
  4. Redesigned Sampige website.
    • Ads on website raised $1360
    • CC payments now accepted online
    • Events calendar online
    • 24/7 Kannada Radio
    • India news, time and currency converters
  5. Membership at 110
    • Membership status & history online
    • Membership dues accepted online
  6. Sampige Samachara.
    • Regular email twice a month.
  7. Amendments to Sampige Constitution.
  8. Two major programs
    • Haasya Sanje
    • Shashidhar Kote’s musical gala.
  9. Purandaradasa Aradhane & Basava Jayanthi
    • Instituted a competition and a cash award.
  10. Youth activities
    • Car wash. Kids raised approx $150 for charity.
    • Certifying organization for Presidential Volunteer Service award
  11. Screening of Kannada movie, Venkata in Sankata
    • Raised $800
  12. Karnataka flood relief
    • Donated $1000 to CM Relief Fund
  13. Two-day web course
    • Raised $350
  14. Kannada Nite


      Valentine's Day Party

      Sat, February 14, 2009, 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Herbert C Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave Cary, NC 27512
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      Valentine's Day Party 2009

      Purandaradasa Aradhane & Basava Jayanthi

      Sat, April 18, 2009, 9am – 1pm. Hindu Bhavan Temple Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC 27560
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      Sampige Picnic 

      Sun, May 10, 2009, 3pm – 7pm. 2112 County Park Drive New Hill, NC 27562

      Haasya Sanje

      Fri, June 12, 2009, 6:00pm – 10:30pm.. HSNC Temple Hall 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560

      Youth Carwash

      Sat, July 18, 2009, 3pm – 6pm. Merchant's Tire & Auto Center. 100 Town Village Dr. Cary NC 27513

      Independence Day

      Sat, August 15, 2009, 10am – 3pm. 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560

      Krishna Janmashtami

      Sat, September 12, 6pm – 10pm. 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560

      Shashidhar Kote Musical Concert

      Sun, September 20, 4pm – 7pm. East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill

      Kannada Movie: Venkata in Sankata

      Sun, November 1, 3pm – 6pm. Galaxy Cinemas 770 Cary Towne Blvd Cary, NC 27511-4222 (919) 463-9989
      Sampige screened the movie Venkata in Sankata as a fund raiser for the flood victims of Karnataka. Net proceeds from the movie was approximately $900 and Sampige donated $1000 to Karnataka CM's Flood Relief Fund

      Website Design Course

      November 14 - 15, 12:30pm – 4:30pm. West Cary Regional Library

      Kannada Nite

      Sat, December 5, 6pm – 10pm. Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O'Dell Place Cary NC 27512

      Sampige Samachara