The Coming Together Round Table (CTR), a legacy of the 8th World Zoroastrian Congress (WZC) at London, now renamed the Global Working Group, met in Mumbai on 8 and 9 January 2011, with elected community representatives from Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE), Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) / Federation of Parsee Zoroastrian anjumans of India (FPZAI) and representatives of United Arab Emirates (UAE), World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) and others, including special invitees. The meeting was a follow-up emanating from the 9th WZC held in Dubai in December 2009.
Coming Together Roundtable/ World Zarthushti Chamber of Commerce
PRE-CONGRESS ACTIVITIES : (See the two attachments)
You do not have to be registered for the Congress to participate in any of the pre-congress activities.
The deadline for registration has been extended… Please do not delay…Register now….
DECEMBER 27, 2010
· 2: 00 pm to 9:00 pm (REVISED!!!)
Coming Together Roundtable (CTR) Conference
InterContinental Hotel, Speaker Room
Contact Zenobia Damania firstname.lastname@example.org
December 28, 2010
· 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Bus Tour to Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum (Galveston Island)
Pick up from InterContinental Hotel Lobby
Contact Zarir Sethna email@example.com
· 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
WZCC Member Meeting – All invited
InterContinental Hotel, Speakers Room
Contact Rustom Engineer firstname.lastname@example.org
· 7:00pm to 9:00 pm
WZCC Gala Dinner – Speaker Mr. Jehangir Mehta, Chef and Entrepreneur
“Passion & Risk: Two sides of the Success Coin”
Contact Zarir Sethna email@example.com
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia
All persons interested in the preservation, perpetuation and prosperity of our world wide community, and especially those in leadership positions in FEZANA, the FEZANA Associations and Small Groups, are invited and encouraged to participate in a meeting to be held preceding the Congress in Houston, for information exchange and discussion pertaining to the “Coming Together Roundtable (CTR)”:
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010
Time: 2:00 to 9:00 pm with dinner
Place: Intercontinental Hotel, Houston
Registration. Please be sure to contact FEZANA Administrator Zenobia Damania at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming. There is no registration fee. There will be a fee for dinner. Congress organizers have arranged to extend discounted room rates at the hotel to include December 26th and 27th. For information on Accommodations visit www.zah.org. For information on the CTR visit www.zoroastrians.net (category “Round Table).
The last Coming Together Roundtable (CTR) held in conjuntion with the World Congress in Dubai, was a momentous event, establishing the regional heads of the four major regions (India, Iran, N. America and UK/Europe) to serve as co-chairs and take ownership of the CTR. For a report and photographs of the Dubai CTR meetings, please visit www.zoroastrians.net. It gives us great pleasure in knowing that we are beginning to “come together and work together” to realize our potential and act in consort with each other for the greater good of our worldwide community and humanity at large. With each Roundtable meeting our direction becomes clearer and our resolve stronger.
This is an early announcement for the next CTR to assist you in making your travel plans.
The CTR will be held in Houston on December 27 and 28, 2010, just prior to the NA Zoroastrian Congress from December 29 – 31. The meeting will commence on December 27 at 9:30 am finishing at 5:00 PM and then continue the next morning, December 28, ending in the early afternoon. The CTR will be followed by the WZCC meeting in the late afternoon of December 28. You will notice that a 2 day CTR meeting is planned instead of the customary 1 day meeting to allow more time for discussions and full coverage of all items on the agenda.
The CTR will be co-chaired by the regional leadership — Dinshaw Mehta (India), Esfandiar Ekhtiari (Iran), Bomi Patel (N. America) and Malcolm Deboo (UK/Europe) or their delegates. Anyone interested in our worldwide community affairs is welcome to attend. Please identify your interest in participating, as early as possible, to the co-chairs, so that venue and food arrangements can be made. Suggested agenda items for discussion may also be sent to the co-chairs. A full agenda will be prepared and circulated immediately prior to the CTR. As usual there will be a small charge to cover some of the costs. For boarding and lodging information, please contact Rustom Engineer email@example.com.
Impact ! – Make one for Breast Cancer in Washington DC - 5th June 2010
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement.
How to Participate
You can run or walk the 5K route, or if you can’t make it to the National Mall on June 5, register to Sleep In for the Cure®. Kids ages 5 to 12 can register as Kids for the Cure® and participate in their own special race and activities. If you prefer to work behind-the-scenes, you can be one of our all-star volunteers.
Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia
I am participating in the Virgin London Marathon 2010 to be held on 25th April, 2010. I will be running 26.2 miles (40 kilometres) to raise money for the British Red Cross. The British Red Cross is always a forerunner, both in the UK and abroad, in providing first aid, health and social care, as well as emergency relief arising as a result of war, conflict and natural disasters.
You can support the British Red Cross by sponsoring me on: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ParizadAvari
On behalf of the British Red Cross, I appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Parizad is the key person who has taken on the responsibility of creating awareness for the screening mammography for breast cancer project for Parsi women with support from the ZTFE in London (which was discussed at the 5th Coming Together Roundtable in Dubai on 27 December 2009.
Thanks for helping.
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia
Fifth Coming Together Roundtable (CTR)
Dubai, December 2009
The Vth “Coming Together Roundtable” (CTR) was held with the 9th World Zoroastrian Congress, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, on December 27, 2009 (Session I), December 30th (Session II) and December 31st (Session III). The invitation [Att. 1] and Agenda [Att. 2] are enclosed.
Attendance. Over the three sessions, leadership from all regions of the world participated: MP in the Iranian Majlis Dr. Esfandiar Ekhtiyari, Tehran Anjuman President Dr. Rostam Khosravian; BPP chair Dinshaw Mehta, BPP trustee Khojeste Mistree; FEZANA President Bomi Patel and past presidents Firdosh Mehta, Dr. Dolly Dastoor and Rohinton Rivetna, and Behram Pastakia; past ZTFE presidents Dorab Mistry and Paurush Jila. Participants from the smaller pockets included Russi Ghadiali (Singapore), Phil Madon (Australia), Toxy Cowasjee (Pakistan), the host Meher Bhesania from Dubai and a large number of Association heads. Several international organizations also participated: Mobed Councils (Chair of the Iranian Mobeds Council Mobed Dr. Ardeshir Khorshidian, NAMC chair Er. Kobad Zarolia and past chair Er. Dr. Jehan Bagli), WZO (Chair Darayus Motivala and past Chair Sammy Bhiwandiwalla), WAPIZ (Khojeste Mistree), WZCC (President Kersi Limathwala and numerous chapter chairs), ZWIN (Dr. Zareen Araoz); and concerned individuals from around the world.
Videos of the Sessions of Coming Together Round Table held in Dubai in December 2009
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Zoroastrianism: Its Stewardship for all Creation, the Animate and the Inanimate.
Text of presentation by Pervin J. Mistry at the Parliament of Worlds Religions, Melbourne, December 5th, 2009.
Vineeta Pandey / DNA
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 0:22 IST
Concerned about the dwindling Parsi population in the country, the ministry of minority affairs is trying to come up with a concoction to reverse the trend.
Minister Salman Khurshid said that they are soon going to meet Parsi leaders in Mumbai to figure out a plan to stop the extinction of the culturally rich community.
The current Parsi population in India is about 69,601 (33,949
males and 35,652 females) compared to 76,382 (37,736 males and 38,646 females) during the 1991 census. According to the 2001 census, the child-woman ratio, which is a key indicator of fertility, is 578 per 1,000 in India. Among the Parsis it was 85 per 1,000.
The 2001 census report called for an urgent intervention. The report said that fertility improvement initiatives rather than fertility control measures adopted by the community so far are possibly the need of the hour.
“It is expected that this loud and clear message from 2001 census awakens the country and the Parsi community from the deep slumber it is possibly in and have a beneficial effect,” it added.
The ministry, while making it clear about their no-interference policy in the religious and community matters, said they are working out plans which may include providing them financial help for healthcare. This support could also be for fertility-related treatments.
“Besides population, the Parsi community has been coming to the government with various other problem, including cremation, shortage of priests, property disputes, etc,” said Vivek Malhotra, secretary, ministry of minority affairs.
“There are also concerns about their children not getting admissions in schools and not enough people being left to take care of their properties.”
However, a few of the community members believe there is no reason to panic. “Our community is not destined to be obliterated from the face of earth,” said Khushru Panthaki, principal of MS Cama Athorna Institute.
“We have to encourage marriages within the community. Alien elements will destroy the genetic characteristic of our community.”
Courtesy : K.F.Keravala