Re-union Gathering

posted Oct 2, 2012, 2:44 PM by Jatin Shah   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 8:07 AM ]

May 26 & 27 (memorial weekend) 2012                       

Jai Jinendra!!!

We are pleased to issue this newsletter as a means of informing you about the important occurrences in our organization. We started the summer of 2012 with a kickoff event; The Re-union. Two days (26th and 27th May 2012) of complete fun and enjoyment. 

The amusement started with a refreshing sunny day at a beautiful and holy campus of Siddhachalm. Some people showed up at Friday night while some joined on Saturday morning. The first alumni interaction happened during the breakfast time of the morning of day 1, which apparently did became a brunch session for some of the volunteers because of the overwhelmed response from alumni. We had a Snatra Puja between 10.00am and noon (performed by Vardhmaan Bhakti Bhavana Group: Mukeshbhai and Shobhanaben Somani of NJ) followed by delicious lunch. Lunch timings were more like a get-to-gather session and everyone of participant was enjoying meeting their old friends/buddies. Afternoon program started at 2.30pm with an introduction of all attendees and their families and followed by a general body meeting. immediately after general body meeting we had a very nice presentation by our key note speaker 'Yogesh Kamdar' about the long term investment and donation plannings. We had a nice tea/coffee break with delicious Fafda-Kachori-Jalebi at 4.30pm and then after The excellent dance performance by young kids from Creative Dance Academy of NJ was followed by a recognition ceremony. All the dignitaries talked about the event and their contribution towards IAAMJV. During the introduction session where all the participants shared their years at MJV and fun stories they had. Some of them found their childhood friends. The performance session was called to an end after a brilliant show by a group of singers (Hidden Gems) who does singing for fund raising towards a noble cause. Towards the end of the Day-1 in the evening we had dinner (ladoo-puri and shaak) at 7.30pm and immediately after the dinner we had Aarti and Divo in the temple.

The real work up day was Sunday (27th May). Everyone had to be on bus by 9.30 am and to do so everyone had to wake up by NLT 7.30am. The bus departed from Siddchachalm to the first stop at New Hyde Park temple (Jain center of New York, LI, New York). Sangh pujan was performed by the members of this temple. The hospitality was excellent. After samuhik chaitya-vandan, sangh took the labh of bhatha which was as good as lunch. The second stop for this odyssey was at Ithica Jain Derasar (Jain Center of America, New York) in Queens-NY. Sangh pujan was performed by the members of this temple. Kalpanaben president of JCA gave all the participants a quick tour of the temple. Aamras-roti menu for lunch won the hearts of all the labharthi’s. We are very much thankful to Kalpanaben and their committee of JCA and Sumatibhai, Nareshbhai and their committee of JCN for their hospitality and

warm welcome to iaamjv reunion participants.

The most exciting part of the trip was yet to come. We all headed toward a NY City cruise trip. A three hour sightseeing of city of NY engrossed a life time memory on our brains. The second to last stop for this trip was at Swami Narayan temple in Secaucus. This was the time when everyone exchanged last few thoughts while enjoying fantastic Jain food served by the temple caterers. The mesmerizing trip was ended at Siddhachalam from where everyone went back to their routine lives.

It had been my honor and pleasure to serve as lead member of the Re-union committee and I thank you all for joining us during the event of Re-union gathering. Since I was undertaking this challenging responsibility of heading the Re-union committee, it was quite challenging to plan out the whole event full of fun and action and which could become a lifetime memory for all who participate in these two days gathering. However I am privileged to lead a dedicated re-union committee whose members I want to thank for their perseverance and hard work. The Board, Executive committee, many of the alumni members and some volunteers worked very hard and seamlessly to ensure the grand success of our re-union gathering. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Re-union Committee and the Executive Board members who have selflessly and tirelessly contributed their valuable time. My special thanks to Vasant Shah and Mayur Gandhi who went an extra mile in ensuring that every detail of the Re-union preparation is done right. I am very much thankful to Rameshbhai Fofaria president and Anopbhai Vora, founder president for their valuable guidance and support throughout the preparation of Reunion event. I would take an opportunity and thank to Keyur Gandhi, Dhaval Jain, Akash Jhaveri, Shyamal Shah, Anmol Shah and Divyesh Shah, without their significant efforts for last six months of preparation we would not have been in a position in making this event so successful. I would like to thank Suchita Shah and Khyati Jain and others who helped and administered the registration desk very well. Very special thanks to Meenaben (wife of our EC member Vasant Shah) for preparing snacks packages for all of us. I would like to thank Creative Dance Academy for their heartfelt performances and not charging for it. Thanks a ton to Hidden Gems for making first day evening a lifetime memory. I would also like to thank 'Jaipatji Jain and Siddhachalam Management for their hospitality and providing us a very comfortable stay and food. We thank all the volunteers for their hard work and good humor throughout. Last but not the least I want to thank all the sponsors and supporter of the event.

Warm Regards,                                                                                                                                                              

Ketan Shah, vice president-iaamjv                                                                                                                             Lead, Re-Union 2012