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Message from President - Prince Kattrukudiyil(2016-17)

My dear Friends,

For over 13 years we have routinely passed the leadership of the Organisation on to a new Committee.  But we continue to understand that the stability, endurance, strength and success of our Organisation are based on our undying hard work of our members and Executive leadership team collectively for the ideals of the Organisation.

Let me begin my first letter to you by saying that I am pleased and honoured to serve as the President of Be Friends Switzerland for calendar year 2016 and 2017.  I have great hopes that, for this period, our organisation will continue the strong tradition of team work with passion and dedication.

In addition to me, the rest of the Executive Committee is comprised of Benny Vengapallil, as Secretary, Mathew Manikuttiyil as Treasurer, Sebastain Kavungal as Vice-President,. Tomy Viruthiyel as Joint-Secretary, Jeswin Puthumana as Arts Convenor, Jissu Paravakattu as Sports Convenor and is rounded out with the other Executive Members such as Tomy Tondamkuzhy, Baby Thadathil, Jose Pellissery, Augustin Maliackal, Joy Thadathil, Davis Vadakkumchery, Reji Paul, Faisal Kachappally, Francis Pazhayattil.For further details pls visit our web seite  http://www.befriends.ch/office_bearers.html 

Women are the creative force in the society. Since they are able to express themselves better, they can share their inner feelings with their friends and in communities very easily.  They are the true foundation and the backbone of our Organisation. Jessy Parathalackal as General coordinator, Ashly Thadathil and Mercy Veliyan as Coordinators of the Womens Forum will coordinate and provide ample support in all activities.

The youths are the hope and future of our Organisation. Therefore, we would love to engageinspire and mobilize our youths in many ways.  A Team of leaders are not yet decided but we do have a vast plan for them in the future.

We have a good team and a diverse set of skills represented on our Executive and other Committees. This will stand us in good stead during the coming years, which I believe will be an exciting one for us as an Organisation. Our working plan for the coming two years sets a number of challenges, and there will be ample opportunities for each of us to step up to the plate, roll up our sleeves, and get stuck into decisively driving our Organisation further along the path to professionalism in our field.

I thank you once again for this great opportunity to lead our Organisation, and thank all those who have come before me in this prestigious capacity and given so much of their time and expertise. I thank in advance to my colleagues and all other well wishers for what you do every day to achieve the goals set ahead.

On Behalf of the Committee I wish all our members a happy and prosperous New Year 2016.

Until next time, best wishes

Prince Kattrukudiyil

President

Be Friends Switzerland  


Message from President - Tomy Thondamkuzhy(2014-15)

FAREWELL MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

Season greeting to all,

It’s my "farewell note" as I am now officially the "Past President" of Be Friends Switzerland. This went into effect at the last our Annual General Body Meeting, It has held on 19th December at Zurich. Please know that I am not going far, as I will remain on the Board for the next two years serving as your "Past President"- Ex officio, so I will still be active with Be Friends.

I have cherished my two terms (2010/11- 2014/15) as President of Be Friends, It has been a great experience working with my team. It has been my pleasure to serve as your President on our Association these past two years. As I shared in my President's report in General Body.The journey will be hard and challenging. There will be obstacle along the way. There will be disagreements. But at the end, we will act and come together to achieve our goals. All the activities that we organised evoked a very warm response from the members and from public and we started new charity projects. I had followed past Presidents footsteps and made some amazing strides with new initiatives for our organization with the great support of the Executives, coordinators and the outstanding team work from all!  Braving all odds, Be Friends had grown strength to strength, year after year with the profuse support and co-operation of our members and the Swiss Malayalee community.

I stand here with a deep sense of humility and appreciation to the members of this association for their support. I would like to extend thanks to our Secretary for his hard work and dedication. Also thanks to Treasurer for the good financial control.I would like to thank my fellow Executive Committee who has worked tirelessly with me over the last two years, and also thanking to Coordinators, Women’s Forum, Youth Forum and Members. I can say we succeeded not only by my efforts but because of your faith. You have all been exceptional. I hope you will keep this spirit alive. You have been my inspiration all the way, the reason I never gave up and today I salute you all.

I want to apologize to all, if I have hurt, offended or simply appalled, whether wittingly or unwittingly. I don't think, I've made enemies, but I know, I have found, quite a few new friends.

I encourage everyone to join me in welcoming our new President, Mr. Prince Kattrukudiyil, as he is now Be Friends President for the next two years and no doubt will continue with his special gifts and talents in maintaining a steady stride on improvements and new initiatives for Be Friends. I am confident that our incoming President, will guide our club to even higher levels of achievement in the coming years. Congratulations and best wishes to Incoming President Mr. Prince Kattrukudiyil, Secretary Mr. Binny Vengappally, Treasurer Mathew Manikuttiyil and the incoming Board, for other great years! The newly elected board …

http://www.befriends.ch/ office_bearers-16-17.html

Thank you all again for all of your great support in making the last two years, serving as your President, an experience that I will always be grateful to have been a part of with all of you! I look forward now to contributing in different ways for next two years as Ex-officio of Be Friends Executive board.

Wish you all Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2016.

Thanking you all

Tomy Thondamkuzhy
Outgoing President,Be Friends Switzerland

Kusnacht-25.12.2015


Dear Friends,

Our ishare charity project fund distribution held on 26th Nov.at St.Marys Girls High School Kuravilangad,Kottayam.Detail news in below….…Thanks for your all kind support to this charity project…

Reg,

Tomy Thondamkuzhy

For ishare project coordinators

 

ഐ ഷയെർ പ്രോജെക്ടിലൂടെ കരുണയുടെ കനിവ് പകർന്നു സ്വിറ്റ്സർലണ്ടിലെ മലയാളി കൂട്ടായ്മ  ....ബി ഫ്രെണ്ട്സ്....

 

 

സ്വിറ്റ്സർലണ്ടിലെ മലയാളികളുടെ കാരുന്ന്യമുഖം വെളിവായത് കൊച്ചുകേരളത്തിൽ ...സ്വിറ്റ് സർലണ്ടിലെ പ്രമൂഖ പ്രവാസി സംഘടനയായ ബി ഫ്രെണ്ട്സ് കഴിഞ്ഞ വർഷം തുടക്കം കുറിച്ച ഐ ഷയെർ എന്ന ചാരിറ്റി പ്രോജെക്ടിലൂടെ മുതിർന്നവരിൽ നിന്നും കുട്ടികളിൽ നിന്നും ഓരോ ആഴ്ചയിൽ  ഒരു ഫ്രാങ്ക് വീതം സമാഹരിച്ച തുക കേരളത്തിലെ വിവിധ സ്ഥാപനങ്ങൾക്കും,കഷ്ട ത  അനുഭവിക്കുന്ന കുടുംബങ്ങൾക്കും ,രോഗപീഡയാൽ വലയ ുന്നവർക്കും ,

വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾക്കുമായി പങ്കുവെച്ചപ്പോൾ അത് കടൽ കടന്നെത്തിയ കരുന്ന്യത്തിന്റെ മുഖമായി മാറി  .കുറവിലങ്ങാട് സെന്റ്‌ മേരീസ് ഗേൾസ്‌ ഹൈ സ്കൂളിൽ നവംബർ 26 നു  ബി ഫ്രെണ്ട്സ് സ്വിറ്റ്സർലണ്ടിന്റ പ്രസിഡന്റും പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ ചീഫ് കൊർഡിനേറ്ററുമായ ടോമി തൊണ്ടാംകുഴിയുടെ അധ്യക്ഷതയിൽ കൂടിയ ചടങ്ങിൽ മോൻസ് ജോസഫ്‌ MLA സാമ്പത്തിക സഹായം വിതരണം ചെയ്തു.

 

 

പ്രസിഡന്റ്‌ ടോമി തൊണ്ടാംകുഴി തന്റെ അധ്യക്ഷ പ്രസംഗത്തിൽ കഴിഞ്ഞ 13 വർഷമായി ബി ഫ്രെണ്ട്സ് ചെയ്തു വരുന്ന സാമൂഹിക പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങൾ സദസ്സുമായി പങ്കുവെച്ചു ..കുരുന്നുകളിലൂടെ കുരുന്നകളിലേയ്ക്കും തുടർന്ന് സമൂഹത്തിന്റെ നാനാതുറകളിലെയ്ക്കും വ്യാപിക്കുന്ന അതി ബൃഹത്തായ പദ്ധതിയാണ് ബി ഫ്രെണ്ട്സ് സംഘടന വിഭാവനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് എന്നും . കുട്ടികളിലെ ജീവകാരുണ്യ വാസന വളർത്തുവാനും, വിവിധ കാരുന്ന്യ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളിലൂടെ   രണ്ടാം തലമുറയെ നാടുമായി ബന്ധിപ്പിക്കാനും, ഐ ഷയെർ പ്രോജെക്ടുവഴി ബി ഫ്രെട്സിനു സാധിക്കുന്നെണ്ടെന്നും , പ്രോ ജെക്ടിൽ അംഗങ്ങളായവരിൽ നിന്നും സ്വീകരിച്ച  അപേക്ഷകൾ പരിഗണിച്ചതിൽ കേരളത്തിന്റെ വിവധ ഭാഗങ്ങളിൽനിന്നും തെരെഞ്ഞെടുക് കപ്പെട്ട 16 പേർക്കാണ്  ആദ്യ ഘട്ടമെന്ന നിലയിൽ സഹായം നല്കുന്നതെന്നും . ഉള്ളതിന്റെ ചെറിയോരോഹരി മറ്റുള്ളവര്‍ക്കായി പങ്കു വയ്ക്കാൻ തയ്യാറായ, നന്മയുടെ ഉറവ വറ്റാത്ത സ്വിസ്സിലെ മലയാളി മനസുകളുടെ പൂർണമായ സഹകരണവും ബി ഫ്രെണ്ട്സ് അംഗങ്ങളുടെയും പ്രൊജെക്റ്റ് കോർഡിനേറ്റെര്സിന്റെയും  കൂട്ടാ യ പരിശ്രമത്തിന്റ ഭലമാണ്   പ്രോജെക്റ്റിന്റെ വിജയമെന്നും കൂട്ടിച്ചേർത്തു. ഭാവിയിൽ യൂറൊപ്പിലെ മറ്റു രാജ്യങ്ങളിൽ സമാനലക്ഷ്യമുള്ള സംഘടനകളു മായി സഹകരിച്ചു കൊണ്ട്  പ്രൊജക്റ്റ്‌ നടപ്പിലാക്കും എന്നും അഭിപ്രായപെട്ടു .

 

ധന സഹായം വിതരണം ചെയ്തുകൊണ്ട് നടത്തിയ പ്രസംഗത്തിൽ പ്രവാസ ജീവിതത്തിന്റെ തിരക്കിനിടയിലും ജനിച്ചു വളർന്ന നാടിനെ മറക്കാതെ അശരണർക്കും ആലംബഹീനർക്കും ഒരു കൈതാങ്ങ് ആകുവാൻ കർമ്മ നിരതരായി പ്രവര്ത്തിക്കുന്ന ബി ഫ്രെട്സ് അംഗങ്ങളെയും അവരോടു സഹകരിക്കുന്ന സ്വിസ്സിലെ നല്ലവരായ മലയാളി സമൂഹത്തിനും മോന്സ് ജോസഫ്‌ MLA ആശംസകൾ അർപ്പിച്ചു .

 

ജില്ലാ പഞ്ചായത്ത് മെമ്പർ സക്കറിയാസ് കുതിരവേലി മുഖ്യ പ്രഭാഷണം നടത്തി. കേരളത്തിലെ 31  സ്കൂളുകളിൽ ഒരു ദിവസം ഒരു റുപ്പി എന്ന തോതിൽ കൊച്ചി ആസ്ഥാനമായുള്ള ആൽഫ  ഫൌണ്ടേഷന്റെ മേൽനോട്ടത്തിൽ  ഐ ഷയെർ പദ്ധതി നടന്നു വരുന്നു . 32 മത്തെ സ്കൂൾ ആയി സെന്റ്‌ മേരീസ് സ്കൂൾ തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കുകയും തദവസരത്തിൽ അവുപചാരികമായി പ്രോജെക്ടിന്റെ ഉൾക്കാടനം പഞ്ചായത്ത് പ്രസിഡന്റ്‌ PC കുര്യൻ നിർവഹിക്കുക ഉണ്ടായി . ആൽഫ ഫൌണ്ടേഷന്റെ ചെയർമാൻ മാത്യു ബി കുര്യൻ ഡോകുമെന്റുകൾ സ്കൂൾ ഹെട്മിസ്ട്രെസ്സ് SR.റീജാ മരിയക്ക്‌ കൈമാറുകയുണ്ടായി .ബ്ലോക്ക്‌ മെമ്പർ ആൻസി ജോസ് ,പഞ്ചായത്ത് മെമ്പർ മോഹനൻ ,സാമൂഹിക പ്രവർത്തകയും മരങ്ങാട്ടുപള്ളി പഞ്ചായത്ത് മെമ്പറും ആയ  ആൻസമ്മ സാബു ,സ്കൂൾ PTA വൈസ് പ്രസിഡന്റ്‌ വിനോദ്  എന്നിവർ പ്രസങ്ങിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു .സ്കൂൾ ഹെട്മിസ്ട്രെസ്സ് SR.റീജാ മരിയ സ്വാഗതവും ,ബി ഫ്രെട്സിനു വേണ്ടി അരുണ്‍  ജോസഫ്‌ നന്ദിയും അർപ്പിച്ചു .

 

 

പ്രോജെക്റ്റ്‌ കോർഡിനേറ്റർമാരായി  ബേബി തടത്തിൽ, ജെസ്വിൻ പുതുമന, പ്രിൻസ് കാട്ട്രുകുടിയിൽ, ബിന്നി വെങ്ങപ്പള്ളി , ജോസ് പെല്ലിശേരി, സെബാസ്റ്റ്യൻ അറക്കൽ, വർഗീസ് പൊന്നാനകുന്നേൽ, ലാൽ മണിയൻകേരികലം എന്നിവർ പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്നു .


Dear Friends,
Season Greetings,
With Christmas and New Year are around the corner, on behalf of Be Friends Executive Committee, I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The festival reminds us of spiritual effulgence of Jesus Christ’s teachings that could help realize the vision of a peaceful and harmonious world. May the holy festival of Christmas bless us all with peace, prosperity and joyful.  

In this special season, let’s celebrate the achievements we have made, prepare for making new progress, and draw up plans for an even greater development of ourselves and the Be Friends. Wish you all Marry Christmas and a peaceful, safe and prosperous New Year.

Please remember, our Annual General Body meeting on 11th January. Please come and join the party.

Sincerely,

Tomy Thondamkuzhy,For Be Friends Executive Committee.

Message-date-14.09.2014

Dear Friends,

Greetings to all… 

After our successful of Onam celebration, Hope you all are little bit relax mood.

On behalf of executive committee of Be friends, I would like to thank each and every one of you individually - the families, all the participants, the volunteers, sponsors and co-sponsors who attended our Thiruvonam celebration. Thanking you for an unrestrained support and participation for this programme into a resounding success. We had a hugely successful and colourful event. I am getting lot of appreciations from different peoples those who attend our Onam event.

It was really amazing to see all our members did a great job for the success of the event.  The event was unparallel in all means and the whole credit goes to members of Be Friends Switzerland. Once again Be Friends Switzerland proved ourselves as one of the best organization in Switzerland. The all coordinators done it wonderful job and the commitment of the executive committee was really admirable and we are lucky to have such great personalities in the committee who can really translate dream into reality.

This had been made possible only due to the hard work and commitment of numerous volunteers to whom we are very grateful. Particularly each and every one of you who toiled hard to make it a remarkable and a spectacular event. I am sorry, I can't fit in all the names of the individuals on this mail, but we know all of you, and we appreciate your efforts. Thanks a lot, from the bottom of our hearts for the roles you played, the contributions you made, and the skills, patience, and the commitment you brought to this event. 

A big gathering makes the programme Hall colourful.Onasadhya was very delicious as in the previous years. The stage programme was well presented.
Neenu Mathew also contributed in many ways for the success of the event as a choreographer .The youth and children have made outstanding contribution by making dance programmes very different and attractive.   Many non-members are also contributed towards the success of the programme for which we remember them with gratitude.Let me take this opportunity to thanks to the all performers of the Thiruvonam 2014, and appreciate their talent. 

Be Friends had grown from strength to strength, year after year with the profuse support and co-operation of the Malayalee community in Switzerland. Be Friends is committed to strive for the best interest of our community.

Please continue to inspire us in the team with your tireless focus and commitment to the building of this our Be Friends Home. We can full fill our challenging assignment together, and we will make a difference.
Also am taking this opportunity to congratulate to all Kerala Dress Award winners of the event.
Ladies and Gentlemen, once again thanking you all for your great support.

Message-date-23.12.2013

Dear Members of Be Friends!

First of all, let me wish you health, happiness, and well-being.

I am proud and privileged to be the second time as President of our prestigious organization.I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to each and every one of you for choosing me as President of Be Friends Switzerland.We have an energetic and dedicated group of people serving on the executive committee and it is my privilege to serve you with the support of a wonderful team.

The strengths and successes of the Be Friends come from individuals who volunteer their talents and expertise to meet the challenges. We welcome all of you to come forward and actively work toward success of this organization. We will strive to do whatever is possible to initiate a qualitative improvement with in our organization and the community.

Our vision for the year 2014 is to bring Be Friends families more close and we will undertake other charitable projects on a needed basis and to continue the social and cultural activities as in the past years. We would like to see our members leading a happy and prosperous life in this beautiful land with adequate space to cherish our own cultural heritage

As Be Friends members, you have provided boundless support and great encouragement in the past years. The new committee also expects your support in all our activities for coming years. Remember Be Friends lives in our hearts and its soul is shared equally by each one of us.

So it’s Christmas again!  Christmas wish is the ideal way to pray for love and peace for all. Wishes can be given to anyone, whether you know a person or not. It is the way to share your feelings and happiness with all those whom you come across on this sacred occasion. Christmas wishes come in many different forms but have one single essence - To spread peace and happiness on this sacred occasion.

On behalf of the committee of the Be Friends we wish each of you, and your families, a very Happy Christmas and we look forward together to an enjoyable 2014.

Looking forward to working with you.

With Best Wishes

Tomy Thondamkuzhy

President, Be Friends Switzerland


Message from Secretary - Prince Kattrukudiyil.

Dear Friends,

It is indeed an honor and privilege to be elected, for the second time, as General Secretary of Be Friends Switzerland.  I thank all of you for your support and I look forward to working with the Executive Committee and all our members during my new tenure for 2014-15.

As I look back at all the General Secretaries before me, I realize that I have great responsibilities in our community. During my new tenure, I endeavor to work more closely with our members and make our activities more successful for the next two years. We as the 2014-2015 Executive Committee have many new ideas and goals to further strengthen and grow our community and I request your active participation for all our events.

I would also like to request your suggestions, constructive criticisms and help. Let’s work together as a family to fulfil our community’s vision and goals.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I wish all Be Friends members for a healthy, safe and rewarding New Year 2014. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Regards,

Prince Kattrukudiyil

General Secretary, Be Friends Switzerland


Farewell Message from Executive Committee -2012-13-date-12.12.2013

Dear Friends,

We are happy to inform you that the annual General Body Meeting held on Saturday, 7th December 2013, has elected a new and energetic Executive committee which will lead and guide our great organisation for the next two years.  The details of the newly elected committee has already been published in our website http://www.befriends.ch/office_bearers.html

From the entire Executive Committee, we indeed enjoyed serving you over the last two years and would urge all to support the new committee with all your love and ability.

We, indeed, grateful for each and every member of Be Friends Switzerland for your outstanding contribution and support provided to us in running the office for the full term. 

This is a journey not a race to the finish line, some of us will trip some of us will fall, As long as we get back up and try to continue, we will be successful. For the past 11 years our journey continues with suceess and wish many more sucessfull yeares to follow.

Baby Thadathil

For Executive Committee

Be Friends Switzerland

Message from President-Antony Jose Pelliserry(2012-13)
Message-date-24.12.2011

Dear Friends,

It is a great honour and privilege for me to assume the role as President of such an outstanding Organisation, BE FRIENDS SWITZERLAND. 

We have come a long way since we came into existence in 2003. The entire outlook of the Organisation has broadened considerably in this relatively short time. Those who have steered the Association along this dynamic road have done so much in a responsive and measured way, ensuring appropriate adjustment and continuity made in day to day affairs . Many people have contributed to this outcome, far too many people to mention here by name.

We have a strong strategic focus in the Organisation from the beginning itself. This shows that we are an Organisation strong on teamwork and it reflects the attitude of the Organisation which is very much on the move.

The Organisation plays a vital role in many important areas, helping to address societal problems and cultural exchange at large. Therefore, I commit to provide the leadership which the Association requires in order to achieve its objectives and implement its strategies, and commit to listen and respond to your needs as members and work very closely with our Executive Committee. 

An important priority for us is to enhance our inclusivity so that we better respond to the individual needs of members, are open and accommodating to the ideas of others, and continue the friendly relationship with other associations in Switzerland.

I look forward to working with you and receiving your suggestion and contributions, so that Be Friends Switzerland will remain on top of the list.

The year 2012 is very important to Be Friends because we are planning to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our prestige Organisation in an unprecedented way. I request all our members to join hands together to make the celebrations a big success.

On behalf of the Executive Committee I wish all our Members and families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.

Regards

Antony Jose Pellissery
President, Be Friends Swizerland
Georg-Kempf Str. 57
8046 Zürich
Mob. 076 564 5112


Message from President- (2010-11)Tomy Thondamkuzhy
Farewell Message-date-16.12.2011

Dear Friends,

Season Greetings,

Well this is the last mail from me as a President of Be Friends for the year 2010-11. Time does not stand still for any of us, and my term as president of the Be Friends Switzerland draws to a close. It is, however, with great personal pleasure that I report the selection of Mr.Jose Pelliserry as the incoming president of the organization. 

As outgoing President, I would like to extend a big thanks to everyone who has helped to make this term so productive and delightful, specially thanks to our Secretary for his hard work and dedication. Also thanks to Treasurer for the good financial control. I would also like to thank to convenors and our all executive committee members and sub-committee members, Women’s Forum, youths and children. I would also like to thank the members for doing such a great job in promoting the club. As president I have received a lot of credit for the success we achieved during the past two years, but that success was a true team effort.

I am very much delighted to see the progress Be Friends had attained during the past years. Braving all odds, Be Friends had grown strength to strength, year after year with the profuse support and co-operation of our members and the Swiss Malayalee community.

The journey will be hard and challenging. There will be obstacle along the way. There will be disagreements. But at the end, we will act and come together to achieve our goals.Now, let me elaborate a little on the happier aspect. All the activities that we organised evoked a very warm response from the members and from public. 

In the past two years we have witnessed:
A, Great Public Support and Participation for our all public Events,
B, Beginning of the Be Friends Best Dress Award
C, Success of Musical Extravaganza-Hrudaya Ragam-(Dr.KJ Yesudas & Dr.KS Chitra)
D, Success of the Badminton Tournaments-Introducing T shirt with club logo.
E, Youth Forum Inauguration
F, The highest Members participation for the Onam Events.
G, Colourful Onam Celebration with Celebrities.
H, Colourful Dance choreography with Choreographers for Onam event.
I, More Dance groups participants from Members for Onam event.
J, Continuing the Charity Projects and other charity works.
K, Care Charity project third term fund releasing function at Rajagiri
L, Highest Sponsor ship amount of the club history
M, Highest turnover of the club history –1, 50,000 CHF
N, More close relation ship with other associations.
O, Great media support for our all public events.
P, Timing updating of Association Portal and highest hits from public.
Q, Highest participation from other club members for our events.

As outgoing President, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to serve as your President for the last two year. At this moment I am having ambivalent feeling: feeling of happiness; and feeling of sorrow. Feeling of happiness for what I could do for the cause of the Association and feeling of sorrow for the dreams, which could not be realized, till my president ship.

I would like to thank everyone for the support during my presidency and look forward to serving the organization in another capacity, Once again Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as Be Friends President this past two year. It was a great honour, and has been a wonderful years. 

I am confident that our incoming President, will guide our club to even higher levels of achievement in the coming years. Congratulations and best wishes to Incoming President Mr.Jose Pelliserry, Secretary Mr.Baby Thadathil and the incoming Board, for other great years! The newly elected board- http://www.befriends.ch/office_bearers.html

Thank you once again for the wonderful support and wish you all Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2012.
Regards,

Tomy Thondamkuzhy
Outgoing President, Be Friends Switzerland
076 343 28 62

Message-date-05.09.2011

Dear Friends,

Greetings to all… 

After our successful of Onam celebration, Hope you all arelittle bit relax mood.

On behalf of executive committee of Be friends, I wouldlike to thank each and every one of you individually - the families, all theparticipants, the volunteers, sponsors and co-sponsors, who attended our Thiruvonamcelebration. Thanking you for an unrestrained support and participation forthis programme into a resounding success. We had a hugely successful andcolourful event. I am getting lot of appreciations from different peoples thosewho attend Onam event.

This had been made possible only due to the hard work andcommitment of numerous volunteers to whom we are very grateful. Particularlyeach and every one of you who toiled hard to make it a remarkable and aspectacular event. I am sorry, I can't fit in all the names of the individualson this mail, but we know all of you, and we appreciate your efforts. Thanks alot, from the bottom of our hearts for the roles you played, the contributionsyou made, and the skills, patience, and the commitment you brought to thisevent. 

A big gathering makes the programme Hall colourful.Onasadhya was very delicious as in the previous years. The stage programme waswell presented. Let me take this opportunity to thanks to the performers of theThiruvonam 2011, and appreciate their talent. 

BeFriends had grown from strength to strength, year after year with the profusesupport and co-operation of the Malayalee community in Switzerland. Be Friendsis committed to strive for the best interest of our community.

Regards

Tomy Thondamkuzhy  

Message-date-15.06.2011

DearFriends,
Onbehalf of Be Friends executive Committee ,I would like to refresh you once moreregarding our upcoming mega event Thiruvonam 2011 will be held on 3rd September2011 at Heslihalle,Kusnacht,Zurich.

Thepreparations are underway and a lot more to do to make the programme a bigsuccess. We need your full support and participation by all means. Pleaseinform your relatives and friends about our Onam celebration also inform aboutthe great Onasadhya and colourful Cultural event. In connection with the Onamcelebrations we are conducting this year also “Best Dress Award”. 

As Be Friends members, youhave provided boundless support and great encouragement in the past our allevents. The executive committee this year also expects your full support to ournext mega event 2011. Remember Be Friends lives in our hearts and its soul isshared equally by each one of us. 

Letus work together to make the Onam Programme 2011 a grand success.

Regards

Tomy Thondamkuzhy  

 

Message-date-23.04.2011

Dear Friends,

Today is the Easter. It celebrates the resurrection of God, a miracle that gives us all hope for our life. If Jesus could make this sacrifice for our mistakes, we are all saved! Happy Easter…

God bless you at Easter and keep you all year through. God give you all the faith it takes to make your dreams come true. May His love and wisdom always help to guide you on your way, And His light shine down upon you now to bless your Easter Day.

Easter brings Fun, Easter brings Happiness, Easter brings God Endless Blessings, Easter brings fresh love…May your life goes well, May you be happy and your dreams come true. May your minds be filled with sweet memories and thoughts and your stomach with good food, beer and wine. 

I refresh you all once again regarding our Family Tour as planned on 2nd June. For further details and registration please contact programme co-ordinators: Mr.Augustin Maliakal -076 525 95 78, Mr.Jose Pelliserry-076 564 51 12, Mr.Shalim Valiyaveettil- 076 581 70 13

According to our programme calendar of 2011 our next event is Grill party and sports day … Date- May 21st 2011- Please register your presents with co coordinator –Mr.Joshy Vadakkumpadan -0763038519

Once again, on behalf of Be Friends Executive Committee I'd like to wish you all a happy and enjoyable Easter.

With Prayers,

Tomy Thondamkuzhy
President, Be Friends Switzerland.

 

Message-date-09.04.2011

Dear Friends,

Greetings to all… 

On behalf of executive committee of Be friends, I would like to thank each and every one of you individually - the families, all the participants, the volunteers, sponsors and co-sponsors, who attended our Hrudaya Raagam musical event. Thanking you for an unrestrained support and participation for this programme into a resounding success. We had a hugely successful and colourful event. I am getting a lot of appreciations from different peoples those who attend Hrudaya Raagam event.

This had been made possible only due to the hard work and commitment of numerous volunteers to whom we are very grateful. Particularly each and every one of you who toiled hard to make it a remarkable and a spectacular event. I am sorry, I cannot fit in all the names of the individuals on this mail, but we know all of you, and we appreciate your efforts. Thanks a lot, from the bottom of our hearts for the roles you played, the contributions you made, and the skills, patience, and the commitment you brought to this event. 

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the programme committee, Buffet team, Ticket counter team, Stage and hall decoration team, stage managers, Hospitality management and VIP ground handling of our legend musicians and their families as well as of our valued sponsors. We truly are blessed that we have such group of volunteers helping out to make this event to a high profile segment and an event icon of Swiss Malayalees. 

Let me take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Kuoni Destination Management’s Operation Manager Mr.Varghese Edattukaran and Accounts Manager Mr. Sudharshan Manayath for their out standing support to us. On be half of Be friends executive committee, I would like to extend our bouquet of gratitude to them for the immense support provided from the beginning till to the end. Also thanking to Mr.Mathew Kurian for the IT support. 

The talented singer and youth icon Mr.Vijay Yesudas inaugurated Be friends youth forum in the presents of our legendry Dr.K J Yesudas and K S Chitra during the opening ceremony of Hrudayaragam. The main motto of our youth forum is to promote the voice of young generation and to create a unique platform strive to deliver right mix of culture and its values, entertainment and awareness. Let me take this opportunity to thanks the youth forum formation committee members and also thanks to our youth forum for the support of Vijay Yesudas's performance.

None of these things would happen without participation from you all and we thank you and hope that we shall receive the same support in future. Time is changing very rapidly, but our determination will not change. We have a common goal to achieve every year and it is called success. No one can stop us from achieving this goal when you are there with BE FRIENDS.Be Friends had grown from strength to strength, year after year with the profuse support and co-operation of the Malayalee community in Switzerland. Be Friends is committed to strive for the best interest of our community.

We can fulfil our challenging assignment together, and together we make a difference. We believe in “LIFE IS WHAT YOU 

MAKE IT !!!The event photos added in our portal. Please visit. http://www.befriends.ch/hrudaya-raagam.html - Photos by-Jeyandan Nadarajah, Mathew Kurian and Biju Parackal.Please visit following link for Malayalam news about Hrudaya Raagam event.
http://www.befriends.ch/hrudaya-raagam-1.html 

With best personal regards,

For Be Friends Executive Committee,
Tomy Thondamkuzhy
President, Be Friends Switzerland.

Message-date-12.11.2010

Dear Friends,

 

On behalf of Executive Committee, I would like to convey my deep appreciation for the strong and dedicated work done by our Women's Forum.

 

MANGALYAM, one of the charity programmes of Be Friends is an initiative from the Women's Forum.  They took all the effort to find out the possible match and get them united with the help of local parish.  In this year the wedding bell rang for five couples and the list follows:

 

1, Neenu and Yesudas

          Neenu Babu, Kunjilakkattu, Kothamangalam.

          Yesudas Peter, Parakunnathukudy, Kothamangalam 

 

2, Ency and Martin. 

          Ency Johnson, Kaitharan, Thalore P.O

          Martin, Madomparabil, Angamaly

 

3, Sushama and Vinod

          Sushama, Kunniramath house, Thennilappuram, Palakkad.

          Vinod Kumar, Padinjarekizhakkuveettil, Sreekrishnapuram, Palakkad.

 

4, Reshma and Sujith

          Reshma, Marottickal house, Pullazhi, Thrissur

          Sujith,Mahnumale house,Mattampuram

 

5,Sheena and Varghese

          Sheena, Maroky house, Pathiyaram, Kuutenchery

          Varghese, Parppurathu house, Mudappalloor.

 

The outstanding success of Be Friends project Mangalyam is a milestone of our charity programme and I would say the entire credit goes to the team of Women's Forum. I would also like to convey our deep appreciation to all of our friends and colleagues who have joined this initiative with unselfish and generous cooperation.

Please keep going the spirit and enthusiasm.

 

Regards

Tomy Thondamkuzhy

President, Be Friends Switzerland

Message-date-08/10/2010

Dear Friends,

Hope you all are doing well.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of Be Friends, I am so delighted to express my sincere joy and happiness towards the happy end of the Family meet, it’s held on 1, 2 and 3rd Oct.2010 in Appenzell.

Thanks to all the parents and children who attended our Family meets. The Family Meet was a huge success and was very enjoyable weekend. Family meet is one of the healthiest entertaining ways to enjoy our time with family and children.The Family Weekend always the perfect opportunity to reconnect with our family relation ship and family meet is always fun and memorable.

Reg.
Tomy Thondamkuzhy
President, Be Friends Switzerland.

Message-dated-07/09/2010

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Executive Committee of Be Friends, I am so delighted to express my sincere joy and happiness towards the happy end of the Onam celebration 2010. 

Let me take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unrestrained support and participation for turning Onam 2010 into a resounding success. We had a hugely successful and colourful Onam celebration this year also. I am getting a lot of appreciations from different peoples those who attend our Onam Celebration.

The credit goes to each and every person who toiled hard to make it a remarkable celebration. I am sorry, I cannot fit in all the names of the individuals on this mail, but we know all of you, and we appreciate your efforts. Thanks a lot, from the bottom of our hearts. Every one contributed towards the success of the event. I salute you all for the immense support you all provided from the beginning till to the end.

A big gathering makes the programme Hall colourful. Onasadhya was very delicious as in the previous years. The stage programme was well presented.We have conducted first time the Best Dress Award. I received lot of positive feedback from the audience regarding the Dress Award.On behalf of the Executive Committee, I congratulate the all winners and thanks to the Judges panel. 

I would also like to thank our chief Guest Mr.Max Baumgartner and his wife for their whole time participation with us. And also thanks to Mr.Joby John for his marvellous performance. Our profound gratitude to Mr.Sunil– Corel Group & team and other sponsors for sponsoring our Onam celebration.

Time is changing very rapidly, but our determination will not change. We have a common goal to achieve every year and it is called SUCCESS. No one can stop us from achieving this goal when you are there with BE FRIENDS.

Be Friends’s programmes always stands out from the crowd with its quality, variety and innovativeness. Be Friends had grown strength to strength, year after year with the profuse support and co-operation of the Malayalee community in Switzerland. Be Friends is committed to strive for the best interest of our community.

The Onam celebration Photos added in our portal. Please visit: http://www.befriends.ch/onam2010.html -Photos by-Jeyandan Nadarajah 

Look forward to your continued support and encouragement. We can fulfil our challenging assignment together, and we will make a difference.

Reg.
Tomy Thondamkuzhy
President, Be Friends Switzerland.

Message-dated-09/05/2010

Dear Friends,

Mothers Day is a special day for honouring Mothers through out the world. The Mother's Day holds great significance for all of us. As usual, the Mothers Day 2010 will be celebrated on May 09th, 2010

Mother. Probably the greatest gift that one can ever receive in a lifetime. It's her tender hand that rocks the cradle, her selfless love that gives strength, her constant care that help one to overcome all the trying times of life. 

Mother's Day, the day to honour the paragon of earthly affection is once again at our threshold. Mother's Day is a symbol of the depth of the love of every human being for his/her mother. It is a day set aside only for the mother - one of the most beautiful persons in our lives.

Dear Youth and Kids,

Celebrate Mothers Day with your Dear Mother.Mothers Day is the perfect day to celebrate the joys of having a mother. It is the time to make amends for not being able to spend quality time with her. So turn your wrongs right by making all efforts to give a perfect Mothers Day to your mother. Think about her likes and dislikes about gifts and idea on celebration and act accordingly. Strive to make Mothers Day absolutely hassle free for your mother and take the responsibilities on yourself for a day. Give her a warm hug and a big kiss as you wish her a Happy Mothers Day!

M - Mighty powerful woman.
O - Original in every way.
T - Tenacious and strong.
H - Happy and joyful.
E - Everything to everyone.
R - Rock solid and reliable.

Wish you all a happy Mother’s Day.

Reg.
Tomy Thondamkuzhy
President, Be Friends.

Message-dated-04/04/2010

Dear Friends,

 

Today(4th April) is the Easter.It celebrates the resurrection of God, a miracle that gives us all hope for our life. If Jesus could make this sacrifice for our mistakes, we are all saved! Happy Easter…

Easter brings Fun, Easter brings Happiness, Easter brings God Endless Blessings, Easter brings fresh love…May your life goes well, May you be happy and your dreams come true. May your minds be filled with sweet memories and thoughts and your stomach with good food, beer and wine. 

Once again, on behalf of Be Friends Executive Committee I'd like to wish you all a happy and enjoyable Easter.

With Prayers,
Tomy Thondamkuzhy

Message-dated-30/3/2010

Dear Friends,

I am so delighted to express my sincere joy and happiness towards the happy end of the Badminton Tournament 2010. Thank you for your huge contribution to the success of our Badminton Tournament. We have thus far had only positive feedback.
On behalf of Executive Committee and Programme Committee I would like to congratulate all the winners, hearty congratulation to winners from our Association and also thanks to all those who participated in this sports event.

Mr. Monichan Nalloor, Sports Convener, has done a wonderful job with the support of Mr.Shaju Cheeramkuzhy, Mr. Joshy Pannarakunnel, and Mr.Reji Paul, as co-ordinators of this Tournament. The Executive Committee as also showed tremendous enthusiasm and determination for the success of this Sports event. 
Thanks to all those who have wearing our T-shirts, that was making our unity and colourful. 
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all members of Be Friends. It is through the support of like you that we are able to continue to strengthen our programs. Also thanks to Medias and our Sponsors, for their support to make this event a big success.

Time is changing very rapidly, but our determination will not change. We have a common goal to achieve every year and it is called sucess. No one can stop us from achieving this goal when you are there with BE FRIENDS.

The tournament Photos and winners list added in our portal. Please visit:  http://www.befriends.ch/tournament2010.html  - I thank to Mr.Jogi Moonjeli for the took wonderful pictures from our Tournament day and also appreciate his great sense of taking photos in the very right moment.

Again, thank you all for making this event a reality.

Reg.
Tomy Thondamkuzhy

Message-dated-8/3/2010

Dear Friends,
The day March 8 as International Women’s Day is being celebrated since 1913.
This world is a better place because of the presence of Women. Mother,sister,daughter,friend,lover or wife……..no matter what their role is…..they add meaning to our existence…..they bring love to our life…..
Women's Day is to appreciate those who have the biggest but quietest Influence in our lives. It can be mom who balances work and home beautifully or grandma who stuns you with her spirit and courage. It might be your wife,Daughter, sister! These women touch our lives and make it better!

On this time, I have great pleasure in extending my greetings and best wishes to the women of Be Friends for their continued success; also I thanked, on behalf of executive Committee, all Be Friends women for their contribution to the development of our Association.
Happy women’s day to all the ladies of Be Friends. May your special day be filled with joy and happiness.
Reg.
Tomy Thondamkuzhy

Message-dated-25/1/2010

Dear Friends,


26th January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit. The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of our country.

They dreamt of a free India….
They dared to fight for it…
They had the power…
To achieve there dreams,
They had the courage….to target the impossible.

On the Eve of this Republic Day … We salute the father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and let us offer a salute …To the pride and valor … of the all brave sons of our Motherland. Let us remember the Golden Heritage of our Country; feel proud to be a part of INDIA. Hope peace prevails in this part of the World today and everyday.

Wish you all a Happy Republic Day of India.

Mera Bharath Mahan
Jai Hind,

Tomy Thondamkuzhy

Message-dated-30/12/09

Dear Friends,

Hopefully you all are celebrated Christmas in joy and peace.

As we approach the end of yet another colourful year and as we enter yet another New Year. New Year is the time to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the coming year. It is the time to forget and get past memories that are no longer useful or worth pondering upon. It is the time for new beginnings and new starts in life. On behalf of Be Friends executive committee, I would like wish you all a Happy New Year.

The new executive board’s first meeting held on 20th December at Zurich and discussed our future programmes and prepared our yearly programme calendar. According to our programme calendar the next Annual General body Meeting is probably the first programme and second programme is Badminton Tournament in year 2010.

On behalf of Executive committee of Be Friends, I would like to extend an invitation to you the first general body meeting will be held on March.6, 2010 at 4.pm.The place inform you later. 

We are also arranging a small party with delicious food and lot of other surprises on that day. Please come and join the party. We are Be Friends and will be friends for ever.

Please be so kind and not in mind this two days-March 6th (General Body) and March 27th (Badminton Tournament) 

As in the previous years, we are taking new members those who wish to join our Club with their own interest. The last date to propose the names will be 15th Feb. 2010. Please forward the names, address, E-mail address and telephone number of such families within the time frame so that we will be able to introduce them at the our first Annual General Body Meeting.

I request all members with families to attend on that AGM and make it a memorable one. Your esteemed participation with family is solicited.

The new executive committee of Be Friends extend our best wishes and fervent hopes for a truly Happy New Year to all.

Regards,

Tomy Thondamkuzhy

Message-dated-16.12.09

Dear Members of Be Friends!

First of all, let me wish you health, happiness, and well-being. 

My hearty thanks to all of you in electing me as the new president of the Be Friends Switzerland. I am very fortunate in having good team and we look all around developmental activities of our Association. We will do our best to make sure the Be Friends stride for the best of tomorrow.

Elected members of the new Executive Board:

Tomy Thondamkuzhy-President.
Prince Kattrukudiyil-General Secretary. 
Sebastian Arackal- Treasurer, 
Jimmy Korattikattutharayil-Vice President,
Lalnce Maplalakayil- Joint Secretary,
Babu Vethani- Arts Convenor.
Devasia George Nalloor- Sports Convenor. 

Baby Thadathil –Ex-officio,Augustin Maliakal-Ex-officio,Shaju Cheeramkuzhy, Prakash Athipozhi, James Koovalloor, Johny Kuruttukulangara, Jose Pelliserry, Joshy Pannarakunnel,Joshy Vadakkumpadan, Shalim Valiyaveettil, Joseph Mlavil, Mathew Manikuttiyil.

As you all have witnessed this past years under Chief Executive Mr.Baby Thadathil’s leadership, the activities were well-executed, the finance was healthy, and the participation was very high. I feel very lucky to have had the chance to work with him the last two years as Arts Convenor. My personal thank to him and to the General Convenor for their guidance and leadership. 

On behalf of the members of the new Executive Board 2010-2011, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the previous Executive board of Be Friends. 

Once again, thank you very much for electing me as your new President. I will try my very best to meet and exceed your expectations. 

I along with my team look forward working with you the next two years and welcome your involvement and comments.

Sincerely,

Tomy Thondamkuzhy
President
Be Friends Switzerland

Message from Executive-in-Chief- (2008-2009)Baby Thadathil

Message-dated-19.12.09

Dear Friends,

As outgoing Chief Executive of BE FRIENDS, may I take this opportunity to say that a wonderful experience it has been over the last few years to be involved in our Club in this way. I would like to extend a big THANKS to everyone who has helped to make this term so productive and delightful, specially, all the executive committee members and sub-committee members, Women’s Forum, helpful parents, understanding children and lastly but not least all those friends who have attended our events and made it all worth-while.

As I encapsulates my experience throughout my term of office, I can describe it as a turbulent one. What interesting to note is that amidst all the turbulences during the past two years, there were persons who assisted me and for that I offer my sincerest gratitude. My family continues to be a force to reckon with in terms of support and for that I offer to them my deepest gratitude.

I was very fortunate to have worked with friends of different styles. Those who were quiet but effective; those with great courage; those who were compassionate, and to cement it, all those colleagues of the Executive Committee who were dedicated to the cause of a much stronger Be Friends and be able to develop a more effective working system within our Club.

I want to publicly thank all my colleagues for the support given to this office; your patience and, by far, your understanding throughout the period.

I am leaving this office not with a lot of excitement and satisfaction having completed a rigorous term of office, but with the feeling that I accomplished most of what I set out to do. At the same time, I feel somewhat disappointed because some of the things that I had planned did not get done. As I pass on the baton to the new President I do so with all my best wishes to him and to assure him that I will be there to see him through his office years.

Thank you once again for the wonderful support and wish you all MERRY CHRISTMAS and PROSEPROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR 2010.

Baby Thadathil 

Message-dated-31.08.09

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Executive Committee of Be Friends, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all our members for the grand success of the Onam Programme 2009.

We once again proved that joint effort can bring so much in life. I am proud of these accomplishments, and I hope you are as well.

Every one contributed towards the success of the event. I salute you all for the immense support you all provided from the beginning till to the end.

A big gathering make the programme Hall colourful. Onasadhya was very delicious as in the previous years. Programmes was well presented and timely. 

Thank you all once again for your whole hearted support to make this wvent a memorable one.

Love you all

Baby Thadathil
Chief Executive, Be Friends Switzerland

Message-dated-26.07.09

Dear Friends,

The charity programme of Be Friends CARE (Children with Aids, Rehabilitation and Education) in association with Rajagiri Outreach, is the best way to help needy children affected or infected with Aids in Kerala.  They are innocent children without their fault became infected or affected.  

In the past few months we have already sponsored 25 children from different districts of Kerala.  I am glad to mention that the Executive Members of Be Friends have taken the initiative to make this programme running.

We have received the request for another 15 children who are looking for sponsorship.  To sponsor a child for one year is SFr. 120.  This amount includes a medical insurance programme for the child which will help the child to meet the minimum medical requirements through out the year.

If you are interested to participate the joint effort of Be Friends, with the support from Swiss Malayalees, to support a child for their education and treatment.

If you are interested please let me know at the earliest.- bobthadathil@gmail.com 

Baby Thadathil
Chief Executive, Be Friends
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