From 4th to 7th May 2015, a Zone 8 Pre-World Conference and annual meeting of Zone 8 countries was held near St. Petersburg, Russia. About 200 SSIO members from 57 Sathya Sai Centres and Groups in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan attended the event. Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Ms. Marianne Meyer, Mr. Valery Voshchinin, and other senior SSIO leaders discussed the divine mission of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Dr. Reddy reminded everyone that it is an honour and a great blessing to belong to the SSIO, which bears the holy and divine name of Bhagawan Himself. Round table discussions on love and selfless service allowed participants to share their in-depth understanding and moving personal experiences. Dr. Reddy and Ms. Meyer met with SSIO officers and youth representatives to discuss SSIO-related matters. The leaders also announced the establishment of a branch of the European Institute of Sathya Sai Education. On 5th and 6th May, presentations included two magnificent concerts, a drama on the life of Saint Procopius of Ustyug, and a puppet show.