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Secretary's Speech
Saroj Nalini Dutt Memorial Association has a long standing reputation for carrying out welfare work among the under privileged women and children of our society, and as general Secretary of this organization it gives me great pleasure to present once again the activities of our organization. The association was founded in Feb.1925 by Late Gurusaday Dutt as a fitting memorial of his wife Late Saroj Nalini Dutt. The Association is 88 years old now and has undergone a great change since its inception. It has survived so long due to the unstinted support of our members, well wishers, their sincere efforts and hard work.

Right after the AGM of 2012, the main event of the association, was the Anniversary programme held in Jan’13. This is an occasion when all the members, teachers, students, the staff and the Mahila Samities take part. The three day programme keeps the Association busy. A prayer meeting is always held in the morning an exhibition of handicrafts work of the students of Mahila Samities is one of the chief attraction. The successful students of Industrial school, Mahila Samity, Adult School and Primary school are given prizes and diplomas.

We great fully acknowledge the receipt of a donation from M.P.Lad fund with which we completed the repair work and painting of our building.

We are also grateful to the project Committee of Associated Country Women of the world for sanctioning a grant for starting a new project of Book binding, Cutting, Printing machine operation and Communicative English. This project is an endeavor to fulfill one of the objectives of the Association, i.e. empowering women with emphasis on vocational training for improving the economic condition of women. This project is nearing its completion by October. We express our heartfelt gratitude to ACWW.

The association run’s a Nurse’s Aide Training Course known as ‘Sevabrati’ course . This course is gaining popularity, the trainee who pass out are securing jobs in Nursing Home and earning good sum of money.

The adult High School is a valuable unit of our Association is running well, beside regular studies the students take part in various activities like games, sports and Cultural Programme. The girls were very proud to take part in a cultural programme held at Raj Bhavan this year.

Our rural Headquarter at Mirpur runs several programmes like Literacy, Health, Nutrition, Family welfare and two old age Home and a primary school. The primary school has become very popular in the nearby villages; students are coming in large numbers.

This year a number of seminars and awareness programmes were held at Mirpur, where the village women attend in large numbers. An eye camp was organized Doctors from Eye Care Center conducted free Eye check up for the students and the inmates of the old Age Home. The inmates of the Old Age Home of Dinante I & II and ‘Sayanneh’ are often taken out for excursions especially during the Puja. These excursions are often organized by various NGO’S.

Mahila Samity is the backbone of our Association, through which the Association promotes and develops Women’s and Children walefare. Late Saroj Nalini Dutt established few Mahila Samities way back in 1925, the first being the Suri Mahila Samity, which still exists to-day. But over the years the Mahila Samities have taken new shape, this year again the Samity has introduced a no. of new income generation plans, e.g.’Sevabrati’ training classes have started in Mirpur, besides this, the Association with the help of the Govt. of West Bengal has arranged for Artisans card, with this card they can take Govt. loans for their business purpose. A number of new samities are interested to join us.

With a view to raising fund, the Association holds an Annual exhibition, every year an occasion for all members to look forward to. Though it is a fund raising programme it comprises an elaborate spread of various stalls of different items. The exhibition is always a success and attended by all.

SNDMA is one of the oldest members of the Associated Country Women of the world. The ACWW will hold its 27th Triennial conference at Channai from Sept 26th to Oct 2nd Sister Viji from D.M.I. is the Area president of Central and South Asia, has made elaborate arrangement for the conference. The theme of the conference this year is Empowering Women Worldwide Encourage, Educate, and Enrich. The incoming area president, who will be elected now in Mumtaz Begum form Bangladesh. We wish her all the success in her new venture. SNDMA is one of the oldest members of the Associated Country Women of the World. The ACWW will hold its 27th Trienneal conference at Chennai in form 26th to October 2nd, 2013. Sister Viji from Daughters of Marry Immaculate now serving as the Area President of Central and South Asia has made elaborate arrangement for the conference. The Theme is “Empowering Women World Wide”. A fresh election of office bearers of ACWW will be held and new are President, Mrs. Mamtaz Begam from Bangladesh will be elected. We wish her all the success in her new venture.

A meeting with the trust board of the Association was held in August 2013, where the activities of the Association was discussed, reports of few achievements, expenditure, incurred during the year and the problems faced by the Association was discussed, the Trust Board member came forward with solution and suggestion to strengthen the financial base of the organization.

It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve the Association as Hon. General Secretary for the term 2009-2012. At the end of my report I take this opportunity to convey my sincere thanks to my President Mrs. Sumita Sanyal whose guidance and support are invaluable to me. I sincerely thank all the Vice President and Treasurer Smt. Sujata Mullick to extended their support and encouragement throughout the year. I feel fortunate that I have been supported by an efficient a co-operative executive committee, I convey my sincere thanks to all the committee members & the office staff for their unstinted support and unfailing co-operation which made by task easier.

I take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to our Patron, the Governor of the West Bengal, our donors, well-wishers and institution who have helped us to grow and provide better service to all. The Association is leading path to achieve its goal and fulfill the dreams of Late Mr. Gurusaday Dutt, the association is like a joint family where we share the joy & sorrow of each member and person who are attached to it.

I am sure we all want to move further ahead, wish to grow and evolve & work hard at everything we do & I am sure we shall succeed in our goal.

  Aditi Choudhury