SS Gurujodha Singh, the Board President, introduced the new SSSC board members and announced the officers for the next 2 ½ year term. He was re-elected as President, SS Kulwant Kaur as Vice-President, SS Viriam Singh as Secretary and SS Guru Amrit Singh as Treasurer.
He reported on the implementation of business management technologies to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and he mentioned corporate compliance training attended by the Chancellor and the Office of Ethics and Professional Standards.
Gurujodha Singh noted four pathways to enter our Dharma: Gurdwara, Yoga teachings, businesses and education at MPA and the need to synergize the four pathways to create spiritual community. SSSC board members traveled during the year to meet members of the international Sangat, visiting various Sangats and events and meeting local political and Sikh leaders. He noted the importance of listening to the concerns of the Sangat in order to better understand the SSSC board’s role in guiding our mission.
SS Satwant Singh, the Executive Director of the SSSC, noted the increased productivity of the board and the creative and organizational development skills of the SSSC staff. He reported on Non-Profit board appointments and the standardization of the bylaws of KRI, SikhNet and SDEI, and the work being still being done to finalize the 3HO and SDI bylaws. The SSSC Board works with the Legacy Non-profits and participates in the monthly meetings of the CEOs. The SSSC Board oversees the CCC grant process and administers the funds disbursed to the Non-profits. SSSC directors have been placed on three for-profit boards to support increased communication and interface between the boards.
Members of the SSSC board attended various political and interfaith events, including SALDEF events, as well as 3HO and yoga events. He announced the creation of the SSSC newsletter and the SSSC website which has current information about their activities. He requested the Sangat to continue chanting the Aap Sahee Hoaa meditation to help bring resolution to on-going legal issues .
Atma Kaur, the SSSC Assistant Executive Director, shared about the SSSC’s work on problem solving and process improvement. She facilitated an interactive activity with the Khalsa Council, using a problem solving technique to exemplify the process the SSSC is using.
SS Kulwant Kaur, the Board Vice-President, thanked the Sangat for the honor of selecting her to serve as a board member and shared that she is dedicated to focusing on techniques to optimizing board functioning and is passionate about the relationship between the Sangat and the SSSC board. She announced the new public website (SSSCorp.org). She is focusing on communications through the new site, and via virtual town hall meetings. She welcomes input and connection from Khalsa Council members.