19th October, 2015
“Message to attendees of 2015 RIT Alumni Reunion in Los Angeles
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I want to convey our thanks and express our happiness for your attendance at the main event on Saturday at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel and the picnic at Arup Los Angeles Office on Sunday. We enjoyed the opportunity of having a great time hosting you, and we hope you had a great time too. We realize that it was a major undertaking for everyone to attend the event, especially from out of town (and out of country for many). We appreciate your effort and commitment to keep the “RIT spirit” alive. We are also very grateful for the attendance of a few of our respected sayas/sayamas and very happy to see them healthy and still young at heart.
We are glad to see and to spend quality time with alumni from 1955 to 2011, representing seven Majors and coming from Myanmar, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and many States in US. We are very sorry that our friends from Northern California experienced a great deal of hardship driving down to attend the event due to the mudslides affecting Interstate Highway 5. We hope you feel the ordeal worthwhile after enjoying the company of many old (or former) and new friends.
You probably noticed we tried our best to give you a different flavor in entertainment at this event. I am very glad it was greatly enhanced by the unexpected and very welcome addition of Ko Thaung Sein’s joyful presentation of “Shwe Mi”, especially after a very interesting prologue suggesting relevance of major countries courting political influence in Myanmar with the story of a village belle portrayed in the song. I think we all discovered a unique talent for the first time, in our very successful entrepreneur fellow alumni, which we should consider requesting in our future gatherings.
With the achievement of Ko Thaung Sein’s very generous matching donation’s maximum benefit made possible by donations from a few other alumni, we were able to give the attendees very nice presents that we hope you will like and find useful. Overall, we are very happy that it turned out to be a very successful event. Credit goes to all attendees without whom we could not have this event. If there was anything we deliver that fail to meet your expectations, we offer our humble apologies.
I hope that the younger generation will continue to keep the “RIT spirit” alive and make an attempt to plan for the next reunion in the near future.
Tin Win (M-62)