It’s time for March Madness!!

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Thanks to everyone for coming out to our First Annual Super Bowl party. We had over 100 people and raised over $4K. Thanks to the Super Bowl planning committee, raffle donors and helpers. Without you, we couldn’t have pulled this off. Many were very surprised at the quality of the video and sound. In fact, several groups want to use the AV equipment for their fundraising events. This was a win/win event for all. Our fundraising committee has already started to plan for our next event. Hopefully it will the NBA finals with our beloved Golden State Warriors!!!
Speaking of basketball, the annual NCAA March Madness will be here in a few weeks. Unfortunately Dean Smith, the former coach of the University of North Carolina will not be there, as he passed away a few weeks ago. Many of you may know him as the Coach who recruited and won his first championship with the Greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan. One of Coach Smith’s quotes have always stuck with me and reminds me of our membership plight…”You should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do it.” Back in the day, people would join the church because it was the right thing to do and people just did it. They didn’t expect any hoop la or big recognition, they just knew it was the right thing to do. Now days, people want something in return and that’s too bad. The Temple needs the membership to keep the lights on, to paint Rev Sakamoto’s house, to keep the weekly classes going, to re-roof the cottage, to pay our ministers/staff and keep the heat on during the winter. With a shrinking membership, its only going to get worse. Please encourage your friends and family to join the church.
Janice Doi, Joyce Iwasaki and I will attend the BCA National Council meeting during the last week of February. Since this article was due before the meeting, I will provide an update in next month’s Dharma newsletter.
In closing, we have turned on additional lights in the Education bldg. parking lot. This should provide a safer environment and might even scare off some of the homeless folks who have been hanging out in the 4th st parking lot. Pls be careful when you’re walking to your car at night.
Thanks for reading and see you at service. If you have any questions, pls let me know.
In Gassho,
Todd Tsudama