ASC’s Annual General Body Meeting held at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Buena Park, CA on Oct 8 – 10, 2021

ASC delegates at the Singh Sabha Gurdwara Sahib ASC-GB Meeting on Oct 9, 2021.

American Sikh Council (ASC) held its annual General Body meeting at the Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Buena Park, CA from October 8 – 10, 2021.

The American Sikh Council (ASC) is a national association of currently 74 gurdwaras and Sikh institutions across the US. ASC primary mandate is to take a stand on all important Sikh issues crucial for the welfare of the Sikh Nation, including taking difficult decisions on sensitive religious issues affecting all the Sikhs, especially in America. Additionally, ASC has several major ongoing national initiatives, namely; ‘Bullying Prevention’, ‘Sikh Scouting’, ‘Educate the Educators’, ‘Sustained Sikh Genocide 1984-1998’, ‘Sikh-Centered Book Publishing’, ‘Interfaith Dialogue’, ‘Conflict Resolution Services’, ‘Camp Fatehgarh’, ‘Gurmat Parchar’ and the ‘Global Sikh Council’.

ASC has educated, face to face by holding Sikh exhibits across the nation, to over 140,000 educators since 2016. Also held 55 events and educated over 5,000 school children and 6,800 bullying prevention specialists since 2016. Additionally, ASC has educated over 175,000 Boy and Girl Scouts since 2013, and recruited dozens of Sikh youths into Scouting across the US.

Over a dozen brochures and thirteen (13) academic books have been published since 2013. Currently one book is included in over 37 school districts as a comprehensive resource and another book on human rights is being used by a major University.

Harjas Kaur, Taran Kaur and Jagjit Kaur speaking on empowerment of women at the GB Mtg.

Thanks to ASC’s painstaking effort the ‘Sustained Sikh Genocide 1984-1998’ is part of the ‘Holocaust and Other Genocides’ curriculum in the state of New Jersey, since late 2014. All the effort is making an incredibly positive change and a groundswell of goodwill towards Sikhs and their religion by the general public in America.

Representatives from ASC member gurdwaras, in addition to the leaders from several gurdwaras from across the greater Los Angeles area came and participated in this important event.

ASC President,S.Jasbir Kaur led the meeting along with Vice-President Dr. Manbir Singh, Treasurer S.Harkirat Singh and Secretary Kavneet Singh for the three-day event.

ASC President Jasbir Kaur honoring Dr. Piara Singh for his support of ASC projects, Oct 9, 2021.

On Friday Oct 8, 2021 the start of the meeting was attended by over a dozen attendees and there was a brief overview of the planned GB meeting. Some general ideas were shared and suggestions were given to be used for the main meeting.

On Saturday October 9, during the morning session ASC held the main GB meeting where the ongoing initiatives of 2021 was discussed, while further changes and suggestions were deliberated on for approval.

Jarnail Singh along with other Sikh youth addressing the attendees at the ASC-GB meeting

In the afternoon all major projects completed by ASC in 2021 were highlighted to the audience. The sangat not only appreciated the tremendous sewa but also had additional suggestions to improve and ways to financially support these ongoing initiatives.

Several ASC representatives, including, S.Jasbir Kaur, Dr. Manbir Singh, S.Harkirat Singh, Dr. Gurdas Singh, S. Baljinder Singh, Dr. Piara Singh and S.Kavneet Singh presented and highlighted some of the ongoing initiatives and issues to be driven by all the attendees. The local community leaders and other attendees were really impressed by the depth and wide spectrum of projects focusing on the Sikh youth in order to empower them and create a higher quality of leadership within the community for the future. Singh Sabha Gurdwara representative S.Sukhwant Singh had many good suggestions to improve and enhance the ongoing projects.

S.Jeewan Kaur from Los Angeles, a senior in high school had some excellent suggestions to bring about change and empower the female youth. She recommended that we need to get online and be engaged through social media to be really impactful. She reiterated the need for inspiring female Sikh role models which are extremely important for all the young Sikh girls.

S. Jasbir Kaur discussed the critical issue of equality within the management committees of all the gurdwaras, which needs to be addressed immediately, because not having Sikh women in leadership roles dissuades younger female youth from getting fully involved within the gurdwaras. She also spoke on the empowerment of young Sikhs through various ways of youth leadership, many of which the American Sikh Council has already been engaged for the last several years across the US. She stated, “In order to save the next generation, women must be included in every facet of Sikhi, only then will our future survive. We must make sure women step up their responsibilities and take charge for the community so our young children are further strengthened.”

Some of the attendees at the ASC GB Meeting

Dr. Gurdas Singh spoke on the Interfaith Initiative and the Conflict Resolution Services. S. Harkirat Singh spoke and expanded on the Conflict Resolution Services (CRS). Dr. Manbir Singh pointed out the need of marriage partners for educated young adults and suggested many ideas. He also gave an overview of the long overdue Sikh Marriage Manual being published by ASC. S.Jasbir Kaur explained the importance of the Mool Nanakshahi Calendar (MNC) and the distinct Sikh calendar which is being steadfastly supported by ASC since its inception. Dr. Piara Singh highlighted the need for support of vulnerable Sikh children in reference to their bullying issues.

S.Kavneet Singh spoke about the various ASC national inaitives, which included ‘Educate the Educators’, ‘Bullying Prevention’, ‘Sikh Scouting’, ‘Sikh-Centered book publishing’, ‘Sustained Sikh Genocide 1984-1998’,  and ‘Camp Fatehgarh’.

S.Kavneet Singh addressed the highlighted all the key items and ongoing initiatives that ASC has done in 2021 and really captivated the sangat. He spoke about how these projects are making an impact on our youth and made an appeal for funds to support these ongoing initiatives. He thanked the gurdwara President and other sewadars for the excellent support to make the conference a resounding success.

ASC President Jasbir Kaur honoring Dr. Gurdas Singh for his tireless sewa.

S. Jasbir Kaur challenged and empowered the sangat to become more aware and more Sikh centered to make a change not only their own lives but their children’s lives. She spoke about the Sikhi and how the Guru guides us to make our lives more meaningful in our everyday lives. She quoted profusely from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib and reiterated that it behooves every Sikh to be active leaders and be good role models for others around us.

ASC Vice-President Dr. Manbir Singh discussing the Sikh Marriage Manual

ASC is very thankful to the leadership and sangat of the Singh Sabha Gurdwara Sahib in hosting the council’s Annual General Meeting. We look forward to a continued and fruitful relationship with the sangat at the gurdwara.

Jasbir Kaur addressing the sangat and doing katha at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Buena Park, CA

On Sunday October 10, 2021 the ASC President Jasbir Kaur, and representative Kavneet Singh addressed the sangat in the main diwan.

The ongoing ASC initiatives were approved and will be continued for next year as the General Body was impressed with the results and the array of material to help empower the youth internally and the engagement with the larger public. The ASC annual General Body meeting was well attended and very successful as many new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed, proposed and approved by the General Body. ASC thanks everyone who took the time to give their input and support the various initiatives and hopes that more gurdwaras and the sangat at large, steps up their effort to make this a larger movement for the benefit of all Sikhs.

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