Bus will be leaving early morning from GNFA on 28th April and returning after the parade. Tickets are available at the Treasurer Desk for $35.
Election results are as follows:
A total of 85 votes were cast. All 5 candidates are elected with the following votes
Contributing Trustees (5 year term starting Jan 1, 2018)
Davinder Sidhu 71
Kanwaljit Singh Taneja 74
Dr. Kavneet Ripi Kohli 69
Elected Trustees (2 year term starting Jan 1,2018)
Kunwar Singh Goomer 80
Harsharan G. Singh (Harsharan Kaur) 76
Bhupinder Pal Singh Chhabra (BP Singh)
(March 8, 1927 – August 01, 2017)
Sadh Sangat Ji,
It is with profound grief that we inform you of the passing of Sardar Bhupinder Pal Singh Chhabra (BP Singh), loving husband of Mrs. Jagjit Kaur Chhabra. Caring father of Ameeta Singh (her husband IM Singh), Aneeta Jauhar (her husband MP Jauhar), and Gurdeep Singh Chhabra. He will always be the role model for his grandchildren, Gurjot Singh, Harsimran Singh, Sanmeet Singh, Surabhi Broca, Manit S Jauhar, Kabir Chhabra and his great grandchildren Armaan and Ayaan.
Known as “Wadde Daddy” of the extended family, he was the patriarch of our “Kothi Parivaar.” He was a father figure to his younger siblings Daljit S Chhabra, Harbans S Chhabra, Gurnandan Singh, Mohinder S Aneja, Jugesh Kanwal, Darshan Kaur, Surinder Kaur, and Harjit Narula.
He was a blessed Gursikh who breathed his last with his loving family around him on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
Thursday, August 3rd 2017
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, PA.
1411 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113
Sunday, August 6th 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Followed by Guru-da-Langar)
Guru Gobind Singh Foundation
13814 Travillah Road
North Potomac, MD 20878
1. GNFA is pleased to announce its 2017 Youth Merit Award of $2,000 to a College bound HS Senior. Please read the attached compliance criteria and submit the application form no later than July 16, 2017. (You may handover your application to Gajinder Singh on Sunday, July 16th in Room #3 between 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon)Please Attach the following supporting Documents:
· Letter from college of admission
· GPA Score
· Sat Score
· One page write up of community service and participation in: (a) GNFA and (b) outside of GNFA
On Saturday, July 22 you will write a 500 words, extempore, Sikhi related essay, and a panel of Judges will interview and pick up the Merit Award Winner. The award will be presented in the afternoon Diwaan of Sunday, July 23.
GNFA will also recognize all 2017 High School and College graduates of GNFA Community on Sunday, July 23 the afternoon Diwan (your presence is required). Please reply this e-mail and forward your name to Gajinder Singh ASAP.
For more information, please contact:
Gajinder Singh, 410-740-1225 (Home); 410-370-3684 (Cell)
Dr. Ajaib Singh Sidhu
Dr. Ajaib Singh Sidhu, M.D., Ph.D., passed away peacefully on April 10, 2017. A Sikh statesman, a researcher and physician, Dr. Sidhu was a very accomplished professional, and a pioneer in establishing the Sikh community in the Washington metropolitan area. His accolades include: Awardee of Shakuntla Amir Chand Prize for Medical research on Encephalitis Epidemic in Infants and Children in Delhi (1954-1955) – awarded by Indian Council Of Medical Research (1958), International Post Doctorate NIH fellowship 1964, NRI—Hind Rattan Award, India 2008, NRI – Nav Rattan Award India 2010, NRI- Global Indians Health Sector Gold medal Award, London, UK Sept 2010, Registry in International Who’s who, Geneva, Switzerland. He started his professional life in the US as a fellow in Gastroenterology, in Washington, D.C under Dr. Howard Tickten. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Liver Disease, at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Boston under Dr. Thomas Chalmers. Most recently, he practiced as a physician of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, affiliated with a number of area hospitals, including Howard County General Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, Maryland General Hospital, University Specialty Hospital, Somatic Physician, and Spring Grove Hospital Baltimore, MD. From 1972 to March 2017, he provided consultation for addiction services at Methadone Treatment Program, Baltimore, MD, was Medical Director of EJAL Addiction Center Glen Burnie, MD, JAEL Addiction Center, Ellicott City, MD, Medical Director Allegany County, Cumberland, MD, and a physician at Phoenix Health Center, Hagerstown, MD.
Dr. Sidhu also had an engaging academic career, holding the following posts: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC, and Instructor in Medicine at University of Maryland School Of Medicine. In India, he was Assistant Research Officer for studies on Delhi Epidemic Of Infectious Hepatitis, Assistant Research officer at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, N. Delhi,—studied Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease, Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, MD, Pediatrician –as Post Doctoral fellow, Irwin Hospital, N. Delhi, MD. He also studied the Encephalitis Epidemic in New Delhi, Infectious Hepatitis Delhi – The Biggest Water Borne Epidemic in the World. His work was performed under several research grants.
Dr. Sidhu served in the US as Chairman and member of Cost Containment, Howard County General Hospital under Medical and Chirugical Faculty of the State of Maryland. He was chairman of the Patient Review Committee.
Despite his full professional and academic career, Dr. Sidhu was committed to growing and nourishing the Sikh community. He was a founding member of the Sikh Resource Center, MD and a founding member of the GNFA gurdwara in Silver Spring, MD. He founded the Dharmik, Sikh Affairs, Discipline Committee, and Scholarship Committees at GNFA. In addition, he started Sunday School for Sikh kids. He continued to teach lessons from his life to children at Gyan Sagar Gurdwara, to his last days. As a writer, he published several articles in both medical and community publications, such as Sikh Times (Voice of Sikhs), and Sikh Destiny. In addition, Dr. Sidhu was a charter member of the Khalsa Toastmasters. He worked diligently on providing avenues for people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to be confident and comfortable in their own skin.
Dr. Sidhu devoted his personal time to a number of services for the general public as well. He served on the Howard County Alcoholism Advisory Committee, and as Medical Co-ordinator of the Health Fair at Howard Community College, Columbia, MD. He was the First Sikh Pastoral Care Volunteer at Howard County General Hospital, the first Sikh to be certified as a National Disaster Chaplain, Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteer in Montgomery County, and was FEMA trained. He participated in several Interfaith Prayer Services in these roles, including the Ebola Relief Event at the Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD.
He was a loving, caring, dynamic, vibrant spirit. He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Hema Kaur Sidhu, and sons Vikram and Mohinderjeet.
It is hard to FORGET someone who gave us so much to Remember.
Please join us to celebrate Dr. Ajaib Sidhu’s Life:
Funeral and Cremation: Wednesday, April 12, 1 pm -3pm
March Life Tribute Center
7601 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707
Please join us for Ardaas after the cremation at GNFA, 12917 old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.
Sehaj Paath (Reading of Holy Scripture): At Sidhu residence: 5216 Lynngate Road, Columbia, MD 21044
Paath Arambh: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10 am
Paath Samapti: Sunday, April 16, 2017, 10 am
Antim Ardaas (Prayers): Sunday, April 16, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Kirtan and Guru Ka Langar (Hymns and community meal)
Guru Nanak Foundation of America
12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Hola Mahala Hangama on Sunday, March 12, 2pm to 4pm at Marilyn Praisner Community Center in Burtonsville
Dear Sadh Sangat ji,
The Young Khalsa Girls (YKG) have organized an afternoon of family bonding, food (chai and pakodas) and games (bingo) for the elders in our community. This is a FREE event for all. The event is called Hola Mahala Hangama is held on a Sunday, March 12, 2pm to 4pm at Marilyn Praisner Community Center in Burtonsville. This is 5 minutes from GNFA. Free rides from GNFA parking lot will be provided from 1:30pm onwards to the event. Please text/call contact 443 629 0794 to arrange a free ride.
All families are welcome to bring their elders to this event. There is no hidden agenda, the only goal of YKG is to have our youth BOND with the elders in our community, and have a family fun day. To give back a little of their time to the elders (grandparents) who have given them so much. Please grace this event with your presence, it will mean a lot to us. We need everyones support. Most of all the elders in our community deserve this special day just for them.