1st Report of Year 2000

Our first meeting of year 2000 was held at Hotel Avari, Lahore on 27th Feb 2000, attendance of the members were 90% whereas some new faces were also seen. Programme was started with recitation of Holy Quran followed by National Anthem of Pakistan. Programme coordinator congratulate the new elected members, welcomed the participants and chief guest.

One of the member briefly introduced Servas International and its activities worldwide. Some members also gave their valuable proposals for the promotion of Servas in Pakistan. Most of them emphasized on office of the Servas in Lahore to improve person to person contacts. One announcement from one of the Servas members who offered 50% discount on computer courses for Servas members only.

All suggestions and proposals were noted by the programme coordinator. National Secretary Mr. Muhammad Naseem made a speech in which he highlighted the activities of Servas Pakistan including success story of our two projects of 1999 which were medical aid to orphanage houses, free medical dispensaries, free glasses to the deserving patients and marriage fund for a poor girl. National Secretary also briefed the members about his trip to Bangladesh for attending the Second South West Asia Conference at Dhaka, which was held in Dec 1999. In the end National Secretary thanked all of those who helped in this regards. He also proposed to extend membership and its activities for the peace of the world.

At this occasion director of Tourism Services (Ministry of Tourism & Information) Mr. Naseem Labar was invited as chief guest who thanked Servas Pakistan and highlighted the activities of his department for the promotion of tourism in Pakistan. The National Secretary presented Servas momento to the chief guest.

At the end following announcement were made.

1- Nomination of peace mission to India.
2- Language classes which are scheduled to start on 25th March 2000 at Paragon Computer College Lahore.
3- Advertisement request for travel guide/host list.
4- Agreed for office premises for Servas.
5- One day trip to Harrapa on 8th April on the invitation of Ch. Abdul Hadi.
6- Announcement of Servas Award for the project to make visible activities of Servas Pakistan.

At the end tea was served with formal discussion and fellowship among the members.

Report by Miss Humaira F. Qureshi
Servas News Bureau Lahore.