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SEWA Khabraan - March 2010, First Issue PDF Print E-mail


March 2010


In this Issue
1. Message from Chairperson
2. Finance
3. Education
4. Youth
5. Punjabi School
6. PR & Community Services


Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays, anniversaries will be celebrated every 3rd Friday of the month with cutting of a Cake. Please join us this month on Friday, 26th March 2010 after the deewan smapti


Vaisakhi Celebrations

Vaisakhi is on 14th April 2010. We will have a special deewan on that day. In celebrating Vaisakhi we will have akhand Paath starting on 16th April 2010 and bhog on 18th April 2010.Special Keertan Deewan on Sunday, 18th April till 01.30 pm

Relay for Life

SEWA has registered a team and is sponsoring the overnight walk ‘Relay for Life’ in Alpharetta High School on April 23-24 . Please join the SEWA team by registering yourself here. Everyone is requested to please participate and support this noble cause.

Historical Milestone


Capt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan wore a full beard and black turban, the first Sikh in a generation allowed to complete U.S. Army basic officer training without sacrificing the articles of his faith. He completed the nine-week training on Monday after Army officials made an exemption to a policy that has effectively prevented Sikhs from enlisting since 1984. SEWA is proud of Tejdeep Singh and congratulates him. It is encouraging to see that efforts for recognition of Sikhs in the US, is bearing fruit. We pray to see more of these examples. Click here to see the full story. Here's what he has to say about it
Message from Chairperson
Jasbir Kaur Guliani

Waheguru jee ka khalsa Waheguru jee kee fateh

It gives me great pleasure to roll out the first issue of SEWA Khabraan. This has been a culmination of teamwork by the SEWA board members and committees. We hope this monthly newsletter keeps you informed and involved in SEWA’s activities, and hope you appreciate this additional communication medium. Please give us your encouragement and feedback for improvement, so that we may continue to serve your interests better. You can speak to any committee member or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This is our TENTH year of SEWA Gurdwara Sahib. Since our first deewan in April 2001, we have provided an open platform for our community to come together & grow spiritually at the lotus feet of the Guru.

In the past few months, terrible natural disasters have affected various parts of the world like Haiti and Chile. In this time of need for so many, it is our moral obligation to do all we can, to help. I am happy to say that SEWA raised $2500 for the Haiti relief fund, from generous contributions made by the sangat. Many of you have also participated in distributing food and warm hoodies to the hungry and homeless. Thank you for your kindness.

One of our major initiatives in 2010 is to complete construction of a new kitchen building by the end of this summer. You will be hearing more about it soon. Meantime, please continue to contribute generously, so that the kitchen can be totally paid for, without having to take out any additional bank loans.

The 2010 working committees have been formed, and you will be reading more about them and their plans, in this and upcoming newsletters.

Let's all count our blessings, be thankful to Waheguru-ji, and keep giving in service of humanity.

Guru Fateh,

Jasbir Kaur Guliani


Finance

The Finance Committee sewadars for 2010 are Aju Advani, Bikramjit Garcha, Nanik Chugani, Nitin Singh and Ravi Goraya. They are responsible for the accounting and treasury functions to track donations and incomes, operational and capital expenses, budgeting, banking, record keeping and reporting.

Thank you for your tax deductible contributions during 2009. Tax letters for your 2009 donations have been mailed in the first week of February. If any contributor has not yet received the letter, please contact any one of the above sewadars with your full name, address and contribution details.    

In 2010 there will be various fund raising campaigns e.g. for the new kitchen construction this summer, and we are looking forward to sangat’s whole hearted support.


Education

SEWA Punjabi School’s objective is to provide a Faith based learning platform and opportunities for children and youth, to be inspired to appreciate Sikh heritage, language, culture, music, and faith, and become creative, courageous, contributing citizens in society.

The 2010-11 session is supported by Sukwinder Kaur Dhada, Hardeep Singh, Gurpreet Kaur Narang, Mankirat Kaur, Shaby Bedi-Rehal, Kamaljeet Kaur Rekhi, Kulneet Kaur Malhotra along with many volunteers and parents.

Upcoming Events :

  1. Registration for the 'Sikh Youth Speech Symposium' is open. Please find more details on the school website link.  For registration, please contact Sukhwinder Dhada, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  2. SEWA Book Club : Latest book for reading is : "Spirit Born People" by Prof Puran Singh. SEWA Book club needs a volunteer sevadaar to steer its efforts.  If you are interested in this seva, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Youth

The Youth Committee sewadars for 2010 are Jaideep Singh, Gurshawn Singh Tuteja, Sumeet Singh Goraya, Ishmeet Singh Tuteja, Anisha Kaur.

A number of interesting and fun activities are being planned for 2010. We will be sharing details of these in upcoming issues. Please contact any of the committee members if you are interested in participating or have any new ideas.


PR & Community Service (PRCS)


The 2010 PRCS committee sewadars are Rattan Bhavinani, Gurvinder S. Rekhi, Hardeep Singh, Pinki kaur Chahal, and Gaganjot Singh. All others are welcome to volunteer, based on your time availability.

The PRCS committee’s vision is to ‘Provide a platform to create a consistent, positive and memorable image of SEWA Inc and its goals, to the community at large’. To achieve this, we will enable more inter and intra community communication, be more involved in volunteer activities and participate in community events.

This Khabraan newsletter and visits to the homeless shelters are some of the initiatives undertaken in 2010. On April 23-24, SEWA is sponsoring our tenth year participating in the ‘Relay for Life’ overnight walk in Alpharetta High School. Joining instructions are in this newsletter. Please contact Gaganjot Singh for any additional questions, to ensure successful participation.

Every 3rd Friday of the month’s evening diwan, SEWA will be celebrating birthdays and anniversaries of all children and adults, with the cutting of a cake after the langar. Please let Pinki Kaur Chahal know which month your special day is, and we will ask for Waheguru’s blessings with an ardas on that month’s evening diwan. Please also let her know if you would like to do any ‘cake sewa’.

This month, the cake cutting will be performed after the evening langar on Friday March 26. Please come and take part in giving your blessings and good wishes to those who are celebrating their birthdays and anniversaries this month.

Some of our upcoming plans are to conduct a sangat survey, volunteer at the Atlanta Food Bank, participate in the City of Roswell parade on Saturday October 9 etc. More details on this in future issues.


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