General Assembly Minutes
- Item 1: Opening of the Assembly at 7:20 p.m. by Barbara Meroni, President. 105 participants are present.
- Item 2: Election of scrutators: Ian Gerrit and Geza Mezai 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. Barbara Meroni is glad to see how many gasshuku are organized in Europe. She thanks the organizers of such seminars for welcoming people so nicely. She is very glad to benefit from the teaching of various teachers as well as teaching from PK (speech given in three languages for the first time).
- Item 5: Vice-president's report. Helga Wurth being absent, her letter is read by the President. She regrets not to have much work to do for the EJF. She attended numerous seminars and was always warmly welcomed. She is glad to see further developments of the European groups.
- Item 6: Treasurer's report, Yves Galley. The treasurer is delighted by the EJF’s financial soundness mainly due to cashing stamps and quite a few new licences. A great number of newcomers in 2005. Summer Gasshuku in Vercorin was a real success financially as well (mainly greatful to the unpaid efforts of the teaching staff).
- Item 7: Controllers' report. Corine Masson and Claude Elandaloussi express their satisfaction about the sound account management. Apart from slight errors corrected on the spot, they feel the accounting performance is good and asked the GA to accept it. The next controllers shall be Will Bruggink and Frédéric Guyot.
- 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 four new Shoden teachers will be named this year (Michael Söderkvist, Jean-Claude Hamel, Sylvain Creuzet and Yves Galley) They have been watched for two years and PK thinks the choice was good..
PK thinks that things are moving very slowly at the international level. Talks will be held in Brazil this summer. For the rest, he thinks that it is going quite well. New groups and countries are asking to be part of the European Federation: La Réunion Island, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Greece.
Concerning Greece, PK says he received several mails from different organizations but, as Christos Dimopoulos has made the effort of coming to two Gasshuku, he feels he should be the Greek link for the EJF. Christos accepted this responsibility.
Sergio Dieci made a report on his seminar at La Réunion (a success, he says) and showed us nice posters made for the occasion.
- Item 10: Election of the 2006 Committee. Apart from J.-P Pahud who wishes to quit his function after 10 years during which he invested lots of time and efforts, the whole committee is re-elected. Loriane Robert proposed herself to replace Jean-Pierre in the current year. Until that time Jean-Pierre stays in place.
- Item 11: Budget 2006. Accepted unanimously by the GA.
- Item 12: The date for the next General Assembly is fixed on January 6, 2007, Saturday evening at 8 p.m.
- Item 13: Miscellaneous.
A new site has been created by Antoine Bauza. This site is far better than the previous one. Matthias Wenderoth possesses copies of the pages of this new site. What will be new, besides a more clear presentation, is that we will have more links to other sites. PK thinks Antoine should be financially rewarded for the job.
First evaluation of the futur shoden
Confirmation of the four new Shoden IJF will be officially done during the international summer camp in Brazil, this summer.
Complete member list
Vincent Zahnd has taken over this job. he presents his results. He managed to update a complete list of licence numbers. Unhappily, some licence numbers cannot be linked to names or addresses. He is asking group leaders to be more attentive for their administrative task.
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.
2006 Summer Camp
A short seminar will be organized by Matthias Wenderoth in Würzburg, from 15 to 16 July, for the people who will not be able to make it to Brazil. An exam session is to be held at that time.
International Jodo Camp 2006
From 31 July to 8 August, the International 2006 Gasshuku will be held near Belo Horizonte (45 minutes by bus) in a large sport center. Price of lodging and food will be cheaper than in Europe, but the average cost from Europe for the plane ticket amounts to some 900-1000 Euros.
2007 Summer Camp
Patrick Orth proposes that the summer camp of next year be held in the Czech Republic. We will have further information about this during the year.
The Assembly is closed et 8:35 p.m.
Fédération Européenne de Jodo / European Jodo Federation