The Bangladesh Australia Society of South Australia Incorporated (BASSA) is a non-political, non-profit socio-cultural organisation established in 1984 by five pioneer Bangladeshi families live in Adelaide, South Australia. Since, then BASSA established itself as an integral part of the South Australia multicultural community representing Bangladeshi nationals or once nationals by promoting social, cultural, religious and economic welfare. More than two decades BASSA has been a strong participant in South Australia’s multicultural events. Adelaide Bangla School is one of the many ways BASSA has actively promoted cultural diversity and harmony within and outside Bangladeshi community in the diverse Adelaide multicultural environments.
The BASSA is funded mainly through yearly membership subscriptions and occasional grants from the Government of South Australia. The Executive Committee (EC) is the sole administrator for BASSA activities elected biyearly amongst BASSA members. The BASSA constitution was approved in 1984 and was amended recently in the General Meeting held on 27 March 2005.
BASSA’s main objectives:
- To enhance and promote the Bangladeshi culture and Bangla language among Australians in general and South Australia in particular and to cultivate the spirit of mutual understanding and co-operation between BASSA members and others communities in South Australia.
- To act as a body to look after the need and interest of BASSA members in South Australia.
- To liaise with Government bodies and agencies and other organisations for a better multicultural society in South Australia based on mutual interest and respect.
- To promote and foster activities of national importance to Bangladesh.
- To organise functions and assemblies to celebrate occasions of national, cultural and religious importance of Bangladesh.
- To establish and maintain facilities for teaching Bengali to intending learners.
- To organise sports and recreational functions.
- To create goodwill and fellow-feeling among Bangladeshi and other communities.
- To act as a Bangladesh brand ambassador to acquaint the people of South Australia with socio-economic conditions in Bangladesh.
- To maintain effective contact and cooperation with other Bangladeshi community associations and/or organisations in other parts of Australia with similar aims and objectives.
- Finally, an information gateway on all aspects of the growing Bangladeshi community in South Australia and other Australian citizens, Government bodies, NGO, charities those who are interested about Bangladesh.
BASSA Executive Committee Members 2016 – 2018
Dr Anoara Islam
Mrs Dewan Zaman
Dr Md. Aboul Fazal Younus
Dr Shahid Ullah
Assistant General Secretary
Mr Babul Hasan (Babu)
Dr A.K.M Rafiqul Islam
Mr Sukhen Karmaker
Assistant Cultural Secretary
Mrs Rabeya Begum
Office and Media Secretary
Mr Mohammed Rashidul Islam (Tushar)
Mr Nirmal Talukdar
Mr Jalal Ahmed
Eng S.M Mohsin
ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT:
The administration and management of the affairs of the society shall be vested on the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE elected in the AGM.
COMPOSITION OF THIS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
The Executive Committee of the Society shall comprise of with additional member:
- a) President, b) Two Vice-Presidents, c) General Secretary, d) Assistant General Secretary, e) Treasurer, f) Cultural Secretary , g) Assistant Cultural Secretary h) Office and Media Secretary and g) Four other members. The Principal of Bangla School shall be an ex-office member.
- All the members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the regular members in the relevant AGM.
- The election procedure of the Executive Committee shall be determined in the relevant AGM by a simple majority vote of the regular members present in that meeting.
- The election shall be conducted by a Returning Officer elected by the relevant AGM and the voting shall be by a secret ballot.
- The term of office for the Executive Committee shall be two years from the date of election in the relevant AGM.
- Any member of the Executive Committee shall cease to be a member upon:
- Acceptance of a letter of resignation from the said member by the Executive Committee.
- Ceasing to be a member of the Society by abstaining from four consecutive meetings of the Executive Committee without prior information to the President or General Secretary.
- The Executive Committee Meetings shall be presided over (i) by the President or (ii) in his absence by the Vice-President or (iii) in their absence by any member of the Executive Committee except the General Secretary.
POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
The powers and functions of the Executive Committee shall be:
- To carry out the decisions and resolutions passed and approved in the AGM or in any other General Meeting or Requisition Meeting.
- To set up any standing or subcommittees as it deems fit from time to time.
- To lay down the terms of reference for such committees.
- To make rules and regulations for the betterment and benefit of the Society. All such rules and regulations shall be consistent with the Constitution and objectives of the Society and shall be subject to the approval of the AGM or General Meeting.
- To appoint an Auditor prior to the AGM.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT:
The President of the Society shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Society and shall be responsible for the efficient and proper administration of the affairs of the Society. He shall:
- Preside all meetings of the Society except those which are laid down otherwise in the Constitution or which are decided otherwise in any General Meeting of the Society.
- Liaise with Government bodies and agencies and other socio cultural organisations to promote the cause of BASSA.
- Be the custodian of the Society’s seal.
- Act as a Public Officer of the Society.
- Offer suggestions, guidance and help relating to any matter pertaining to the Society.
- Have a casting vote in case of a tie in any meeting presided by him.
- The President can authorise expenditure up to $500.00 for the purpose of the Society, but this should be approved by the next Executive Committee meeting.
- The President can call meetings if necessary with the consent of the majority of EC members.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT:
The duties and responsibilities of the vice president shall be:
- To assist the President.
- To carry out such duties as may be assigned to him by the Executive Committee.
- In the absence of the President, shall preside over the meetings of the Society as under sub-Clause 10.1 and act for the President in performance of his duties.
- In case the position of the President is vacated, he shall become the President for the remainder of the term of office and shall have all the responsibilities and duties of the President as mentioned in Clause 10.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY:
The duties and responsibilities of the General Secretary shall be:
- To carry out all decisions of the Society and its instrumentalities set up under the Constitution in consultation with the Executive Committee.
- To keep Minute Book wherein he shall record the proceedings of all General Meetings of the Society including meetings of the Executive Committee.
- To generally conduct and attend correspondences of the Society.
- To keep in safe custody of all documents, registers and papers of the Society.
- To prepare and present the Annual Report on the activities of the Society to the AGM with the approval of the Executive Committee.
- To call all meetings of the Society and the Executive Committee with consent of the majority of EC members.
- To keep a register of members of the Society.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE TREASURER:
The duties and responsibilities of the Treasurer shall be:
- To receive and have charge of all monies and make disbursement as directed by the Executive Committee.
- To keep full and accurate records of all financial transactions of the Society.
- To collect all funds, gifts, donations, grants, contributions and subscriptions and to deposit them fairly soon in the name of the Society with an authorised bank.
- To issue receipts for payments received and to pay bills passed for payment by the Executive Committee.
- To submit a certified and audited report on the financial statement for the whole year.
- To keep a petty cash not exceeding $500 for incidental expenses.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL SECRETARY:
The duties and responsibilities of the Social and Cultural Secretary shall be:
- To initiate and organise various socio-cultural activities with the approval of the Executive Committee.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
The duties and responsibilities of the members of the Executive Committee shall be:
- To attend the Executive Committee Meetings and contribute towards betterment of the society .
- To carry out any other duties as assigned to them by the Executive Committee.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF GENERAL MEMBERS:
The duties and responsibilities of the General Members shall be:
- To cooperate with and assist the Executive Committee in the smooth running of the society and carry out such duties as may be assigned to him by the Executive Committee. Also refrain from activities detrimental to the society.
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