Subject: Change in Prabasi Leadership
Dated: Aug 06, 2001
Dear Member,

The following is a message sent to you by the Prabasi Board of
Directors, notifying you of the recent change in Prabasi leadership.

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Surajit Sengupta has been elected by the Board of Directors to take
over charges as Chairman and President of the Bay Area Prabasi from
outgoing Chairman & President Shyamal Choudhury as of August 1, 2001.

Surajit joined the Prabasi Board with Shyamal Choudhury in 1995.
Surajit brings a wide range of organizational and community relations
experience to the position. He is a well-known community leader and
philanthropist, and is involved in the management of numerous
organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the
Sunnyvale Hindu Temple and a board member of Indo American Society of
Bay Area.

Most Prabasi members will be familiar with his presence and his
invaluable artistic contributions in Prabasi, national and
international stage laser light effects for special events. His
opening laser show during the 1999 Bango Sammelan is recognized as
one of the best opening ceremonies in Bango Sammelan’s 21-year
history. He was also the Convenor and the chief architect in the
Bango Sammelan in 1999. Surajit is also the founder of the Hewlett
Packard Asian Indian
Employee Network group a network group of Asian Indian Engineers
sponsored by Hewlett Packard.

Outgoing Chairman and President of Prabasi, Shyamal Choudhury leaves
Bay Area Prabasi after a well-served term, preferring to step down
despite requests from the Prabasi Board to continue for a second
term. While declining extension of his chairmanship, Shyamal
expressed his sincere convictions that Prabasi will benefit from a
new leadership with the infusion of more creative thought and
ideology that will take community service onto a higher level.
Shyamal will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and will
step down as soon as the transition is over, which may take upto six
months. His Current term as a Board Of Directors is upto 2003.
Endorsing Surajit’s appointment as his successor, Shyamal applauded
him as a dedicated community worker who has demonstrated his
leadership skills time and again.

Shyamal’s foresight and efforts have left Prabasi financially strong
with investment of reserve funds for the first time. During his
leadership, Shyamal initiated several innovative programs and is
responsible for Prabasi’s current financial strength. Under Shyamal’s
initiative, Bay Area Prabasi achieved visibility and recognition as a
national organization of substance. He led fund-raising efforts for
projects in West Bengal and worked tirelessly to create support and
involvement for these. As Chairman of Bango Sammelan in the year
1999, Shyamal lead the Prabasi Directors in the creation of one of
the most successful national Bengali conference.

Bay Area Prabasi is indebted to Shyamal for his leadership and his
dedication towards community work. Prabasi welcomes Surajit as
Chairman and President and urges all members to support his efforts.

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Sincerely,

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 08/06/2001
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