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Congratulations – Arzan SAM Wadia – President FEZANA – 2020

 

CONGRATULATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS

 

ARZAN SAM WADIA

PRESIDENT FEZANA – 2020

 

 

BaNaMeh Ahura Mazda With TunDorosti And MunDorosti To All

My Dear Global Zarathushti Leaders And Community Members:

With immense joy, I would like to invite you all to welcome and congratulate our newly elected FEZANA President, Arzan Sam Wadia with the soulful blessings of your heart and spirit. Arzan takes over as FEZANA’s 9th and youngest President to date.

With Vision 2020, Arzan has dedicated the last 10 plus years towards serving our North American and Global Zarathushti community with incredible gusto and enthusiasm.

Arzan served as our immediate FEZANA Vice President and was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Global Zarathushti Professional Award. He has been extensively involved with the Zoroastrian Return To Roots Program since its inception and is its current Program Director.

Arzan has been a featured speaker at various North American and World Zoroastrian Congresses, and has served with utmost dedication on the Board of the Zoroastrian Association Of Greater New York for four terms.

Arzan is the founding editor of Parsi Khabar ( www.ParsiKhabar.net ) – The World’s Oldest And Largest internet news aggregator website about Parsis and Zoroastrians worldwide. This website disseminates news, opinion and analysis of culture, society, religion and trends within our Zarathushti community worldwide.

Arzan also served as the Program Chair for the 2019 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in Los Angeles as well as on the core committee of the 2012 12th North American Zoroastrian Congress in New York.

In 2018,  Arzan was featured in the FEZANA Journal Special Issue on Empowering Next Generation as one of the 40 inspiring young Zoroastrians. He was also instrumental in empowering our Global Zoroastrian Youth as one of the 20 participants at the inaugural World Zoroastrian Youth Leadership Forum in 2018 at the ASHA Center in the United Kingdom.

Arzan has designed and maintained over 40 websites for design and commercial clients including the websites of FEZANA, NAMC, ZAGNY, ZAMWI, Zoroastrian Return To Roots and the 7WZYC2019.  He is also the webmaster of  The Iranshah Intitiative Project that is dedicated to showcase the bounty of our sacred Iranshah.

Arzan is an architect and urban designer based in New York City. Having worked in Graz, Austria and New York, he has been part of design teams for projects in Austria, Switzerland, Cambodia as well as USA . With a Masters in Urban Design and Architecture from the Pratt Institute, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Arzan currently practices as an architect and runs a technology business. He has earned numerous professional awards in his field of endeavor and has built a reputation of being a team player with other Global Zarathushti leaders.

May Ahura Mazda Guide our Arzan, as he now takes on this awesome responsibility; to lead FEZANA with your blessings of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds.

ARZAN IS A PASSIONATE LEADER AND A COMPASSIONATE HUMAN BEING WHO EPITOMIZES THE RADIANCE AND VIBRANCE OF A ZARTOSHTI

 

With that sentiment…

Please join me in wishing him the very best with all our

Love and Light

Meher Amalsad

Westminster, California, USA

 

 

THANK YOU ARZAN FOR YOUR KIND AND UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT TO OUR FUTURE GENERATION

BPP Installs DIRECT HELP LINE For Community Members

Dear Community Members,
Given the difficult times the world is currently going through with the fatal danger that the dreaded COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) poses to the country in general, and our aging community in particular, the BPP is taking several steps to proactively, positively and effectively address the issues faced by our community members.
Our endeavours are aimed to help community members at multiple levels, to the best of our ability and our resources, despite the extraordinary challenges posed by a nation under lockdown.
The BPP has installed  Dedicated Help Lines for community members to reach out to us for help/assistance on any issues that they are facing due to the lockdown, or for emergencies.
We will try to resolve issues regarding lack of food supplies/groceries, etc. as well as cater to medical needs/emergencies by connecting the elderly or incapacitated with doctors and GPs nearby and provide ambulance services.
We will endeavour to help to whatever extent we possibly can under these trying and difficult circumstances.
Kindly contact us on the following two numbers: Ronny Patel :9867946384 and Jimmy Merchant : 9819027857 between (9.00 am to 9.00 pm).
The BPP is also in the process of setting up small groups of volunteers per settlement (Baug/Colony/Building) who will be accessible to help out resident community members as well as those living close by. Community members who would like to volunteer in effacing the challenges faced by our brethren are requested to connect with us on the same numbers.
We are also working on a Disaster Management Plan and request professionals, especially doctors, to come forward and help our community members, during these challenging times.
We also request all members of the community  to follow all government advisories in terms of health safety for all.
Since no publications are being printed (as physical copies), we request you to forward this message to as many people as you can, to ensure maximum circulation of this Dedicated Help Line, which will prove to be of great help to those in need.
We hope to serve ajnd resolve as many issues as possible for you!
Board of Trustees
Bombay Parsi Punchayet

 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM WZO TRUST FUNDS

We find ourselves in an unprecedented time in our country and the world with the global pandemic of the CoVid19 virus. 
 
WZO Trust Funds recognise that many of their beneficiaries who have availed of interest free financial support towards self-employment, farmers rehabilitation, rural housing, higher education support and so on would find it difficult to meet their repayment commitments.
 
WZO Trust Funds have therefore decided to give all their beneficiaries who have availed of interest free financial support, moratorium from making repayments during the months of April 2020, May 2020, June 2020, and shall review the situation prevailing end June.
 
Dinshaw Tamboly; 
WZO Trust Funds.

Invitation to the 18th North American Zarathushti Congress 2020

The Zoroastrian Association of Houston is proud to host the 18th North American Zarathushti Congress (NAZC) to be held in Houston, Texas from December 29th, 2020 thru January 1st, 2021.

It is our utmost pleasure and honor to personally invite you, your families, friends and all your community members to attend our Zarathushti Congress. The NAZC 2020 organizing committee is preparing a compelling multi track program catered to age groups, 5 years and up. Our primary focus is to get our community youth and young adults involved, eventually developing them into future leaders.

We will have:​
  • A primary track based on our Theme “Generation Z – Propelling Zarathushti Resurgence”, and a “Zarathushti way of Life” for our Youth​
  • Interactive and hands-on educational, cultural and professional sessions
  • Attain our goal to have at least 40% Young Adult attendees under 40 years​
  • A visit to our one of a kind Atash Kadeh for a Grand New Year Day Jashan and Boye ceremonies followed by a sumptuous lunch
  • Pre Congress celebrations including Youth & Young Adults and WZCC related events and Post Congress Cruise
Our first newsletter can be accessed HERE and is also appended below, in case you are unable to access so please spare a few minutes and have a look at some exciting information regarding the program and entertainment being prepared to give y’all an experience of a lifetime.
We humbly request you to please forward this to all your Community members and encourage them to visit our website here NAZC2020Houston to get on the mailing list for latest news and updates. Your assistance will be immensely appreciated.
We promise you a Texan style grand event and hospitality as always. Registrations will open soon so please stay tuned and watch this space..
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Shree Parsi Panchayat Vadodara – Baroda

 

B. N. Seervai Parsi Dharamshala / Godrej Banquet Hall / Wedding Lawn

New Website – https://www.ppvadodara.org/

Parsis of Baroda

On the banks of the river Vishwamitri lies the erstwhile State of Baroda. The city of Baroda has now been renamed as Vadodara. At present it is the third largest city of Gujarat, after Ahmedabad and Surat and has a population nearing 18 lakhs.

 

On November 6, 1642 the “Parsee Prakash” takes note of a first Parsi Panchayat assembly at Navsari, but it seems that the Panchayat only established its authority after Bombay was taken over by the British The Panchayat was constituted by the Elders and influential members of the Community.

 

With a ‘Dokhma ‘ in Baroda near Vishwamitri constructed as far back as 2nd May 1842 i.e 156 years ago, and the imposing Umrigar Agiari in Fatehgunj constructed on 1st February1845, it is safe to conclude that Parsis have been living in Baroda since the last 200 years or even more. History records that Parsis played a very active role as political agents in the courts of the Maharajas in the 19th century. In 1800 the earliest Parsi in Baroda was A. Desai, he was of great service in negotiations between the British and the Gaekwar. The other Parsi at the court of the Peshwa was Khursedji Jamsedii Modi, who hailed from Khambhat and was appointed Native Agent to the British. These were two of the earliest Parsis, whose names have been recorded in history and who served under the Gaekwar of Baroda. There must have been a flux of Parsis to Baroda at this time and no better proof can be provided than the construction of the Dokhma in 1842 and the Umrigar Agiari in 1845. The next Parsi to be heard of was the eminent Dadabhai Naoroji in 1873 Gaekwar Maihar Rao of Baroda who was charged by the British with maladministration, called upon Dadabhai Naoroji and made him the Dewan of Baroda in 1874. Dadabhai took up the challenge and it has been recorded that during the short period of two years that he was Dewan of Baroda, Dadabhai Naoroji had repressed bribery and corruption which had overwhelmed the administration of justice in the State. Due to uncalled for interference and unsubstantiated allegations against him by the British Resident, he resigned and returned to Bombay and from there went to England where he fought for India’s freedom and was the first Indian to be elected to the British House of Commons by a wafer thin majority of 3 voles.

 

As on today, the Parsi Community in Vadodara compromises of 305 families, totalling 1059 individuals (49% Males, 51% Females). Our Panchayat is a unique institution which combines within itself all types of activities, religious, social, cultural, educational etc.

 

The Trustees’ main objective has always been to work for the welfare of the Vadodara Parsi Panchayat and for the happiness of the entire Comminity. Our Dharamshala in Hira Baug, Fatehgunj, is one of the most well maintained and comfortable rest houses to live who come from outside Vadodara. The Vadodara Parsi Panchayat was officially registered as a “Trust” on November 13, 1953 with the Charity Commissioner’s Office, Vadodara bearing Registration No. C-2. The Trustees of the Vadodara Parsi Panchayat hold dual responsibility, first as leaders of the community, and second as Trustees of the various funds and properties. Each one knows that as a Trustee, he has to be involved in manifold responsibilities involving him in every big and small decision. This involves several hours of work each week, apart from the Board Meetings at which 2-3 hours are spent.

 

The Trustees of the Panchayat have to maintain, manage, improve, develop and deal with the properties. under their control, which includes the Dokhma, Agiari, Dharamshala premises and the Pirojsha Godrel Hall. They also manage the religious, charitable and other trust funds entrusted to them created for the benefit of the Parsi community, or for some specific purpose (like ‘Gambhars’) Other problems concerning the Community also requires their attention and action. While most of the above activities are left to the Trustees of a progressive Panchayat like ours. Their Major achievement has been to maintain complete unity and harmony between all members of the community and have made themselves available and open to new ideas. Various Committees to deal with specific issues been constituted where other members of the Community are involved. This tradition has come, over the in years in Vadodara. At the helm of the Panchayat have been its past Presidents, who have played a very vital role in the running of the Panchayat affairs.

WZCongress 2022 – Design A Logo Contest

Overview

In 2018 Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY), a member association of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA)  was selected to host the 12th World Zoroastrian Congress 2022 (WZC2022).

The organizing team of the WZC2022 would like to announce a competition to design a logo for the Congress.

The new logo will become the official logo of WZC2022 and will be used on the Congress website, social media sites, business cards, letterhead, posters, souvenir trinkets and gifts, or anywhere else WZC2022 chooses.  This document describes the official requirements and rules of the competition.

By entering, participants agree to be bound by these contest rules.  Violating any rule or not following instructions may eliminate participants’ eligibility.  WZC2022 and ZAGNY has the right to disqualify any entrant at any time at its sole discretion.

Eligibility

The contest is open to citizens of any country. The contest is not open to WZC2022, ZAGNY or FEZANA office bearers, Members of the judging panel and their immediate family members.

Contestants are permitted to work in groups. The maximum size of the group will not be more than 3 persons.  However, only one (1) prize will be awarded regardless of group size.

Submission Guidelines and How to Enter

The contest is open from 12:01 a.m. August 1, 2019 US Eastern Standard Time and closes at 11:59 p.m. November 15, 2019 US Eastern Standard Time.

Late submissions will not be considered.

The winner(s) will be selected and announced at the unveiling of the logo at an event yet to be determined.

All entries must be submitted electronically to WZC2022 by uploading the files using the form at the end of this page.

Submissions must include the full name(s) of the person(s) who designed the logo, email address, postal address, and telephone number.

One or more submissions per person is acceptable.  Each submission must be sent as a separate entry submission.

There is no fee to enter the contest.

 Logo Design Guidelines and Parameters

The purpose of this contest is to design the official logo of WZC2022.

The logo should have a Zoroastrian theme and reflect WZC2022’s Mission, Vision, Theme and Goals and Objectives, as stated below. It may reflect any aspect of Zoroastrian religion, culture, architecture, iconography, social custom, tradition, philosophy, etc. that the artist chooses.  It should be professional in appearance and appropriate for a World Congress.  It should have universal appeal, but be of relevance – stylistically and otherwise – to the Zoroastrian religion and its followers worldwide. The logo could also allude to the host city New York in some way or form.

Participants are encouraged to view the promotional video on our website https://wzc2022.com to get a further understanding of what the Congress aims to be.

Notwithstanding these requirements, young artists who may not have the technological tools to create professional looking logos are encouraged to participate. If the artist’s concept and design win the competition, WZC2022 will assist in transforming the design into a functional logo. As such, artists of all ages are encouraged to participate in the competition.

 WZC2022 VISION

To nurture a caring, compassionate, harmonious, altruistic, observant and prosperous community, with respect for diversity in belief and practice and to move together towards a glorious and united future for our worldwide community.  

 MISSION

To create an atmosphere of opportunity at the WZC 2022 for the worldwide Zarathushti brethren to come together and work together in Hamazori for the mutual benefit of their communities while celebrating their diversity.

THEME: Bridging the Global Zarathushti Existence.

A theme that reflects the aspirations and challenges of the larger Zarathushti community on the cusp of emerging from the first quarter of the twenty-first century.

Our goal is to ensure that we bridge Zarathushtis from across the world, but also bridge the age, gender, cultural and spiritual differences. Our community today is truly global, spread across the world and represents a diaspora that brings with it unique challenges.  The World Zoroastrian Congress will give us the opportunity to strengthen connections and build bridges while respecting our diversity.

Our Zarathushti Existence is not static, but ever changing.  As we stand here in 2019 and look forward to 2022, three years from now, we should expect continued evolution of our state — demographics, geographies, social media — all of these will influence our world community and continue to pose the question — Who Are We?  What Do We Represent?  What Will We Be?

We hope that our agenda and program content will raise these questions and leave the attendees with a renewed sense of pride and purpose that we will endure.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

Our goal for the 2022 World Zoroastrian Congress is a truly World Congress with active World Participation in keeping with our theme of Bridging the Global Zarathushti Existence.  To this end, we will strive to involve Zoroastrian Associations and ‘Emerging Zoroastrian’ Groups across the world well in advance of the Congress to ensure and encourage their engagement and participation.

We would welcome creative input, content leadership and participation to make the program representative of our far-flung community and create the basis for an integrated program that will appeal to all attendees from the youth to young parents to seniors, and all in between.

A final and key objective would be to use our program, technology and social media to generate increased interest and awareness of the Zarathushti religion, faith and global existence.

Submission Formats

Entries must be submitted as JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF, AI, CDR or EPS files.  Entries can be in color or black and white.  No color gradients and half-tones within the artwork.  The logo must be easy to use, handle, resize, and manipulate for all reproduction purposes.  It should be visually appealing on both small (as small as 2 cm x 2 cm) and large scales.

Intellectual Property

Entrants affirm their submissions are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.

Submissions become the sole property of WZC2022 and may be used for any WZC2022 purposes, including, but not limited to, display on websites, business cards, letterhead, posters, and other materials.

WZC2022 shall have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning submission in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.

WZC2022 reserves the right to choose not to use the winning entry as described in these contest guidelines.

WZC2022 reserves the right to use any other entry for promotional or business purposes in the future.

If the winner is determined to have violated any rules, he/she will be required to forfeit or return the prize, even if the determination is made after the prize has been awarded.

Determination of Winner and Prize

The winning entry will be selected by a panel of design, marketing and public relations professionals.  Their decision will be final, and no further correspondence shall be entered into.

Entries will be judged on their visual appeal, adherence to the concept prompting the contest, quality of design, and ease of reproduction for the purposes stated above.

The prize for the winning entry is US$ 501.  This prize remains the same regardless of the size of the team submitting the winning entry.

The winner will be notified via email and announced on WZC2022 website, and at the unveiling at an event yet to be determined and possibly through other media.

Disclaimer

WZC2022 is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due to computer, internet, or electronic problems.

WZC2022 reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest and award the prize by alternate means if fraud or technical failure is determined at any time by WZC2022, including after the submission window has closed.

WZC2022 is not liable, for the purpose of winner and prize notification and delivery, in the event the contest winner has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact information.

Judging Panel

Our distinguished Panel of Judges include

  • Tinaz Karbhari
  • Alisha Shroff
  • Karl Desai
  • Rayomand J. Patell
  • Shazneen Gandhi

Inquiries

For any inquiries, clarifications, questions or comments please email WZC200 at logo@wzc2022.com

 

For more details – https://wzc2022.com/logo/

WZO Trusts update

WZO Trusts are pleased to share with esteemed donors, Volunteers, Supporters and Well Wishers, by way of attachment a round up of welfare activities undertaken during the course of financial year April 2018-March 2019.

We extend sincere gratitude to all for the support extended by way of donations, volunteering for service and supporting us in various endeavors.

We would be failing in our duties if we did not acknowledge the generous support received over the years from the benevolent Trustees of Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao; in the year under review donations received from them were close to 50% of total donations received.

We look forward to continuing support and cooperation from our community to enable our team to carry on meaningful welfare activities that are aimed at not only ameliorating poverty but also to assist those in economic distress to get back on their feet through gainful employment and rejoin the mainstream of society.

Team WZO Trusts.
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