Appeal for 2017 Year End Donations

Appeal for 2017 Year End Donations to Hindu Temple

Dear Devotees:

Greetings from the Board of Trustees and priests of Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies (HTCC)! We hope you had a wonderful year and we wish you the best for coming year.

Year 2017 has been a good one for the organization. With two priests, Acharya Mishr Ji and Pundit Deepak Ji, the temple was kept open for 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening on weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM on weekends. The priests served the God and the community very well, performing poojas and sanskaaras in the temple and off-site.

The Sunday poojas were sponsored most of the time and we had good attendance. Many festivals were celebrated throughout the year. Several of them attracted over 500 devotees. Classes were held by Bal Mukund and Manavadi (Telugu language classes). We also started Yoga class and are ready to start dance classes. Several Gurus visited the temple and gave discourses. As you know, the temple has only two employees – the two priests. All other work is performed by more than 100 volunteers. They were recognized in a special event in November. We are planning to start several new programs in 2018 and will need volunteers to lead them. It is hoped that you will rise to the occasion.

In July 2017, Mrs. Reva Nayar Ji went on a sabbatical from presidency. Mahesh Jha assumed the responsibility as Interim President. The HTCC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws were revised. The revised bylaws call for the Board to have a total of 15 trustees – 5 trustees will be elected each year for a 3-year term. It is expected that five new trustees will start their term in January 2018. Three will be elected from 11 nominations received and two will be coming through Advisory Council. There will be 2-3 year term limits for officers also. We want new faces, new ideas and new enthusiasm.

Based on revised bylaws, an Advisory Council has been formed. It is comprised of about 45 community leaders who have made total donations of $10,000 to over $100,000 between 2006 and 2016. The council met in October and another meeting is scheduled for December. A management team of 4, led by Narender Kumar Ji, is currently managing the council. The council will help HTCC management by providing advice on policy and financial matters, and help in electing some trustees. The council will also help with projects and fund raising. It has already started the Kitchen project and it is hoped that we will have a commercial kitchen in the basement before summer 2018. You are invited to add to your donations to exceed $10,000 and become a member of this elite group.

We know that many of you are unhappy because we have not yet installed the bricks you were promised. We apologize for any inconvenience but we had to use the funds to pay the mortgage. We plan to install the bricks after the kitchen project. On average, our monthly expenses are about $30,000 including about $14,000 for mortgage payment. For the first ten months of 2017, the total collections have been only about $26,000 per month on average. You helped build the beautiful temple and we need your continued financial help so that the temple not only survives, but thrives for decades to come, for your children and grandchildren to enjoy.

During this season of giving thanks, we urge you to share some of your fortune with your community. This will help us maintain a place for worship – a place for community to come together and enjoy cultural, educational, religious and spiritual activities. Your donations are tax deductible charitable gifts and a receipt will be mailed to you in January 2018, showing your total donations for 2017. Please visit the temple website, www.hindutempleofcolorado.org to choose the type of donation, convenient to you. If you have a question or suggestion, please email it to Mahesh Jha at jhaji@q.com. May God bless you !

HTCC Board of Trustees and Priests