Over America's Labor Day weekend, August
29-31, karyakars from the Southeast region gathered on
a beautiful beach in Jacksonville, Florida for the 2003
Regional Karyakar Convention (KarCon). The focus of the
shibir was to teach karyakars through workshops, activities,
and classroom sessions how to improve various aspects
of their mandals, mainly personal contact and sabha.
This year's theme was "Samarpan - The
Power of One." The theme showed karyakars that one person
could make a difference if he was dedicated and willing
to make sacrifices for his seva. The theme also embodied
the power of working together as one. Karyakars learned
that one team who is willing to:
Sahan karvu (tolerate)
Anukul thavu (be flexible)
Man gamthu mukhvu (compromise/give up what one
Paras paras madat karvi or gasavu (help out everywhere
or work for others)
...have SAMP can take a mandal a long way, and that NOW
is the time to start. And to start, it must start with
each karyakar. During the workshops, attendees were taught
how to enhance their mandals with various techniques.
In the workshop entitled "Sabha 202," karyakars were taught
the art of constructive feedback. They practiced giving
feedback in a way that would be more receptive to the
other party. They understood the need for having feedback
sessions after sabha so that the quality of sabha could
improve. The other workshop was entitled "Implementing
Personal Contact (PC)" and in it, karyakars were taught
that PC has to be personal, meaning that it must come
from their heart. Karyakars were also taught that PC should
be based on common grounds.
There were different activities held
throughout the shibir that also aided karyakars. These
activities included lessons on setting SMART goals, conducting
goshti, computing skills, reporting etc. There were also
two classroom sessions conducted by Pujya Saints that
inspired the karyakars and motivated them along the lines
of the theme. One of the classrooms was titled "The Power
of SAMP" and explained the above concept. The other classroom
was titled "Seva Ni Saachi Reet," which explained the
need for perfection in every seva the karyakars undertook.
After intensive workshops, activities, and classrooms
all day, the karyakars bonded while having dinner on the
beach. Groups were formed and food items were assigned
to the groups in order to make the dinner for that night.
Karyakars made items ranging from corn to salads to mukhvaas.
After the groups finished their assigned item, the karyakars
were able to enjoy themselves with appetizers and sports
and other activities on the beach. When they returned,
they enjoyed their self-made dinner. After the dessert,
karyakars ended the day with a session of gun-grahak drashti
with Pujya Santos. Overall, through one and half days
of workshops, activities, and classrooms, karyakars left
Jacksonville inspired and motivated to make changes and
improvements in their mandals through the realization
that through Samarpan, they too, can imbibe the power
of one within their mandals and karyakar teams.