Temple polices

Temple Policy

Temple Guidelines

  • All activities shall be in keeping with the dignity and respect for the sanctity of a holy place and according to Hindu Traditions. Behaviors in and around the temple facility not conforming to the sanctity of temple, the Hindu traditions and disturbing to the community at large will not be tolerated.
  • Before entering the worship area, please remove all footwear / winter coats and place them in the designated area.
  • No one is allowed in the sanctum area except the priest conducting the worship and volunteers helping the priest
  • Please maintain silence in the temple (including hallways) especially when pooja services are in progress.
  • Please contact temple front desk staff (or priest if no staff is available) for any information about puja services.
  • Please do not leave the children unsupervised in the temple.
  • Please help us maintaining the temple clean by properly disposing of all waste at appropriate waste baskets.
  • Please keep the cell phones and pagers in silent or vibrate mode.
  • All special pooja services, religious services (in the temple or outside the temple) should be confirmed through the HTBN management.
  • Do not change heating and cooling system of the facility.
  • Only trained persons should use the PA system and other equipment.
  • No smoking, no alcoholic beverages or chewing gum in the temple premises.
  • All non-monetary items or donations require approval by the temple management.
  • No items shall be taken or removed from temple premises by any individual.
  • Prasad could be served in the prayer hall but all other food must be served in dining area.
  • Only vegetarian food without onion and garlic will be served in the temple area.
  • No outside food allowed unless permitted by HTBN management.
  • No pets allowed in the temple premises unless medical necessity.
  • No soliciting in the temple premises.
  • All devotees must assume the legal liability and responsibility. The board of trustees will not be responsible for any injury or lost or damaged personal items.
  • Anyone not conforming to HTBN guideline will be escorted out of the temple premises.

Constitution & By-Laws

Temple name: Hindu Temple of Bloomington-Normal

Address: PO Box 5546 Bloomington/Normal, Illinois 61704 Website: www. HTBN.org Federal Identification Number 20-8070287 State Incorporated in Illinois Incorporation File # 6528-1279 Date Amended: October 14, 2012

I. Name

Name of the Organization is Hindu Temple of Bloomington-Normal, hereafter referred to as the ?Temple?.

II. Nature and Status 1. The Temple is a not-for- profit organization under the laws of Illinois State and United States Federal Governments. 2. All State of Illinois and United States Federal Government laws shall preempt provisions mentioned herein this document.

III. Mission The Mission of the Hindu Temple of Bloomington-Normal is to meet the religious, spiritual and cultural needs of the Hindu community, to preserve the Hindu way of life and to promote Hindu Vedic philosophy. The Temple will be open to all followers of the Vedic religion. Recognizing the diversity of faith and spiritual practices that exist within the Hindu community, the temple intends to embrace all denominations of the Hindu Dharma and the teachings of all great saints of India.

Objectives of the Temple are as follows:

1. To build and maintain a traditional Hindu temple adaptable to the needs of the local community. 2. To provide the facility to fulfill its mission and an identity for local Hindu community. 3. To promote understanding and preservation of Hindu religion, values, culture, and languages. 4. To promote study of Hindu scriptures such as Vedas, Upanishads, Gita and other activities of religious and spiritual learning. 5. To enhance pride in Hindu Religion and philosophy. 6. To unite the Hindu community and helps serve as a link to our future generations. 7. To promote participation in volunteer and charitable activities in the local community.

IV. Activities 1. The activities of the Temple are open to individuals subscribing to the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the Temple. The Temple will conduct and facilitate Hindu worship in various forms such as Satsangs, Poojas, Bhajans, Prayers, and related religious activities for all Hindu denominations. 2. The temple will provide and facilitate education of the Vedic literature and Hindu religious practices through classes, workshops, discourses and study groups. 3. All participants shall observe dignity and respect for the sanctity of the holy place consistent with Hindu philosophy and way of life.

V. Temple Members 1. Any person who subscribes to the Mission and Objectives of the Temple may become a member of the temple. 2. In order to become a member of the Temple, a person may do so by registering on the Temple?s website or by submitting a written request to the Temple Secretary. 3. While members are encouraged to contribute to the Temple through their time and talent as well as financially, no member shall be required to make any contribution of any kind to the Temple. 4. A member may resign his or her membership at any time by giving written notice to the Secretary of the Temple. 5. Members shall not have voting rights unless they are temple trustees as defined in article VI.

VI. Temple Trustees Qualifications and Privileges 1. A temple trustee must be a member of the Temple.

2. All temple trustees who helped found the organization by donating $10,000 in the years 2006 and 2007 are designated as Founding Temple Trustees and will have all the rights and privileges of the Temple Trustees. The Founding Temple Trustees are also deemed to have met the requirements to become a Director or an Officer in the Executive Committee as enumerated in the article VII Board of Directors item number 8 titled ?Eligibility?. 4. Additional temple members may be considered for induction as temple trustees if they complete the application process and are vested in the organization through accumulated donations of $10,000 plus $1000 for each year after 2006 until the end of the calendar year of 2012. The required specific donation towards trusteeship in 2013 will be $20,000 and in 2014, it will be $25,000.

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VI. Temple Trustees Qualifications and Privileges (cont?d)

5. A Temple member, who wishes to become a Trustee, has to work with the EC to complete an application, donate at least $5,000 or a greater amount specifically towards trusteeship determined by the EC in consultation with the Temple Trustees. Applicants who satisfy the initial application requirements, including the monetary donation will be recommended by the EC to the Temple Trustees for approval. Upon approval by a simple majority of the Temple Trustees, the new applicant will be hereafter referred to as a Trustee-To-Be.

6. Upon receipt of the required donation according to schedule set up by EC in consultation with the Temple Trustees in full amount and completion of all formalities, a Temple Trustee-To-Be will be inducted as a full-fledged Trustee.

7. A full-fledged Trustee will be hereafter referred to as a Temple Trustee or simply a Trustee.

8. Temple Trustee designation shall belong to the trustee and the spouse with a single vote to be cast by either of the two.

9. All trustees must sign the ?HTBN Conflict of Interest? policy.

10. A trustee may lose the designation and trusteeship privileges by a 67% majority vote of the temple trustees for one or more of the following reasons: ? If the trustee ceases to subscribe to HTBN mission. ? Violation of the Conflict of Interest policy. ? Gross misconduct.

VII. Board of Directors Procedure and Structure

1. The Temple Trustees will constitute the governing body of the Temple.

2. The Temple Trustees will elect the President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President Elect will assist the President for a year and in the following year will assume the duties of President. The Secretary and Treasurer are elected to a one-year term.

3. The President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer are collectively referred to as the Executive Committee or simply as EC.

4. The EC will nominate six (6) Directors, which may include up to four (4) from the Temple volunteers who are not Trustees and the remainder from current Trustees for approval by a majority at the meeting of Temple Trustees. The Temple volunteers are elected to the board of directors for one year term and will be hereafter referred to as Volunteer Directors. The Construction Committee will elect a Director to represent the construction committee on the Board of Directors. The EC and seven Directors will constitute the Board of Directors and hereafter referred to as the Board.

5. The Board will be responsible for the overall management and day to day activities of the Temple.

6. The members of the Board including the EC shall not serve more than four consecutive years on the board. They will be eligible to serve on the board after a break of one year. For this restriction, all members of a trustee family will be considered as a single unit.

7. Each of the Directors (including the Volunteer Directors) will be appointed to chair any of the following Committees, except for finance and construction at the discretion of the EC. a. Temple Activity (Annual Plan of events and Facility preparation) b. Construction c. Communication d. Bylaws e. Fund Raising f. Youth Activity g. Public Relations and Publicity

8. Eligibility: All Temple Trustees/Trustee-to-be will be eligible to contest for the position of the Director. For the position of President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, they have to be a temple trustee with at least one year of prior service as a Board member. 9. The President can fill a mid-term vacancy on the Board by appointment to serve out the balance of the term. The candidate chosen has to satisfy the Eligibility criteria outlined above and has to be confirmed by the Temple Trustees within 30 days of appointment. The process of confirmation can be handled by e-mail or by calling for a meeting of the Temple Trustees.

10. A Board member, irrespective of his or her tenure can be removed by a majority vote of the Temple Trustees.

11. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held monthly. Special meetings may be called by the President or by any three members of the Board of Directors with Notice to be given to all Board Members.

12. Quorum: In the Eleven (11) member Board meeting, seven (7) members? presence will make the Quorum. The Quorum will be established before taking votes. Also, the Abstaining Voters are included in the Quorum count.

13. A simple majority vote of the Board, of those present only, will carry the motion provided the Quorum is met. When the Quorum requirement is satisfied by the minimum attendance of seven (7) Board members, the simple majority vote to carry the motion will be 4. If the attendance is 8 or 9 Board members, the simple majority vote will be 5. If the attendance is 10 or 11 Board members, the simple majority vote to carry the motion will be 6. When member(s) present in the meeting abstain from voting, the abstaining members are recorded in a separate category and not included in the numerical counting of Yes and No votes.

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VII. Board of Directors Procedure and Structure (Cont?d)

14. The Board meetings can be held in one of the following modes: in person, telephonically or electronically and the members present only can vote.

15. The Board will be responsible to maintain Operating Manual which will include: Roles and responsibilities of Officers, Committees and Committee Chairs; Policies and other relevant information.

16. The Quorum requirement for a physical meeting of Temple Trustees is that at least one-thirds of the total number of Temple Trustees must be in attendance at the meeting. For any decision to be valid by the Temple Trustees, the decision has to be approved by at least one-half of the total number of Temple Trustees. Vote can be taken in person, in writing or electronically.

17. The Construction Coordination Committee, C-3, will function in accordance with the C-3 Document The C-3 will be dissolved when the Trustees decide it has served the purpose.

18. The Board is responsible to establish the following additional Committees: i. Prasadam / Food ii. Pooja iii. Religious Programs iv. Cultural Programs v. Education vi. Operations (Manual, Policies, Guidelines) vii. Membership viii. Youth committee ix Other committees as needed.

The Board will appoint Committee Chairs, who need not be trustees and will serve for a one-year term.

VIII. Responsibilities of the Executive Committee

Responsibilities of the President

1. The President, in addition to having overall responsibility for the smooth running of the Temple, shall also serve as the President of the Temple Trustees. 2. Maintaining activities, schedules and accounts on the Temple website to ensure open sharing of information.

3. The President and the President Elect jointly engage a qualified accountant to audit the Temple Accounts and present the same to the trustees at least once a year including the end of the year audit.

Responsibilities of the President Elect (PE)

1. The President Elect (PE) shall, in absence of the President, perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the President.

2. The PE and the President will be responsible for audit as stated above.

3. The PE will guide all the committees listed in Article VII Board of Directors Procedure and Structure item (17) shown above.

Responsibilities of the Secretary

1. The Secretary shall be the custodian of all records pertaining to the Temple. The Secretary shall keep a written record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Temple Trustees, Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Temple membership, processing new trustee applications and any other duties that may be assigned by the President.

Responsibilities of the Treasurer

1. The Treasurer shall receive and take charge of all monies and other financial assets belonging to the Temple. As a fiduciary agent of the Temple the treasurer shall be responsible for all financial transactions.

2. The Treasurer will be the Chair of the Finance Committee.

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VIII. Nominations and Elections

1. The Bylaws chair will seek nominations from the Temple Trustees in the fourth quarter for the positions of President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors and provide a slate to the Bylaws Committee.

2. A candidate for the position of President Elect shall be nominated by at least two (2) Trustees with express consent of the candidate.

3. Temple trustees with one year of Board experience are eligible for the position of President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Trustees-To-Be are eligible for the positions to the Board of Directors and any committee.

4. The Bylaws Committee will verify the validity of nominations and hold elections if needed. If no elections are needed, the Bylaws committee will forward the slate of the nomination to the Temple Trustees for approval.

5. The Bylaws Committee will certify and communicate the final list of officers making up the next year?s Board of Directors to the Temple Trustees. This process should be completed by the end of the current year.

IX. Amendment of Bylaws

Proposed amendments to the bylaws submitted by a trustee in writing will be referred to the Bylaws Committee. The Bylaws Committee will send the Proposal to the Trustees by e-mail for a vote by the trustees by electronic transmission or by postal mail. The committee will offer meetings or open house to answer questions relating to the proposal. A (2/3rd) vote of trustees is required to pass the amendment.

X. Finance and Remunerations All services performed by the Trustees shall be done on a voluntary basis. Any exceptions to this shall be only with prior approval of the majority of the Trustees.

The finance committee chairperson will be responsible for keeping the Trustees informed about all financial matters through periodic reports posted on the website and via email.

XI. Interpretations If a conflict arises in the interpretation of these by-laws, then the ambiguity shall be resolved in the best interest of Temple and not of any individual. XII. Dissolution In the event of dissolution of the Temple, the Temple Trustees shall after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities, dispose of all the assets of the Temple exclusively for the purpose of the organization in such a manner or to other organizations operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as a tax exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding provision of any future IRS code. The Temple shall not be dissolved except by two-thirds majority vote of the Temple Trustees who shall also determine the disposition of the assets.

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Below are the responsibilities and eligibility established for the board positions

1-President

Eligibility: Full Trustee, At least one year HTBN Board position experience
Responsibilities:
• The President, in addition to having overall responsibility for the smooth running of the Temple, shall also serve as the President of the Temple Trustees. • Maintaining activities, schedules and accounts on the Temple website to ensure open sharing of information. • The President and the President Elect jointly engage a qualified accountant to audit the Temple Accounts and present the same to the trustees at least once a year including the end of the year audit.

2-President Elect

Eligibility: Full Trustee, At least one year HTBN Board position experience
Responsibilities:
• The President Elect (PE) shall, in absence of the President, perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the President. • PE may be required to coordinate special projects/events as required and approved by the board. • Organize a few humanitarian events e.g. blood drive, health education, disaster relief fundraising. These events may be organized by HTBN or in cooperation with other organizations.

3-Secretary

Eligibility: Full Trustee, At least one year HTBN Board position experience
Responsibilities:
• The Secretary shall be the custodian of all records pertaining to the Temple. The Secretary shall keep a written record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Temple Trustees, Board of Directors and the Executive Council. • The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records of Temple membership, processing new trustee applications and any other duties that may be assigned by the President. • The Secretary will also coordinate and conduct the board/trustee meetings and be responsible of all communication from the board to trustees.
• Secretary will be responsible for gathering the agenda items for board and trustee meeting from trustees, temple members and board members and then will work with EC to prioritize them.

4-Treasurer

Eligibility: Full Trustee, At least one year HTBN Board position experience
Responsibility
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • The Treasurer shall receive and take charge of all monies and other financial assets belonging to the Temple. • As a fiduciary agent of the Temple the treasurer shall be responsible for all financial transactions, budget, temple insurance, banking, priest payroll and government related activities. Work with President and PE for yearend audit. • Prepare and share with all trustees monthly & yearly financial reports.

5-Fundraising Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Work with the board and come up with fundraising ideas • Plan and coordinate all fundraising activities • Seek potential trustees and temple members • Work with the PR chair on house to house campaign when needed

6-Public Relations

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Be HTBN’s Ambassador/spokesperson & build relationship with the local Indian community • Attend major Indian community events and share temple information at the event • Handle requests from local community to learn about Hindu religion/philosophy while working with the education committee

7-Communication Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Responsible for all temple communication to devotees • Update Facebook and website on a regular basis • Prepare flyers/posters for the events and place them at local business

8-Event Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Create annual plan of events and other programs • For major events identify coordinators & MCs from various diverse local groups to increase temple engagement. • Plan and execute weekly, monthly and other major events • Collaborate with Facilities chair, Pooja Chair, Prasad Chair, Communications Chair, PR Chair, cultural chair, and others to coordinate the events • Ensure that the temple activities are inclusive and maximize participation of the local Hindu community. • Schedule volunteer to take pictures and video at temple events

9-Facilities Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below:
• Manage facility efficiently and safely • Manage landscaping, snow removal and key access • Identify and work with a small group of volunteers for managing facility rental • Work with event chair and set-up facility for the events as needed • Maintain equipment & manage Security system • Form a group of volunteers to manage Sound System

10-Bylaws Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Be the owner of the HTBN Bylaws document – ensure that the document is complete, answer questions about the document, and coordinate any updates as needed • Lead creation of other documents that align with the HTBN bylaws. • Work with the board to develop a clear scope of any ad-hoc committee formed by the board. This scope then should be approved by the board. • Coordinate the election process, if needed, for board or other positions • Will look in to all legal aspects of temple priest and advise the board. In some cases work with a lawyer if needed. • This team will also be responsible for all non-sanctum related priest administrative issues.

11-Education

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Youth Education: Develop complete curriculum for different age groups on various topics covering all aspects of Hinduism. Work with volunteers to implement the youth educational activities. (More details in education committee scope that was approved by the board) • Adult Education: Identify topics, qualified teachers and conduct classes at the temple with the approval of the board. Some of the examples of such classes could be: vocal and instrumental music, yoga, meditation etc.

12- Youth Engagement Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Form a large group of youth and engage them in religious, humanitarian and volunteering activities organized by the temple.

13-Food Committee Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Work with a large group of volunteers to cook and serve food • Maintain safety and cleanliness in the kitchen area • Work with treasurer and procure supplies for the kitchen • Encourage engagement from various local groups

14-Pooja Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Work with the priest to identify religious rituals and activities at the sanctum for daily, weekly and special events. • Involve diverse local group to identify various pooja and rituals for daily, weekly and special events. • Work with temple priest and treasurer and procure pooja samagri. • Work with temple priest and take care of deity dressing and sanctum cleaning on a daily basis. • Work with priest & board and identify list of Priest services. Also establish standard charges for the priest services for various options e.g. at the temple, at home, weekend and weekdays.

15-Cultural Activity Chair

Eligibility: Trustee, Trustee to-be, Temple Volunteer
Responsibilities:
Enlist others and form a team to perform responsibilities listed below: • Work with event chair and identify event appropriate cultural activities for HTBN events when needed. Some examples of such cultural activities could be: reciting shlokas, singing religious songs, classical dances, classical music and event appropriate religious drama/skits etc. • Involve youth and adults from diverse community on a very regular basis for cultural activities. • Work with event chair to have such cultural programs as a part of HTBN religious functions. There are Co-Chair positions for all board positions except for than President, President elect, Treasurer, General Secretary. Chair or Co-Chair are required to attend board meetings.

Donations (dakshina) Policy:

Purpose: To clarify and establish guidelines to the community and the priest regarding dakshina to the Priest and donations to the temple.

Background

As per Hindu Dharma shastras, it is customary to do daanam (donation) or give dakshina to a Hindu Priest and Temple. HTBN management fully supports this tradition. Donation / Dakshina are solely voluntary.

HTBN management and priest are obligated to provide a devotional and conducive environment to all temple visitors and devotees.

The purpose of this policy is to clarify and establish guidelines to the community and the priest regarding dakshina to the Priest and donations to the Temple.

Policy Resolutions

Donations to the Priest:

In general, community is encouraged to give dakshina or donate to the priest in two possible ways:

Monetary Donations (cash / checks) – devotees are encouraged to give directly to the Priest

Non-monetary donations (goods, furniture, equipment – material nature) – devotees are encouraged to give directly to the Priest.

Donations to the Temple:

Monetary Donations (cash / checks) : Devotees are encouraged to PLACE the DONATIONS DIRECTLY IN HUNDI OR PAY AT THE FRONT DESK and get an official receipt.

Non-monetary (material) Donations: Deliver them at the front desk and get an official receipt as applicable.

Additional Guidelines providing Monetary Donations to the Priest

  1. Puja Services performed At the Temple:
  2. Devotees are encouraged to give dakshina to the priest: Any time a personal puja (not combined with any other devotee or family) is performed by the priest (Examples: Havan, Satyanarayana katha, Abhishekam, Kalyanam, Birth day or Anniversary or Tarpan or vaahana puja).

  Note: After the personalized puja is performed, devotees are encouraged to give dakshina directly to the priest (please do not leave in any plate). After receiving the donation from a devotee, priest shall put the dakshina away immediately by not displaying or holding it as it may be perceived as public display to hint the devotees. Any cash/coins/checks left in any plate belong to the temple.

  1. Devotees are neither required nor should be obligated to give dakshina to the priest
  2. Each time devotees visit the temple and getting Teerdha, Prasadam, Aarathi, and his blessings (via Chathar); or
  3. Attending regular pujas that are performed as listed in the Temple Calendar (despite a devotee has sponsored or not for any puja by paying donation to the temple). (Few Examples are Daily Nitya pujas; Weekly Monday Shiva Abhishekams; Monthly pujas Satyanarayana vratham, Maasa Shivaratri, Sankastahara Chaturdhi; Annual festivals –Diwali, New Year etc.,) these are considered as priest’s regular duty being a full-time employee of the organization. For special festivals and events, HTBN management gives dakshina to the priest on the community’s behalf.
  1. At any time Priest shall not seek or obligate any devotee or negotiate with any devotee for dakshina.
  1. Cash / Check Donations left by Aarti plate/chatari plate/teertha table or in any container or by deities or mandap belongs to the temple. Any time, volunteer on duty or authorized management staff is authorized to collect any displayed donations and put in Hundi.

 

  1. Puja Services performed outside the Temple:
  2. Devotees are encouraged to give dakshina to the priest any time a personal puja is performed by the priest at devotee’s residence / business (off-site). This puja must first be approved by the puja committee and appropriate donation shall be paid to HTBN. (Examples: Havan, Satyanarayana katha, Abhishekam, Kalyanam, Gruha Pravesham, Sradha, etc.)
  3. When priest uses his car for travel to attend this puja, Mileage reimbursement rate approved by HTBN management shall be directly paid to the priest and it belongs to the priest only. At any time priest shall NOT negotiate mileage reimbursement rate with the devotee without puja committee’s knowledge.
  4. Devotees shall give dakshina directly to him by check or cash.
  5. At any time Priest shall NOT seek or obligate any devotee or negotiate with any devotee for dakshina.
  6. As per Immigration rules and the employment contract, the priest is NOT allowed to perform any pujas to any devotees (at any location) without prior approval from the HTBN management (Even after temple hours, during his vacation, time-off days).
  7. Income Tax filing: It is the responsibility of the priest to report any additional income that priest directly receives from the devotees.
  8. Priest shall not seek any donations from the devotees or visitors by selling any Audio CDs, Books or any literature etc., without prior approval from the HTBN management.
  1. Non-Monetary Donations guidelines: (goods, and furniture, equipment, etc.,)

 

  1. Donations to the Priest:

At any time, devotees are welcome to donate any non-monetary items to the priest directly. This should purely be voluntary.

At any time the Priest shall NOT seek or obligate any devotee or negotiate with any devotee for non-monetary donations.

  1. Donations to the Temple:

Any non-monetary donations that have significant dollar value shall be recorded in the temple’s inventory system. Please check in at the front desk and get appropriate receipt for your donation.

  1. Amendments

This policy is subject to change as deemed necessary and shall be approved by the Executive committee.