With the holidays fast approaching, last Saturday's Christmas Bazaar was a fabulous way for everyone to get into the holiday spirit. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoy our students' music performances, buy handmade gifts, eat, drink and be merry. The Board would like to thank the Events Team and all the volunteers, students and staff who helped make Saturday's Christmas Bazaar a huge success.
The Board would also like to thank all members of the Association who joined last week’s AGM. With only 58 Members present and 9 Members represented by proxy, we were unfortunately unable to reach the quorum required to approve the suggested constitutional changes. This is a disappointing outcome and we would like to urge all Members of the Association to attend our EGM in spring and participate actively in shaping the school’s present and future.
President Rachel Ward presented the achievements of the last academic year and Principal Christof Martin shared his impressions of the first 100 days at GESS and outlined his main ideas for the future of the School. The Association approved the Financial Statements presented by Honorary Treasurer Florian Weidinger, the appointment of J.K. Medora & Co. LLP-DFK as auditors for FY 2019/20 and the School Tuition Fees for academic year 2020/21.
The elections for 5 Board Members were conducted and the following Members were elected/re-elected for a two-year term:
- Vice-President: Jürgen Seitz
- Honorary Treasurer: Florian Weidinger
- Ordinary Board Member: Wolfgang Klemm
- Ordinary Board Member: Reto Brosi
- Ordinary Board Member: Elke Simon-Keller
A special thanks to Stefan Adam from the German Embassy for overseeing the election. The Board sincerely thanked outgoing Board Member Thomas Pressentin for his time and contribution in the Finance, the Board Development, the IT Sub-Committee and the Project Management Team and outgoing Honorary Treasurer Roger van Baal for his special dedication and guidance in the last years, his many contributions in the Finance, the IT and the HR Sub-Committee. We are very happy to announce that Mr. van Baal will continue to serve at the GESS Fund Board.
A more detailed summary of the AGM proceedings will be available in the upcoming issue of the Association News. Association Members can also access all AGM Documents in the Association Portal.
If you are not a Member of the Association and would like to join (there are no fees involved), please complete the online application form.