Porto Alegre: Drafts Minutes General Assembly
Porto Alegre, July 30, 2004
The president opened the General Assembly at 9:15 am and noted that the assembly was not quoral. The agenda was approved
Minutes of the General Assembly, Barcelona, July 26, 2003
The minutes were approved..
Business arising from the minutes
The General Assembly approved the decision by the International Council to use postal voting for the seats in the International Council this time but also approved the proposal from Maarek that the postal voting system should be reconsidered for future elections.
The reports from the president, the secretary general, the deputy secretary general and the vice presidents were all taken as read and conferred to the Executive Board and the International Council for considerations.
The treasurer, underlining that this was her last report before leaving office, suggested that IAMCR should develop a 10 year planning to becoming a sustainable multicultural organisation, and that a budget committee should be implemented amongst others to look into investing the surplus in the most profitable and secure way.
The report was approved, which was also her proposal that the coming budget should be solely one line describing an expected income on $ 47,000 annually for the Executive Board to break down. Finally the treasurer conveyed her gratitude to UNESCO for supporting the Porto Alegre conference with $ 10,000 and for the extraordinary contribution to the Schiller´s Fund from University of Texas at Austin.
President: Robin Mansell
Secretary General: Ole Prehn
Treasurer: César Bolano
Vice president: Divina Fau-Meigs
Vice president: Annabelle Sreberny
Elected members of the International Council :
The Election Committee (Janet Wasko, Cees Hamelink, and Alina Bernstein) recommended that
Approval of election of Section Heads
The elections were approved.
Approval of new sections
The proposal of the Junior Scholars Network becoming a section was withdrawn and the previous arrangement making the network function as a quasi section was prolonged for the next two years.
Proposed amendments to the statutes
Cees Hamelink and Kaarle Nordenstreng proposed that the statutes were amended in the following way:
2) Article 2 should be changed in order: 2.1.1. to be present 2.1.4; 2.1.4. to be present 2.1.5; 2.1.5 to be present 2.1.1. and combining (a) and (b).
The proposal was approved.
Proposed amendments to By-Laws /Standing Orders
The proposals forwarded by Philippe J. Maarek on behalf of the Legal Committee and proposals from the International Council´s meeting on July 25 were all approved.
Approval of new members
The new members (including 21 applications submitted during the present conference) were approved.
Report of the Porto Alegre conference
Jacques Wainberg briefly presented the report mentioning that 531 from 40 countries had participated, which was absolutely satisfying. Generally the conference had run smoothly although a few technical and administrative problems had emerged but had all been solved.
Confirmation of forthcoming conferences
It was (formally) approved to have the 2005 conference in Taipei -originally scheduled for 2003 by postponed due to the SARS epidemic.
Motions from the floor
The following motion from Cees Hamelink and Marc Raboy was approved:
Presentation of the Schiller Award
The award will not be offered in 2005. Annie Méar moved that the General Assembly thanked University of Texas for its donation to the fund.
Recognition of honorary members and past president
Past presidents Manuel Parés I Maicas and Frank Morgan were appointed honorary members of the IAMCR.
Before closing the General Assembly, Frank Morgan handed over the presidency to Robin Mansell.
The assembly closed at 12 am.