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As a part of HSS celebrating ‘Universal Oneness’ as the basic tenet of Hindu Dharma, throughout August, Northwest Arkansas shakha observed Raksha Bandhan with the Mayor of Rogers, Arkansan. 
The evening of August 24th 2009 was marked with volunteers visiting Hon. Mayor Steve Womack’s office and getting introduced to him. This was followed by a visual presentation covering HSS objectives, background of Raksha Bandhan and motive ofervice to community. Youngest of all, Vishva tied Rakhi to the Mayor.

The root message of Hindu Dharma – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is a family) and Sarve api Sukhina Santu (may all live happily) were conveyed to the Mayor. Later a box of sweets and a book ‘Hindu culture and Dharmic traditions’ was gifted to him, as mementos, by Jiger Patel from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

HSS volunteers also proposed the Mayor to involve HSS more into community services which the later appreciated and accepted gladly.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks for the participation in celebrating the event and photo session with Mayor.