October 20th, 2020
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India Center Oct Update

With windows and doors installed, our center moves to internal buildout phase. We are almost done with framing, rough plumbing and electrical. Soon you will be able to see looks of our center taking shape We are excited to share the beautiful center with the community soon, but we need your support. Please click the donate link to become part of the India Center family. https://iswonline.org/Donate
Keep up with the progress on our website.
ISW Virtual Navratri
Celebrate Nine Nights of Navratri
Join ISW's for the first ever virtual celebration of Navratri October 17th to 24th. Highlighting the diverse celebrations across India, from north to south, east and west.
Details on the website. To watch the event live each night at 7pm go to facebook.com/iswonline/live

Hold the Date for ISW Diwali Celebrations
November 21st, 2020 Details coming soon!
Nominations for ISW Executive Board to open soon
ISW Nominations Committee presented their plan for managing nominations to the ISW Executive Board elections for 2021 to the Executive Board at their meeting this month. As required, the call for nominations will be announced in our special call for nominations email. Persons interested in applying or nominating potential board members will be able to do so electronically. Details will be announced on Oct 22nd.
SAYAA's Next Meeting is Nov 4th. 
SAYAA (South Asian Youth Activists and Allies) had our inaugural general body meeting on October 7th. Members introduced themselves before our executive committee outlined the group’s intentions, format, and hopes for the future. We ended the meeting by asking members to share their reasons for seeking out and joining SAYAA.
We will hold our next meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, November 4th at 8:30pm. We aim to have a dual discussion on the 2020 presidential election results and the Black Lives Matter movement in the South Asian community. If you (or anyone you know) are in the 14-35 age range, and are interested in joining our group, please email sayaa@iswonline.org for more information!
Pre-Register for Free Flu shot @ ISW HealthStop

ISW Health Stop will be offering Free flu shots to the community member. Due to limited supply we will are requesting everyone to pre-register so we can plan the drive-thru flu shot clinic. Please use the link here for pre registration. Click to register for flu clinic
Back Issues of ISW eSandesh newsletter
If you have missed a previous issue of eSandesh or just joined, you can find and archive of past issues here. Enjoy! As always your feedback and contributions welcome.
Our very first classes were held on September 26-27. We have 17 classes with 138 students registered. We held Indology and Religion classes this weekend. We were able to distribute textbooks for Gujarati from Navneet Publications, Ahmedabad, for Tamil form American Tamil Academy, North Carolina, and for Hindi from Hindi E S, New Jersey over four days scheduled for pickups. Parents also got a chance to see the new addition to the building, and the wonderful patio. Last week we conducted an Art session making a Diwali Greeting Card using colorful paper based on WARLI art.

Ruchi Chauhan 508-439-7607 Shiamin Melville 508-353-4316
Contact: School@iswonline.org
ISW Tutoring Match Program Update

ISW School launched an online Tutoring Match program to help hassled parents by providing one on one online tutoring for kids. Tutoring is done by by IYG (Indian Youth Group) students in subjects of Math, Physics, Science, English, Languages (Spanish/French) and Life skills like Time Management. If you need homework help for your kids, please contact tutoring@iswonline.org.

Krishnaa Amin, Mansi Gera, Shubh Agrawal, Ruchi Chauhan & Shiamin Melville
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An introvert's guide to social networking: An interview with Ramya Subramanian
By Ragoo Raghunathan

In our Professional Self corner today, we are feature an interview with Dr. Ramya Subramanian, a Shrewsbury resident and member of ISW who recently transitioned into a job after a long hiatus. Taking a break in your career path has become quite common nowadays due to various reasons. I talked to Ramya to get her perspective and to highlight what one might expect if they were in this situation. Read the rest of the article on our website here!
Ekta Dance Academy Virtual Annual Day
Ekta Dance Academy is proud to announce ISW as our social partner in our virtual annual day “♥️ You Zindagi” on 24th of October at 3:00 pm. More than hundred participants from ages 3 to 70 years are going to showcase their dancing talents. As the name indicates the show is all about the celebration of life from childhood to grand parenthood with energetic performances. Don’t miss the show stopper performance specially prepared by our honorable seniors of ISW. Added treat - never heard stories of a very special ISW volunteer during the show. Your active support and appreciation to all the participants during the show will go a long way. The show will be live telecast on Www.mydreamtvusa.com Love You Zindagi - Ekta
Announcing the SMC Board of Directors 2020 Election
Shrewsbury Media Connection (SMC), a 501(c)(3) community media center, is seeking passionate individuals to join our Board of Directors for a two year term of office.We are looking for a range of directors to share their professional expertise. We encourage diversity and actively seek to compose a board which is a reflection of the community it serves. The SMC Board has a particular need for individuals with backgrounds in media/communications, law, fund development, capital development, grant writing, and community relations. Details on Shrewsbury Media Connection website
City of Worcester needs your inputs
As we trade t-shirts for sweaters, it's easy to forget how hot it was this summer. But that heat has MAJOR health, social and economic consequences, which burden some residents unfairly. The City of Worcester and the EcoTarium need your help! Share your opinions about solutions to Worcester's urban heat islands-- neighborhoods that heat up a LOT because of excessive pavement and lack of tree cover on our website coolitworcester.consider.it. The site will be live through October 31, and the first 50 participants get a $20 gift card! Make an account, learn about heat islands, add pros and cons to proposals, and weigh in with your own thoughts and experiences. Thank you so much for your participation! Rachel Quimby, Public Programs Coordinator, EcoTarium
Free Dinner
by Pravin Trivedi

The number of decent people who live here hasn’t ceased to amaze me. There are loonies too, but we have never felt discriminated. This incident happened when our kids were young. Finish reading the rest of the story on our website.
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Mailing Address: PO Box 136, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
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