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Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!! Hope the New Year brings health, happiness, prosperity and peace for all of you, your family and friends.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER ARCHANA FOR WHOLE YEAR

Here is an opportunity for you to participate in annual archana. Last year, the IACCT Board decided to offer archana for the whole year at the temple. You can sign up for a whole year archana and donate $201 in advance so that Panditji will recite archana for you and seek blessings for the whole family, whether you are present or not. We already have several families who have signed up for annual archana. Please provide the names of family members along with your gotra, if you know, along with $201 to Panditji or any Board member, and we will provide the information to Panditji ahead of the festival poojas where we have the archanas. The main events where we have archana at the temple are - New years day special pooja, Makar Sankranti, MahaShivaratri, Ugadi/Gudhi Padwa, Rama Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ananta Chaturdashi, Vijaya Dashmi (Dushera), Mahlakshmi Pooja at Diwali and possibly at other events. Please call Panditji or any Board member to participate in annual archana.



AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) AT THE TEMPLE

We are pleased to announce that an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed on the north wall adjacent to the elevator on main floor in the foyer area. The AED was donated by Rajesh & Nita Dagli. IACCT gratefully acknowledges their thoughtful support for the community members attending IACCT events. The AED serves as an immediate tool to effectively respond to sudden cardiac arrest. T h e AED is located on north wall abo v e water fountain near the elevator on main fl oor. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. If it’s not treated within minutes, it can quickly lead to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation. This is a rapid and unsynchronized heart rhythm starting in the heart’s lower pumping chambers (the ventricles). The heart must be “defibrillated” quickly, because a victim’s chance of surviving drops by seven to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isn’t restored. While we hope that no one attending the temple event suffers from sudden cardiac arrest, however if there is an ever an incident, which can be immediately treated with an AED, we would have potentially saved a life. IACCT will soon plan a short and simple training session to familiarize some people in how to operate the AED. AEDs are safe to use by anyone who has been trained to operate them. How does an AED work? A built-in computer checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether defibrillation is needed. If it is, a recorded voice tells the rescuer to press the shock button on the AED. This shock momentarily stuns the heart and stops all activity. It gives the heart the chance to resume beating effectively. AEDs advise shock only for ventricular fibrillation.



DITR RECOGNITION UPDATE
We urge you to review the January 2016 Newsletter regarding DITR Recognition Plaque, in case you have not reviewed it as yet. As announced, we plan to recognize all DITR (Deity Installation and Temple Renovation) contributors, who have paid total donations of $250 or more (including past DITR contributions) in various categories up to $25,000 or more, by having their names on a plaque. Our target is to order a plaque for installation and inauguration at the temple by 2016 Temple Anniversary satsang scheduled for 24 April 2016. Please review your name to make sure it is spelled correctly and let us know if any changes are required. We welcome anyone who would like to make additional donations to move to a higher category including those with total donations under $250, or no donations as yet, to enable them to have their names included on the plaque for permanent recognition. Anyone with total DITR donations under $250 will not have their names on the plaque. Please contact Chetan Vyas (ChetanMVyas@hotmail.com or 269-375-6631) or Vijay Sood (VKSood@aol.com or 269-599-2065) or Brij Bhargava (Brij_Bhargava@yahoo.com or 269-374-6474) or Shri Valvani (SValvani@hotmail.com or 269-271-3700) to find out how much additional donations will need to be made to move up to a higher category or to make it up to $250 to be able to have your name on the plaque for permanent recognition. Your additional donations must be received by IACCT immediately, prior to ordering the plaque sometimes in March 2016. The funds will help build reserves to support maintenance of big ticket items and for future capital improvement projects.

MAHASHIVARATRI CELEBRATION
Monday, March 7, 2016, 6:00 PM
Mahashivaratri will be celebrated in the Temple on Monday, March 7, 2016 with Rudrabhisheka Pooja beginning at 6:00 PM. You may participate in an Archana for $21.00. Everyone present before 7:00 PM will have an opportunity to offer free abhisheka to Lord Shiva. The Rudrabhisheka Pooja will be followed by Bhajans and Arati. The program will conclude with dinner prasadam.


IACCT CALENDAR FOR 2016

The New Year Calendar with a new deity picture and with all of the regularly scheduled events during 2016 listed, were mailed out to over 600 families in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Holland and other nearby communities. We thank all the volunteers who helped stuff the calendars and inserts in over 600 envelopes for mailing. Our special thanks to Chandrakant & Trupti Patel for mailing them. You can pick a Calendar from Panditji in case you did not receive it or would like an extra copy. IACCT is grateful to all those who have supported the calendars in part by inserting an advertisement. Please patronize our advertisers.


SATSANG SPONSORSHIPS NEEDED FOR 2016

We are thankful to over ninety families who have helped sponsor satsangs and festivals at the temple during 2015. Please support the temple by sponsoring a satsang during 2016. Please use the chart at the temple to fill in your names to sponsor or call one of the Board Members. All IACCT Satsangs and major festival celebrations are open to all. No invitation or membership is required to attend those functions. Of course, we would hope that you support the temple by becoming a member or making a donation. It is your temple! Support from everyone helps in providing many services offered by the temple.


ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP AND FUNDRAISING DRIVE FOR 2016

You must have received annual membership and fundraising drive letters with the 2016 Calendar. Please support the temple by sending a check for your annual tax-deductible membership for 2016, as well as donation in any amount to take advantage of the year-end income tax deductions.


For information on Temple Fund Raising Initiative please contact:
Brij Bhargava: (269) 375-6474 Email:Brij_Bhargava@yahoo.com

*** All donations made to temple are Tax Deductible ***