I retired in 2014 after 43 years of professional work and I joined SCORE of Chattanooga as a counselor. SCORE is an organization that helps entrepreneurs or business owners to make them succeed in their business goals.
Same time, I joined North River Civic Center as a board member to help in improving the community services. Most of the clients are senior citizens.
Besides these, I joined a mentoring program called Tennessee Achieves, which helps high school students finish their two years of college free of costs. This program is sponsored by the state government. Tennessee is the first state in the country to create this program for high school students. President Obama liked this program and suggested it expand nationwide.
I was president of my city Kiwanis Club, VP of Junior Chambers of Commerce, a Boy Scout leader, president of Engineering Organization and served as an advisor for a year at Nashville’s Salvation Army organization. I help to bring in programs that have been successful in other cities and states.
As a board member of North River Civic Center, I have helped orchestrate a change in the functions of the center towards new services for senior citizens, such as celebrating aging and drivers’ education for seniors. In addition, I have educated the board and the officers on their responsibilities, to ensure that they follow the fiduciary responsibility.
I have always been a civic leader since 1978, when I moved to Tennessee after I immigrated to the USA from India. In my encore years, I continue to serve my community and help it grow.