Inviting Youth Leaders: Student Advisory Council (SAC)

posted Aug 22, 2017, 7:56 AM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR

Dear Friends,

The FOICR EC is pleased to announce the formation of a five member youth leadership council named the Student Advisory Council (SAC). This is an excellent opportunity to inculcate leadership abilities in our youth members.

The SAC is being created for an ad-hoc purpose to assist the FOICR EC in planning for and executing activities for the 2017 Fall Festival. The 2017 Fall Festival is currently planned for Saturday, November 4th. The SAC will attend the EC meetings with the regular EC/BoD members.The main responsibilities of the SAC are as below:

1. Providing advice to the EC on the program structure for the Fall Festival.
2. Help the EC plan expenditures for the Fall Festival.
3. Help the EC create a marketing/social media campaign for the event.
4. Reach out to other youth members to participate and volunteer in the Fall Festival.

Participation in the SAC is limited to students currently enrolled in grades 9th through 11th. Enrollment is strictly on a first come first served basis. Preference will be given to FOICR members. Please send an email to if interested in becoming an SAC member.


Amit Suri

On Behalf of FOICR EC

2017 India Independence Day Picnic

posted Aug 7, 2017, 2:14 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 8:46 PM by Foicr Usa ]

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you all to attend INDIA's Independence Day Celebration and FOICR annual picnic.

Please join us in our FUNtastic annual outdoor gathering and take part in the fun activities for all ages. 

When: Saturday, Aug 19th, 11.00 AM - 4.00 PM
Where:  Woodpecker Lodge, Pinicon Ridge Park, Central City, IA 52214

Flag Hoisting: Noon
Lunch: 12:30 PM – 2 PM

If you or your kids wants to say few words (max 1 minute speech) about Independence day, please send your name in email to

Entrance fees:
 Members: $3/person, Non Members: $10/person
 Under 5 years is FREE

See you all at the PICNIC!!!

FOICR Spring blood drive

posted Apr 2, 2017, 10:18 AM by Foicr Usa   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

Please register by clicking here

FOICR Spring Festival 2017

posted Mar 19, 2017, 5:49 PM by Foicr Usa   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 10:58 AM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR ]

Dear Friends:

FOICR Executive committee is pleased to announce that the FOICR Spring Festival 2017 is now scheduled for Saturday, May 6th at Scottish Rite Temple in Cedar Rapids.

We welcome you and your family to the Spring Festival 2017, an event full of unbounded fun!

Join us for sumptuous dinner of Indian Cuisine and enjoy the programs which include dance, music, skit and much more!!   

Program Schedule:

  • 4.00 PM – 5: 00 PM – Social & Snacks
  • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Programs
  • 7:30 PM – Dinner

Ticket prices:

Before 05/06/17:

  • Members (adults): $12
  • Member kids ages 5 - 15: $8
  • Non-members (adults & kids): $15

On 05/06/17:

  • Members (adults & kids): $15
  • Non-members (adults & kids): $20

Admission is free for kids under age 5 and gold members (RSVP required).

Please RSVP and purchase the tickets by 04/30/2017 to help us plan the event better. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling 319-270-8711 or by contacting any of the EC members below:

  • Amit Suri 
  • Prathap Thotapalle
  • Girish Kulkarni
  • Himanshu Bhushan
  • Vighneshwar Gadde
  • Sreenivasa Vanavasam
  • Sudin Huddar
  • Mini Das
  • Jawahar Thangavelu
  • Ramesh Babu Thota
  • Tanesh Revankar
  • Priyanka Govindaram
  • Siva Gopalam

For updates and details, please visit our website at closer to the program date.

If you are not a member of FOICR, we request you to consider joining to show your support for FOICR.

FOICR Annual Indoor Sports

posted Mar 5, 2017, 8:31 AM by Foicr Usa   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 3:56 PM ]

Friends of India would like to invite you all to the “Annual Indoor Sports day 2017".  Come, play & compete with some great talents within our community.

It will be a fun-filled family event where men, women, and children of all ages can participate, showcase their skills & win exciting prizes/trophies. The event details are as below:

When:  10 AM to 4 PM Central, SaturdayMarch 25th 2017

Where: New Life Community Church, 275 West 29th Ave, Marion, IA 52302


  1. Chess
  2. 2.Table Tennis (Ping-pong)
  3. Carrom
  4. Wii Tennis
  5. Foosball
  6. Skipping
  7. Fill the bucket
  8. Musical Chair
  9. Rangoli

Entry fee: $5 for FOICR members (kids/adults), $10 (non-member kids), $ 15 (non-member adults). 

Use the following links for rules and registration. 

Rules (also attached):

Age groups for each event will be decided based on the number of participants and their age.


If you would like to participate, then please complete the registration form above or send your name, contact details (Email, phone#), age of the participant and the games to:

The last day for registration is Monday, March 20th. The registration fee can be paid on the Sports day and prior to the start of the sports events.

We are looking forward to your Enthusiastic Participation! Let’s play hard and have fun.

Please Note: FOICR EC reserves the right to change/cancel or limit number of entries for a game.

FOICR - India Republic Day Celebrations (Event Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2017)

posted Jan 5, 2017, 5:08 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 5:15 PM ]

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 68th Republic Day of India celebrations. 


Where: Community of Christ

            1500 Blairs Ferry Road

            Hiawatha, IA 52233

We will have a social hour & snacks (3:30PM to 5:00PM), cultural programs  (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM), followed by dinner (7:00 PM to 8.30PM). 

Please utilize this occasion as an opportunity to renew your membership or become new members and support FOICR organization grow bigger to serve the community better.

If you choose not to become a member or renew your membership on that day then we kindly request you to pay $5/person to defray the facility rent and other expenses. Please remember to bring check or cash.

Please join us and make the event a grand success.

Please RSVP by 01/24/2017, to avoid food wastage or shortage.

FOICR Executive Committee

Friends of India Association, Cedar Rapids, IA  

FOICR Membership 2017

posted Dec 27, 2016, 4:29 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR

Hello Friends,

 Wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday season.

 It is time to renew/join FOICR membership for 2017. In addition to the regular annual membership offered to existing & new members, we are also offering a six month membership option for new members in 2017. The FOICR Executive Committee (EC) is pleased to confirm membership pricing details for 2017 as below:


Full Year (2017): Current & New Members

Membership Type

Annual Membership Price (Regular) $

Life (one time)








Fee Structure for New Members* who take Half Yearly Membership Option in 2017

Membership Type

1st Half** Membership Price (Regular) $

2nd Half*** Membership Price (Regular) $










2017 Fee for the Balvikas Program****

Membership Type

Per Child ($)

2 or more children in one family ($)




* Only new members in 2017 have this option. You are considered a new member if you were not an FOICR member in 2016.

** 1st Half is the time period from 1/1/17 to 6/30/17. New Gold members for 1st half are entitled to free tickets for Spring festival only, if they take membership before Spring festival.

*** 2nd Half is the time period from 7/1/17 to 12/31/17. 2nd Half fee will be collected in July'17. New Gold members for 2nd half are entitled to free tickets for Fall festival only, if they take membership before Fall festival.

**** Balvikas fee will not change for half yearly option.

 For additional details on membership, please contact any of the 2017 FOICR EC members below or visit

 2017 FOICR EC Members




Amit Suri


Prathap Thotapalle

Vice President

Girish Kulkarni


Himanshu Bhushan


Vighneshwar Gadde

Volunteer Chair

Sreenivasa Vanavasam

Web Chair

Sudin Huddar

Program Chair

Mini Das

Youth Chair

Jawahar Thangavelu

Sports Chair

Ramesh Babu Thota

Food Chair

Tanesh Revankar

Fund Raising Chair

Priyanka Govindaram

Co-Youth Chair

Siva Gopalam


 Thank you,

Amit Suri

On Behalf of FOICR EC


Cell: 319-270-8711


FOICR Fall Festival - 2016 [November 12th, 2016]

posted Oct 14, 2016, 6:59 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 5:06 PM by Girish k ]

We would like to cordially invite you to the 

FOICR Fall Festival - 2016 on November 12th, 2016

Please join us on this special day to witness the amazing performances. 

We will have delicious Indian food followed by a variety entertainment program

If you would like to perform in the event, please click here.


Jefferson High School
1243 20th Street Southwest
Cedar Rapid, 52404

Program Schedule

3.30 PM – 5: 00 PM – Social & Snacks
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Programs
7:30 PM – Dinner

 Ticket prices

Before 11/09/16:

Members: $12
Member kids ages 5 - 15: $8
Non-members: $15

After 11/09/16:

Members: $15
Non-members: $20
Admission is free for kids under age 5 and gold members (RSVP required).

 Please RSVP and purchase the tickets by 11/09/2016 to help us plan the event better.

Please purchase the tickets in advance, and help us plan the event better.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting:

Siva R. Gopalam- 319-491-6811
Sreenivasa Vanavasam- 815-520-9076
Girish Kulkarni- 248-924-0408
Amit Suri- 319-270-8711
Tanesh Revankar- 309-230-9600
Satya Kondiboyina- 616-516-4689
Prathap Thotapalle- 862-251-2483
Vighneshwar Gadde- 516-474-6842
Raj Kumar Durairaj- 319-531-8598
Siddharth Pratap Singh- 319-538-4796
Sudin Huddar- 319-210-9220
Salini Leela- 319-202-3596

For updates and details, please visit our website at closer to the program date.

If you are not a member of FOICR, we request you to consider joining to show your support for FOICR.

Friends Of India Association Cedar Rapids

FOICR - Fall Blood Drive, October 22nd, 9.30am-12pm

posted Sep 25, 2016, 12:21 PM by Friends of India Cedar Rapids - FOICR   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 12:22 PM ]

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