Nowruz​/Navroze Event March 25, 2017

Dear ZAGBA Community,
Due to an overwhelming response from our enthusiastic community, in the past week we, the ZAGBA Board have been struggling to get a new venue for the March 25th Navroze/Nowruz Event.  We finally succeeded in booking a new Venue.  
Please note, that now the March 25th Navroze/Nowruz Event WILL NOT BE HELD at the Sharon Community Center.  
Instead the event will now be held at the:

Saint James Armenian Apostolic Church 

465 Mount Auburn Street 
Watertown, MA 02472
 
 

Saint James Armenian Apostolic Church Parking: There is parking lot right at the venue which can accommodate 22 cars. Another additional parking lot is diagonally opp. to the Church(if you are facing the church, it is behind you to your left, or if you are coming on Mt. Auburn St., and the church(its a large property) falls on your right, then this additional parking lot will be a few yards ahead of the church, diagonally opp. to it. Also, there are several spots available on the street, provided you park in legal spots. (a Cop will be making rounds, we are told). Please store this parking information in your car/phone, as it will not be on the EVITE (We can only type in a limited number of words on an EVITE).

 
Updated EVITE will be sent: Please note that we will send an updated EVITE with the new address mentioned above.  This is not a new EVITE, so do not RSVP again, if you have already done so.   All those who have already sent their RSVPs are all set, provided your checks are in. The EVITE is now open to all those who need to RSVP and the cut off date is still March 7, 2017.  So all of you who were on the Wait List, or who could not RSVP last time, please do so now.
If your response is going to be a Maybe, then please do not RSVP until you are sure it is a Yes. (but before March 7th).
To all those who have RSVP’d and not mentioned your kid’s ages, please do so. 
 
Your Payments: If your checks are not received by March 7th, then even if you are on the EVITE, your registration will not be considered complete. This will be enforced, to be fair to all. No Exceptions.
Please make sure that your 2 separate checks, (i) Annual Membership & (ii) Dinner dues are sent to our Treasurer.
Thank you  all for your patience.  Look forward to seeing most of you now.
ZAGBA BOARD
Dear ZAGBA Community,
We have now closed the Evite, as we have reached full capacity.
Please read the instructions in this email and the one below on sending your checks by March 7th, 2017.
If your checks are not received by March 7th, then even if you are on the Evite list(within the 135 cutoff), your registration will not be considered complete.  The Board will then put the people on the “Wait List”, in your place and you will lose your registration.  This will be enforced, to be fair to all.
So a message to all the families who have already put their names on the ZAGBA Evite for the Navroze/Nowruz function, please make sure that your 2 separate checks, (i) Membership & (ii) Dinner dues are sent to our Treasurer.  (I have copied all the details on payment again for you below).
Also, many of you have not specified the ages of your kids.  Please make sure, we have them on the Evite & Checks.
Wait List:  For those who still want to come and got late in sending their RSVP, please inform ZAGBA’s Secretary, Yasmin Bhumgara at Bostonzagba@gmail.com, by way of a new email (please don’t hit reply to this one and send us a fresh email).
Yasmin is maintaining a Wait List and will put your name on it, and will inform you just incase a guest cancels their RSVP, or fails to make their payment on time. This Wait List will be in order of emails received by Yasmin.  First come First serve basis, only.  No exceptions.
Please note that by sending your name for the Wait List, it does not confirm your reservation to the Navroze/Nowruz function on March 25th, unless ZAGBA confirms it for you by email.
This old ‘hotmail’ email does not exist: We recently found out that some of you still have in your contacts, this old hotmail email: zagba@hotmail.com. Please make sure that you remove this address from your address book.  Even if the Evite for some reason shows this email(which it shouldn’t), ignore it.
ZAGBA’s correct email is, and has been for many years: Bostonzagba@gmail.com .
A Cut & Paste from the Evite on Dinner & Membership Dues:

Member-Dinner Rate*

$30.00–Per Adult

$25.00–Per Senior

$20.00–Full Time Students and Kids (ages 10-17 )

$15.00–Kids ages 5 to 9 years.

Free–All kids below 5 years

Non-Member Dinner Rate*

$10.00 extra per person in each of the above categories

*Late Fee: ZAGBA will charge $5.00 per person in all categories if your payment is not postmarked by 03/07/17.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds for any requests received by 03/07/17. No refunds after this date.

IMPORTANT: The registration cutoff date is Tuesday, March 7th.

In your RSVPs please let us know the age of each of your kids.

This is the first event of the 2017-2018 membership year.  Please make sure you send in your membership dues along with the Navroze/Nowruz event money.

Membership:

ZAGBA Membership rates for March 2017-18

$75 for family

$40 for individual

$25 for full-time student

$25 for individual senior (65 and above. For a couple who are both seniors, please pay $50)

Please mail your event and membership payments (SEPARATE CHECKS by March 7th.

All checks must be made payable to “ZAGBA” and mailed to: Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886

Thanks,

ZAGBA BOARD

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Nominations of FEZANA Officers & Call for Agenda Items

FEZANA
FEZANA

Dear Respected Presidents and Representatives of Member Associations:

This is a final reminder that the deadline for nominations of FEZANA Officers is only 5 days away:
The deadline for receiving all nominations is midnight (US EST) on February 15, 2017.

At the link below, please find the nomination form for the election of the following FEZANA Officers:
2017-2019 Term of office:  1) Vice President,  2) Secretary
2017-2018 Term of office:  1) Treasurer

Member associations who wish to bring forward any item on the agenda for the FEZANA AGM are requested to send a brief description of the item to theFEZANA Administrator and the Secretary by March 1, 2017.

Please note that only those associations in the membership lists, whose membership dues form and payments for their 2017 membership dues have been received (which are due by March 1, 2017), will be eligible to participate in nominating and voting for FEZANA offices, or setting the AGM agenda, as per terms of the FEZANA Constitution.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Percy M. Master
FEZANA Secretary
secretary@fezana.org

Nomination Form Link:

https://fezana.org/wp-content/uploads/2017_FEZANA_Officer_Nomination_Form.pdf

FEZANA Scholarships

FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS (in alphabetical order)

  • BANOOBAI AND MANECKSHAW KAPADIA ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP
  • DOWLET MINOCHER VESUNA / WZO Canada  Endowed Scholarship for academic excellence and proven financial need to an undergraduate student.
  • FEZANA 25th ANNIVERSARY ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP
  • FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE STUDIES (SIX SCHOLARSHIPS)
  • MEHRABAN AND MORVORID KHERADI ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP – THE FEZANA SCHOLAR
  • Dr. MINOCHER RUSTOM VESUNA / WZO Canada Endowed Scholarship for academic excellence and proven financial need to a graduate student.
  • MORVARID GUIV ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIPS (TWO SCHOLARSHIPS)
  • PURVEZ AND ABAN RUSTOMJI ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP
All scholarships are open to Zarathushti applicants who have obtained admission for attendance at institutions of higher learning (accredited degree-granting colleges or universities) in USA or Canada.

Badam ni Bois Fundraiser for ZAKOI Worship Center Fund

Dear Friends,
I have been doing this fundraiser for years at this time of the year to raise funds for our community’s dream project – our  future ZAKOI Worship Center.  The Badam ni Bois are made for us by no other than our very own Roshan Rivetna (one of our most prominent Zoroastrians in NA, and a wonderful person) who has continuously inspired us to pursue this dream.  This fundraiser would not be possible without Roshan’s help, for which my community and myself are deeply grateful.
Our Zoroastrian Association of KY, OH, & IN (ZAKOI) consists of approximately a population of about 150 Zoroastrians in the tri-state region of KY-OH-IN, but we are a close knit and very active group that tries its best to meet the religious and cultural needs of all our people, youngest to the oldest, though celebrations, jasans, muktad prayers, religion classes & camps, and lots of social gatherings.
I choose to do this fundraiser at this time of the year – around the auspicious occasion of Norooz (Navroze) coming up in March, because the ‘Fish’ is a symbol of Happiness, Prosperity & Abundance in the Zoroastrian culture, and is often used to give as a gift among friends and family on many good occasions.  Please see the attached note on the badam ni Boi for its symbolism, ingredients, storage instructions etc.
The Badam ni Boi (a sweet pastry made with crushed almonds and flavorings), is a great addition to your Norooz Table and a yummy treat for your family and friends.  You can order it for yourself or for sending it to your friends around the country.  We will pack and ship it to your friends/family with a personalized note from you.  All the profits raised from the sale of these Bois will go to our ZAKOI Center Fund.  This fund has been established and is continuously being raised to enable our community to have our own Worship Center someday.  We have raised over $80,000 in the last eight years through our fundraising efforts, and this Badam ni Boi fundraiser contributes greatly to our Center Fund every year.  We are deeply grateful to all our fellow Zoroastrians who support this cause year after year by buying our Bois.  Thank you most sincerely!
People from the Greater Boston area, please contact Yasmin Bhumgara (ybhumgara@gmail.com) if you wish to order.

The Bois are $32 for a Pair, or $18 for 1 Boi
The S & H rates for the Bois through USPS will be
$8 for 1 Boi (Small Flat Rate Box)
$15 for 2 – 8 Bois (Medium Flat Rate Box),
$18 for 9 – 20 Bois (Large Flat Rate Box)
Please place your orders by mid February, if you would like to purchase the Badam ni Bois and help our community with this great cause.  If you are not interested in buying the Bois but still want to help with our fundraiser, we will gratefully accept your tax-deductible donation check made to the ZAKOI Center Fund, and mailed to Bakhtavar Desai, 6383 Jamesfield Ct., Fairfield, OH 45014.  A receipt with our Tax ID number will be mailed to you upon receipt of our donation.
Looking forward to receiving your orders and your help with spreading the word about our ZAKOI Worship Center fundraising, and thanking you in anticipation!
With Best Wishes on behalf of our ZAKOI Community,
Bakhtavar Desai
Zoroastrian Association of KY, OH, & IN (ZAKOI)
email  bfdesai@aol.com
513-560-0581 (cell)

VAKHSHOORI Scholarships

Vakhshoori Foundation

Promoting leadership among Zoroastrian youth in academia, public life, and the arts
Announcing Vakhshoori Scholarship Recipients for the Academic Year 2016-2017.

http://www.vakhshoori.org/rec2016
This year’s winners are:

Mr. Kerman Daruwall: $5000

Doctor in Religions, specializing in Zoroastrianism, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, England

Mr. Goodarz Mehr: $5,000
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia, USA

Mr. Arman Izadi: $3,000
PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virgina Tceh University,Virginia, USA

Ms. Ayesha Rabadi: $2,000
PhD in Education, Columbia University, New York, USA

Mr. Arash Yazdani: $1,000
PhD in Materials Science and Egineering, UC San Diego, CA, USA

Ms. Delshad Shroff: $1,000
M.S. in Education, Columbia University, New York, USA

Each winner has shown exceptional leadership in his or her respective academic field, community, and life in general. We invite you to visit www.vakhshoori.org to view short video clips that some of the winners have provided detailing their personal views, life experiences and pledges.
Daryoosh Vakhshoori

Member of the board of directors
Vakhshoori scholarship

NSF (National Science Foundation) Student Grants to Supports PM Industry. Las Vegas, June 13–16 2017

Dear All,
The National Science Foundation is offering 40 Grants/Scholarship (no cost except air) for students in the US, from any Engineering/Science discipline to attend the Annual PM (Powder Metallurgy) Conference in Las Vegas, to get them exposed to the field of Powder Metallurgy – a super niche technology.

Please review the Grant Request below and also my communication with Jim Adams the Executive Director of MPIF/APMI. Time is short.
It would be great opportunity for our community youngsters to participate, learn, and network.
Thanks,
Edul Daver

EMAIL: eduldaver@gmail.com

The National Science Foundation has announced the approval of a grant program to support 40 students from U.S. institutions to attend POWDERMET2017 (International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials) and AMPM2017 (Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy) in Las Vegas, June 13–16.

The awards will cover the full conference registration fee (including the opening and closing events and two luncheons) and three-nights hotel accommodations in double occupancy. Any travel-related expenses are covered by the student or his/her institution.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be attending a U.S. institution when applying
  • Students must attend the entire conference (June 13–16)
  • Participation at conference (one of the following):
    • Primary author on accepted technical paper
    • Primary co-author on accepted technical poster
    • Commitment to submit a technical poster on activities at their institution, if selected
  • Postdoctoral scholars are not eligible
  • Deadline is February 24

For more details, including how to apply, please visit POWDERMET2017.org and select the “Student Grant Opportunity.”

Sincerely,

James P. Adams
Executive Director/CEO