The Ladies Wing is a body of women devotees within the greater body of Sri Sathya Sai Center members who enjoy the sisterhood and camaraderie encompassed by sharing satsangs, experiences, learnings and practical application of Swami’s teachings. The Ladies Wing is envisioned, as in other regions of the world, to encompass devotional, seva and educational activities within the existing Center. Thus, the Wing is a subset of the Center body, and members take part in Center activities as well as regular meetings and activities organized by and for women. It should be noted that establishment of a Ladies Wing at the Center level should be considered optional, rather than compulsory.
Figure 1 shows the placement of the Zonal Ladies Wing Committee and the Ladies Wing itself within the framework of the SSSGC Organizational structure.
Whom is the Ladies Wing meant to serve?
The Center Ladies Wing will be open to women of all ages from YA’s to seniors (18 years and above). Within this broad age range, we envision that there will be opportunities to include activities and discuss issues that are directly relevant to different age groups, e.g. seniors, young mothers, etc.
How often would the Ladies Wing at the Center level meet?
The frequency of meetings may be decided by the lady members – once a month or once a quarter may be reasonable.
What is the Ladies Wing NOT meant to be?
The Ladies Wing is not meant to function as a parallel Center; rather, its members will continue to be active participants in general Center activities with additional events and activities organized by, and for women of all ages. A Ladies Wing Lead will be appointed by the Center Committee to serve at the Center level, and will rotate at 1-2 year intervals.
What is the response to the idea of a Ladies Wing among ladies of Zone 1?
A survey was circulated last year to seek ideas from our sisters throughout the Zone, on how best this initiative can support the practice of Swami’s teaching in all our myriad roles, the spread of love and compassion through service activities, and our spiritual growth through devotional activities. Almost 70 ladies from all over Zone 1 responded to our survey (thank you!) and 83% were interested in a Ladies Wing at the Center level. Here’s what we learned from the survey:
Zone 1 Virtual Ladies Wing RetreatApril 15th - 16th, 2023
Theme: Faith & Forbearance
Saturday, April 15th
Sunday, April 16th
SSSGC Zone 1 Ladies Wing
The following proposal may be utilized by the National and Regional leadership teams to review with the Centers, who can choose to establish a Ladies Wing depending on the needs and wishes of their membership.
We hope that this document provides the basic structure of the Ladies Wing in Zone 1 and indication of interest for the National and Regional leadership teams to disseminate to the Centers.