November 3, 2013
Dear Friends and
Jai Sri Krishna. Happy
Diwali to all of you. The festival of lights brings a message of
happiness and cheer with a wish that each of you and your families will
have a healthy and prosperous New Year.
This has been a very
eventful and successful year at the temple. The Board of directors have
worked hard to bring a blend of events reflecting Vedanta teaching and
also many cultural and religious events. The attendance at many of the
named events has grown and we look forward to an even better future. I
want to remind everyone that the temple is open daily except Thursday
morning. Hours are 10 AM-12 noon and 5 PM – 7 PM. The schedule for
various events is listed on the website: Hindubhavan.org.
Our Priest Sri Karthik
Dixit is very active and looks forward to seeing people from all walks
of life and to perform various poojas and rituals. He is happy to assist
you with your religious worship needs as and when necessary. The temple
hall is available for rental for events and please call any member of
the Board of Directors to make a reservation.
We are coming up to the
Annakut celebration on Nov 9, 2013. We look forward to seeing each of
you there. This should be a busy event and I encourage you to sign up
to volunteer. Please call Mrs Sujita Naik to participate with a dish.
The details are on the flyer. We will schedule a limited number to
assist in the kitchen for serving to avoid the last minute rush. If you
are interested, please inform Mrs Koki patel.
This is also the time
for elections and we will rotate out three members. The new nominations
carried from last year are Mrs Sujita Naik, Mrs Sharmila Ganesan and Dr
Sanjay Garg. All three were deferred and thus will fill three vacated
seats. I want to thank Mrs Seema Slehria, Mrs Koki Patel and the Youth
group representatives that have served on our committee. Seema and Koki
have agreed to Co-chair our fund raising committee. I will also suggest
that we amend our By Laws to continue the term of existing five
Trustees. Our community is small and it will be in the interest of Hindu
Bhavan to maintain the existing slate for the first five years. The
General Body meeting will be held at 7 pm on the Annakut day and all
members are requested to attend. If you are interested on serving on a
committee, please let me know.
This time of the year we
again seek your membership support ($151/- per year) for
2014 and annual pledges. Any amount over the basic
membership will help us defray the cost of operating the temple. The
annual approximate cost of operations to include mortgage payment is
approximately $175000/-. We are compiling a new donor list and
membership list and will soon institute an easy method to collect
pledges monthly or quarterly. Please let us know how we can best serve
your religious needs at the temple. All pledges and contributions are
On behalf of the Board
of Directors and Trustees, I want to thank each and every one for your
support and contribution (financial and otherwise) and look forward to
another wonderful year.
Jai Sri Krishna,
Rakesh Gupta –
President, Board of Directors
Priest: Sri Karthik Dixit