Welcome...
Hi,

I'm so glad you dropped by to visit us.
Welcome to the ZAV Inc - Melbourne, Australia

Let me tell you a little about ourselves, who we are, where we are headed, and what we are about.

We are a modest lot, in number and philosophy. So we need take ourselves no more seriously than we have to! Naturally, in structure we are very similar to the 'big bodies': A Committee elected at the AGM, of four executive members, and five committee members, three trustees, and ad hoc sub-committees as called for. And not the least, an energetic youth representation.

Compared with other Zoroastrian associations we are a small group, counting 122 family/single memberships of approximately 310 souls. We are a motley lot from varied backgrounds trailing assorted talents from all parts of the world. This makes us a vibrant, interesting and motivated group. And of course, true to our Baste Kustian ethos we make sure that we come up with at least three opinions for every two Zarthostis!
It's fun. Keeps us on our toes.

The Association's activities include some hardy perennials:

We are fortunate to have in our midst a qualified scholar of the Avesta and an Ervad to
conduct Sunday School for our children every first Sunday of the month, followed by a religious
discussion for the adults.

We always have a Dinner Dance for Papeti-Nowroze, and a Jashan for Jamshedi Nowroze, sharing traditional rituals with our Iranian brethren.

We celebrate Christmas-in-the-Park in the traditional manner (this is Australia, and it's likely
36° C+ in the shade) with the main focus on our young children. Santa occasionally comes
down in a helicopter to squeals of excitement.

We have one Ghambar a year; and now that we can boast of having seven Mobeds, we look forward to hearing our beautiful Avesta 'stot' recited by seven Mobeds, gloriously resounding upwards. That should be a wondrously moving experience!

We have occasional speakers on Zoroastrian doctrine, practice, history and archaeology.
All these topics complement our modest library.

We are blessed with an extraordinary talent for producing Gujarati Natak; A source of particular regalement for our Gujarati compatriots. They just can't get enough of it!

Oh! yes, mustn't forget cricket, the sport that binds and separates at the same time!
Yes, we do indulge in a big way.

On a more serious note, we do not ignore our gratitude and duty to our country of adoption, nor to our mother country. We follow their wellbeing and their woes, give and participate appropriately to share in each country's joys and sorrows.

Where are we headed? I'm not quite sure. By the time each president and his/her committee take their bearings their year of office is up, and in comes a new set of brooms, always with such a flourish of enterprise that it is in the first rush of their fervour that we are invariably swept ahead. The direction may differ from the previous committee's, but make no mistake, it is always AHEAD. Our recent big move 'AHEAD' is our newly streamlined news bulletin "RATHAESHTAR" - news, views, profiles and articles of interest. Each Committee vies to do better than the last and is very inventive in organising new forms of entertainment and interests for the members.

So you see, we really are a 'bonzer' bunch - and I haven't even told you ALL the wonderful things we do. (My President said "KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE")

So Ciao for now!

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