- Date: Nov 7th, 2020 Canstruction
The Gujarati Samaj of St. Louis organized a collaborative community project event, “Canstruction” drive, partnering with Bal Vihar of St Louis. A mural from 2000+ cans was created by the youth of the community. They also worked on team building skills along with participating in other activities like debate, and discussions. Projects like this can help put emphasis on team building for our youth; in unison, this cause can make a difference in our continued effort on beating hunger. The uniquely designed and created mural wall of canned goods will be on display for a couple of weeks at the GSSTL Center. Afterwards, the cans will be donated to the Hazelwood TEAM Food Pantry.
Date: Sept 26th, 2020 Health Fair
We are very happy to inform you that we will have blood screening and flu vaccinations available at the FREE and open to ALL Health fair.
Please see the flyer for more details on the health fair and the services available.
In partnership with the MRVBC, there will also be a blood drive, which will run in parallel with the Health Fair.
Date: July 25th, 2020
Blood Donation Drive - on July 25th, we successfully organized a blood donation drive with our partner organization Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC). Here's a message from them "This units are especially helpful in the summer, and even more so in our current COVID environment. And, since each whole blood donation can be broken into multiple components, 17 lives or more could be impacted based on the donations at this drive alone. Thanks again to all involved on behalf of the donor recipients!"
Date: June 13th, 2020
Food Donation Drive
Gujarati Samaj of St. Louis collected over 1000 food cans, during the Open House of our GSSTL CENTER, benefiting Team Food Pantry in Hazelwood.
Thanks to the generosity and selflessness to help feed the hungry families in our community. With your help we made a big impact in the community of our new home.
"On behalf of TEAMs volunteers, clients and the board we wish to say thank you to, the GSSTL CENTER, a non-profit organization (Gujarati Samaj of St. Louis). As president of the board I wish to thank ou for choosing our North County community and thank you for what you have done for TEAM." Mark Behlmann.
Blood donation is important because maintaining an adequate blood supply in our community secures blood transfusions for patients. And IT SAVES LIVES. The Gujarati Samaj of St. Louis organizes regular blood donation drives in tandem with local blood banks like Mississippi Regional Blood Center, America Red Cross and others.
Dozens of member volunteers traveled to Moore, Oklahoma to help the tornado ravaged communities with the storm recovery and cleanup.
Food Bank - our community youth stepped up to support fighting hunger and feeding hope in our community, by participating at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, spending time sorting, packing or stacking food and making an enormous difference for the food banks and the families they serve.
Engaging senior residents in meaningful activities. Studies show that seniors who stay socially active and engaged experience a variety of benefits including an improved mental, emotional and physical well-being. Monthly, senior citizen events are hosted and facilitated by the members of our organization.
- Date: Mar 13th, 7 pm, Sangeet Sandhya / Geetmala
For those of you who have signed up, you will be required to attend a rehearsal at the GSSTL Center on Sunday March 7th between 2 and 4. This will help eliminate technical difficulties and ensure your fabulous talents will be displayed. We strongly encourage those of you watching online to leave comments while our performers are singing. Please contact Didi Patel 618-581-3096, Ishita Sanghvi 314 494 5594, or Gaurang Bhavsar 314 799 7287 if you have any questions regarding rehearsal.
GSSTL is proud to bring you our Geetmala event Saturday March 13th, starting at 7pm. This event is open for Gujarati Samaj members, with no age restrictions. This is the opportunity to showcase your singing talents and share them with our community. To ensure the best sound, lighting, and quality, the participants will do this live from our GSSTL CENTER. The rest of the public will be able to watch live via the internet from the comforts of your home. As with our past events this year when entering our GSSTL CENTER, we will continue to follow the COVID guidelines of temperature check, social distancing and masks.
Date: Feb 6th, 7 pm, Sangeet Sandhya
You can watch this by going to our FACEBOOK page, Gujarati Samaj of St. Louis. Or click on this link https://www.facebook.com/events/183038790240452/ OR http://tiny.cc/MusicFeb6
If you have any questions, please contact either Didi Patel 619-581-3096 or Manharbhai 314-229-7979.
Covid - 19 Vaccines in St. Louis County and St. Charles County
St. Louis County and St. Charles County have launched online portals for residents to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Both counties say they are unsure when the vaccine will be made available to residents outside of Phase 1A, but the portals allow for anyone to pre-register. We recommend all members who reside in each of these counties to please register. It is very simple, quick, and easy to complete. Unfortunately, we do not have any additional information on the other neighboring counties in our St Louis Metro area. PLEASE note, this is ONLY one option on how to get your vaccine shot, and you should not solely rely on the below links, as this is not a guarantee. You should always continuously be checking other resources to see if you can get one quicker.
St Louis County Residents ¬- please click on the link below to register for the COVID vaccine.
St Charles County Residents - please click on the link below to register for the COVID vaccine.
“Some of us may not be in rush or may not be comfortable to get COVID-19 vaccine due to lot of political news surrounding it. People may not realize that the only way to eradicate this pandemic is get vaccinated and it is safe. Our Chairman for Board of Trustee, Sharad Parikh, has set an example to be amongst the first members to be vaccinated and set an example for all of us. Let’s all collectively join the effort to defeat COVID-19 by taking the vaccine when available to us.”
CANCELLED Date: Nov 14th, 5:30 PM Onwards, Diwali Celebrations
For those of you who have purchased tickets online, your refund will be applied to the same credit card that was used to purchase your tickets.
With the increase in COVID cases and destabilizing situation, along with the lack of ticket purchases, we have unfortunately decided to cancel this year’s Diwali Dinner. We recognize this event to be our most popular, but we feel as our members and community are simply not ready or comfortable to return to our events at this time. For those of you who have purchased tickets online, thank you again for your continued support. Your refund will be applied to the same credit card that was used to purchase your tickets.
If you have any questions regarding your refund, please contact Jignesh Patel 314 616 2066
Thank you again for your continued patience and prayers for the community. Your relentless support to the Gujarati Samaj of St Louis is greatly appreciated.
Date: Nov 7th, 10 AM to 4 PM, Canstruction
The Gujarati Samaj of St. Louis has organized a collaborative community project event, “Canstruction” drive, partnering with Bal Vihar of St Louis and the Hazelwood School District. As we navigate through the pandemic together, it is very imperative that we continue to give back to our community. We want to teach our youth the value of community service and to create a sense of oneness within our community. Projects like this can help put emphasis on team building for our youth; in unison, this cause can make a difference in our continued effort on beating hunger. As the youth construct a wall with the food cans, they will work on team building skills along with participating in other activities like debate, discussions, etc. The uniquely designed and created mural wall of canned goods will be on display for a couple of weeks at the GSSTL Center. Afterwards, the cans will be donated to the Hazelwood TEAM Food Pantry.
All Youth members will get credit for the number of volunteer hours contributed towards this project by Gujarati Samaj of St Louis. Any youth members, between the ages of 13 and 17 who are interested, please contact Ishita Sanghvi by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone / text at 314-494-5594. You must sign up by no later than 10/18/2020.
The unique design of the “can” wall will use very specific types of approx. 3000 food cans.
Date: Oct 24th, 2020, Navratri
The decision to have Navratri was one that was not lightheartedly made. The wellbeing and safety of our members and community, family and friends is of paramount importance. After calling and speaking with our members, we received great positive responses on to have the event. We will have one night of Navratri on Saturday October 24th from 7 to 10. Due to COVID-19, this will be a MEMBERS ONLY event. We will have garba only followed by Arti. WE WILL NOT DO Dandiya raas, due to COVID-19. As with our past events this year, we will continue to follow the guidelines of temperature check, social distancing and masks. You will be required to complete the standard COVID questionnaire form. To save time and avoid overcrowding, we STRONGLY recommend and ask that you complete the form prior to arriving.
Date: Oct 7, 2020 from 3 pm to 7 pm
We would like to cordially invite you to attend the Open House of The Center, St. Louis' newest (and largest) state-of-the-art special event venue. The event is being hosted by Parties & Props Event Production Group, which is the company the Gujarati Samaj of St Louis has hired to rent out our facility. Tours will take place every hour on the hour. Guests will also enjoy live music, photo booth, and outstanding food selections from our preferred catering partners.
CDC guidelines for social distancing will be strictly followed. All guests will be required to do a temp check and wear a mask while inside the building and not eating or drinking.
Reservations ARE REQUIRED in order to attend. It's very easy and quick to register. Register today at www.thecenter-stl.com or by calling 314.963.0880.
Date: Sept 12, 2020
From Bollywood to the Taj Mahal, The Magic House’s next cultural exhibit will explore the wonders of INDIA! Our Namaste India exhibit will feature the vibrant art, food, festivals and traditions of this timeless culture within immersive environments commonly seen in India today.
Namaste India will be making its debut in our World Traveler Gallery Spring of 2021 .
The Magic House is actively fundraising in support of the development and creation of the exhibit. If interested in supporting this effort, donors are invited to contact The Magic House at email@example.com or donate online at https://www.magichouse.org/namasteindia/
Date: Sep 3rd, 2020
Members of the committee met with St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page promoting the upcoming Health Fair and other community projects organized by the Gujarati Samaj. This was very well received by Dr. Sam Page and his office with a commitment to work closing with us, in the future.
Date: June 13th, 2020
We are proud to announce that the GSSTL CENTER is now OPEN. Continuing to follow state & city guidelines, the facility is available for use for up to 50%, or 500-person, capacity. The Samaj looks forward to hosting many events, in the future.
Amidst chants of auspicious mantras (prayers) we performed the Havan for a promising beginning of our newest chapter in our Samaj. We thank you for your participation, physically or virtually, and giving your blessings and good wishes.
Thanks to the generosity, of the attendees, we raised $8,000 during this event.
The successful event was executed by following all safety guidelines for the safety of all attendees:
- each attendee filled out a simple symptom screening questionnaire.
- Temperature checks were conducted at the entrance of the facility.
- Attendees were provided with masks and were required to wear them through the entire event.
- Attendees maintained a safe distance of 6 feet from other attendees, during the entire event.
- Hand sanitizers were available at the facility.
For the foreseeable future, these safety guidelines will be used at our other events at the GSSTL CENTER, so therefore it is especially important that we work together to adhere to the above guidelines.
- We have heard you and we have made it very easy for you to renew your membership, directly from your mobile device or from your computer, in three easy steps:
- Click on this link https://www.gujaratisamajstl.org/pay-membership.html
- Select your membership level and
- Checkout (or pay)