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EUROCALL: Informe anual 2004-2005 (inglés) | Acta de la Asamblea General de Socios, Cracovia (Polonia) 26/08/2005 (inglés)

Minutes of the EUROCALL Annual General Meeting
Held on Friday 26 August 2005 at the EUROCALL 2005 Conference
Cracow, 24-27 August 2005

Present:

Anne Aichroth, Kent Andersen, Lis Auvinen, David Barr, Therese Örnberg Berglund, Abolelmajid Bouziane, Françoise Blin , Sabine Braun, Angela Chambers (Treasurer), Thierry Chanier, Graham Davies, Robert Debski, Peter de Groot, Piet Desmet, Kaija Ervola, Brian Farrington, Tony Fitzpatrick, Margaret Gammell ( Secretary), John Gillespie, Ana Gimeno (Vice-President), Marcin Golaszewski, Virginia Gonzalez, Cara Greene, Timothy Gutierrez, Marie-Josée Hamel, Tony Harris, Christine Hoffmann, Timo Hulkko, Sake Jager, Katrina Keogh, Inge-Anna Koleff, Marie Noelle Lamy, Penny MacDonald, François Mangenot, Nina Moreno, Helle Lykke Nielsen, Ana Nino, Blaise Nkwenti-Azeh , Ide O’Sullivan, Hans Paulussen, Heli Pekkala, Berit Peltonen, Kathryn Parker, Christina Perez, Piotr Rosinski, Bernd Rüschoff (President), Kazumi Sakai, Mathias Schulze, Outi Stever, Lesey Shield, Steffen Skowronek, Kirsten Söntgens, Grazyna Studzinska, Peppi Taalas, Maija Tammelin, June Thompson, Anna Vetter, Monica Ward, George Ypsilandis.


1. Minutes

The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in Vienna on 3 September 2004, were accepted and signed as a true record.

Proposed by Marie-Josee Hamel, seconded by Lesley Shield and passed nem con.

2. Matters arising

In a change to the agenda voting would take place after Item 3. Counting of votes to be overseen by June Thompson.

Change to the agenda proposed by Paul Bangs, seconded by Tony Harris and passed nem con.

3. President's Report

Prof Dr Bernd Rüschoff presented his report, the full text of which would appear on the EUROCALL website. (http://www.eurocall-languages.org/about/docs/presreps/presrep2005.html)

In this, his final report as EUROCALL President, he focused on the following items:

Bernd Rüschoff expressed his thanks and appreciation to the members of the executive (past and present) for all their support during his two terms as President of the association. He thanked Klaus Peters for his excellent organisation of EUROCALL 2004 in Vienna and complimented Grazyna Studzinska for her willingness to organise the 2005 conference under still sometimes difficult circumstances in a new member country. Tony Harris and the Granada team were thanked for having offered to host EUROCALL 2006 at Granada.

He advised the attendance that there had been an approach from another CALL organisation, PacCALL, with regard to establishing a relationship with EUROCALL. This was being referred to the WorldCALL organisation, whose website was now being revitalised thanks to Graham Davies and Ana Gimeno. WorldCALL would shortly be placing a call for bids to host WORLDCALL 2008. Finally, Bernd informed the meeting that the Executive Committee is currently looking at ways of giving added benefits to EUROCALL members. This includes member-only access to certain resources on the EUROCALL website and the members’ discussion list.

Acceptance of the President’s Report was proposed by Marie-Josée Hamel, seconded by Mathias Schulze and passed nem con.

4. Treasurer’s Report

Angela Chambers presented the audited accounts of the Association for the period 1 August 2004 to 31 July 2005. These accounts having been audited by Deloitte & Touche, were at the draft stage due to the short timeframe between the financial year-end and the annual conference, and had yet to be finalised. In spite of a successful year with memberships slightly up and a surplus of €10,369 (conference surplus €8,801, workshops €1,568) from the Vienna conference, the accounts showed a deficit of €4,523, slightly higher than the figure forecast of €3,156. This was due mainly to charges from the former EUROCALL headquarters at University of Hull in connection with previous unpaid corporate memberships and additional travel expenses. The Treasurer highlighted the undesirability of a recurring deficit and stated that the budget forecast for 2005/06, based on more realistic membership figures, would show a slight deficit of €213.

She further announced that following discussions at the Executive Committee meeting of 24 August 2005, the budget for 2006/07 would include a small increase in the membership fee, the amount to be decided at the Executive Committee meeting in September 2006 and announced at the AGM. This would be necessary to cover the cost of the additional issue of ReCALL Journal expected to come on stream in 2006.

Questions were invited from the floor and Kent Anderson expressed his concern that attendance at the EUROCALL conference was expensive and thus out of reach of many new member EU country colleagues. Angela in reply stated that the Executive Committee is aware of the financial constraints on new member EU country colleagues and is indeed making every effort to address this problem. One initiative had been the setting up of a fund, which was being administered by the organisers of this current conference. This had permitted 20 such colleagues to attend. In addition, the Jànos Kohn Scholarship was being extended beyond Hungary to cover new EU member countries. She reminded members that the solution to the problem is not within the remit of the small EUROCALL budget, but would require something more, for example including colleagues from new EU member countries in EU funded projects. Graham Davies concurred with this and gave examples from his WORLDCALL experiences where such disparities worldwide are invariably even greater than those in Europe. Bernd Rüschoff invited members to write to EUROCALL headquarters with any comments they may have in this connection.

Acceptance of the Audited Accounts was proposed by Marie-Noëlle Lamy, seconded by Peppi Taalas and passed nem con.

Acceptance of the Budget was proposed by Thierry Chanier, seconded by Christina Perez and passed nem con.

5. EUROCALL Conferences

5.1 EUROCALL 2005: The organisers of the Cracow conference were thanked by the President for their hard work in bringing a EUROCALL conference to a new EU member country under sometimes difficult circumstances and were commended on their excellent preparations.

5.2 EUROCALL 2006: Bernd Rüschoff announced that EUROCALL 2006 would take place at the University of Granada, Spain from 4-7 September 2006, thanked Tony Harris and his team for their willingness to host the conference and wished them well with their preparations.

5.3 EUROCALL 2007/2008: Members were invited to submit proposals to host EUROCALL 2007 and 2008. It was suggested that EUROCALL 2008 should be held in a venue close to Germany in order to coincide with the AILA world conference. Further details available from the EUROCALL office.

6. Voting

The votes, cast after Item 3 on the agenda, had been counted. Following the call for nominations for the positions of President, Vice-President and three Executive Committee members, the following nominations had been received by the closing date: For the position of President, Ana Gimeno nominated by Christina Perez, seconded by Rafael Seiz. For the position of Vice President, Françoise Blin nominated by Monica Ward, seconded by Katrina Kerogh. For the position of member of the Executive Committee: Graham Davies, nominated by Paul Bangs, seconded by David Barr. Lesley Shield, nominated by Maija Tammelin, seconded by June Thompson. Peppi Taalas, nominated by Berit Peltonen, seconded by Outi Stever.

Ana Gimeno was duly elected to the position of President with 59 votes.

Françoise Blin was elected to the position of Vice-President with 57 votes.

Graham Davies, Lesley Shield and Peppi Taalas were elected with 45 votes, 52 votes and 58 votes respectively.

7. Other Business

Marie-Josée Hamel had requested that the matter of listing the co-authors of papers be raised. Due to a misunderstanding on the part of the conference organisers, only co-presenters were listed in the conference programme. Thus co-authors who were not present at the conference were not credited in the conference programme. The President apologised for this error and confirmed that all co-authors would be recognised publicly and that a list had been prepared and was now available on the conference website.

MG

24.11.05


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