I feel confident in saying that 2016 has been an exhilarating and storied chapter in the history of The Gujarati Society! This year’s achievements and successes are completely based on the support and encouragement we receive from our members. It goes without saying, that our members are the pillars of our Society. They serve with strength and dedication as we all come together and share a common goal—to serve each other and serve our community with inherent goodness, compassion and integrity. On behalf of The Gujarati Society I sincerely thank you and your families.
Throughout the year, our existing and new members have enjoyed events such as — the Kite Festival, Holi and Nataks just to name a few. While The Society has been extremely busy, we are not done yet! Please mark your calendars as we celebrate Navratri this year over two weekends with two phenomenal musical groups from Baroda. In addition, GSCF has included Atham na Garba on Sunday, October, 9th, where dudh-puva will be offered.
This year, The Society is pleased to host a once-in-a-lifetime event, The Gujarati Society’s Bollywood Diwali Dinner, on October 29th at the exclusive Hilton Orlando (International Drive). Together, we will celebrate Diwali with flair and fashion as we roll out the IIFA style green carpet for you, your families and guests. This is an event not to be missed!
Over the years, Gujarati Society has stressed the importance of having our youth involved in our Society. They are our future and will carry the banner of our culture and heritage in the coming years. With that said, I offer a sincere thank you to all of our parents for getting your children involved. One of The Society’s most popular events that showcases our youth is the Annual Group Dance Competition. This year we have over 600 kids participating in this wonderful event. The participants will have a tremendous opportunity to share their talents on the stages of Bob Carr Performing Arts Center—stages where many musicians and artists have had expressed their talents.
We also encourage you to nominate a student for an Achievement Award celebrating their academic and extracurricular effort and dedication. This is a wonderful way to let our youth know that their perseverance and dedication in school is noticed, not just by family, but others in our community. Winners will be announced at Navratri on October 8th.
I would be remiss if I didn’t offer a heartfelt thank you to our committee members and volunteers who are dedicated to making each event a memorable one for everyone in attendance.
Again, thank you to all of our members who allow us to serve you and our community. Through our mutual efforts we are able to preserve, promote and celebrate our heritage.
Jayesh A. Patel