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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The Gujarati Samaj of Baltimore wishes you and your family a Happy Diwali and prosperous New Year filled with joy and happiness. Diwali is a season full of festivities of dance and lights.

Thank you for supporting our Grand Navratri Program. We appreciate the participation and enthusiasm of people of all ages who attended. We had an unbelievable attendance at the Navratri Program far exceeding our expectations. Everyone enjoyed the events starting with the Ashiq Orchestra, Swaraanjali, Arpan and the Deshpande Group. A big thanks to the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex for continuing to support GSB by providing a great venue for our annual Garba Programs. We would like to thank Rekhaben and Atulbhai Patel, and Nisha Patel for making fresh flower garland arrangements for Mataji’s Murti and picture for all Garba nights. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work by UMBC Raascals for their excellent service for selling water. We would like to thank Mr. Narine Dharen for providing his sound system, Mid-Atlantic Protection Agency, LLC for providing security service, and also want to recognize our food vendors, Akbar Restaurant and Pavan Food, for the delicious food on all Garba nights. We would also like to thank those who sponsored for Arti and Prasad. Thank you to those who became new annual and life members. We would also like to thank our guests, Dr. Calvin Ball (Howard County Councilman and vice Chair) and Mr. Raj Kathuria (Candidate from Indian Origin for Howard County as County Councilman from District 1).

Gujarati Samaj of Baltimore has organized very successful events this year. On April 9, 2017 we had a very successful and hilarious drama “Patel Ne Roke Ane Bhagwan Toke”. On July 30, 2017, we had the Picnic. Everyone enjoyed the Centennial Park venue as our exclusive Pavilion, with food catered by Rangoli Restaurant. On August 27th, 2017, we had the Yatra to Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji) at Bridgewater, NJ.

We also are very excited to bring you an excellent Diwali Program on October 28, 2017. The performing artists are Ankita Bramhe and Omkar Deshpande from The Voice India – Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa Indian Idol stars, will be performing at the New Town High School. We are also very pleased to bring you dinner provided by the Chowpatty Foods from New Jersey. It will include a Gujarati dinner followed by a music program. Most of all, you will get an opportunity to spend time with your friends in this festive Diwali season. We encourage you to please book your tickets online at gsbaltimore.org or by calling any Board members not to get discouragement. For more details, please see elsewhere in the Newsletter.

Our Elections and Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) will be held on December 3, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Greater Baltimore Temple, Finksburg, MD. Nominations now are open and should be received by Election Committee no later than November 17, 2017. More details of the meeting and election process are included elsewhere in the Newsletter. We encourage everyone, especially, our younger generation to volunteer for Gujarati Samaj. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to serve you over this past two years. I will cherish the memories forever. I am also excited to continue being part of the Gujarati Samaj of Baltimore, as we grow even bigger and stronger.

From the bottom of our hearts, I would like to thank everyone who has stepped forward to help us celebrate our past events. We cannot express enough gratitude and appreciation to all our volunteers, committee members, their spouses and children, our sponsors and well-wishers.

Manisha Bhatt
Gujarati Samaj of Baltimore President





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