HMEC-2010: A Great Success

In four short years, from June 2006 to October 2010, HMEC, i.e., Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference, a project of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America has come a long way. Having been witness to every HMEC, I can see four distinct trends.

One, repeat participation by some committed Mandirs and Hindu institutions; e.g.
1. Art of Living
2. B.A.P.S. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
3. Chinmaya Mission
4. Gayatri Parivar
5. Hindu American Foundation (HAF)
6. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS)
7. ISKCON
8. Hindu Temple of Florida (Tampa, FL)
9. Hindu Temple of Atlanta (Riverdale, GA)
10. Hinduism Today (Kappa, HI)
11. Sri Venkateshwar Balaji Temple (Hinsdale, IL)
12. Hindu Temple of Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
13. Sadhu Vaswani Center (Dracut, MA)
14. Sri Laxmi Temple (Ashland, MA)
15. Om Temple (N. Billerica, MA)
16. Sri Siva Vishnu Temple (Lanham, MD)
17. Paschim Kashi Temple (Flint, MI)
18. West Michigan Temple (Grand Rapids, MI)
19. Hindu Center Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
20. Forum For Hindu Awakening (mount Laurel, NJ)
21. India Temple Association/Berlin Hindu Mandir (Berlin, NJ)
22. Samskruti Parivar (Cedar Grove, NJ)
23. Samprajña Institute (Albuquerque, NM)
24. Bharatiya Hindu Temple (Columbus, OH)
25. Hindu Temple of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
26. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Saylorsburg, PA)
27. Hindu Jain Mandir (Monroeville, PA)
28. Sri Venkateshwar Temple Pittsburgh, PA)
29. Brajdham Seva (Columbia, SC)
30. Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of SC (Columbia, SC)
31. Ganesh Temple (Nashville, TN)
32. Barsana Dham (Austin, TX)
33. Sri Meenakshi Mandir (Houston, TX)
34. Durga Temple (Fairfax Station, VA)
35. Hindu Heritage Center (Toronto, Canada)
36. Sanatan Dharm Educational Foundation (Brampton, Canada)
37. Sripuram, Narayani Peedam (Ottawa, Canada)

Two, at least close to 100 Mandirs and/or Hindu institutions are always ready to participate (how to double this number is a challenge that we all need to accept and work on.)

Three, discussion topics are coalescing towards what is relevant to Mandirs and Hindu Institutions in North America, e.g., Supply chain management, Bal Vihar network, Blood donation drive, Seva to mainstream American society, etc.

Four, committed participation of youth in HMEC at the planning stage as well as in the conference itself. Given time with proper mentoring, this youth leaders will be managing entire HMEC in coming years.

Exciting times are ahead.