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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.

ZAGBA: FUNDRAISING and COMMUNITY-BUILDING CALENDAR

Dear ZAGBA Family & Friends,

(PS: this email is lengthy, but please patiently read through it all to be fully informed.  It contains relevant information.)

You will also find attached a PDF of this email, in case you want to print it out and read through it at your convenience

For the last several years, ZAGBA has been creating a unique FUNDRAISING and COMMUNITY-BUILDING CALENDAR with photographs and captions of members of our community and their extended families and friends on specific dates.  By also listing ZAGBA, Zoroastrian, national and international holidays and observances along with Fasli and Shehenshahi dates, these have been calendars for all to use and great for gift-giving.  Additional information about our religion along with meaningful quotes has made this calendar educational as well over the years.  Besides the annual membership fee, the ZAGBA Calendar is our biggest single source of funds.  It helps pay for (or subsidize) almost all ZAGBA activities.  It is the funds that we raise from the calendar initiative that have helped us keep our membership fees the same for many years now, and also keep our event fees low.  So please show your continued support for the calendar by purchasing spots and calendars.

Please support the April 2017-March 2018 Calendar:

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1)  COST OF SPOTS/DATES YOU RESERVE ON THE CALENDAR:

(A)  Early Bird Special Cost (Discounted Cost for orders ​received ​by January ​31st): Please reserve Calendar spots/dates for a $20 cost per Calendar spot.  For this you must send in no later than January ​31, 2017 the following information to ZAGBA: (i) our requests for the specific dates/spots, (ii) captions for each spot, (iii) high resolution digital photos and (iv) the number of Calendars you want to purchase. Additionally, for every 4 Calendar spots you buy before the January ​31st deadline, you will get the 5th Calendar spot free. If you have to share your spot/date with someone else, the cost will be $15 for that spot.
(B) Cost after January ​31, 2017:  If you reserve the Calendar spots/dates after the January

​31st deadline stated above, the cost of each spot/date will be $25 cost per Calendar spot.  If you have to share your spot/date with someone else, the cost will be $15 for that spot.

The Final deadline for ALL submissions is February 28, 2017.  Please note that there is no Early Bird Special rate for entries submitted after January 31, 2017.
2) SPREAD THE WORD: Please tell your extended friends and family about this project so that they too can participate if interested.  Please forward this email to them.
3) TOPICS FOR THE SPOTS: Calendar spots in the past have been for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, in memory of loved ones, Navjote dates, special Calendar dates (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day), recognition of places (Atash Behrams), special Zoroastrian dates (Nowruz/Navroze, Pateti). We encourage you to be creative and also use less well-known holidays, events and observances (i.e. from other countries, United Nations Day, Friendship Day, Health-related, Peace-related, History-related dates, etc.).

4) ​MEANT FOR ALL: Consider reserving spots for every member of your family-your children, yourselves, your parents and grandparents, your pets, siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.  It is a nice reminder of every one’s special dates and a unique gift for all that are included in it or know people who are part of it.

5) ​COST TO PURCHASE THE CALENDAR: Calendars are available for sale at $15 per Calendar, or you can buy 3 Calendars for $40. You must order your Calendar(s) in advance. You can pick up your Calendar(s) at the Nowruz​/Navroze event on March 25, 2017.

Please send an email to bostonzagba@gmail.co​m by January ​31st, 2017 (if you want the benefit of the discounted cost), containing ALL of the following (Please send your orders by way of a new email and not by way of  ‘Reply’ to this message or any other follow up messages)

1) Your requests for specific dates/spots.
2) Captions for each spot.
3) High resolution digital photos for each spot.  If you want to use the same photograph that you submitted last year, please do let us know. We have it and can use it.

​​4) Number of calendars you would like to purchase (so we can print enough).

Please hold off on sending in any payments to ZAGBA for the Calendar spots and for the number of Calendars you order. We will let you know in a separate email when to send in your payments.


If you want to take advantage of the Early Bird Special pricing, please send in your spot requests/photos/captions/calendar orders as soon as possible, but no later than January ​31st.

Please note that if you only send an email by Jan 31st to reserve your spot, but do not send your photos along, that will not be considered at Early Bird Pricing, we need all 1-4 above stated information to complete your entry.

 

If you cannot submit by the January ​31st Early Bird deadline, then please send in your spot requests/photos/captions/calendar orders as soon as possible after this deadline, but no later than February 28, 2017, so that we can have this Calendar ready for our Nowruz/Navroze event in March 2017.

Thank you and look forward to your early responses.

Warm regards,
ZAGBA Board

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