Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!! On behalf of our community, I would like to thank the outgoing members of the Executive Board and Advisory Committee for their contributions to Hindu Society of North East Florida. I would also like to welcome the new Executive Board and Advisory Committee members. With the community help and EB and AC leadership we hope to build on prior year successes and make 2017 another successful year.
This year we will achieve an important milestone – 10th year of our temple at the current location. We want to thank the countless individuals whose contributions helped create HSNEF and built the temple as a place for us to congregate and offer worship. These 10 years have significantly increased the size of our congregation. In order to accommodate the increased size of the congregation we have embarked on a temple expansion plan. During the Annual General Body meeting conducted on November 12th, the temple expansion plans were presented and approved. In 2017 one of the goals is to complete the parking lot expansion and the temple needs your financial support to achieve the goal. A big thank you to all the members that are working on the temple expansion plan.
We have started implementing the new safety and security procedures during major religious events to enhance both the religious experience and the safety of the devotees. The response from the congregation has been highly complementary. We will continue to evaluate this policy after each major religious event and make adjustments as necessary.
Please renew your annual temple membership ($121) for 2017 or consider upgrading to a life member ($5,000). Your support helps HSNEF provide the religious, social, educational and other services to the community. Please also consider supporting the temple expansion plan by sponsoring a brick for $1001. You can become a member and donate by going to the temple website www.hsnef.org, by calling the temple office at (904) 268-7630, or by visiting the temple.
Please consider volunteering at the temple. We are always looking for individuals who can help with temple maintenance activities, parking and temple setup for major religious events and other activities. Please send an email with your availability and interest to [email protected]
Finally change is coming to our beloved Sandesh magazine. Starting from this issue, Sandesh is only going to be available online and can be found on the HSNEF website www.hsnef.org under Services.
HSNEF Executive Board Chair