2018-19 ZAGBA Calendar

When you respond with your order for # of Spots/with high resolution photos/captions/calendars required, please send it as a new email and not by way of Reply to this message or any other future follow-up messages as t creates too many chain emails to sort through. If you put in your name in the subject line that will be even more helpful.  (Example: “2018/19 ZAGBA Calendar/Your Family Name”).

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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 HERE, 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 2018-March 2019 Calendar:

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, 2018 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, 2018:  If you reserve the Calendar spots/dates after the January 31st deadline stated above, the cost of each spot/date will be $25 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 22, 2018. Please note that there is no Early Bird Special rate for entries submitted after January 31, 2018.

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 24, 2018.

Please send an email to bostonzagba@gmail.com by January 31st, 2018 (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 22, 2018, so that we can have this Calendar ready for our Nowruz/Navroze event in March 2018.

Thank you and look forward to your early responses.

Warm regards,
ZAGBA Board

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CHRISTMAS PARTY

We are sorry to inform you that due to the Winter storm on Saturday we are cancelling the ZAGBA party Emoji

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Dear ZAGBA Community,

We the ZAGBA Board are enthusiastically announcing our next event, which is the ZAGBA Holiday Party! EVITE has been sent. Please RSVP on EVITE.

Please join us for lots of Holiday cheer with great food and good friends!!  Who knows, we may even get Mr. Santa Clause to drop by smiley

1. Please be on time, as we have activities planned and we must vacate the place by 10:00pm.

2. RSVP at your earliest and mention your kids ages.  Also mention if you are interested in playing the Yankee Swap.

Yankee Swap: to all those who are interested in participating, the Gift Value is between $10-$15. Please mention in your RSVP if you are going to participate.

PS: In spirit of good cheer, please make sure your Yankee Swap gift is decent (it’s a family event), and make it a fun or a useful item, something that you would like to pick yourself, if you saw it in the pile of gifts brought by others and should not be something lying around your house that you want to get rid of.

Dinner: will be a buffet of selected items catered by the restaurant.

Member Rates:

$25.00–Ages 11 and above

$15.00–Kids ages 3 to 10 years.

Free–All kids ages 2 and below

In your RSVPs please specify the age of your kids-This is important as we have to give the accurate number to the restaurant manager.

Non-Member Dinner Dues

$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 December 5, 2017.  (*Board to strictly enforce this).

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds for cancellations received after December 5, 2017.

Checks Payable toZAGBA

Mailing AddressKaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Drive, Westford, MA 01886.

Thank you and hope to see many of you at the Holiday Party.

Warm wishes,

ZAGBA BOARD

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal Packing Service Project

Dear ZAGBA Community,

It’s that time of the year, where ZAGBA joins forces with the Harvard Chaplains and works side by side with religious and non-religious communities to pack thousands of meal boxes for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal-Packing Service Project.  Our own ZAGBA member, Daryush Mehta, who is the Zoroastrian Chaplain at Harvard is one of the leads for this Project and is also leading this project for ZAGBA.  30,000 meals will be packed and distributed to local charities through the EndHungerNE Outreach Program.
About 10% of Massachusetts households struggle to provide food for their families. Hence please volunteer/donate for this very noble cause.

Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Time: 12:00pm​ – 5:00pm (see below for ZAGBA’s shifts)

Where: Atrium at 50 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Please read the instructions below on how to sign up to volunteer and donate online, if you wish to do so. It is very important that you sign​-​up, if you intend to volunteer and please reference that you are representing: “ZAGBA GROUP”.

​Links to donate & sign-up
(1)-Details on the Event & how to donate (Please mention ZAGBA)https://chaplains.harvard.edu/event/annual-thanksgiving-meal-packing-service-project.  If you want to send a check to ZAGBA instead, please mail a check (mention, “The Thanksgiving Project”) to: Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886. However, we request that you you donate online, since that’s an option.
(2)-How to Sign-up: The following page links you to a Google form for Volunteer sign up: tiny.cc/Harvard-meal-packing​ (Please mention that you represent ZAGBA Group or email ybhumgara@gmail.com to sign up)


ZAGBA 
volunteers can select any of the below shift to sign up, however, if you want to do this as a Group, ZAGBA would like to book people for the 3rd and 4th Shift.

When you sign up, state how many people are coming (Adults and Kids, please mention your kid’s age) and mention your preferred time slot​.
SHIFTS:
  • 12:00 noon ​-1​:00 pm
    ​-1st Shift​
  • 1:15 pm ​- 2:15 pm
    ​-2nd Shift​
  • 2:30 pm ​-​ 3:30 pm
    ​-3rd Shift (ZAGBA Preferred Shift)​
  • 3:45 pm ​-​4:45 pm
    ​-4th Shift
    (ZAGBA Preferred Shift)

We can accommodate a maximum of 4​0 
volunteers ​.​
  If you are available to volunteer for ​any shift​/or all shifts, please let us know.
Volunteers should arrive 30 minutes before a shift starts to get trained

When you  Donate or Signup online, please mention that it is for ZAGBA Group
 
Note: While donation will be much appreciated and gladly accepted, it is an option only.  You don’t have to necessarily donate, in order to sign up to volunteer for th​is​ meal packing.

Each meal costs 25 cents, and 100% of your donation will go toward purchasing food that will be packaged:
$20 = 80 meals
$50 = 200 meals
$100 = 400 meals
$500 = 2,000 meals
$1,000 = 4,000 meals
…and so on!

Please sign up at your earliest ​online as mentioned above, or ​by sending an email to Yasmin at ybhumgara@gmail.com.

Thank you for your time and generosity.

Best wishes,
ZAGBA BOARD.

ZAGBA to Help Provide Thousands of Outreach Program Meals for Puerto Rico

Dear Friends,

As announced last week by email and at the Jashan/Gahambar event, ZAGBA Board has decided to work with the Outreach Program to sponsor packaged meals to the Puerto Rico survivors.

We, the Board are putting together a charity event on November 18, 2017 at the Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St Burlington, MA 01803, from Noon to 4:30 pm (approx)., where the ZAGBA volunteers will be packing 10,000 meals.

A Big Thank You to all the generous donors who have already given/sent their donation checks.

ZAGBA Board is requesting you all to please help with donations and/or volunteer your physical help on Saturday-November 18th.

The Outreach Program will be providing help with all the supplies in exchange of  the collected donation amount.

ZAGBA has decided to raise $2500.00, which will sponsor 10,000 meals.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 12pm to 5pm. (Please note that this is the new date)

Venue: Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St., Burlington, MA 01803.

Donation: ZAGBA Board requests that you please send your donation check payable to “ZAGBA” (and write Puerto Rico in Memo section.)  Please mail your check to:

Address to mail your donation:

Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr, Westford, MA 01886.

Volunteers Needed:  In order to accomplish our meal packing goal, we will need about 36 Volunteers (Adults and accompanied Kids, who are atleast 10 +  in age).  Please sign up with Yasmin Bhumgara if you intend to help us at this event as a Volunteer. She will inform you which shifts are available and if you have time constraints we will do our best to allot you a shift of your choice.  The below timings are on or about, and a week before we will confirm to all volunteers the exact timing of their shift:

The Shifts are:

1st SHIFT:  12:00pm to 1:30pm

2nd SHIFT:  1:45pm to 3:15pm

3rd SHIFT:   3:30pm to 5:00pm

Depending on need, we may have a 4th shift with volunteers who are still around to help.

ZAGBA will provide water and Pizza.

All Volunteers: It is very important that you show up 30 minutes before your scheduled shift, if you have signed up to volunteer.  You need to be on time, as all the shifts have to work like clockwork in order to pack thousands of meals and finish the event by 5pm.

Any questions or if you want to volunteer, please reach out directly to Yasmin Bhumgara at: ybhumgara@gmail.com or text/call :781-858-1168.

Thank you all so much.

Best wishes,

ZAGBA Board


2017 Annual Jashan and Gahambar Celebration

Dear ZAGBA Community:

It is our pleasure to invite you and your family & friends to the 2017 Annual Jashan and Gahambar Celebrations (Jashan ceremony followed by Dinner).

We will start the Jashan promptly at 4:40 PM. Please be mindful of the time and plan to arrive by 4:30 pm to minimize disruption during the prayer ceremony. Also, please remember to bring your scarves/prayer caps for the Jashan.

WHERE: Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St., Burlington, MA 01803.

WHEN: Saturday October 14, 2017

TIME: 4:30 pm to 9.30 pm

MENU:

Apps: Chicken Tikka, Chips, Water.

Dinner: Chicken Dhansak and a veg side dish to be catered by the Modys. (For younger kids, we will have plain yellow Dal/Rice.). There will be Dessert for all (ice-cream for kids).

SPECIAL NOTE: Please inform us if you are vegetarian or have any food allergies. For those familiar with Dhansak, it usually is gluten free.

DUES:

Adults + Seniors: $20/per person

Students + Children (5 yrs and above): $10/per child or student

Children 4 and under: Free

In your RSVPs please mention if your child is 4 years or under, so as to not be charged.

IMPORTANT: The registration cutoff date is Wednesday, October 4, 2017. (We need your cooperation in sending us prompt responses by October 4, as we need a close estimate for dinner preparations).

LATE FEE*: ZAGBA will charge $5.00 per person if your payment is not postmarked by October 4, 2017. (*Board to strictly enforce this)

NO REFUNDS

Please send in your payments no later than Wednesday, October 4, 2017

They should be mailed to the address below:

Please make checks payable to “ZAGBA” and mail them to:

Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886

Thank you and see you all at the event

Warm regards,

ZAGBA Board

Dar-e-Mehr Trip

ZAGBA visits Dar-E-Mehr & ZAGNY of New York.

Photos of the Dar-E-Mehr visit. Please click on each to see full size and expand to full size. You may download each by right clicking.

 

As you all know from previous emails and Evite, we have organized a community trip to ZAGNY’s Dar-e-Mehr Zoroastrian Temple, located in Suffern, NY on September 16th.  

THE EVITE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THOSE WHO WANTED TO COME BY BUS.  WE HAVE REACHED FULL CAPACITY.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE RSVPs OR REQUESTS FOR BUS, AS THE SEATS ARE ALL RESERVED.  HOWEVER, IF YOU DON’T SEND THE CHECK FOR YOUR BUS RESERVATION BY SEPT. 8, YOUR SEAT(S) WILL BE ASSIGNED TO NEXT PERSON ON THE WAITING LIST, (TO BE FAIR TO ALL).

COMING ON YOUR OWN OR BY CAR?  You can still come on your own. 

To all of you who have not sent in their RSVP, since the Evite is now closed, you can’t RSVP there, but if you still want to come on your own, please email Yasmin (see email address below) and inform her how many of you (Adults + kids) will be coming, and send your checks to Kaio Dotivala.  

This is so that we have a proper total count of people to send to ZAGNY.  So please inform us if you are coming by car.

More Details:

ZAGBA has chartered a Peter Pan bus.  The journey will be non-stop both ways.  This is not an overnight trip and we will be returning the same day.

There is an on-board restroom (towards the rear of the coach).

See all details below.  Please plan to arrive at the Riverside Station in Newton by 7:30 AM, so that you have sufficient time to park your car, walk to the bus and to get to your seat.  The bus will leave exactly at 8 AM.  No exceptions.  In all prior emails regarding this trip, we have reiterated that everyone needs to be on time.  Please treat this trip just like you arrive on time for a flight or a train/bus for your personal trips.  The bus driver works on Peter Pan schedule and is instructed to leave on time; hence, the bus will not wait for anyone, even if you are a couple of minutes away.

Estimated time for the bus trip is 3 hours without traffic.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Departure: MBTA Riverside Station located at 333 Grove Street, off Exit 22 on Interstate 95, Newton, MA 02466.  Bus will leave the MBTA Riverside Station at 8:00 AM sharp.  Timing will be strictly enforced, with no exceptions or favors.

Parking at the MBTA Riverside Station:  Mon-Sun – All day-$6.00 .

Return Trip: We plan on returning from the Dar-e-Mehr to the MBTA Riverside Station by approx. 9-9:30 PM.

For those coming by car:  Please make sure you arrive at the Dar-e-Mehr by 11.15 AM at the latest.   Below are the directions and parking details.

GPS directions:  the Dar-e-Mehr address is: 106 Pomona Road, Suffern NY, 10901.

Parking for Cars:  If the main parking lot in front of the Dar-e-Mehr is full please park across the street in the large parking lot of the Pomona Middle School.

Agenda:  Will send it out before the trip

Cost: If you have not mailed your checks payable to ‘ZAGBA’, please do so, ASAP, but no later than September 8th. (Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886).  If your check is not received by ZAGBA, we will offer your seat to the next person(s) on waiting list.

$35/per person (applies to all, Age 4 and above), if coming by bus.

$10/per person (applies to all, Age 4 and above), only if coming by car.

Items to bring with you:  Please make sure you have caps/scarves for every member of your family to put on at the Dar-e-Mehr.  We suggest that you also bring some snacks/breakfast items to share for the AM trip and keep extra water and snacks for the return trip.

ZAGBA will provide water for the return trip, but please make sure you have your water bottles for the morning portion of the trip.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding this trip that this email has not answered, then please reach out to Yasmin (781-858-1168 or by email to ybhumgara@gmail.com) or Firoza (781-248-1316 or firozapanthaki@yahoo.com).

Thank you and look forward to making this one of the most memorable ZAGBA events of the year.

Best wishes,
Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
(ZAGBA Board)
  • September 16-NY’s Dar-e-Mehr Trip: On popular demand, we are again organizing a trip to NY’s Dar-e-Mehr.  The Evite will be going out in August. We will be taking this trip by bus and for those who want to travel by their car, can meet the ZAGBA group straight at the Dar-e-Mehr. ZAGBA has already booked a bus again for this year and as most of you know from last year’s trip, the seats on the bus are limited to approx. 50-52 seats.  So reservations will be strictly on first come basis (no favors), and hence with respect to your responses, please make sure you RSVP straight on the Evite in a timely manner.  Sending your RSVP to ZAGBA by email or telling a board member will not be counted as an RSVP. It has to be on the Evite. Families with young kids, please note that if coming by bus, this trip is only for kids 4 years and above.
Only a confirmed R​SVP along with your check mailed by the set deadline to the treasurer, will finalize your place on the bus.
​Please lookout for more details in the Evite, when sent.​