President Council 2
In my acceptance speech I promised to initiate simpler rules for the organisation of Council meetings. It was a general request coming from our clubs. I asked some experienced , long standing members to work out a working base for the next board.
Originally we called them “standing rules” but to avoid any misinterpretations we call it now Manual , and it is a guideline for the next board .
I want to thank especially Paula from club Trends, Barbara and Eleonore from club Danube for their work. It took them a lot of time, e-mails and brainwork . The latest draft had been sent via CLO to all clubs more than a month ago so all members had enough time to read it and form an opinion.
This Manual has to be tested in practice. If it turns out to be applicable for the next officers no amendments are needed.
A lot of discussion centred on how and when this Council should be registered as Umbrella Organization in Linz. It was decided to have first the new guide lines and also the new board which will be introduced today by our president elect. With the Manual as base– the next step will be the working out of bylaws or Vereinsstatuten. Then –as it was always planned-Council 2 will be registered at the Vereinsbehörde in Linz.
However, I want to point out that the registration of Council 2 has to be done only in case membership fees are taken. Paula talked with the Vereinsbehörde and it informed her that once-the Dachverband had been registered -all clubs are bound legally to Council and in case-one club dissolves- the money the club has on it disposal has to be given to Council. If it turns out that there are too many regulations for only having 2 Council meetings per year one should be open to other solutions-that is , for example, no membership fees at all. Then the attendants to the Council meeting pay only for their consummation and if needed an additional small sum- whatever costs will come up-like flowers for the speech contestants or a small gift for a guest speaker.