Date: Sunday, March 12, 2000 12:45 AM
Bengali Cultural Society
On behalf of your Executive Committee (EC), I am very happy and
proud to inform you that IRS has granted our BCS tax-exempt status under code 501(c) 3.
We had begun this difficult process, as you may recall, about a year
ago, and as informed earlier, we received the Certificate of Incorporation from the state
of Ohio in October, last year. As advised by our legal counsel, the next step was to
submit the application to IRS, that was filed on December 17, 1999. The letter of
approval, received from IRS yesterday (March 11, 2000), brings this long process to a
happy and successful conclusion. I am sure that we all feel very happy about this
accomplishment. All members of our Society deserve credit and congratulations for this
important achievement. Thank you all for your active support, good will, encouragement and
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the
members (and their spouses) of last year's EC for their hard work and kind support that
have made this success possible. Next I would like to thank the members of the Advisory
Committee that had guided us in writing a new constitution (By Laws) for BCS. Our
heartfelt and special thanks go to Gopalda (Dr. Gopal B. Saha). As a member of the
Advisory Committee, he had spent countless hours in first, writing a new constitution and
then making many changes to it over several months, as advised by the committee and the
general body. We would also like to thank the Trustees, who did a commendable job in
keeping us properly focussed.
As we all know, privilege and responsibility go hand in hand. This
year's EC will establish policies and procedures in the areas of record keeping, audits
and reporting, as required by IRS.
We are very fortunate to have such a talented group of members in the EC. We are confident that these members will take the new challenges in good stride and will do what ever is necessary for the progress and well being of our Society. So let us thank and congratulate this year's EC in advance. Dear friends, we all should feel proud to see so many good accomplishments and new possibilities happening within our Society:
We are proceeding full speed in raising money for the 'BCS Scholarship Fund'; response has been very positive.
Our 'Web Page Committee' is working hard; and in few weeks, we all will see the wonderful BCS Web Page.
Saubhik, our Cultural Secretary is trying to form a 'BCS Theater Group'; kindly help him and your Society by joining the team.
Many members, specially the ladies are exploring new Protimas one more time; kindly listen to them.
All these have been made possible through your active participation and generous support; be kind, please continue your support for our Society. Thank you.