Hurricane Dorian Update

Hurricane Dorian Update
South Florida Tamil Sangam requests everyone to stay safe during Hurricane Dorian. We are monitoring the potential threat of Hurricane Dorian. Now is the time to get you, your family, and home prepared. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Dorian is strengthening in the western Atlantic and is forecast to be a category 4 hurricane as it approaches the Florida east coast late this weekend and into next week.

While there is still uncertainty as to the intensity of the impact, the onset of tropical storm force winds could begin as early as Saturday evening. Weather conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate through the weekend with threats of hurricane force winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, and flooding.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Dorian gathers strength in the Caribbean. The Governor is urging all Floridians to prepare as Hurricane Dorian will likely make landfall on Florida's East Coast as a major hurricane.

Our top priority is to ensure the safety of our fellow citizens. SFTS encourages families and board members to:

Prepare Proper Emergency Kit Essential to Hurricane Preparedness. ( your county news
Dade :
Palm Beach : your family and home
Check the National Hurricane Center website at
Please take the necessary precautions to safeguard your home. Should you have any question or concerns, please contact the following South Florida Tamil Sangam Board Members.

- Mr. Sivaprakasam Kalaichezhian (305.215.5684)
- Mr. Rajamanikandan Narayanasamy(305.562.3805)

அகர முதல எழுத்தெல்லாம் ஆதி

பகவன் முதற்றே உலகு.

On behalf of South Florida Tamil Sangam, it is with great joy that we wish you all "இனிய புத்தாண்டு நாள் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்". We are very excited to represent this elite South Florida organization and look forward to growing, innovating, and expanding our beautiful community.

It is a great honor that SFTS General Body has bestowed upon us the responsibilities to lead this organization. Our new board members are. 

Board Members

Mr. ​Sivaprakasam Kalaichezhian(Kalai) President    
Mrs. Bharathy Kumar Senthil  ( Bharathy) Vice President
Mr. Rajamanikandan Narayanasamy (Raja) Secretary 
​​Mrs. Ramya Pradeepkumar (Ramya) Joint Secretary 
Mrs. Ramadevi Venkatesan (Rama)   Treasurer
Mrs. Geetha Mohan(Geetha)Treasurer
Mr. Arthur Hemachandra ( Arthur) Director,  Miami-Dade County
Mrs. Usha Narayanan (Usha)Director, Miami-Dade County
Mr. Balu Krishnan ( Balu)    Director, Broward County
Mrs. Suryakala Ragavendran (Surya)​​Director, Broward County
Mr. Venkat Narayanasamy  (Venkat)  Director,  Palm Beach County
Mr, Shandalingam Periannan(Shanta)  Director, Palm Beach County

Our gender balanced team will bring forward a wide array of expertise and suggestions geared towards making our Sangam as inclusive and diverse as possible. Their commitment towards progress and betterment of our society is insurmountable. We welcome you to check out our bio-data/profile on the SFTS website in the next couple of weeks.

We would like to share with you our strategic plan "Six core pillars of STFS" of what we would like to achieve this year:

  1. Youth Talent Program: Involving SFTS youth in the planning and execution process of SFTS related activities. SFTS community has untapped potential of young talent, their involvement will not only benefit our organization but the youth themselves. We request parents to encourage their children, teens, and young adults up to 18 years of age to participate in these programs.
  2. Senior Citizen program: This board will be working towards engaging / honoring senior citizens of South Florida in all SFTS social gatherings and activities. We are also committed to prioritizing their needs and they will be served first during all our SFTS events.
  3. Health and Wellbeing management: Besides organizing sports activities, this board will be committed to bring series of health workshops on Yoga, Meditation, Stress management etc.,
  4. Wealth and Financial management: This board will be working with local entrepreneurs and business to present Wealth Management Seminars on Financial Investment, Real estate etc.
  5. Cultural Program: Continue to promote Tamil arts, Literature and Cultural activities, etc.,
  6. Technology and Innovation: With evolution of modern technology and Smart devices, we will be gearing towards modernizing SFTS website and implementing a self-support system to facilitate.
    • Online registration,
    • Online Digital publications (Tamil Osai, blog and other articles).
    • QR Code (quick Response) integration for Faster Check-In
    • Improvisation on PayPal payment system
    • Automation of Membership Renewal
    • Membership ID,
    • IVR (integrated voice Response) phone support system to help Tamil community,
    • Financial integration for one stop account management

Please visit our website for more details.

In addition, we will begin 2018 by working towards prioritizing these goals.

- Reinstating Tax exemption 501(c)(3) status.

- Long Term Real Estate plan: Buying property to establish a new home for SFTS.

- Harvard Tamil chair

- Membership drive

- Increase sponsorship

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the outgoing President Mrs. Janevi Ramaji and her team for sharing their experience and valuable ideas during the transition of responsibilities. They did a fantastic job of taking Tamil Sangam to best level possible. Let us applaud them for their tremendous service.

We also take this opportunity to thank each and every community member and sponsors for their continued support and encouragement. Without them our success wouldn't have been possible. Thank you!

Our board is very excited and looking forward to seeing you all on Feb 3rd at Markham Park to celebrate Pongal Vizha. Please save this date on your calendar.

There are many ways, big and small to help and support SFTS. Please post your suggestions and ideas, we can work together to make 2018 the best year yet!

Thank you and best Regards!

Sivaprakasam Kalaichezhian(Kalai)


South Florida Tamil Sangam

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