Lion’s Club Longsa celebrates platinum jubilee
Longsa (Mokokchung), Jan. 11: It is time for the young generation of the state to look towards economic self-sustenance and harness the rich natural resources that the community has been endowed with. A recent event in Longsa village under Mokokchung has pointed out that Nagaland possesses sufficient resources for those who work hard.
The Lion’s Club of Longsa village, under Mokokchung district, on Wednesday celebrated its 75th year anniversary in the office premises of the club. The club is said to be one of the oldest clubs in Mokokchung district.
The event saw the attendance of advisor-to-chief minister, Merentoshi R Jamir, as the guest of honor and a host of dignitaries. The Lion’s Club of Longsa, which was established way back in 1942, by youths of Longsa Sangpu Mepu (Khel) predominantly as a sports club, “went on to become one of the most active clubs in the village involving in different activities like social, economic, religious and educational fields,” a press release from the organization stated on Wednesday.
“Today’s Platinum Jubilee celebration witnessed an array of activities that traced back the origin of the club, its growth during the sixties and seventies, and the present day,” the press release stated.
“It was also an occasion to remember the contributions of the pioneers, paying tribute to the departed souls and adopting a three-point resolution to march ahead beyond the 75th year anniversary.”
The main speaker for the programme was former member of the legislative assembly Supongmeren Jamir. He spoke on the topic ‘progress of young generation.’ He urged the youths to look towards economic self-sustenance through hard work and harnessing the rich natural resources that the community has been endowed with.
In this regard, Jamir pointed out that the land had sufficient resources for those who work hard. For instance, he said, one can collect and export broom grass, plantain leaves, or rearing livestock even. He has also called for judicious use of the state’s natural resources. He encouraged the gathering to preserve the rich biodiversity wealth of the state.
Besides, Jamir urged the youths to ‘kick off the habit of laziness’ and substance abuse ‘so that Longsa village can become more vibrant by the time Lion’s Club celebrates its centenary year.’
The guest of honour of the event, Merentoshi R Jamir, also exhorted Longsa’s villagers to maintain the spirit of unity as before so that the village will witness more development in the days to come. He acknowledged the Sangpu khel for producing eminent personalities in the stature of two ex-MLAs, besides bureaucrats, doctors, engineers and artists etc.
The former minister attributed all such blessings of Sangpu khel as blessings from God because of the ‘astute character of the forebears.’ Jamir therefore urged the youths of the community to emulate the truthful and honest character of their forefathers so that God would bless more.
Also while underscoring the importance of culture and tradition, Merentoshi Jamir said that clubs in the village can be equated with the Morung system of the past days. The only difference being that clubs mostly focus on sports and entertainment. He, therefore, suggested that it would be good if the clubs can also be a centre for teaching about culture and traditions to the younger generation in the society.
Others who spoke during the programme were Longsa village chairman Pongenmeren, former member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Aolepden, and retired Additional Development Commissioner Dr Temsuwati.
Also, a special number was presented by 2014 Naga Orpheus Hunt winner Meyinungsang while Sangpu Lemtuongerna Yimsüsür performed a cultural song.
Besides, achievers in various fields of music, arts and the academics were felicitated by the Lion’s Club during the platinum jubilee celebrations.