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    Listed below are some questions we get frequently from our members. Please read these questions before you send us an email.

    What is the annual membership fee for being a Prabasi member?

    Membership for Prabasi is annual. Since Prabasi is a non-profit organization, we try to balance our costs with our expenditure. Thus, the membership fee is adjusted every year depending on our expenditure. Membership rates are different for individuals and families. The current rates may be obtained from our membership page.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 07:42

    How do I become a Prabasi member?

    If you are living in the Bay Area, you become a Prabasi member and enjoy the benefit of participating in annual events like Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Saraswati Puja and Baisakhi. To become a member, you have to decide what category fits your requirements best, and fill out our membership form. Please note that membership is offered only once every year between July 1 and Durga Puja. Please, make it a point to write your Email address correctly in the form for receiving regular updates of Prabasi news and events.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 07:43

    Can I participate in Prabasi's annual events without being a member?

    Yes. In order to participate in Prabasi's events you have to make a contribution to cover our costs. You may participate on a per-event basis by paying a fee for each event, or become a member to participate in all four events. It is much economical to become a member and get a ticket for free participation for all Prabasi events all year round. If you are new to the Bay Area and have a few months to go for the year end, you may participate on a per-event basis till the end of the year.

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 05:05

    During a Puja celebration, can I just attend the puja without paying for the entire event?

    Prabasi normally would not charge you money for just pratima-darshan. But remember, Prabasi is a non-profit organization which thrives on the contribution of members like you. We would expect you to help us with the minimum financial support we need to bring you quality programs. If you do not want to become a yearly member, we urge you to attend on a per-event basis. To attend a particular activity in an event, you will have to pay for the entire event to keep our accounting simple. The Durga puja event normally runs for three days and the remaining ones are one-day events.

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 05:06

    When does Prabasi's financial year begin?

    Prabasi's financial year begins on July 1 every year. So, to become a member and stay a member for one year, the best time to join is around September, just before Durga Puja, preferably before Sep 15. We usually give discounts for early members. Watch our web-pages for the latest information about membership rates and applicable discounts.

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    How do I become a Prabasi board member?

    Prabasi's board members are first nominated and then elected by a voting system. Once elected, they stay till the end of their term which is three years. To become a board-member you may be asked to demonstrate prior experience with similar organizations and make some time commitments towards Prabasi. You must be nominated by someone and seconded by another person. Then you would contest an election to become a board member. Needless to say, a prospective board member must also be internet savvy since most internal communication is done through the internet and via Email (in view of Prabasi's location being near the heart of the Silicon Valley!). To apply for membership in Prabasi's Board of Directors, you must fill in the Nomination form for Director Prabasi Board and mail it to the address given at the bottom of the form.

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    How often are Prabasi board meetings held?

    The Prabasi board meets once every month to discuss current issues. All board members are expected to attend. In addition, Prabasi also calls a general body meeting once every year where all Prabasi members are invited. General members are asked to pose questions related to Prabasi activities, and board members try to answer the question based on their understanding. This is also an opportunity to discuss pertinent issues which require the presence of all members.

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 05:09

    Can I attend Prabasi events on a per-event basis without being a member?

    Yes, you can. Protima-Darshan is FREE for all. However there is an entrance fee for attending the Cultural Programs. The ticket prices for the Cultural programs are decided just before the festival. For events that span multiple days (like Durga Puja), the price of the per-event tickets usually include all days to make it cost-effective to you. You may also choose to buy the ticket and attend just one cultural program, perhaps when you are only interested in a professional program on a particular day.

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    How do I become a member through the web-interface?

    It is really very simple. Go to our online membership page and fill in the form. Once you have filled it out, press the button which says 'Calculate annual fees'. This will analyze your data and suggest a membership fees. Then press the button which says 'Generate membership number'. This will generate a unique membership number for you. It will also generate a randomly generated password for you and mail it to your Email address(es). Your data is stored in our database as an unconfirmed member. You will then need make a payment either by Paypal or send a check of the requested amount to the Prabasi address that appears in your Email. Please mention your membership number in your check. Once we receive the check we will confirm the membership and a confirmation letter will be automatically sent to your Email address.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 07:45

    How do I update my membership data?

    This is a very important question because the very essence of having the membership data on the web with access to the individual is to give you the flexibility of changing your data when your profile changes. You must remember to change your profile whenever your address or Email address changes. This will help us keep in touch with you. To change your record, go to the update membership page. You will get a screen which only asks for your membership number and your password. If you are using it for the first time, use the password which was mailed to you. After filling the required information, press 'Go, get my record'. You will get a screen which looks exactly as the entry form. Change the data that needs to be modified. You may also set a new password for yourself through this form. Once you are done, press the Submit button to save the change in Prabasi's database. You may be asked to make an additional payment if you added guests or children above 3 years of age.

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    I have forgotton my password. What do I do now?

    You can go to the forgotten password page and fill out the form. If your information matches our record, you will be sent another password. We do not store passwords in our database. So we cannot tell you your password - but we can help you get over it by assigning a randomly created new password. Once you are logged in, you can change the password to one that you can remember easily.

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    Can anyone else have access to my data?

    Only if they know both your membership number and password. There is enough security built into the system to prevent attack by hackers. You should be careful to protect your membership number and password to prevent outsiders from accessing your data. If you have not received a password, you are specially vulnerable because we had to forego one of our security checks to allow you in for the first time. It is thus very important, to set your password as soon as you know your membership number. Once your password is set, you are as safe as anyone else is. If you entered your data yourself through the web with a correct Email address, you are secure from day one. Prabasi does not sell or distribute its membership list on principle. Last but not the least, we feel it is our duty to make you aware that, just as any other database server on the web, the Prabasi system suffers from the same security loopholes as the others might because it is accessible to virtually everyone in the world!