June 2015
President's Message
By Glenn Torio, Board President
President's Message                       
      As you are reading this message, Sensei, Ralph and I have made the annual
trip to Imperial Valley to conduct three Memorial Services in the area. The first is
in Calexico – this is a small cemetery with just over a dozen Japanese pioneer
grave sites. The second stop is in El Centro, where we normally see Carol, Jason,
and Smokey, among others. The third stop is Brawley – there, Tim Asamen greets
us, and we have a nice service under a shaded tree; several of our member’s
ancestors are buried there as well. Here at home, the Temple will have
participated in the annual multi-denominational Memorial Day Service at Mount
Hope Cemetery, as well as Cypress View Masoleum and Fort Rosecrans
National Cemetery.
      We have been as busy as ever at the Temple from the Sangha Teens’ Ice
Cream Float fundraiser, So. District Jr. YBL Seminar 2 (hosted by San Diego/Vista
Junior YBAs), and Mother’s Day Breakfast; to BWA’s candy sale and Chirashi
after service snack at the Gotan-E Service, and Spring Furniture Sale. Let’s not
forget the performances of our Taiko and Odori Dance groups around San
Diego! To add to that list, this year, the San Diego County Fair will be having an
“Asian Cultural Festival” on Sunday, June 14, in the Del Mar Arena. The Temple
will be participating as vendor selling different items, and providing information
about BTSD and Buddhism, for public outreach. This is something very important
to our Temple’s continued growth and longevity.
      If you haven’t heard yet, this year, our Obon Festival will be held in Balboa
Park (Organ Pavilion), for their Centennial Celebration. We will be working with
the Japanese Friendship Garden to host a stellar event. This is another way to
reach out to the public, and share one of our most sacred occasions in a
different setting, with fellow San Diegans and visitors alike. I hope you all will be
able to attend our 2015 Obon Odori!


                                                                                     
Gassho,
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