General Assembly Minutes
- Item 1: Opening of the Assembly at 7:30 p.m. by Giulio Casarini, President. 108 participants are present.
- Item 2: Election of scrutators: Maria Rosa Valuzzi and Claire Bertolini have been appointed scrutators.
- Item 3: No reading of the previous General Assembly’s report. This report is available on the internet site.
- Item 4: President's report. Giulio Casarini announces that he is "positively surprised" by the number of participants. In his opinion, this is mainly due to the teaching quality and the personnality of the teachers and their students as well. He expresses the wish that this boom will continue.
- Item 5: Vice-president's report. Helga Wurth thanks Giulio for the job he has done so far. She expresses her pleasure to be able to share intense moments with all the people of our Federation, be it during local Gasshuku or important international Gasshuku.
- Item 6: Treasurer's report, Yves Galley. The treasurer is delighted by the EJF’s financial soundness. This is not only due to the payment of licences but also to the benefice made during the Kagamibiraki 04 and the Lignano summer camp. Expenditures are mainly generated by pre-payment for the next summer camp and by the internet costs.
- Item 7: Controllers' report. Corine Masson and Claude Elandaloussi express their satisfaction about the sound account management. The supporting documents are complete. Corine has noticed a cost reduction since the decision was taken not to accept cheques anymore. The controllers ask the Assembly to accept the present account.
- Item 8: Items 1 to 7 are accepted unanimously by the Assembly.
- Item 9: Technical Board’s report presented by Pascal Krieger.
PK notes that everything is fine. He points out that there are currently 10 official teachers in the Federation and that 4 futur teachers will be officially awarded their teaching licence during the international summer camp in Brazil. Some of these teachers have to move to different countries. Some new groups have recently popped up (Morocco, South-Africa, Ukraine, Venezuela, Chile, and Hungary). PK draws the attention to the fact that every time a teacher of the EJF organises a Jodo camp in the North American region, P. Relnick should be informed.
From a technical point of view, everything is in order. A few years ago, V. Zahnd and Gilles Tache had to stop for a while. This time, everybody is back again.
- Item 10: JP Pahud and Y. Galley have been appointed again. Casarini retires from the presidency in order to be able to take
care of and to spend more time with his group from Saillon. He suggests to elect Barbara Meroni who is member of the EJF for 5
years now. She is Loris Petris’ student and has started Katori Shinto Ryu 7 years ago. Loris recommends her as an absolutely
competent person for this position. Giulio admits that this is not a simple position, but he also acknowledges that this experience
has shaped him a lot.
B. Meroni is elected with the applause of the whole Assembly. B. Meroni accepts her election and thanks the Assembly as well as Giulio for the job he has done so far. PK also expresses his thanks to Giulio and wishes him a great success for the development of Jodo in the Valais.
- Item 11: Budget 2005. Up to now, only the summer camp in Vercorin is in the budget. Fees are not fixed yet, however, the organisation committee will do its utmost to keep up affordable prices as before.
- Item 12: The date for the next General Assembly is fixed on January 7, 2006, Saturday evening at 8 p.m.
- Item 13: Miscellaneous.
First evaluation of the futur shoden
They train regularly. PK is of the opinion that the choice is excellent. They will receive their official licence during the international summer camp in Brazil.
Complete member list
Vincent Zahnd has taken over this job. V. Zahnd thanks A. Baeriswyl and Felix Gartmann for their help. V. Zahnd notes that it is virtually impossible to obtain the exact number of practitioners because there is a strong fluctuation from period to period. Now it has to be decided how this list should be designed. One solution would be to create a file that would be available to the committee in the internet. V. Zahnd asks all group leaders to update every year the list of the practitioners in his group.
In relation to the matter of the Sei Ryu Kai, last year I commented that several Australians had seemed to be presenting this concept in a poor way and for unsound reasons. Throughout this year I have had communication with these people and found that the Australians were only part of a group that were actually acting at the request of Nishioka Sensei.
It was in fact his wish that a sound financial concept be developed for that group. The copy of the document I received was not accompanied by the letter which would have explained that this was a draft proposal only. That same letter also contained a request that people who considered themselves students of Nishioka Sensei were encouraged to contribute their own ideas to the draft in an attempt to get a complete picture of the Sei Ryu Kai.
On that basis I would like to correct the impression my comments last year may have made, particularly in reference to the motivation of those involved. I hope that we can improve our communication channels to avoid future misunderstandings.
Vercorin Summer Camp
The region where the next European Gasshuku will take place was presented in a slide show. It will be organised from July 23 to July 30, 2005.
International Jodo Camp
No date was fixed yet, but it will certainly take place around mid-August of 2006. 47 persons have already declared to come to Brazil.
Fédération Européenne de Jodo / European Jodo Federation