World Memon Organization
Creates a Stir in Chicago
Glimpses of the World Memon Organization function
Chicago, Illinois: April 8,
2006 proved a memorable night in Chicago, IL. It was the
first time in the history of Chicago that delegates from
the World Memon Organization came to this city on this day
to raise awareness about the organization. The program was
put together by the Memon Association of America, Chicago
Chapter. This idea of introducing the WMO delegation to
the Memon community of Chicago was the brain-child of Sajid
Chotani, who was thrilled at the success of the program
and admitted that it was truly a milestone event in Chicago.
The event was organized at the Ramada Inn of Glendale Heights,
which was filled to capacity. The massive media campaign
run by Mr. Afzal Sodagar, the Chair of Media Relations,
attracted a vast audience from all across Chicago and neighboring
States. Mr. Sodagar expressed thanks to all the media representatives
present at the event. More than 400 people enjoyed the event,
which had speeches and presentation from the WMO delegates
and the leaders of Memon Association of America (Chicago).
The WMO presentation made by Mansoor Ahmed showcased the
involvement of WMO in Pakistan, India, South Africa and
other countries. The speech by Haji A. Razzak Yakoob Gandhi,
the President of WMO and the Chairman of the ARY Group,
was the highlight of the event. He addressed the gathering
in the community’s own language, Memoni. He encouraged
the community to get involved in humanitarian efforts and
urged r unity in the Memon community. He also announced
a $50,000 donation for Chicago’s Muslim Community
Center after an inspiring speech by MCC President, Dr. Sattar.
Among the speakers were Mr. Ghaffar Fancy, the Chief Operating
Officer of WMO; Mr. Bashir Sattar, the founder Trustee of
WMO and the General Secretary of WMO Relief Fund; Mr. Amin
Fatani, the current President of the Memon Association of
America Chicago; and Mr. Sajid Chotani, the chair person
of the event. At this epic event, the Memon Association
also paid a tribute to its founder and first President Mr.
Ilyas Moten who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
The masters of ceremony were two young individuals, Jibran
Ilyas and Zeeshan Farooq. The comedy skits presented by
them in between the speeches were duly applauded not only
by the organizers of the event, but all the guests and the
audience. Their d flawless presentation will be remembered
by the attendees for a long, long time. The WMO delegation
also commended the involvement of the youth in community
affairs and expressed high hopes in Jibran and Zeeshan.
The awards ceremony conducted by Haji A. Razzak Yakoob,
Bashir Akuly, Tofik Moten and Amin Fatani extended recognition
to all past presidents of the Memon Association of America,
Chicago. Those who received awards included Ilyas Moten,.
Amin Fatani, Wahid Butt, Ahmed K. Jangda, Noor Mohammed
Majeed,. Rafiq Zaveri,. Rafiq Mota,. Ghulam Panawala, Arif
Balagam,. Ghaffar Varind. Usmania Fine Dining and Brown’s
Chicken (Halal) also received awards for their support.
There was a special award for Dr. Mujahid Ghazi, Chairman
of Asian Broadcasting Network for his dedication to community
service.The Grand Sponsor for the program was the Usmania
Group of Chicago, while the dinner was served by Chicago’s
A good number of the attendees became members of the World
Memon Organization and showed full support for its cause.