Jalaram Mandir Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Day with music and masti

Hoffman Estates, IL: Shri Jalaram Mandir located at 425, Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL, celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Day with music and masti on Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at 7:00 pm. A sentimental evening “Sur Sandhya” was performed by “Suranjali” in filmy style with old and latest songs, which made the whole atmosphere joyful. More than 200 volunteers enjoyed the special evening.

Shree Jalaram Mandir was inaugurated on the March 8th, 2008. It was a dream of many devotees and followers of Jalaram Bapa to establish Jalaram Mandir. With a determination to realize that dream, Jalaram Organization was established in December, 2006. With the help of Generous Donations from many Donors and Volunteers $1.25 Million Dollars worth property was purchased.

Saturday, 12 February 2011, was a day to appreciate every single person who had devoted their time towards the Mandir’s progress. In honor of such commitment Jalaram mandir Board decided to have a beautiful way to say thanks to all the volunteers with a Musical night and splendid dinner. At present, Mandir has team of approximately 215 volunteers, who are involved in various activities and perform duties with all their heart.

The program was started with Deep-Pragatya by Assistant Priests Shree Pravin Pandya and Shree Chaturbhai Deevan. It was followed by Shree Pravin Pandya’s benediction and blessing from Acharya Shri C. L. Shastriji, Chief Priest of Shree Jalaram Mandir. Ashwinbhai Thakkar was the Master of ceremony.

Rajendra Thakkar welcomed the guests and volunteers on behalf of Jalaram Mandir Trust Board and Executive board. He thanked all those who have helped in Mandir improvement work and those who assisted in accommodating the devotees with daily parking and seating arrangement (Due to love and respect with fellow volunteers plus the team oriented hard work; everybody gave him standing ovation prior to his speech).

He added, “We have closed the year 2010 with lots of accomplishments and progress in our Bapa’s Mandir. We are moving into another year of hopes and challenges and plan to continue to work on all unfinished tasks with your help and support. With the blessing of Jalaram Bapa we continue to be united and stronger. Improvement tasks include parking lot, elevator, central air-condition and Murti Pratishtha. While we are satisfied with what we have accomplished so far, we are aware of the progress that need to be made and are humbly willing to work hard.” We always welcome any suggestions to complete the upcoming major task of Murti Pratishtha and expansion. Any suggestions for improvement of the Mandir activity are most welcome, but these have to be meaningful, realistic and should be an enhancement on the existing system of Shri Jalaram Mandir”.

Vote of thanks was proposed by Rajendra Thakkar. He thanked Minalben, for coming forward and saying encouraging words and all Committee members for making the day’s event successful and paid special compliments to Shri Suresh Bodiwala and entire team of Asian Media USA and Vandanajee from TV Asia for Media Coverage. He also thanked Deep Foods for providing delicious sweets. Appreciation certificate was given to all volunteers.

Shree Jalaram Mandir governing board has an Executive Committee and Trust Board. Trust Board is mainly involved in construction, expansion and fund raising efforts, where as Executive committee organizes and maintains activities related to religious, bhajan, satsang, cultural, kitchen and youth committee. Among many kitchen volunteers, 6 committed members are, Chandrakantbhai, Bhupendrabhai, Rameshbhai, Dakshaben,Bhavnaben, Kokilaben and Rupaben.

Youth committee coordinator is Jignaben Thakkar. With the support of Jignaben Thakkar Shree Jalaram Mandir youth took challenging assignment for photography (Pavan Thakkar, Milap Thakkar, Akshay Patel, Pranjal Desai and Dhrumil Shah), and press release (Nidhi Thakkar, Dhawani Rao, Anjali Thakkar, kinjal Thakkar and Niki Patel) for media. Special Thanks to Ashaben Thakkar for Photography and Shilpaben Desai for facilitating information for press release.

For more information about the Mandir and activities, please visit Shree Jalaram Mandir, 425 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates , IL 60169 Ph: 847.490.5252 or www.shreejalarammandir.org

Suranjali means an “offering of music”. Suranjali is a professional group who has come together because of their love for music and their passion to sing. They specialize in presenting musical programs, singing both old and new Bollywood melodies. They customize their offerings for any kind of celebration or occasion for individuals or groups including professional, cultural or other associations. Past two and half years, they have performed several shows in the Chicagoland area. “Stage readiness is a mantra we live and breathe by” says Suresh Israni, whose songs have been featured on Jhankar Radio, 1590 AM, Chicago, on their Sunday program, “Sunehri Yaadein”. The team comprises of four singers – Suresh and Vijaya Israni, Sunil Pillai and Sanjay Varghese. Together they exhibit a unique blend of vitality, melody and emotions.

Suresh Bodiwala, chairman of Asian Media USA had an opportunity to talk to Chirayu Parikh (President of Shri Jalaram Mandir) about perspective of Volunteer. He said, “There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Volunteers are both candle and the mirror that reflects. He added Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless.’’ In a very joking mood he said “Those who can do are Board Members. Those who can do lot more are volunteers”.

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Suresh Bodiwala
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