General Body Meeting Minutes
Jain Society of
Greater Cleveland (JSGC) had called a General Body Meeting (GBM) of all its
Kushal Baid (President) called the General Body Meeting to order
at 80+ members were
present and per the JSGC constitution the GBM started.
of the Executive Committee, namely – Kushal Baid (President), Jignesh Shah
(Vice President), Dipika Shah (Treasurer), Pradip Shah,
The minutes of
the previous General Body Meeting held on
· Kushalbhai reviewed the JSGC activities as follows:
We had a very
successful series of programs throughout the year. Specifically, we celebrated Mahavir Jayanti, a weekend shibir, a summer
picnic, Paryushan functions including Samuhic Parna, Das Lakshan Pooja and, of course,
today’s Mahavir Nirwan celebration. The Society had seen increasing participation
and attendance through the year and this was very gratifying.
Our shibir had been particularly successful, with over 200
attendees on Saturday, the only full day of the shibir. The morning yoga activities, Samuhic Bhakti programs, Lecture
series, and the cultural program were all well received. In the survey passed out after the shibir for feedback, 80% of the members had rated the
overall program as excellent. The other
20% rated it good.
Ř Four scholars, Shri Dhirajbhai Pandit, Dr. Hukumchand Bharill, Sri Diptiben Shah and Jitendrabhai Shah visited the Cleveland Sangh during 2003 for several days lecture series each. In addition, Sri Tarlaben Doshi and Samani Muditpragyaji and Samani Prasannapragyaji graced our shibir. Sri Sunandaben Vora was invited by the Maniar and Narichania families and the lectures were open to the Society members. The Society was thus fortunate to have a wide spectrum of scholars with different perspectives and styles. All the lectures were well attended and appreciated.
Kushalbhai thanked the
host families that had made the various lecture series possible. He thanked the eight families that had
participated this year but appealed that we needed wider participation. Some families have had to take an unusually
heavy burden, hosting two or three scholars for several days each. To maintain the current intensity of the
program we needed additional participation.
Ř We had an excellent Paryushan Parva celebration with Jitendrabhai Shah followed by a very well attended Samuhic Parna. Attendance was excellent at all events. For second year in a row, 42 individual families participated for Swapna Darshan. Eighteen Tapasvis were honored at the Samuhic Parna function following Samvatsari. 5 Tapasvis were recognized for Atthai and higher tapasyas. The remaining 13 were recognized for tapasyas of Attham and above. We had since learned that Nupur Jain had done an Attham tap during Das Lakshan and she was recognized at the Diwali function.
There was no
new progress to report from the
Ř Kushalbhai pointed out that the current Executive Committee had not been successful in creating an advisory board consisting of 5 past Presidents, as required by the constitution, during their term. The Executive Committee had appointed Mohanbhai Jain, the immediate past President of the Society, to form such a committee. He, in spite of his best efforts, had not been able to secure commitments from five past Presidents. The incoming Committee will need to try again.
Ř Photographs from several of the JSGC events from last two years and a PowerPoint presentation on the 2005 convention from JAINA were going to be shown on a projection screen during the Swamivatsalya dinner after completion of the GBM. Kushalbhai requested everyone to give it some attention.
Treasurer's report was distributed to all the members present. Dipikaben and Kushalbhai
explained the report to the members and invited questions or comments. Kushalbhai noted
that as shown on the treasurer’s report, the total collections and expense for
the shibir were $16,024.00 and $16,201.87
respectively and that JSGC had effectively come out even. He pointed out, however, that the General
Body had only approved $15,000.00 of total expenses at the
the membership that we had scheduled Shri Dhirajbhai Pandit and Sri Diptiben shah for scholar visits in 2005. He announced that we had just received
acceptance from Shri Girishbhai
Shah of the Jain Center of Southern California to lead us for the 2005 Paryushan. Shri Girishbhai came highly recommended by several sources,
including Sri Sunandaben Vora,
and we looked forward to having him here for next Paryushan. We have also requested the JAANA group that
coordinates visits of Pandit Abhay
Kumarji and Dr. Bharill for
allocating a week of Pandit Abhay
Kumarji’s time in
congratulated all Swadhyay participants for
continuing with Swadhyay (held on 2nd
Sunday of each month) for ten consecutive years. Chandrakumar Jain, Hansaben Sutaria and Naliniben Shah were recognized for their hard work and
leadership in the Swadhyay meetings.
Kushalbhai thanked Atulbhai Shah for providing
Kushalbhai invited all
the current Executive Committee members to the podium and thanked each member
for their specific contributions them to make the last two years
shah, vice president, then asked for the floor and, on behalf of the Executive
Committee, presented plaques of recognition to
· Kushalbhai then asked for all the past Executive Committee members present in the audience to stand and be recognized. He pointed out that without their efforts the Society would not have flourished and that the current committee had built on the contributions of earlier members. They were given a hearty hand by the General body.
invited the Nominating Committee members, Atulbhai
shah, Shantibhai Jain and
Shah, Dipika Shah, Meena
Jain, Minesh shah, Ashwin Turakhia, Mayuri Dalia, Premal
Shah, Tushar Shah and Nehal
Shah. All nominees accepted their
nomination and were approved by the General Body.
· The General Body Meeting was adjourned at .