Source: Hindu Press International
On June 27, 2006 Hindu Press International reported, "Hindu Mandir (Temple) Executives representing 57 temples from more than 20 states of [the] U.S., Canada and Caribbean Islands converged in Atlanta to attend the first ever Hindu Mandir Executive conference (HMEC), from June 23 through June 25. They traveled from as far as British Columbia in Canada, Hawaii, California, Florida, as well as from the heartland of America, with a mission to nourish, protect and sustain Hindu Dharma in America. The executives represented a wide cross-section of the Hindu community; from a young second generation Mandir president from Augusta, Georgia, to an elderly lady representing a Hindu Mandir in North Carolina. These attendees, who numbered over 110, were physicians, scientists, businesspersons, homemakers, engineers, etc., besides being temple executives with a deep commitment to fulfilling the spiritual and social needs of Hindu-American community. The group was diverse in terms of age, race, generation, national origin, as well. In the Conference Mandir executives deliberated on the evolving social, religious, cultural and spiritual needs of 2.5 million strong diverse and vibrant Hindu-American community." The conference discussed Hindu youth education, coordinating a national day of Hindu volunteerism, and passed a zero tolerance policy for the desecration of Hindu Mandirs.