Tuesday, November 09, 2010

HSC Diwali Wishes and Appeal

nov 9th, 2010

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From: Hindu Students Council <info@hindustudentscouncil.org>
Date: Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 8:03 PM
Subject: HSC Diwali Wishes and Appeal


Dear HSC supporter,


Hindu Students Council (HSC) wishes you a very festive Deepavali.  May Mata Lakshmi bestow her blessings of happiness and prosperity upon you and your family.  

Deepavali is also a time where many Hindus help the needy and donate to causes that make an impact in the society.  On this auspicious occasion, HSC seeks your generous financial support to preserve and propagate the ancient and noble heritage of Hindu Dharma on college campuses and beyond.  HSC's vision is to create enlightened Hindu leaders in all walks and spheres of life - in academia, law, medicine, technology, business, politics, journalism, etc.  

As we plan for an exciting 2010-2011 academic year, we need funds to meet our budget of $120,000. This budget includes regular office expenses, travels of key workers, training workshops, subsidizing annual events such as the camp, annual meet, regional retreats, etc as well as helping chapters that don't receive funds from universities.  We aim to meet our budget with the support of patrons like you.  

HSC, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, is the largest organization for Hindu students outside India. Over the last 20 years, an estimated 140,000 students worldwide have participated in HSC's activities and experienced the immense treasures and the wisdom of the great Hindu culture. These activities consist of Bhagavad Gita study sessions, Diwali Poojas, weekly meetings, regional seminars, and global conferences and many more.

However, HSC's work is challenged by various forces, domestic and foreign, that aim to discredit it and destroy any attempts to build a vibrant Hindu identity and pride among the youth.  HSC continues to fight these forces regularly, but needs your support in many ways to succeed.

Therefore, this Deepavali, as you think about donating to an organization, please extend your generous financial support to the Hindu Students Council.  Whether you are a student currently participating in HSC events, whether you have been an active participant in HSC activities in the past, or whether you are a community leader who has been or is willing to be a supporter of HSC – please consider donating. 

You can donate in two ways: a) Online at www.hindustudentscouncil.org through our paypal link or b) By mailing your check at the address above.  Your donation is tax-deductible, but more importantly, sincerely appreciated. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

Also, please make sure to send your latest contact information so that we can be in touch with you to keep you informed about our activities and progress.

I shall conclude with two profound quotes from the Mahabharata: 

"Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah" (Dharma, if protected and preserved, will protect you) 

"Daanam Asya Paraayanam" (Life without charity is nothing)

Yours in Dharma,
Priya Radhakrishnan
President, Hindu Students Council

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Key Accomplishments of 2010      

HSC's momentum remains strong in 2010.

· On September 25th, HSC Reinvigorates its Ranks with New Leadership.  Priya Radhakrishnan, HSC's General Secretary, was appointed as the new HSC President.  Priya has been involved with HSC for the last eight years from her days at Boston University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Ravindra Jaishankar, a recent graduate of Rutgers University, was appointed as HSC's General Secretary.  Ravi was the General Secretary and President at Rutgers and has been involved with HSC for the last four years in various local and regional capacities.  HSC also appointed Neal Sankhla and Siddharth Jain, recent graduates of Lehigh University, as coordinators for the Public Relations and Outreach Team.  Similarly, HSC appointed Aditya Kashyap and Swapnil Patel, alumni of UC Berkeley and Rutgers University, as coordinators for Chapter and Regional Activities Team.  All of these leaders have solid experiences running HSC chapters and organizing various local and regional events.

· HSC successfully organized its 20th Annual Camp at Vraj Bhoomi in Pennsylvania on Memorial Day weekend.  Students from over ten of HSC's fifty-five plus college chapters, traveling from as far away as California, attended the event. The camp marks a historic twenty years of HSC serving the community. The three day camp included inspiring talks by Acharya Vivek from the Chinmaya Mission, daily Poojas and Mantra recitations, a talk on Seva by Anju Bhargava, yoga sessions and much more fun! Overall, the camp left the student attendees with a general sense of excitement and pride about their Hindu heritage.

· HSC's Attends the White House Session on Advancing Interfaith and Community Service on College and University Campuses, Washington DC on August 23rd.  HSC Announces Partnership with Hindu American Seva Charities for Seva Activities on Campuses. HSC sent a delegation of two students, Krishna Dalsania from University of Maryland and Sohini Sircar from Georgetown University with the goal of the conference to find ways to advance interfaith and community service on college and university campuses.


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