2016

2016

The next PAPANA gathering in 2016 at the annual APA meeting in Atlanta was a turning point, as it was formally decided to draft goals and objectives, constitution and bylaws to qualify for a tax exempt status enabling PAPANA an official status to collect donations and annual membership dues for financial viability. Dr. Mujeeb Shad was assigned to work on these documents being the Secretary of PAPANA. These goals and objectives were presented and approved by the general body at the annual meeting of PAPANA organized during the APA meeting in San Diego in 2017. Once these documents were approved, a tax exempt status was applied with the help of then PAPANA president Azfar Malik, who was gracious to use his private hospital resources to submit the tax exempt application.  Dr. Shakeel Ahmed (different from the ex-president) volunteered to serve as the first treasurer to maintain the bank account for PAPANA.