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The SJOBA Thunderbolt Rally 2015

As the dust settles in the Shivaliks, the wait for the 2016 SJOBA rally begins.
This years rally took a different route, focusing more on the Chail side, rather than the Shimla side of the Shivaliks. The stages were fast paced, with turns appearing out of the blue to test the competitor’s driving skills. There were a few vehicle breaking stages too, due to which some of the vehicles could not cross the finish line. The rally itself was a very successful one with no major mishaps, and one which brought out a sense of camaraderie and bonhomie, not only among SJOBA members but also among the participants as well.

The results for the rally are as follows:
Jeep Category:
Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik
Car Category: Harvinder Bhola and Manpreet Singh
Bike Category: Saajanpreet Singh

The Rally:

1st.  Pratap Thakur and Dhiraj Arora

2nd. Sukhdeep Singh and Akash Gill

3rd. Manish Chaturvedi and Manish Vohra

Bike Category:
1st.  Mohit Verma (3:35:1.615)

2nd. Gurjinder Singh (3:45:12.84)

3rd. Umang Saxena (3:50:29.73)

Car Category:
1st.  Sanjay Sikand and Parminder Thakur (3:32:5)

2nd. Sanjay Razdan and Karan Aukta (3:48:1)

3rd. Angad S. Matharu and Deepika Matharu (5:45:45)

Jeep Category:

1st.  Amanpreet Ahluwalia and Amber Udasi (3:14:41.19)

2nd. Sandeep Sharma and Rishi Lodhi (3:16:11.94)

3rd. Samrat Yadav and Virendra Kashyap (3:18:1.615)


Last call for Marshals!!

The SJOBA Rally 2015 is less than two weeks away!!

With the Chief Marshals, Resident Marshals, Communication Team, FIV Marshals decided it is time for the teams to be assigned to them.

We’ve just got a few slots left for Marshals, so you need to send your names quickly to be part of the action.

If you are still not registered as a Rally official, SIGN UP NOW!

Regular meetings will be held on 7th, 10th, 12th and from 14th March onwards till D-Day, 5:30 pm onwards at the Rally Office SCO 81-82, Sector 16D, Chandigarh.



The SJOBA Rally 2015

Isn’t there something about February that tingles our adventurous spirits?
Yes, because February is the time to arrange our work and family schedules for The SJOBA Rally.
The recce team had been handed over the task to dig out some interesting and new routes and they have indeed dug in their heels for the job and have come up with a route that will be a treat for all !
So gear up for what has now become one of the most popular motor sport events in the region and mark your calendars so that you don’t miss out on the all the adrenaline pumping action.

The schedule for the rally is as follows:

20th March 2015: SSS at the Sector 34 Exhibition Ground, Chandigarh.

21st March 2015: Flag off at St. John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh from whereon the rally heads towards Chail, through a series of winding and picturesque stages.

22nd March 2015: The rally returns from Chail to Chandigarh through a completely different yet exciting set of stages.

23rd March 2015: 
Prize distribution dinner.

Check out the rally section of the website for forms and other details.

Rally Office:
SCO 81-82, Sector 16D Chandigarh, 160016.
Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Gurnoor Sangha: +91-9780447779
Nikhil Jaspal: +91-9216605706
Nipun Mehan: +91-9876303090
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SJOBA vs St. John’s Cricket Matches

The SJOBA vs. St.John’s annual cricket matches were played on the 26th of January. While the rain gods were not so kind on POTUS, the players managed to please them enough and the match was played under a warm and invigorating sunshine. At the end of the day the honors were shared as SJOBA’s team A and St.Johns’ team B won their respective matches. The principal of the school, Mrs. Kavita Das was also in attendance who cheered both teams and exhorted the players to play fair and fight hard. The matches were followed by a great lunch laid out in the foyer.
A special thanks to Old Boy Nitin Sarin (Batch of 2001) for supporting and sponsoring the event.
The detailed scores are as follows:
SJOBA A vs. St.John’s A
SJOBA A 221/5 (25 overs) Kunal Mahajan 111, Angad Chahal 83 (not out), Arjun Sharma 5-0-26-1
St. John’s A 111 all out (23.5 overs) Pranjay Sharma 30, Arjun Sharma 24, Kunal Mahajan 5-1-10-3
SJOBA B vs. St.John’s B
St.John’s B 187/7 (25 overs) Garry Sandhu 74, Saksham 39 (not out), Hemant Kaushal 5-1-15-1
SJOBA B 169 (24.4 overs) Shaurya 42, Anmol 22, Sahil 5-1-24-2

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SJOBA Blood Donation Camp

The SJOBA Blood Donation Camp was organized in the school on the 24th of January. We had a healthy turn out of donors (126 in total) and in spite of our best intentions, we had to turn down a few people towards the end of the camp as the Blood Bank Society could only accept around 100 units at that time.
We would like to thank all the parents and the Old Boys for their continuing support towards this noble cause. Also, a special thanks to the Batch of 2001 for sponsoring and supporting the Camp.

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An Update from SJOBA of the Americas

Dear Members,

It’s been a fabulous year for SJOBA and SJOBA of the Americas! After meeting in California on June 21,and on September 21st in Chicago at the residence of Mr. Sutej Kapur, the western chapter of SJOBA of the Americas is ready to get together again.

The meeting in September brought to light certain opportunities that lay in front of us SJOBA members in America. Thanks to the presentations by Mac Sir, we were brought up to speed with how St. Johns is doing today and a wonderful message to us from the current principal was definitely reassuring in terms of what the alumni support means to the school and how it has been changing the face of the school every year.

SJOBA has been helping to provide resources for the school to equip itself from time to time and also be able to keep the under privileged students section going strong. The old boys then discussed about the challenges one faces, when an alumni abroad wants to help donate or contribute to the school due to certain laws prohibiting a foreign endorsement towards the school.

It was at that time that Gurpreet Dhillon sir who was present during the meeting shed some further light on the SJOBA Foundation in the US which could eventually act as a base for scholarship for SJOBA members who come to the States to pursue their careers. The plan is to have a support system for students and alumni in the states that can sustain itself over a period of time and be able to provide scholarships to the incoming college students and tax breaks to the contributors.

4 members agreed to be trustees .

Another order of business discussed during the meeting was the untapped opportunity to seamlessly connect the SJOBA members around the world with each other. So far we have evaluated various options and Ishaan has suggested a couple of digital strategies but the key here will be to get SJOBA (Chandigarh) on board as well as eventually work towards having an independent network where the alumni can connect with each other based on attributes such as occupations, subjects of study and expertise. The aim is to have a streamlined communication channel that does not create noise for our members.

All in all this has been an exciting new start to the American chapters of SJOBA. As per a strong desire expressed by Mac sir, we want to constantly and consistently keep this momentum going even when he is not in the States with us. The California chapter of SJOBA of the Americas is already planning to meet once before the end of this year.

Looking forward to an even more exciting and productive 2015!

Thank you,

Ishaan Vadhera
Batch of 2006

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