August 15, 2014
This year has been very busy and productive at the temple. We have celebrated many events including the Ekal fundraiser and the interfaith event on the occasion of Ram Navami. This was very well liked and appreciated by our congregation and guests and the youth did a wonderful job, as did all of our speakers. We had a very successful Varshikotsav event in May and I am very grateful for all the support of our donors and volunteers, including each and every one that rose to the challenge and pledged support for the Picnic shelter.
We are continuing to make progress with the Picnic Shelter project and the drawings are near complete with plans to be submitted for permits in the coming week. The next step is to invite construction bids and proceed with construction soon after. I will keep you posted and all donors will be recognized. Our donor recognition boards for the temple are now up and displayed in the main hall, and the initial feedback is very positive. I encourage you to visit. The donor categories and contribution levels (cumulative) are listed below for reference.
As we move through the rest of the year, we will soon prepare for the Ganeshutsav festival at the end of August with a weeklong celebration and a weekend of Puja, music and a cultural event. Details will be made available in the near future. This will be followed by Navratri, Dusshera, Diwali and Annakoot. We look forward to your participation, support and gaiety at the temple.
I want to remind each family that we typically collect memberships ($150/-) and pledges of any annual contribution (above $150/-) through the year and this may be an opportune time to do so, if you have not already contributed. For those that have, many thanks! I want to recognize all our Board of Directors and Trustees for their continued and unflinching support in this endeavor.
I am pleased to say that our temple is now a locus for our Asian
Indian community with an emphasis on improving our spiritual
growth, finding common ground, providing a location for
religious worship and cultural events. The community is more
cohesive and it is my fervent hope that we will continue to grow
stronger in all aspects. We should continue to focus on
providing support for our city in improving the quality of life
for all citizens and to invest in making a better environment.
Please remember that “your legacy is determined by not
who you are, or what you keep, but instead by what you give and
how you change the environment around you to make it better for
others to follow, after you have left.”
Jai Sri Krishna!
Rakesh Gupta - on behalf of Board of Directors and Board of Trustees – Hindu Bhavan
Last Updated on September 26, 2014