Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vote for Me in CalChess Board of Directors Election

The election for CalChess Board of Directors will be held at 30th August 7 PM at Berkeley Chess School located at 1581 Le Roy Ave, Berkeley, California. You can find the announcement in CalChess website or in this link or simply read it below which I copied. 

If you are current member of CalChess and over 14 years of old, you are eligible for giving a vote. You have to make sure your membership didn't expire before August 30th 2014. You can check the membership list here. To give the vote you have to be physically present in that location that day.

If you are interested to run for the election yourself as one of the candidates, you will need to send an email to CalChess President Tom Langland. You should go through the updated CalChess ByLaws. And of course you have ask the voters to vote for you.

I have decided to run for the board this year. So I ask your vote. Now let me tell you what value I can add to the board. In fact when I emailed to apply for the position to Tom I offerred the below 6 items as how I can add value to the board. 
  1. Improving the CalChess Web Site
  2. Write article in CalChess Journal
  3. Chess Event Coverage
  4. Focus outside of Scholastic Chess
  5. Improve CalChess Social Web Presence
  6. Attracting Corporate World Into Chess

So while it will be a bit of drive for you, but I hope you will vote for me in this CalChess Board of Directors election as well as tell your friends to vote for me.


CalChess 2014 Annual General Meeting Date Set
August 17, 2014
by Tom Langland


The CalChess Board of Directors has selected Saturday, August 30, 2014 as the date of the next CalChess Annual General Meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The location is still being determined but will either be at the Berkeley Chess School located at 1581 Le Roy Ave, Berkeley, California, or the Santa Clara Convention Center located at 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA. This will hopefully be in conjunction with the annual CalChess Labor Day State Open Championship Tournament held in Santa Clara.

During this meeting the elections for the CalChess Board of Directors will take place. Candidates and voters must be members in good standing to be placed on the ballot or to vote. Candidates and voters should review the CalChess Bylaws for eligibility.

Tom Langland
CalChess President

BABA Newsletter August 2014 Published

It took me almost 3 days of work but finally I am done. We circulated BABA Newsletter August 2014 issue last night. Most of the time went on figuring out the format and then some time went on writing the small articles. I was initially using MS Word but found that at least the background color doesn't stay when I export it to a PDF. Hence I moved to Google Docs and it was quite convenient then.

The central piece of the newsletter was Shafieen being on the cover page of Chess Life. I also added Shahriar's Kachchi Biriyani recipe and BABA's upcoming concert news of SI Tutul.

Please Click here or the image above to download the issue.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BABA Eid Reunion 2014 - S.I. Tutul Live In Convert

BABA (Bay Area Bangladesh Association: a non-profit, non-political and secular organization)

Dear Community Member,

It is our pleasure to invite you and your family to “BABA Eid Reunion Celebration”, with a cultural program featuring the famous Bangladeshi singer SI Tutul - live in concert, first time in the Bay Area! 
We would also like to introduce the famous director Khalid Mahmood Mithu, who will be with us on that day. His Movie “Jonakir Alo – Glow of The Firefly” was nominated for the World Premier this year. 

You Tube Link: SI Tutul
Jonakir Alo – Khalid Mahmood Mithu

Date & Time:
September 20 (Saturday), 2014; 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – Social gathering and 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Musical event and other activities.

Visual & Performing Arts Center, De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino CA 95014

Free (In front and side parking lot of the VPAC Center)

Ticket & Booth: 
This is a reserved-seating event with individual seat number. We highly recommend you to purchase the tickets in advance. Children who won't be seated in adults lap, will require a seat. Food will be available for purchase.
Early Bird Special (Purchase your ticket by 09/10/2014):
Silver: $35 Gold: $50 Platinum: $100 

Ticket Price from 09/11/2014 to 09/20/2014:
Silver: $40 Gold: $55 Platinum: $105
Booth Price: $100 / booth

For Sponsor/Advertisement Table/booth (except food), please contact any one of the following BABA EC member:

For tickets and booth information please contact any one of the following BABA Executive Committee member:

Helal Chaudhury, helal2403@gmail.com , 916-868-5602
Quazi Shahriar Rahman, rahman_77@yahoo.com , 510-456-8465
Ananna Mohshin, ananna_2006@yahoo.com , 408-476-6442
Raisa Sultana (Mitu), raisasultana@hotmail.com , 510-449-2844
Ezazul Bhuiyan, ezaz_2000@yahoo.com , 408-505-2660 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event.


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