Key Takeaways from the Annual Day Meeting:

2016 Durga Puja  will be celebrated on October 8th and 9th at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds .

Please note the venue change. Chabot college is not available.

We celebrated DP at Chabot College campus for last 18 years but they decided not to let us use the venue because of a) security violation b) custodian complaint and c) growing crowd, spilling of oil in the campus drainage system by vendors, people throwing used diapers and garbage in the bushes, carrying food in the auditorium, etcPossible artists for Durga Puja’16 : Usha Uthup and Joy Sarkar, Sujoy Bhowmick and Paroma Banerjee ( pending Visa approval )Possible artist for Kali Puja’16 – Kinjal Chatterjee ( pending Visa approval )Financial challenges because of cost of index increase. BOD proposed an increase of 10% of membership fee effective FY 2016-17New constitution is proposed for long term sustainability of Prabasi.

Also, the timeline for implementation of the new constitution is presented ( see the attached presentation slide deck )NABC 2017 status and organization structure was presented ( see the attached presentation slide deck )Announced that Subrata’s Chairmanship will end on June 30, 2016. He has one more year to serve as BOD. Subrata will be handing over the responsibility to current BOD to decide on the new board structure, which will be communicated to members by the end of July.Very productive meeting with many constructive suggestions for volunteer participation.Meeting adjourned at 1:00PM followed by delicious lunch.Lot of effort have been put by BODs to identify a new site for DP.  This brings us back to  the idea of owning  a place and the formation of  Trustee Committee.

Recommendations from members:

  • Volunteer solicitation in different areas should be announced on Prabasi website.
  • Volunteers should be recognized in Prabasi website with their pics and contribution
  • Sustain the Prabasi membership rather than aggressive increase- availability of big auditorium at reasonable cost.
  • Natak in Durga Puja should not be considered other than local group.
  • Prabasi should encourage volunteer groups in different areas ( Puja, Cultural, fund raising etc.. ) based on their interest.

Board of Directors Meeting 2016

As per the BOD meeting held on Jul 26th Tuesday 9 pmAttendees: Indra Chatterjee, Tracy Haldar, Arghya Mukherjee, Subrata Dey, Arunava Banerjee

Subject: Chairman post Subrata Dey’s term has ended Jun 30th, 2016.

In meeting no other BODs were willing to shoulder this responsibility.

Since no other BODs is ready to accept the Chairman post, it is being proposed to nominate Subrata Dey to be the chairman for 1 year.  This is as per the by-laws 6.2.1.