Upcoming Temple Events
Sharadeeya Navaratri Celebrations
Sat, Oct 1 -
Mon, Oct 11
Sharadeeya Navaratri Celebrations from 1st October 2016 to 11th October 2016 followed by Vijaya Dashmi (Dusshera) on 11th October. Please see newsletter for more details
Laxmi Poojan and Diwali Celebration
Sun, Oct 30
Mahalakshmi Pooja, Bhajans, Archana, Arati, Dinner Prasadam. Sponsored by:
Anil & Nayana Patel
Hemant & Bhavana Patel
Keyur & Vashu Patel
Umesh & Punita Sharma
IACCT - iOS App - Free
Download it from Apple App Store
We are pleased to announce that iOS app for IACCT is avaialable on Apple App store for Free download ! The app was approved this week. Search 'IACCT' on the app store and download it.
IACCT GENERAL BODY MEETING AND ELECTIONS
Sun, Nov 13
The IACCT Annual General Body Meeting for 2016 is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, 2016. Virendra
Sood has kindly consented to serve as a Chairman of the Election Committee and Om
Jolly with Chandrakant Patel will be serving on the committee. All IACCT members
will be receiving a notice concerning nomination and election of three Board members
whose terms are expiring. Please contact Virendra Sood at 269-372-2846 or
email@example.com if you do not receive your notice by the third week of October. We
urge all of you to participate in IACCT governance and activities.
Navratri- Raas Garba
Sat, Oct 1
6.00PM - 7.30PM
India Association Kalamazoo presents Navratri Raas- Garba program on Saturday,
October 1, 2016. Dinner sponsored by New York Life & World of Spices will be served
between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Program will follow dinner. Venue: Kalamazoo Expo
Center & Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake St. Kalamazoo, MI 49048. Free Entry. Donations will
be appreciated. For more info please contact either Vijay Mehta (327-5456) or Hemant
Patel (323-9313) or Keyur Patel (718-9040) or Kirit Patel (806-1307) or Jayesh Sharma
Sat, Oct 8, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Indian Community of Battle Creek presents Navrarti program on Saturday,
October 8, 2016. Dinner: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Raas- Garba program will follow dinner.
Venue: Full Blast Recreation Center, 35 Hamblin Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017. For
more info please contact either Dhara Desai (269-753-9907) or Tulsi Patel (269-832-
IN MEMORIUM: VEER “RAVI” AKKOOR
1953 - 2016
We are deeply saddened to report that Veer "Ravi" Akkoor, 62, passed away in New Hampshire, unexpectedly
of heart attack on Thursday, September 1, 2016 in the comfort of his home with his wife, Chitra near him.
Ravi was born in Madras, India, he was educated in India and came to USA in 1975 and earned his Masters of
Science in Operations Research and Statistics from Bowling Green State College in Ohio. In 1983, he returned
to India to marry Chitra Venkatesh in Bangalore. Ravi and Chitra, married for thirty-three years, were a longtime
residents of Kalamazoo. Both of them were active members of IACCT, having served in various
capacities throughout their residence. Many of us remember Ravi and Chitra for frequent programs of bhajans
accompanied by music at their home in Kalamazoo. After briefly working for American Greetings and the
Upjohn Company, Ravi started his own company, Insight Informatics in Michigan in 1989, offering consulting
services, doing statistical analysis, and designing software for pharmaceutical companies. Ravi loved music,
sang devotional songs, and played the harmonium. He enjoyed reading, writing, playing music, taking online
classes, and he was known among friends and family as an outstanding cook.
Swami Bodhananda, fondly remembers Ravi Akoor, and has offered the following tribute, "Ravi Akkoor was a fine soul whom we all
loved for his simplicity, sagacity and commitment to the community. Ravi and Chitra helped in the development of the Temple and
Sambodh Ashram. I had opportunities to spend fond moments with Ravi discussing spirituality and the complex problems of Indian
families living in America. I enjoyed his soulful bhajans that sometimes brought tears in my eyes. Sometimes ago, I could spend a week
with Ravi and Chitra when I was invited to deliver a few lectures in the Keene State College in New Hampshire. Ravi was my good
friend. I will miss him. My feelings are with Chitra for whom Ravi’s absence will be a terrible burden to bear. I pray that Ravi’s soul
merge into the bliss of Sambodharanya Shiva and that the Lord give Chitra inner strength to carry on with her responsibilities and find
peace in her quiet meditations." - by Swami Bodhananda.
Ravi Akkoor is survived by his wife Chitra Akkoor of Swanzey, New Hampshire, his brother Mukund (Geetha) Akkoor of Chicago, his
sister, Geetha Ranganathan of Bangalore, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. On behalf of IACCT, we
offer our heartfelt condolence and our thoughts and prayers for Akkoor family. He will surely be missed.
IN MEMORIAM: CHHOTABHAI SHARMA
We are saddened to report that Chhotabhai Sharma, age 91, passed away July 8, 2016 in Kalamazoo. He was born on November 26, 1924 in Pij, India.
He and his wife moved their entire family to the United States in 1984 and made many friends in the Kalamazoo area over the years. Chhotabhai loved devotional music,
serving his family and selflessly helped many individuals and families. He was one of the pioneers to start Baroda Medical College in Baroda, India. Chhotabhai was very quiet, religious &
gentle speaking gentleman, serving his family and living life to the fullest. He was frequent visitor to the temple and will always greet friends “Jai Shri Krishna” with a smile. Many of us at the temple had the
privilege to see him often and enjoy his pleasant friendly demeanor. He was lovingly called “Papaji” by his family and friends. He is survived by four children, Rajendra Sharma, Usha N. (Natvar) Lal, Umesh
(Punita) Sharma and Jayesh (Neha) Sharma and seven grandchildren.
We offer our heartfelt condolence to Sharma family and other extended family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.
MEMBERSHIP-DONATION UPDATE 2016
So far, we have received annual
membership-donations from over 100 families and individuals. IACCT annual
Membership-donations cover January through December every year. We are
running behind our goal of 150 plus annual members for 2016. Your membership
helps tremendously in providing many services the IACCT offers. Please send
your tax deductible membership-donation to IACCT. Please make your check
payable to Indo-American Cultural Center & Temple or IACCT and mail to:
IACCT, 2002 Ramona Avenue, Portage, MI 49002. You may even charge it on
your credit card.
For information on Temple Fund Raising Initiative please contact:
Brij Bhargava: (269) 375-6474
*** All donations made to temple are Tax Deductible ***