Gandhi Samaj of Chicago
Prosperity through unity, education and cultural awareness
32nd Year of Establishment (Est. 1984) * 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
The mission of Gandhi Samaj of Chicago is to help keep inherited culture thriving while assimilating into diverse society for the current generation and beyond.
About GSCGandhi Samaj of Chicago (GSC) was founded in 1984 in Chicago, IL, USA by immigrants from South Gujarat part of India. GSC is a community of over 600 members living in Chicagoland and surrounding cities. Our community members are from South Gujarat district of India (Surat, Mandvi, Navsari, Bilimora, Gandevi, Chikhli, Amalsad, Valsad and Vapi to name a few).
The objectives of GSC are to achieve and promote unity amongst members while helping the community to enhance cultural awareness via education, programs and through celebration of our festivals such as Diwali and Navratri.
Our activities include but not limited to Annual Summer Picnic, Community Service Day, Food Donation drive, Navratri and Diwali Celebrations and more. If you are not a member of GSC, please join us via Membership Page of the website.
|Executive Vice President||Hitesh Gandhi|
|Vice President||Bhumika V Gandhi|
|Cultural Secretary||Roma Bhagat|
|Joint Secretary||Ramesh Gandhi|
|Youth Secretary||Hiren Ghayal|
GSC President Application Form
order to contest for the Position of a President of GSC, kindly
fill-out below form and submit to the current President before June 10,
Food Donation Drive
GSC have partnered with local food pantry to collect any non-expired dry food items or consumables that can be donated to a charitable organization. Some of the items you can donate are canned food, cereal, baby food, rice, oatmeal, etc.We will have a Food Donation Box near the Food area for collection.
Please join us for celebration of Diwali this year. Signup for Diwali program is open (to members only). Also, nominate for Community Service Award. Signup for recent graduates to receive recognition from the Gandhi Samaj of Chicago. Please click on one of the links below.
Community Service Day
Back on August 14th, we partnered with Shree Jalaram Mandir in Hoffman Estates for our third annual Community Service Day event.
Since a number of our members attend this mandir, this was a great way to help out and volunteer during the Shrimad Bhagvat Katha. A number of our Samaj members volunteered during the event. This was a rare opportunity to help the Mandir and many in our Samaj were delighted to take this opportunity. We spent our time helping serve lunch to the hundreds of people who attended the event.
As we did last year, we had another year of good participation from our GSC volunteers, and I’d like to thank them for their help and support for making this event a great success!
Special thanks to Jayshreeben Thakkar for reaching out to us on behalf of the Mandir with this opportunity and helping us coordinate the event.
It’s amazing the memories we can help create with a few hours of our time. Given the success of this event, we will be planning another community service event next year for our members and help our community!
Youth Career Planning Seminar
Is your child confused about what career to choose? Do you need help and guidance from experts in our community? Then, mark your calendar for 31-Jan-2016 for Youth Career Planning Seminar, where you will get first hand information as well as get to talk to leaders from our community.
We are saddened by the loss of Shree Harkishanbhai Vithaldas Bodalia (son of Late Vithalbhai Ranchodbhai Bodalia and Late Bhikhiben V. Bodalia of Charpool, Navsari)
Gandhi Samaj of Chicago (GSC) (www.gandhisamajchicago.com) hosted its 32nd annual Diwali Program on November 5, 2016, at Hanuman Temple in Glenview, IL and was led by Keyur Ghayal and Hitesh Gandhi. Gandhi Samaj of Chicago includes over 120 "Gandhi" families, native of South Gujarat part of India (Surat to Vapi), from Chicago and its close vicinity. The event started with social hour accompanied by Traditional Gujarati (Indian) Cuisine dinner, which was followed by a cultural program. This is a tradition observed by GSC for last 32 years, where families come together as a big united family to socialize and attend cultural program by young and adults.
Mr. Dipak Shah, owner and president of Direct Floors in Woodridge, was invited as Chief Guest and Consul General Mr. O.P. Meena bestowed his presence as Guest of Honor. President's Award was given to Mr. Nitin C. Gandhi for his leadership and excellent contribution as a Vice President of Gandhi Samaj of Chicago 2012-15 term. Community Service Award was presented to Mrs. Sushila N. Gandhi in honor of her active part in the community. Educational Achievement Awards were awarded to the youth, who completed their education from the college.
We are prepared and ready to tackle the big crowd with a solid executive plan. "It was a very smooth execution even though we completely "Sold out" night," "Thanks to all the sponsors of the grand event without their support it would not be possible to have such a wonderful event also thanks to audience of Chicago and well-wishers who attended the event to make this magnificent event successful" said by Mr Hitesh Gandhi, Exec Vice President of Gandhi Samaj.
Cultural program touched everyone's hearts as imaginations of performers (from age 5 to 60) showcased their talents. Program started by a small Prayer followed with American & Indian National Anthems. The Bharat Natyam performance of Ganesh Vandana by Krishna Gandhi, Misha Gandhi, Freya Gandhi and Freya Viren Gandhi added a soft touch. The children and adults of Gandhi Community performed Classical and Bollywood Dance performances, songs and other talents. Couple Dance performance on "Char Kadam" song became the highlight when Couples pair performed with glorious energy.
Special Guest performers added the charm to the event. Mrs. Mona Bhalla, who owns album "Kudi-Bindaas" performed live with her 3 beautiful daughters. Dance performance reached to an extreme thrill when Ms. Madhura Sane danced on revival of old and new classic, Mr. Elizar from Arya Dance Academy performed Bollywood Fusion dance. Also, Mrs. Shital Dhanani, founder of Tarana Kathak academy added the Classical touch with her trained Kathak students and Mr. Paul Chopra grabbed audience attention by performing a Mimicry Bollywood act.
Some of the other highlights of evening included
1. Muje Rang De dance performance by Risha Bhagat and Mansi Gandhi
2. Kal Ho Na Ho & Pani Da rang played on Instrument by Isha Guard & Daksh Guard
3. Mix songs Cham Cham, Chittiyaan Kalaiyan & Gal ban gai dance performance by Sweta Gandhi & Mansi Agnihotri
4. Deewani Mastani, I love my India & Made in India dance performance by Riya Ghayal
5. Baby Ko Base Pasand Hai dance performance by Esha Gandhi, Jiya Gandhi, Aarushi Mehta & Aniasha Mehta.
The Show ended after 3 hours of continuous entertainment with astounding performance of "Tukur Tukur & Char Kadam" couple dance performed by the Gandhi Samaj Community members.
2016 - Diwali Program
2016 Navratri Utsav Pictures
Gandhi Samaj of Chicago - Navratri 2016 Video and News Articles
Article published in Chicago Tribune
Article published in Daily Herald
Article published in NRI News
2016 - SUMMER PICNIC
TV Asia Community Roundup 2
TV Asia Community Roundup 3
Gandhi Samaj of Chicago - Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Drive
"Thank You" letter from "Direct Relief" for donation to Nepal Earthquake.
"Thank You" to each and every person who have contributed generously towards "GSC Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund". Together we have collected $1148 as of Today.
2016 Career Planning Seminar for High School Kids
2016 Community Service Day