Regional Announcements

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3.  New female YA Rep and male YA Advisor
Sai Ram Center Presidents,
Merry Christmas!  Please pass on the following announcment for our regional Young Adult Team to all members.

Dear Young Adults of Region 3,

Loving Sairam! With Bhagawan’s blessings, we are delighted to announce the new Region 3 Young Adult officers.

We’d first like to express our deepest and loving thanks to Shivani and RJ. Shivani has been an ideal role model for many YAs in the region, and was instrumental in organizing a very successful and unique ARRYA (Annual Regional Retreat for Young Adults). Additionally she co-led the YA cultural program at the regional retreat. Brother RJ Patel has inspired many YAs to focus on selfless service. He worked with children with special needs in the Atlanta area and organized team sports. Please join us in expressing our sincere appreciation to Shivani and RJ for their loving leadership and pray that Swami blesses them always!

Please find below more information on our new regional YA officers and the team!

Incoming YA Rep, Female

Nisha Lad

Nisha was born into a Sai fold family in Toronto, Canada where she began attending SSE classes, continuing through the program in Atlanta after moving there in 2002. She has been an active member of the YA program and has been involved in local and regional YA programs and projects. From 2014 to 2016,  Nisha served as the YA rep for the Atlanta Center, where she enjoys playing tabla for bhajans regularly. Her love for Bhagawan has inspired her to become an active member of the Sai organization. Swami’s life and message has continued to be an inspiration for her and she is ever grateful to Bhagawan for the opportunity to serve Him through this role. Professionally, Nisha holds a BS degree in Computer Science graduate and works as a Financial Analyst in IT Services for Coca-Cola.

Incoming YA Advisor, Male

Andrew DeMil

Andrew knew Swami in 2001, when he first came to the center and felt an instant connection as soon as he saw His photo on the altar. Since 2001, Andrew had been in the Orlando, Tallahassee, Nashville and Tampa centers since as a member. He has been to see Swami in 2002, 2005, and was on the National Pilgrimage in 2017. Swami first came in to his life as a loving mother who taught him about eastern spirituality and introduced him to gurus through books like Yogananda. Andrew has been practicing daily meditation for 20+ years, and plays the guitar at bhajans. Andrew has taught SSE classes at Sai Centers in Tampa and Orlando, served as the VP in the Tallahassee Center, and is currently the president of Sathya Sai Baba Center of Tampa Bay. Professionally, Andrew has a PhD in Spanish Linguistics, and currently a Professor in languages and linguistics at the University of Tampa.

Continuing YA Rep, Male

Kushal Sheth

Kushal was blessed to be born into Swami’s fold in India. As a child he attended Balvikas before moving to USA, where he continued on as an SSE student. His love for Bhagawan has inspired him to become an active member of the Sai organization for many years. He had the privilege to be the Service Coordinator for the Huntsville (Alabama) Sai Center from 2010 to 2011. During his young adult tenure, he has played an active role in the YA program and had the opportunity to be a part of and lead multiple Sai projects at regional, national, and international levels. Swami’s life and message has continued to be an inspiration for him and he is ever grateful to Bhagawan for the opportunity to serve Him through this role. In the professional world, Kushal holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and works as a Radar Systems Engineer for the Department of Defense in Huntsville.

Continuing YA Advisor, Female

Priya Mehta

Priya has known Swami as a toddler when she was taken to Swami by her parents in the 1960s. Priya attends the Greenville center. She previously served as the center SSE coordinator and the Region 3 SSE coordinator.  She also worked with the National SSE team to pilot a regional SSE enrichment initiative. Professionally, Priya is a Internal Medicine physician, works at a community health center in SC providing health care for all regardless of financial ability.

We warmly welcome Nisha, Kushal, Priya and Andrew and pray to Bhagawan for showering His blessings, guidance, and love to the team. The new officers will assume all responsibilities immediately, will be mentored and transitioned in by the outgoing officers.

Lovingly, in the service of Sai,

Shanti, Lakshman, Aparna and Dr. Joe

(National Young Adult team, USA)

5.  ISSE-USA Webinar

A webinar regarding new initiatives that are set forth by the Institute of Sathya Sai Education-USA (ISSE-USA) will be held this Sunday about the ISSE-USA (Institute of Sathya Sai Education – USA). All members interested in the SSSEHV training are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday Dec 3rd, 10:00 am Central US Time. WebEx details below:

Meeting Details:

Join Online: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M965W8D8GXLGGQF28R 7ZEENTV0-4O4&rnd=421298.99020

Join by Phone: US TOLL: +1-415-655-0001, Meeting Number:191 718 164

6.  Launch of sathyasai.us web site

In Feb 2017, the USA IT committee was formed and was assigned as it’s first task the creation of a new USA website. With Swami’s Divine Grace and the efforts of many of His instruments the new USA website is officially released as of today the 23rd of November 2017 on the auspicious occasion of our beloved Swami’s 92nd Birthday.

Here are some salient features of the website:

· The style and design is consistent with the guidelines of the SSIO IT committee and along the lines of sathyasai.org.

· All the pages and content are designed for broad consumption by the general public and focusses on Swami’s legacy, His message of Love and Service along with information abut the SSIO-USA and articles about various community activities undertaking in the USA.

· The members section is for those who wish to get more details about the Organization structure in the USA and has pages dedicated to the three wings and the Young Adults. In addition, there is a “Find a center near you” capability.

· The devotion section has a devotional songs and discourse search capability.

· The members home page has all a “Resources for Office Bearers” link that has all the eight discourses and the training material that was discussed as part of the Officers training program.

The website will continue to be updated by the USA website team and we welcome any and all feedback via the contact tab. We pray that Swami continues to guide the team in their efforts to deliver authentic information about the SSIO-USA organization and the various activities undertaken by members of the SSIO-USA.

Regional Presidents, please forward this email with attachments and to all centers and devotees.

SaiRam,
Dr. Jack Feely
President – SSIO-USA National Council