Ram Malakar came to the United States from Nepal in the early 1980s with his family and lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. During his early years, Mr. Malakar worked and traveled extensively overseas in India, Italy, and Malta for the U.S. Embassy and then worked as a food service director at St. Luke Institute in Washington, D.C. until his retirement.
Malakar was one of the early settlers from Nepal to Washington, DC. To meet and network with other Nepali and friends of Nepal, he got involved with the America Nepal Society and became the president of the organization. During his tenure, Mr. Malakar promoted and fostered Nepal’s literature, arts, culture, values, and social customs in the U.S.
To continue the preservation of Nepal and Newah culture, Mr. Malakar founded Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA) in November of 1991. NPPA was incorporated to conserve and preserve the cultural heritage, the traditions, and the customs of the Newah people and to participate and facilitate the growth and development of the Newah culture in arts, literature, language, science, commerce, music, dances, customs and rituals of the Newah people in the modern world.
Lastly, to support the aging Nepalese population in the U.S., Mr. Malakar founded Nepal American Senior Community in 2002.
Mr. Malakar embodies what it means to be a community connector and community builder. He exemplifies not only as a great community leader but also someone who gives back.
He currently lives in Rockville, Maryland, surrounded by his wife of 60 years, Bisnu Malakar, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
We would like to congratulate Mr. Ram Malakar for his passion and purpose filled work he has been doing in his community and wish him all the best for his future endeavor.
Today Branchburg Rotarians, Rotaractors and the monks from the temple put their compassion into action by helping to create a special Rotary Peace Garden at the NJ Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center. The Rotary Club of Branchburg working together with various community groups as well as Rotaract and Interact members, put Rotary’s mission of “Service Above Self” in motion to engage members and volunteers, we are finding personal satisfaction and a sense accomplishment.
Embracing inherent source of compassion
Compassion is the bedrock of a healthy social movement to make a difference in our community and communities around the world. The Rotary Club of Branchburg’s District Governor Elect John Shockley urges us to turn Compassion into Action so that we can craft engaged and meaningful lives. He believes that we must each embrace the innate source of compassion within us and impact world, one action at a time.
Transforming pessimism to optimism
To actualize compassion, we need to transform our pessimism into optimism; connect to the deeper purpose of our work; expand our communities to create greater sense of belonging; and be intentionally present with ourselves and others. “Compassion into Action” calls us to start an action to bring more compassion to the forefront of our lives, our community service and our daily lives. We are all “ordinary people” doing an extraordinary thing in the world—Rotarians around the world doing heroic acts of kindness and compassion, every day in the simplest of ways.
Service Above Self.
Whether you are a Club President who is committed to exceptional service, a passionate volunteer proudly doing special work to help communities here and around the world, or anyone who believes that actively giving of yourself changes the world…then we are moving to bring Compassion into Action. Let’s ask our self, what does compassion mean to you? How can we put our compassion in our life? How can we create more joy for others? How do we create a sense of belonging in our community?
Please join the movement.
We invite you to visit our Rotary Peace Garden in Princeton and find a calmness of our mind in this turmoil driven world. We have created a garden and meditation walk path surrounding one of the tallest Buddha statue in the northeast. If you like to volunteer or donate a tree or plants, contact District International Service Director PDG Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan at email@example.com or calling him at 908-458-7712.
We would like to thank Rotaract members, Rotarians for devoting their time on November 7 to plant trees and to the creation of the Peace Garden project on November 7th, 2021. Special thanks to DGE John Shockley for his help and distributing district pins to thank our volunteers.
The Asha project has a long history of supporting the school since 1990. Recently completed a science lab at the school.
On 5th October, The Asha Project conducted a scholarship program for children studying in grade 5 and 6 of the Balkumari School , Lalitpur municipality – 27, Nepal .
Every child has the right to quality education . But all the kids come from families having low economic status making it difficult for the children to attain quality education. Their parents work as factory workers and farmers and have a really miserable life.
This small act of kindness by Asha Project- Nepal has brought smiles on the innocent mellow faces of the children there. They were appreciative and thankful for this humanitarian gesture and were happy that they get to buy school supplies and pay their annual fees without any difficulty for their working parents.
It was the most beautiful feeling to witness and was able to capture moments of big smiles and happiness among the poor children of Sunakothi.
This scholarship was given in memory of my grandmother Usha Devi Maharajan, who was not educated but believed in educating children. My grandmother even helped me to attend the St. Xavier school eleven years ago. She was very kind and generous and helped many children to get into the St. Xavier school with her kind words and request with fathers at the school. This scholarship program brought happiness and smile on the faces of those needy children. I am very delighted to be part of this special memorial celebration for my grandmother.
My grandmother believed that “Helping the poor and needy is the greatest service you one can provide.” Once again thank you to Asha Project -Nepal for this special “Usha Devi Memorial Scholarship” for poor children in my village and I am very happy to be a part of this work to help needy children in my village.
The Asha Project’s mission is to “help poor people in Nepal to rebuild their LIVES and renew their HOPE.”
ASHA means HOPE in Nepali language. It is amazing how a short, four letter word can represent so much. Asha means hope, and that is its purpose. To provide hope in all aspects of life by supporting initiatives that is run by the people of Nepal for the people of Nepal.
I hope I will be able to help with this project and make a difference in poor children’s lives in the future. I believe that “Even by putting little effort or by giving just a little of what we have, we can make a difference in their lives.”
Branchburg, N.J. – The Rotary District 7475 and The Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition (SCCDC) will be hosting its 21st Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Awards presentation. Several outstanding individuals and organizations who have promoted peace and diversity in Somerset County will be receiving the 21st Annual Diversity and Peace Award.
The awards will be presented at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Albert Palace in Edison. Members of the public are invited to attend.
“The mission of the Coalition is to strive for greater awareness and respect for for all people in our community” said Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, chair of the SCCDC Coalition. “And it seems appropriate that we recognize people and groups that value and promote peace and diversity as we celebrate our 21st annual Interfaith Thanksgiving dinner and awards ceremony. We invite people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds to come and celebrate with us.”
Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, Chair SCCDC, PDG Rotary District 7475
“We invite everyone to share a special Thanksgiving meal and celebrate the service of gratitude,” said Dr. Maharjan. “Prayers will be offered by local representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Jain, Shinto, Native American and Sikh communities.”
If you would like to attend the dinner and award presentations, you are asked to register in advance online at https://conta.cc/3mXzdFgor emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. A donation of $25 is requested, with proceeds benefiting our annual humanitarian missions to Nepal and Columbia as well as our Global Action program to bring 5 youth volunteers from Nepal to further promote peace and understanding.
The event is being hosted by the Rotatory club of Whitehouse, Friends of Nepal-NJ. We are seeking corporate and community sponsors for this 20th anniversary celebration.
2021 Diversity Award recipients
Community Service Award: Lions International District 16J Governor Varsha Naik
Volunteer Service Award: Ruth Nortje, Horses for Forces
We are very happy to announce that Mr. Gyan Lal Maharjan has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the THE ASHA PROJECT-Nepal. The Goodwill Ambassador will engage in public advocacy as well as public awareness activities in Nepal.
The new Goodwill Ambassador will be designated for a period of two years, renewable, based on mutual agreement by the parties on the basis of satisfactory fulfillment of the role and their demonstrated interest in continuing the relationship.
Mr. Gyan Lal Maharjan graduated from the St. Xavier school and received his Intermediate in Commerce from, Namuna Machhindra College as well as bachelor’s degree in Education with major in English from Lalit Education College. He has completed many community service projects in Nepal.
He has also travelled to many countries like; USA, Canada, Beijing -China, Inner Magnolia, Italy, Manchester-England, United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Indian.
He is also the founding president of the World Class School in Imadole, Patan.
He has run many camps to bring enthusiasm in learning life skills as well as he is a motivational and inspirational speaker and Environmental outdoor educator and conference leader.
We look forward to utilizing his expertise and training programs for teachers and leadership programs for students and Rotratact/Interact members in Nepal. Welcome Gyan Lal Maharjan.
The Friends of Nepal- NJ and the Rotary club of Branchburg are proud to announce that 2021 The U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Ram Malakar on November 20, 2021 during the 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Diversity Awards ceremony at the RVCC College in Branchburg, NJ.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the president of the United States. Established by executive order of President George W. Bush, the award honors volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping people in need.
“The purpose for the President’s Volunteer Service Award is to honor those who have volunteered thousands, if not tens of thousands of hours over their lifetime,” said Past Rotary District Governor Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan of the Branchburg Rotary and President of the FONNJ. “Volunteers are the engine of every organization, community, state, and country. They truly help make a difference”.
According to Dr. Maharjan, “Mr. Malakar has found his passion, purpose and mission in his life. For the past 41 years, he has been organizing various nonprofit organizations to promote and preserve Nepali and Newari cultures as well as organizing various Nepali festivals and feeding hundreds of people each year”.
Dr. Maharjan said “41 years of incredible service to Washington DC metro area Nepalese community deserves an award. The Rotary Club of Branchburg and Friends of Nepal-NJ (FONNJ) will be presenting the US President’s Lifetime Achievement award of exemplary service to the community. Mr. Malakar has given over 41 years of his life serving and helping communities in Washington metropolitan area”. Please congratulate him if you see him and please share this post to celebrate his lifetime service to our community. Mr. Malakar was one of the founding fathers of the NPPA (Nepa Pasha Pucha Amerikaye) (http://nppa-usa.org) and past Presidents of the America Nepal Society and Nepalese Senior Group as well.
According to the NPPA past president Saroj Malakar “We are very happy to learn that my Dad is receiving this prestigious award and recognition from the United States President for his lifetime dedication to our community”.
Mr. Malakar was born in Thamel, Kathmandu and worked as a chef for many American Diplomats in Nepal and came to the United States in 1980 with American Diplomat as a personal chef. Since he arrived in Maryland, he has been welcoming and helping newly arrived Nepalese people in the area. Cooking is his passion and he has been inviting Nepalese community to his house for an authentic Nepali food to celebrate many Nepalese festivals. I also had a chance to learn few special Newari cooking lessons from him as well. He continues to share his knowledge and wisdom with many young people to promote and preserve Nepalese heritage in America. If your organization would like to hear his “Coming to America” story and his life’s opportunities and challenges, please contact FONNJ at http://www.fonnj.com. If you like to attend the Dinner and Awards celebration, you can register here. https://conta.cc/3mXzdFg
No tribute could ever come close to adequately describing Rameshji’s achievements and accomplishments in his community and communities around Nepal.
Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs. —Steve Saint
With God’s grace and Jhapu (Maharjan) connection, I had opportunity to meet with him during his visit to the United States. He was very gentle and soft-spoken person. I was quite impressed with his gentle smile and can-do attitude.
We had signed a MOU ( Memorandum of Understanding) to work with his organization Maya Foundation. He was very kind to host our visiting GAP (Global Action Project) students as well as our Asha Project team, when we visited his project in his hometown, when the area was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. We even had some American Sherpas including my son Anil Maharjan, who helped to move some bricks and clean up the area.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. —William James
Mr. MAHARJAN was a mentor, friend, husband, father and grandfather—Ramjeshji lived a life of many roles and with many talents including his charming smile. As author Peter Strople said “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people”.
Born in Patan, Nepal, Rameshji would ultimately become one of the most-beloved and well-respected person in Nepal. He was the pillar of his community and family. Among other responsibilities fulfilled, he served as a founding president of the Maya Foundation, and served on many profit and non-profit organizations as a board member and president. Known for his excellent Diamond Business in Nepal, he was respected by all.
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. —Billy Graham
While his notoriety was great and his accolades numerous, for many in his community, he was a mentor and unelected Mayor of his town. Approachable and authentic, Rameshji was available to community people to help anyway possible.
He walked through this world with exceptional grace, strength, and wisdom. Community people were his preoccupation, the Newa communities were his family, the world was his stage.
Thank you for your continued prayers for his family and friends, and especially for his wife.
May you rest in eternal peace COMPASSIONATE PASA Rameshji.
In memory of him and to keep his Legacy alive the Asha Project-Nepal will be setting up a special scholarship for poor children in Patan area, maybe with this scholarship, we can educate and produce another Rameshji, who is kind, gentle and compassionate just like him.
Our true Rotarian, father, grandfather, uncle and true friend and mentor of many District Rotoratins Elias (Elly) Ezra, left us, at the age of 73.
Elly was born July 21st, 1948, to Naomi Moses Ezra and Ezekiel Ezra, in Bombay, India. He grew up in Byculla. He came to the United States in 1966 to attend Tulane University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He continued his studies at Pace University, where he earned his MBA and completed coursework towards his Doctorate. He then worked for Western Electric and AT&T in New York and New Jersey. In 1989, he opened his own printing business, AlphaGraphics, that later became E-Digital Graphics, which he ran successfully for 32 years.
While Elly was successful in business, his greatest accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Pamela Ezra. Elly and “Pammy” met in 1977 and created a happy life together. He was the proud father of four children: Yally, Mitchell, Mindy and Melanie and sons-in-laws Evan, Mohamed, and Sunny. He was the adored grandpa of eight grandchildren: Leah, Micah, Eli, Ethan, Rosie, Asher, Noah, and Ari. He was predeceased by his parents, grandmother Nani, and brother, Eric Ezra. He is survived by his sister, Googie Tesser, and Auntie Hannah Moses.
Elly was a card carrying an avid member of Rotary International since 1984. After being District Governor, his loyalty and dedication grew even more. He would share his Rotary stories everywhere and district people enjoyed his “Kool Aid” tinted talk about Rotary and its effort to eliminate Polio as well as his full dedication and commitment to the “Gift of Life” program in our district. Elly made friends wherever he went. All Asian Indians were his half-brothers. I even manage to be his half-brother jokingly saying that I am a Nepalese Jew. (Buddhist can obviously be anything they want).
He was known for telling jokes and for his off-the-cuff speeches and toasts, especially to large audiences. I remember several Paul Harris Awards presentations he made, where Rotarians felt that Rotary International is a beacon of World Understanding that crosses all political, religious, and international borders and provide help wherever it is needed. And how Rotarians around the world have spread the message of World Understanding through acts of kindness, compassion, fellowship, and a common theme, Service Above Self.
He always spoke his mind. Before my district conference in 2014 in Somerset, he told me that very few people will attend the local conference, because he had an experience doing a local conference. I told him that don’t worry Governor, I have two happy Buddha’s helping me (Joe Horner and John Shockley), they will make sure that everything goes well, and they ran one of the most successful local district conference in 2014. John and Joe became Elly’s best friends after that. Joe and John even helped to clean up his office after Elly got sick. John spoke with Elly weekly.
Elly was proud of the successes of his children and sons-in-laws and was always eager to share their accomplishments.
Those who wish to honor Elly are asked to make a contribution in his honor to the Rotary Gift of Life New Jersey, via mail c/o David Beni, Treasurer, 16 Claremont Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040. The Mission of Gift of Life Inc. of NJ is to provide resources to treat children with congenital heart defects from anywhere in the world where assistance is needed. He was the chair of this committee for a long time.
Rotary District 7475 celebrated his Life and Legacy on October 27, 2021 at the Stony Brook Grille in Branchburg. Rotary District has set up a “Elly Ezra Memorial Scholarship” in Nepal.
He was a GREAT Rotarian and family man, and he adored all his children and grandchildren. In order to keep his memory alive and with his family’s desire to keep his ROTARY LEGACY going, Rotar District and the Asha Project has set up a MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP in his name in Nepal so that we can continue providing HOPE and OPPORTUNITIES for many poor children and continue his life’s quest for gaining more knowledge & wisdom and continue his Rotary LEGACY many more years of come. If you like to help, you can mail the check payable to the Friends of Nepal- NJ and mail it to PDG Dr. Tulsi Maharjan, P.O. Box 5015, Somerville, NJ 08876 or contact him at 908-458-7712.
All donations are tax deductible. Please check with your company that if your donation can be matched by your company as well. The Friends of Nepal-NJ is a 501 (c) non-profit organization.
He will be missed by his Rotary friends, families members, and countless Rotary half brothers from around the world.
Here are some thoughts from his Rotary buddies…
PDG Adrienne Bzura: Pam, I am so sorry not to be able to see you in person to offer my deepest sympathy & condolences on the loss of Elly. You know more than anyone the depth of love that connected you. There are no words that can truly ease the pain of loss, but if caring thoughts can help they are there with you now. You are not alone. Andrew & I are holding you close in our hearts & in our prayers. There is love that will last forever, and there are memories that will make you smile……..xoxo, Adrienne
Valerie Waterman: I am profoundly sorry to hear about the passing of Elly. I was very fond of him and he was larger than life. I will miss him so much. Prayers to his entire family. May his memory be a blessing. Shalom to all.
PP Lewis Edge, Princeton Rotary: Elly and I were dear friends for many years, have enjoyed many visits and shared countless phone calls and messages when we were apart. Last December (2020) he wrote to me with details about his long cancer battle and the ordeals that he had ahead of him. His deep love for his devoted wife, Pamela, and his smart beautiful children were among the reasons he fought so hard to continue living despite his suffering. I am heartbroken over his passing and extend my sincerest condolences to his family.
PDG D. Michael Hart, Westfield: Elly was a great guy. He always had a joke ready and was a master story teller. He was a tireless worker, a very effective speaker, and very passionate about his causes. I worked with Elly closely on a major Rotary Fundraiser for many years, and he really put his all into it. Elly was devoted to his family, and very proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed.
Group Study Exchange from Nepal to visit our District 7475 in Mid-April to Mid-May 2022.Need your club support.
Our most recent District GSE program started in PDG Ray’s term of Governorship. Our district send four GSE team members to Nepal in early January 2020. We had a plan to bring the group from Nepal in April 2020. But due to covid pandemic district had to cancelled the program. Now with Covid pandemic slowing down, we are planning to bring the team in Mid April to Mid May 2022 and have them attend our district conference in April.
Rotary International is a 116-year-old beacon of World Understanding that crosses all political, religious, and international borders. Rotarians have spread the message of World Understanding through acts of kindness, compassion, fellowship, and a common theme, Service Above Self. Our 1.2 million members have seized opportunities to serve at home and abroad through hands-on projects, International grant projects and other financial commitments. Rotarians around the world are working tirelessly to spread goodwill and peace.
For me, Rotary is one great gateway that leads to many doors – the chance to meet wonderful people you would otherwise never meet, to learn about cultures you never knew existed, to break bread with otherwise total strangers and so break down the barriers of ignorance and intolerance, to support a strong Rotary Foundation and its programs and participate in a crusade for building world understanding and peace.
Our real legacy will be once we eradicate polio from this earth. We are “THIS CLOSE”. Rotarians around the world have embraced the dream of a Polio-Free world and if that isn’t World Understanding I don’t know what is.
Our Rotary district 7475 is planning to honor Rotary’s goal of world peace and understanding by inviting one Rotarian leader and 4 Rotaract members to our district in coming Mid April-May of 2022 and planning programs and activity during their visit to emphasize Rotary’s “understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace.”
As I reflect on my 2020 GSE team visit to Nepal as a GSE team leader with two Rotaract members and one Rotarian co-leader, I am truly humbled by Rotary’s undertaking to affect change on a global-level through simple ideas such as education, community service, and relationship-building between individuals.
Rotary’s unwavering commitment and its dedication of resources to projects such as Youth Exchange, Vocational Training Team, Global grants, Group Study Exchange (GSE) are exemplary. These and similar programs are not designed to bring an immediate return on investment but to build a foundation for the future. They are progressive as well as deliberate; they offer grassroots, long-term solution to building peace and goodwill among individual citizens. In addition, our countless joint international service projects between Rotary clubs around the world also contribute to this vital objective.
“Our district has conducted many wonderful projects around the world. In 2022 as part of the Global Peace and Understanding month, we hope to have many celebration to highlight our past, present and future International projects”.
PDG Tulsi R. Maharjan
My own club Rotary club of Branchburg has done more than million dollars of Global grant projects around the world. If you like to learn about those projects and future joint projects, let me know, we can give a special presentations. Pictures from our Humanitarian mission to Nepal.
Our current District Governor Shelby Rhodes and PDG Ray Freaney are working hard to make this special GSE visit a reality with funding from our district and many supporting clubs. All district clubs will be playing a big role in inviting our GSE team from Nepal by arranging programs with our special guests and inviting friends and families.
This will be a great time for our district clubs to launch an international community service project in your community with our visiting Rotaract students, sign sister club agreement, inviting your Rotaract and Interact students to share their experiences.
Through Rotary and its Foundation, we foster personal relationships that transcend borders and form a foundation for peace. GSE team visit from Nepal will be like celebrating World Understanding Month and a great opportunity for every club to pause, plan, and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service – Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace, and understanding among people of the world.
I would love to hear about whether your club will be able host them in your county and provide home stay. You can reach me via email at email@example.com or call my cell (908)458-7712.
Branchburg Rotary is proud to announce that 2021 The U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Ms. Kabina Singh Maharjan on November 20, 2021 during the 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Diversity Awards ceremony at the RVCC College in Branchburg, NJ.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the president of the United States. Established by executive order of George W. Bush, the award honors volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping people in need.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award can be granted to individuals, families, and organizations located throughout the United States. Depending on the number of service hours completed, recipients can earn the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and/or the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The purpose for the President’s Volunteer Service Award is to honor those who volunteer hundreds, if not thousands of hours over their lifetime,” said Past District Governor Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan of the Branchburg Rotary club. “Volunteers are the engine of every organization, community, state, and country. They truly help make a difference.”
According to Dr. Maharjan, Past District Governor of the Rotary District 7475 “Kabina has found her passion, purpose and mission in her life. For the past 12 years, she has freely performed in many local and national stages various Nepalese cultural and historical dances”.
Kabina Singh Maharjan is also a Cultural Ambassador and coordinator of of the FONNJ (Friends of Nepal-NJ) http://www.fonnj.com. According to Dr. Maharjan “We are delighted to have Kabina Sing Maharjan being selected as a recipient of this prestigious award”.
KABINA PERFORMING AT VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS.
Kabina has been presenting her performances at various special functions in the tri-state area for more than 12 years.
According to the FONNJ Vice President Roshan Karmacharya “We are very happy learn that Kabina is receiving this prestigious award and recognition from the United States President”.
Kabina was born in Khokana, Patan and has been performing in variety of programs ever since her high school year, she had also taught dance classes to children in school. Dancing is her passion and she would like to continue teaching dances and promoting Nepalese cultural heritage in America. If your organization is interested in having her perform, please contact her at http://www.fonnj.com.