20090905 ZAH Z Adult Class Galveston Lock In Sarosh Collector, ZAH Adult Z Class Instructor, and the Adult Class leader, Bahrom Firozgary, the tallest 6' 8" 18 year old Ervad, sent an invitation to Jo Ann and I. So, Jo Ann and I were picked up at the Hobby Houston airport on Friday September 4th by Sarosh and he drove us to Comfort Inn in Galveston. After dinner, we gathered at the meeting room of M/M Elavia's condo and I discussed the agenda for the week end. On Saturday, we had over 25 young adults, including 7 Ervads and one to be, plus about 10 parents. After a short introduction by Sarosh and Behroze Daruwalla, Ervad Soli Dastur presented a project to the group: "The conditions of our fore fathers 300 years ago in India and Iran." Sarosh also gave a second project to them: a short summary of accomplishments in this lock in for the FEZANA Journal. Ervad Soli then presented a PowerPoint Presentation (PPP) on the meaning of Jashan Ceremony. The lunch break was at the Elavia's condo after which Ervad Dastur instructed two young Ervads in how to conduct a Jashan Ceremony. After a tea break, Ervad Dastur presented a PPP about the meaning of the various prayers recited in Jashan. The session ended and the young ones went to the beach and the old ones just stayed behind to recuperate until the dinner which was held again at the Elavia's condo meeting room. The Sunday morning we learnt that most of the parents wanted to take their children home and so we had to shorten our presentations. Ervad Dastur started with a PPP discussing some of the tips for conducting the Jashan ceremony, the Satum and the Buoy Ceremonies - their meaning and their performance. The last item was a question and answer between the youth and the adults. The youth had a number of burning issues that they wanted to discuss: the separation of Iranis and Parsis in ZAH, inter marriages and the treatment of such families by the other ZAH people, the concern for the new project of building a Dar-e-Meher which will allowed ONLY the people born by both Zoroastrian parents and would not allow the family of inter marriages. After this, Soli Uncle was made a honorary Texan and the group dispersed.
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The whole group is getting ready for the discussions