The Spirit of Service

"Life should be chiefly service. Without that ideal, the intelligence God has given you is not reaching out toward its goal. When in service you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"Harmony first!" - Paramahansa Yogananda

Through his teachings and the example of his life, Yogananda shows us that our personal happiness is linked with the happiness of all.

Viewing our goals in positive terms and avoiding the negative help us in our service, along with striving to minimize fixed rules by better organizing the framework of our service.

Ways to cultivate Harmony

  • Practice the Presence: Keep our minds on God as we serve.
  • Be responsible: Follow through with what we have agreed to accomplish.
  • Be respectful: Have patience with and tolerance for the vast differences and abilities in fellow temple members.
  • Be cooperative: At times it may be more important to be harmonious than to be right.
  • Be there and be ready.

"You should serve others as you serve me. Remember God dwells in all. Don't neglect any opportunity for pleasing him." - Paramahansa Yogananda

There are always tasks at the Washington DC Center of SRF ("Center") that need extra hands. Service Teams do most of the hands-on work at the Center. Please consider volunteering to serve.

DESCRIPTIONS OF ELECTED OFFICERS AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE TEAMS

The elected one-year term positions are: Coordinator (Officer), Secretary (Officer),Treasurer (Officer), Council Member At-Large, Service Reader, Sunday School Teacher, and Sunday School Assistant.
Nominations are accepted in February and elections held the following April. Upon Mother Center approval new electees start their terms in September of that year

  • For a description of the elected positions listed above, click Here.

Anyone who attends regularly may serve on the volunteer Service Teams.

Service Team members are not elected and you may volunteer for these teams by contacting the chair or any team for which you are interested or email volunteercoordinator.dc.srf@gmail.com

  • For descriptions of our Center's Volunteer Service Teams, click Here.
Our Center's Managing Council members and Team Chairs/ Co-chairs are listed below (8/31/2017)

Please email Washington.dc.srf@gmail.com if you are interested in serving in any of these positions. Please contact the listed Team Chairs or email volunteercoordinator.dc.srf@gmail.com.

If you are interested in serving at our Center, would like to contact one of the Team Chairs or Liaisons,or have a question about serving please contact our Coordinator of Volunteers at volunteercoordinator.dc.srf@gmail.com

Our Center welcomes suggestions or concerns for improving our service to devotees. We recommend that these comments be voiced to the Center’s Managing Council through the appropriate Team Chair or through the Suggestion Box on the wall in the overflow room off the foyer.

Managing Council*
  • Coordinator – Ms. Indira Wallace-Harris
  • Secretary – Ms. Gauri Prakash-Canjels
  • Treasurer – Mr. Walter Newell
Managing Council Members-at-Large*
  • Ms. Helen Bartus
  • Ms. Karen Miles
  • Mr. Rick Ludwick
  • Mr. Anvardh Nanduri

LIST OF SERVICE TEAM CONTACTS – August 31, 2017

 

SERVICE TEAM

CHAIR

LIAISON

1

Audio-Video

Mike Underwood

Richard Ludwick

2

Bhakti

Judy Lavallee

Helen Bartus

 

3

Book Room

Kiran Anvardh Nanduri , Indu Gulalia

Walter Newell

4

Calendar of Events

Richard Ludwick

Indira Harris

5

Caring Friends

Stacey Hawkins ,

Rhonda Hawkins

Karen Miles

6

Cleaning

Shilpi Sharma and Joe Vassallo

Helen Bartus

 

7

Flowers and Room Set-Up

Jamie Caroland  and John Puddy

Walter Newell

8

Fund Raising

Wayne Lavallee and Jackie Valone

Richard Ludwick

9

Greeters

Elaine Chen and Raj Konar

Helen Bartus

10

History DC Center

Tom Valone

Richard Ludwick

11

Kirtan

Wayne Lavallee

Anvardh Nanduri

12

Maintenance Team

Tom Valone

Richard Ludwick

13

Monastic Visit

Stacey Hawkins  and Jackie Valone

Indira Harris

14

News Letter

Carolyn Kao, backup Leilani Ho

Indira Harris

15

Renovation

Richard Ludwick

Richard Ludwick

16

Schedulers

Jackie Valone

Indira Harris

17

Service Readers

Jackie Valone and Tom Valone

Indira Harris

18

Social Events

Helen Bartusl and
Anirudh Nanduri

Helen Bartus

19

Sunday School

Gauri Prakash-Canjels ; Indu Gulalia

Gauri Prakash-Canjels

20

Ushers

Wayne Lavallee

Judy Lavallee

Karen Miles

21

Volunteers Coordinator

Stacey Hawkins

Anvardh Nanduri

22

Recycling Team

Victoria Mckay-Gladka

Gauri Prakash-Canjels

23

Volunteers for Service Day

Wayne Lavallee

Judy Lavallee

Richard Ludwick

24

Webmasters

Elaine Chen

Richard Ludwick

25

Suggestion Box

Karen Miles

Karen Miles

26

Technical Team

TBD

Richard Ludwick

 


"When you realize that life is a joyous battle of duty and at the same time a passing dream, and when you become filled with the joy of making others happy by giving them kindness and peace, in God's eyes your life is a success." - Paramahansa Yogananda

* Elected position


Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd., College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda-srf.org