|2015-2016 VPA Office Bearers
- President &
Dr. Balu Chandra,
- Vice President
- Secretary &
Mrs. Roopa D. Gowda
- Treasurer &
Dr. Prasanna Gowda
Mr. Venu T. Gopal
(San Jose, CA)
Dr. Srisai Gowda
(Atlantic City, NJ)
- President - East
Mrs. Sujatha Gowda
- President- VPA-West
Mrs. Yamini S. Gowda
- President- VPA-Midwest
Mrs. Jayanthi Mittur
- President -South
Mrs. Kavitha Ramanna
Board of Trustees
2014-15 - Mr. Ravishankar Byrappagowda,
2012-13 - Mr. Shiva Shankar,
- 2010-11 - Dr. Anasuya Swamy,
- 2008-09 - Dr. Halekote Viswamithra, TX
- 2006-07 - Mr. B.J. Arun, CA
- 2003-05 - Mr. Amarnath Gowda,
- 2001-02 - Mr. Srinivasa Gowda,
- 1998-00 - Dr. D.M. Sreekanth,
- 1996-97 - Dr. K.L. Satyanarayana,
- 1995-96 - Dr. Shashi Kumar,
- 1994-95 - Dr. Krishne N. Gowda,
- 1992-93 - Mr. Narayanaswamy
- 1991-92 - Dr. Raja P. Gowda,
|VPA Central Office Address |
4664 Rousillon Ave, Fremont, CA 94555
|VPA Charitable Work |
- Please mail your donations using the form
VPA National Donation Form
- VPA South raised $1250 for Sankara Eye
- VPA sponsored a Dining Hall in the
K.H. Ramaiah Hostel
Please Click Here for photos
- Dr. Sreekanth - $5,560 ($1,115 to
Tunga Vidya Vardaka Sangha,Thirthahalli, Shimoga District
and $4,445 to Devangi Manappa
Devangi, Shimoga District).
- Mr. Amarnath Gowda - $3,000 ($1,000
to K.H. Ramaiah Hostel, Mysore and $2,000 to MSG - Memorial
Family Planning Hospital, Mulbagal).
- Dr. Appaswamy Gowda has donated
$2,300 through VPA to following organizations:
- $1,150 to Krushika Sarvodaya
- $1,150 to Prathidhwani - Centre for
Community Development, Hassan
|Vokkaligara Parishat of America (VPA) |
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016
|Dr. Balu Chandra|
VPA President & Trustee 2016-2017
|Fellow VPA Members|
Welcome to 2016!
I am proud, humbled, and excited for VPA during this era of "change and evolution" as the new norm. I thank you all for your overwhelming encouragement, support, and for entrusting me as your President. I consider this a privilege and honor. I promise to carry out the duties to the best of my ability.
We are all very lucky and blessed to be part of the Vokkaliga family. Celebrating Vokkaliga Heritage and bonding amongst us is festive and truly euphoric with a sense of joy and security. By exemplifying and mirroring our culture it is our duty to instill these values for future generations.
My vision is in line with our founders. Our bonds of friendship should be the backbone of our social structure as well as being there for one another unconditionally. Our societal, spiritual, religious or political views may be different but being a proud Vokkaliga and celebrating its heritage is in our DNA! Let's not hold back - instead let's be proud of it like peacocks! Vokkaligas always walk with their head and chest high. Our opinions are loud and clear. I urge you to instill these ancient eastern heritage values in our kids as they grow in the more modern western culture we live in. As you teach your children philosophy, poetry, and politics, instill in them that there are no hurdles for a Vokkaliga to overcome.
Your forward thinking leadership is committed to take VPA to new heights. We are well aware that over 4,000 VPA families have relegated us to represent them. We promise to work for the association's greater good and denounce any personal agenda or bias.
I ask you to pledge your support and strengthen the organization by actively participating, recruiting new families, volunteering in communities you live in, and being generous in giving, especially during difficult times. I encourage you to become life members. We can do this, but only together.
We always look forward to your suggestions and your constructive criticisms, if any. We are all volunteering our valuable time and our heart is in the right place.
In the aeon of global gender equality, I am elated to announce that, women presidents govern all four chapters of our association!
Over the next month, I will be working with my leadership team formulating our missions, strategies and goals. We will keep you all informed through newsletters and our Web page.
I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know each one of you. As we celebrate and rejoice the New Year please appreciate the richness of our life and heritage. Let gratitude in us rise and let the waves of kindness wash us. Have a Blessed 2016.
Lastly, we in TEXAS have BIG HEARTS! We invite you to our next Mega Convention in Dallas, TX during the 4th of July weekend in 2017. Please mark your calendars and come celebrate our heritage with us!
Thank you again for your kindness and support.
VPA is a non-profit organization
(Tax ID: 31-1529941), established in 1991. VPA is dedicatedly
to assist and promote literacy, cultural, educational,
social, economic, health of rural farming community.
VPA members are those who can trace their ancestry to
people engaged in the
farming occupation. VPA has also involved in many charitable
In order to encourage active and
frequent involvement of the vokkaliga people in VPA, VPA has
formed following four regional Chapters:
Further, each state under regional
chapters are involved in various community and cultural events
|VPA General Body Meeting & Election
General Body Meeting:
VPA General Body Meeting will be held during the upcoming VPA
Convention 2017. Meeting details to be announced
Nominations and Election:
Nominations for the 2017-2018 VPA Executive Committee &
Board of Trustees and Election rules can be found below:
and Election Rules
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|Past VPA Conventions |
2015 VPA Convention
July 2 - 4, 2015
- 2013 VPA Convention
July 4- 6, 2013
- 2011 VPA Convention
July 1- 3, 2011
- 2009 VPA Convention
July 2 - 4, 2009
- 2007 VPA Convention
June 29- July 1, 2007
- 2005 VPA Convention
July 1-3, 2005