Bhutanese Community in Syracuse (BCS) Inc., has elected by a secret ballot an eight membered board of directors on Sunday, November 1, 2015.
The election was conducted at the office of Catholic Charities, the local resettlement agency at 527 North Salina Street. At the beginning of voting, Hari Bangaley Adhikari, chief of the election commission briefly explained the rules of the election and the method of casting votes to the candidates contesting in different positions. The election began at 1pm and continued until 7pm.
The new team of BCS has been formed under the chairmanship of Kazi Gautam. Others elected board of directors are Pavitra Sapkota (Vice Chair), Sajan Nepal (Treasurer), Parshu Dhimal (Director-Social Service and Elders), Ajaya Sapkota (Director-Religion and Culture), Dadhi Dahal (Director-Education), Yuba Bhattarai (Director-Games and Sports) and Kiran Gautam (Director-Women and Children).
The outgoing president of BCS, Jai Subedi congratulated the new team and expressed his desire to extend them his helping hands as and when needed.
“I will always be there to support you and I wish you the best of luck for your commitment towards the community”, said Subedi. He added that BCS has expected a lot from the new board of directors.
Hari Bangaley Adhikari also congratulated the newly elected chairman and other board of directors through an email.
“On behalf of the General Assembly of the Bhutanese Community of Syracuse, I extend heartiest congratulation to you on becoming the chairperson of BCS. Other contestants that withdrew their names as you filed the nomination is an example of how much support you earned. This is a showcase of the trust of the people on you and a revelation of the good work you have done over the years for the community”, read Bangaley’s email.
On behalf of new board of directors, Kazi Gautam, a new chairman of BCS thanked everyone for their support and trust on them, and expressed the new board’s desire to work continuously for the betterment of the community members.
“I do not have enough words to thank everyone for your love and support showered to our team. We do not have any agenda or anything at this point. However, on behalf of our team, I would like to assure you that we will work selflessly to help our community folks at need, and work towards preservation of our identity ”, said Gautam.
The Board of Directors will resume the office from November 2. Immediately, the board is expected to nominate a board secretary and a team of executives.