Founder’s Remembrance Day – 13.06.2017
Founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy’s 48th Remembrance Day was observed in our Gandhiniketan Ashram on 13.06.2017. A Special Prayer was conducted at 6.00 A.M. in our Manimandapam. In the Prayer Dr.V.Ragupathi, Governing Body Member, Smt.V.Radha Akka, Secretary, all the teachers of both Primary and Higher Secondary Schools, Hostel Students, Staff- Central Office and some retired teachers participated.
Morning Special Prayer
After the Prayer Dr.V.Ragupathi delivered Remembrance Day Message. In his talk, he told that our Ashram was started only for the development of Village Industries by our Founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy. Our Founder was called upon in 1947 by then Chief Minister Sri.O.P.Ramasamy Reddiar to serve as the Secretary to the Rural Development Scheme. As Secretary he did many Constructive Works in Villages. Everyone must think the purpose of why he started Ashram. We should follow the services of our founder. That is the real tribute to him.
At 9.00 A.M. “Nama Sangeerthanam” was organized by our Ashram Group. Then we all paid a floral tribute to our Founder at his Samathi. In the meantime “Relay Spinning” was going on.
The Remembrance Day Meeting was started at 10.00 A.M. in our Auditorium. Smt.V.Radha, Secretary, Dr.V.Raghupathi, Smt.P,Thilagavathi and Sri.Kanaga Sabapathi, Governing Body Members, Our Cheief Guest Dr.V.Alagirisamy, Associate Professor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai , Our Administrative Officer Sri.M.Nagarajan, all the teachers, staff of Gandhiniketan Ashram and all the students took part in the meeting.
Sri.V.Ragupathy, Governning Body Member welcomed the gathering. The special address was given by Dr.V.Alagirisamy, Associate Professor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. In his address he told that our founder loved Gopalswami Malai and his school in Gopinaickanpatti. He became true disciple of Gandhiji only because of his mother. Buddhar, Jesus and Gandhiji were became the great personalities only because of their mothers.
At the age of 18 our founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy was very close to Narayanasamy Nadar the disciple of Vallalar and Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai the devotee of Gandhiji in Gopinaickenpatti. Our Chief Guest also remembered the great people like Natesan Chettiar, Alagarsamy Naidu, Velu Chettiar and Krishnan Servai who donated almost 45 acres to our Ashram. Our founder’s aim is “Service to the Poor is the Service to the God”.
Everyone of you should be blessed to study and work in this school run by the Ashram. We have to follow his principles. That is the best way to remember him.
Smt.V.Radha, Secretary, Gandhiniketan Ashram delivered Vote of Thanks. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.