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Nominations of FEZANA Officers & Call for Agenda Items

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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