50th anniversary of ISKCON is July 16 2016. ISKCON has survived, thrived, and is here to stay
North American Temple Presidents MEETINGS 2014: We have begun preparing on the global level to show how ISKCON has survived, thrived, and is here to stay.
Ideas include connecting with Srila Prabhupada’s leaving from India and the places he was and a kick-off when Srila Prabhupada arrived in the US. Bhakti Marga Swami has offered to walk across the US in 2016 speaking about Srila Prabhupada and his mission all along the way.
There will be a 50th anniversary coordinator in each zone appointed by the GBC. Nanda Suta will be the coordinator for the US committee. We need committee members, some continental planning and idea for some local events such as special events, special products, festivals, special concerts, exhibitions, VIP events, plays; this is an opportunity to get the attention of VIPs. We might highlight the event with conferences such as interfaith meetings. We would like to impress this big event all throughout the 2016 year, including at our major festivals.
Temples might set measurable goals, such as books distribution scores or even temple openings. It’s an opportunity for major media attention including appreciation from scholars, and a good opportunity to bring out Srila Prabhupada’s major contributions to our society. On the international level they are creating a brand , media releases, press releases, and materials will be designed that temples can use. Currently, they are talking about developing a film, specifically about ISKCON, our contributions, etc., as well as another more people-centered film.There is a website planned, www.iskcon50.com, and a Facebook page is coming.