President's Message

Namaste Everyone:

On behalf of Indian Association of Sacramento, IAS, I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. I am honored to be elected as an IAS president for 2021. I would like to thank all the board members for giving me this opportunity. I am very glad that I have the support of four abled leaders, Ms. Vandna Sharma, Ms. Ranju Verma, Mr. Gobi Ramasamy and Mr. Amitab Shaik in the form of an executive committee to support the IAS activities this year.

Indian Association of Sacramento (IAS), a nonprofit organization, is an umbrella organization of Indian regional states. Thanks to all the previous IAS leaders in setting up a great platform for IAS in uniting the Asian Indians in Greater Sacramento, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of India with the local community and integrating the Asian Indians with the local community through various events and collaboration activities.

IAS organizes India Day every year with over 4,000 people to showcase diversified Indian culture and heritage with local community, supports local and Indian charities, organizes 5k run to promote health and benefit a local charity, participates in community events including MLK walk and Veterans Day Parade, organizes/participates in women empowerment, youth development activities and many other events to benefit the community. IAS raised over $175k and supported 23 plus charities in the past 15 years.

Along with the support of IAS board members, I and our executive team will do our level best in fulfilling the objectives of the organization set by previous leaders through our legacy and new events in 2021. Despite pandemic, IAS innovatively organized several virtual events in 2020. IAS will continue to organize virtual events during COVID-19 pandemic until we are safe to organize in-person events. We are going to start 2021 with a virtual republic day cultural event on January 26th to uplift the spirits of Indian community and wish them a Happy Republic Day. COVID-19 pandemic has impacted community members' mental health severely. IAS plans to organize virtual workshops on mind, body and health to benefit the community. We also bring in more Indian regional organizations under the IAS umbrella and further strengthen it. We will also actively collaborate with our supporting organizations and local community to benefit the Greater Sacramento residents.

I and the executive committee promise to create a strong and united Asian Indian community and promote cultural diversity, equality and inclusiveness in all of IAS events.

If you are interested in helping IAS or have any ideas, please reach out to me by emailing here

Mr. Bhaskar Vempati