Thank you very
much, each and every one of the donors, for your generous donation and
overwhelming support for the Kachchh earthquake relief fund. We have collected over $425,000.00 thus far and have far
exceeded our expectation! All the credit for this goes to individual
donors and dedicated members who made all the efforts to collect the
contribution for earthquake victims, from members as well as
non-members, on behalf of KOJAIN. It is heartening to note this
spontaneous support and generosity from all the donors and volunteers.
We are especially
very successful in generating this overwhelming support because our
organization has a strong base and much of the credit goes to Harilal
Shah (our past president) and his team for laying the solid foundation
for KOJAIN. Our team has tried to make it a stronger organization and we
hope that new team will take it to the next level and make it even
have seen on our Website the list of fund distribution; the updated list
has been printed in this newsletter.
We have been in communication with the NGOs from Kachchh right
after the earthquake and have used the following criteria for
distribution of funds.
We have honored the request of the donors for the earthquake project of their choice, provided. recipient organization is a non-profit organization working on earthquake project.
from Region 1: Southern
to the newlywed and their families:
Parag Praful Shah and Hetal
Manahar Gala got married on January 21, 2001.
Dr. Rajeev Shantilal Gala
and Darshana Vira got married on 1/4/01.
Purba Dilip Pal and Kurus
Aelavia got married on December 11, 2000.
the following engaged couples and their families:
Sneha Harilal Dedhia and
Ajay Parikh got engaged on November 23, 2000.
Samir Hemant Nagda and
Alisha Shah got engaged on June 10, 2000.
Congratulations to the new parents:
Munjal and Dimple Chheda
are proud parents of a baby boy Dhruv on February 16, 2001.
Mitesh and Zeenat are proud
parents of their second child Avinash on November 20, 2000
Welcome to Vishal Bhaskar
Dharod of San Berdino. Vishal comes from India to join the University of
San Berdino from March 2001 to complete Master of Computer Science.
Welcome to Surji &
Urmila Gada coming back from Japan after several years.
the students and their parents for completing the under graduate degree:
Bhavin Jitendra Shah
completed the B.S. in computer science from the University of Southern
California in May 2000.
Sasha Bharat Gala completed
B.S. in Sociology from the University of California Berkley in June 2000.
Tapsvis of Last
Californian Kachchhis and Jain Center of Southern California celebrated
a successful completion of “Shrenik Tap” by our own Shri Ashok Savla.
In “Shrenik Tap” Ashok had started with one Upvas
and one Beyashanu, then 2 Upvas and one Beyashanu, 3 Upvas and Beyashanu
and continue in ascending order of Upvas and one Beyashanu till he
reached 8 Upvas and Beyashanu. Then descend down to seven Upvas and one
Beyashanu, six Upvas and Beyashanu in a descending order of upvas and
one Beyashanu till he reached to one upvas and Beyashanu. In all, out of 79 days Ashok had 64 Upvas and 15
Beyashanu. This is a humungous achievement. He had “Mas Khaman” in
the previous to last Paryushana and to his credit are “sixteen Upvas”
and numerous “Athais” during past Paryushana.
We bow to this historic achievement by Ashok in U.S.A.
Congratulations to Shri Vijay Chheda, Shrimati Daksha Yogesh Gala for completing atthai in the last Paryushana, and Harshana Ashok Savla for completing Aaxai Nidhi Tap.
Condolences to the
following families and their friends due to the demise of their loved
Shrimati Manibai Lalji
Narshi Shah passed away in Mumbai on March 27, 2001. She was the mother
of Shrimati Urmila Surji Gada and Nanima of Nita Bankim Shah and Seema
T.J. Johnson of U.S.A.
Manibai was eighty-five.
Shri Praful Tokarshi Shah
passed away in Mumbai on January 8, 2001. He was the son of Laxmiben
Tokarshi Shah, the elder brother of Pankaj Malti Shah, Dr. Kastur Dilip
Vira, and Bharti Kishor Vira, and father of
Parag Shah of Petaluma in Northern California, all are of U.S.A.
Prafulbhai was fifty six.
This is to inform you all that the forthcoming “The Kachchhi
Diwali Party—2001” will be held on Saturday Nov. 3rd,
2001 at Peacock Restaurant in Diamond Bar. The details will be sent in
September. Please send us email address if possible, if the same is not
there in last directory to: email@example.com.
Jai Jinendra from Meena & Nalin Chheda & Jyoti &
Anyone from Region 1
which includes the state of Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico,
Southern California and Utah, wish to share the news worthy item please
contact Kalyanji Mota at (714) 956-0405 or e-mail at
Region 2: Northern
Nikita (daughter of
Harakh & Hema Rambhia, village:
graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of
Berkeley, Dec 2000.
TAPAN SHAH (son
of Smitaben Shah, village: Kodai) got
married in May, 2001 with JAYSHREE DEDHIA (village: Kapaya) in Fremont,
Sagar Chheda (village Rayan) got married to Pallavi in Mumbai
during December 2000.
Over 70 KOJAIN families are residing in the San Francisco Bay
Jain Center of Northern California celebrated the First
Anniversary of Jain Derasar (Bhavan), located in Milpitas, during August
4 - 5, 2001.
Region 3: Texas
April, Sarita Gosar had her Bharatnatyam Arangatram. She has been
Dr. Manish M. Dedhia passed away May 28, 2001 after short
illness. Son of Manilal& Bhanumati Dedhia (village: Bhujpur)
currently in Saginaw, MI. He is survived by his brother Dr, Param, his
grand parents, several uncles, aunts and cousins in USA and India.
Kishor Chheda passed away in April 2001 after short
illness. He was very much involved in our KOJAIN activity and was the
first one to publish our KOJAIN directory. He served as director of
KOJAIN from Chicago area.
The details will be sent in October
by email. Please send us email address to Dinesh Chheda firstname.lastname@example.org
if you want to be informed. To
participate in program contact Vimla Chheda email@example.com
or (203) 372-4958
to India by Chhotalal Bheddah:
Tuesday, April 3rd I left Chennai for Mumbai in the afternoon flight.
Lex Jain came to see me at the airport. We had very pleasant discussion
about his presentation for VRTI.
Later on we were joined by Vijay Chheda and Lal Rambhia for our
flight to Ahmedabad. Tulsibhai Gajra and his colleagues were at
Ahmedabad airport to receive us.
meeting with organizers we were informed that security would be very
tight and people without clearances would not be allowed at NGO
Conference for the early morning session on April 5th.
Vijay Chheda and others who had come all the way had to fly back
the next day to Mumbai. Tulsibhai Gajara and his friends went to Mandvi
April 4th our day began early
. We reached Bhuj by a 12-seater plane provided
by Raymond. Upon arriving at the Bhuj airport we were informed
that the Clinton plane was late by two hours. Since we had lots of time
we were taken to city for snacks and tea by Suresh Mehta and Bimal Shah.
At the guest house I had the opportunity to see my sister and her two
children. We all were very
happy to see each other as Nalini lives in Bhuj and was lucky to escape
with her children from her fifth floor apartment on January 26th.
the afternoon we reached the airport to receive President Clinton and
the first group of delegates who had joined him in Delhi. President
Clinton and a convoy of 25 cars left the airport to see Anjar, Ratnal
and Bhuj. All the delegates were in three buses. The temperature was
around 110 degrees. We spent the next five hours in a bus with poor
air-conditioning - a fact of life in Kutch. President Clinton stopped in
Anjar to place flowers where many children had disappeared at the time
of the earthquake. There was only one survivor . At Lalan College campus
we saw an extensive relief effort by Red Cross. The whole campus was set
up with tents, supplies
to Ahmedabad. All in all the five hour visit in intense heat at Bhuj was
exhausting but gratifying.
After touring the area and seeing the devastation first hand we were happy to see that the life coming back . We saw that the people had enough food supplies, medicines, tents, blankets. Presently the problem now is of rehabilitation with new houses and other facilities. This will only happen when Gujarat Government removes debris and gives NGOs permits to build new houses and communities. The April 5th session with NGOs lasted about two hours. Sushmaben Iyengar was representing Abhiyan . VRTI and Bidada Hospital were part of Abhiyan. As I had reached the hall early, I took the opportunity to distribute the updated version of material about Bidada and VRTI to the press, TV media. and important dignitaries . Vijay Chheda and Lex Jain had updated Bidada and VRTI reports on their letterheads.. The April 5th session with NGOs was broad based. President Clinton and delegates from American India Foundation [ AIF ] used this session to get as much information as possible as to what can be done from America to assist NGOs. At the end of the session, we had group photo of the delegates with President Clinton. President Clinton spent nearly an hour with Keshubhai Patel and other ministers getting additional information and the future plan by the Gujarat Government towards rehabilitation of Kutch and other affected areas. President Clinton then went to see the Swaminarayan Temple . After spending some time with Pramukhswami Maharaj, he went to Sabarmati ashram . Later he returned to the hotel for the trip to Bombay. There was a general feeling that the Gujarat Government could have done more than just one hour meeting, as President Clinton had specifically come for earthquake relief. They could have arranged a state dinner inviting the leading industrialists of Gujarat and gained substantial publicity. On the 5th - evening we left for Mumbai and stayed in Taj for the evening of 5th and 6th. I missed the early session with Sharad Pawar and lunch at Ambani's as I wanted to see my friends Vasant and Pushpa Gala. After visiting the Jain temple in Walkeshwar, we went to see Sunil Dutt at Breach Candy Hospital. He was pleased to see me. He seemed weak after the plane accident and felt that he would have to stay at the hospital for few more weeks. The evening of April 6, the entire who's who of Bombay were at Taj for a gala dinner in honor of President Clinton. I was lucky to have a photo with the President and exchange pleasantries with the man of the hour. The early morning of 7th I left for New York and arrived JFK safely traveling more than 25,000 miles within a week. The tour though hectic was worth every mile
from Region 7: Washington,
Monthly Kachchhi VIEE Group Get-togethers:
get-togethers were held regularly every first Saturday of the month. In
addition to social programs, each meeting included different general
knowledge speeches by experts. Recent
topics covered were: Symptoms and Preventions for major medical
diseases, Importance of
exercise and diet, Early detection and details of breast cancer, and how
to improve your personality.
Congratulations to the
following students for completing their degree courses:
Sonal Bhavsar and Jeenal
Chheda for completing High School
Alaska Land and Ship Cruise on July
After arranging an excellent cruise in
November 1999, we have arranged a land sightseeing and
ship cruise to Alaska on July 6 thru 17, 2002.
The land visit will be from July 6-10, and the cruise will be
from July 10-17. Both will
start from Anchorage, Alaska. Land
package will cover luxury rail transportation, sightseeing, city tours,
riverboat cruise, gold-mine tour, and
overnight stay at hotels in Anchorage, Denali, and Fairbanks.
Charges will be $1125 per person for double occupancy, and $990
per person for triple occupancy. Group rate charges for the southbound cruise package
range from $1177 to $1627 per person for the first 2 persons in the
cabin; and $ 897 per person for the 3rd and 4th person in the same
cabin. Expenses do not include airline transportation and food
expenses during land tour (vegetarian food arrangements will be made) .
The deadline for reservation is Oct. 15, 2001.
For further information please contact: S. Krishnamurthy at
877-457-4746, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or Kanti
Gangar at 301-598-3093.
Vijay Chheda of Tustin, California has been appointed as convener of KOJAIN 2002 by Los Angeles Kachchhi community. The dates and place has not been finalized. It will be provided whenever available.
Dear KOJAIN members,
In accordance with the provisions of the constitution
of KOJAIN, an election committee is constituted to conduct the
election for electing the next board of Directors, for a period of two
year term, which will begin on January 1st 2002 and end on December 31st
A nomination form for the election of various
positions of the board of directors is attached. In addition to
electing a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer,
we need to elect eleven regional directors, one each of the following
Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, and
S. California (S. of 35 deg. N latitude).
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, N. California (N. of 35 deg. N
latitude) Oregon Washington and Wyoming.
Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, N, Dakota, and
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee
Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania (west of 77
Maryland, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Virginia, and District of
Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania (East of 77 deg. Longitude), and
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island,
Those interested in serving on the board of directors
for any one of the position for the term ending December 31st
2003 should have one such form properly completed and returned to
Jayanti Lodaya, Chairperson of election committee, no
later than September15, 2001. Nomination postmarked after this date will
not be considered. No facsimile please.
A valid nomination must satisfy all of the following
a. The nominee shall be a current KOJAIN member as of
30th August 2001.
c. Two current (as of 30th August 2001)
KOJAIN members shall propose the nominee for one position.
member can nominate only one candidate.
regional director shall be a resident of the region from which he is
contesting the election.
nominee shall submit, in writing his acceptance as nominee to contest
the election and to serve, if elected.
an election is required for any of the positions, the election
committee will prepare and mail out ballots, as well as the applicable
election rules, to all the eligible voting members, as soon as
practical. The results will be submitted to Presidents. If no election
is required, then the election chairperson will submit the names of
the newly elected board of directors to the president. For KOJAIN
election question only, please contact Jayanti Lodaya at (home) (856)
(work) (215) 567-7314.
election committee comprises
of the following persons:
Collings Lake, NJ
Mays Landings, NJ
is soliciting candidates for one or more 2001 Scholarship. In last three
years we have awarded fourteen scholarships, with awards totaling
$10,000. KOJAIN is very thankful to Nitin & Leena Doshi of Syosset,
NY for sponsoring scholarship00 by donating $5,000 also Arvind and Asha
Vira of New Orleans, LA for sponsoring
this years scholarship by donating $5,000 towards scholarship
fund. Scholarship criteria and submission requirements are:
Only KOJAIN members and their dependent family members (spouse/children) are eligible.
Applicants must be a college first-year by fall 2000. All applicants
a 3.0 Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) on a 4.0
scale. Must have a
3.0 overall, or a 3.0 for the last full year of school.
a current high school senior. Must submit a full transcript including
Fall/Winter 2000 year grades. Photocopies are acceptable.
If mailed by school, the transcript must still must be
post-marked by September 15, 2001.
one written recommendation and character reference from a teacher,
counselor, friend, or a KOJAIN member (not related to applicant).
Recommendation must be submitted with application package.
and briefly describe awards and/or extracurricular services and
activities on a separate page. Provide
enough information so that the selection committee will understand the
nature of your activities.
two self-addressed number 10 business sized stamped envelopes.
The first will be used to acknowledge the receipt of your
completed application. The
second will be used to provide the result of the competition.
All applicants will be notified by October 15, 2001.
a typed, double-spaced essay on any topic.
Essay must be at least one page and must not exceed two pages.
results of American College Testing (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Testing
(SAT), or other entrance examinations scores as applicable.
Please mail all materials and two passport size
photographs (except transcript if necessary) in one package, unfolded in
a 9" by 12" (or larger) envelope postmarked by September 15,
2001 to Dinesh Chheda, 14 Paris Pl., Parsippany, NJ 07054
Thank you for your contribution and overwhelming support for the earthquake relief fund. We have collected over $400,000 as of June 30, 2001.
have already sent funding for the following projects:
Seva Samaj - For Ramania, Gundala, Nani Tumbdi, Vadala, Kotadi (Mahadevpuri)
Excerpt from various Indian Organizations:
Aswin C. Shroff
generous and well meaning donation will go in a long way in relieving
the unimaginable suffering that the population is passing through. It is
this gesture of fellow feeling and high sense of duty and humility of
highest order which you have shown is extremely heart warming and
encourages us in our activities.
Sarvodaya Trust thanks you for the generous support you provided to the
Kachchhi Oswal Jain Association of North America
the undersigned, would like to nominate Shree/Smt_______________________,
for the position checked below (one
nomination per form)
Director for Region # ______
A nominee shall contest for one position only. Both sponsors and a
nominee must be a KOJAIN member as
31st 2001. One
member can not sponsor multiple candidates. (For clarification and/or
your membership status, contact either Secretary or Treasurer)
1 Name: ______________________________
# 2 Name:
Election Committee, KOJAIN
Shree/Smt________________________ accept above nomination for the
position of _________________, and if elected agree to serve in this
capacity to the best of my ability for the advancement of the cause of KOJAIN.
Please return the completed form to Jayanti Lodaya 6 Bryan Dr. Voorhees, NJ 08043, postmarked no later than September 15th, 2001.
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Right after the earthquake , we have sent funds for rescue and
relief operation to NGOs like Bidada Sarvodaya Trust, KVO Seva
We have received 180 applications from families who have been
affected from earthquake and we will be distributing funds through
We will be utilizing our funds for long term project like
housing, schools, hospitals etc. and will be working with Abhiyan,
Veerayatan, Bhojay Sarvodaya Trust, Bidada Sarvodaya Trust etc. for
carrying out these projects.
We will welcome any
suggestions from our donors, in writing, for the distribution of our
remaining funds. If you
have any project in mind then please send us the details regarding the
planned project, cost estimate and the detail about NGO who will carry
out the project. We will
review the project and will consider for allocation of funds.
Once again, this
earthquake relief project would not have been successful without the
dedicated work of volunteers and generosity of all the donors. Your
involvement, support and cooperation are very encouraging and deserve
all the appreciation!