by Jonas Monninger

I want to start and structure this Blogpost with 3 beautiful numbers which summarize the developments inside SCC of the past three months: 1, 11 and 24.

1: the first Annual General Assembly of SCC took place on the 18.05.19. 

11: highly motivated new board members from 6 different nations, ideally mixed in terms of gender (6w/5m) and experience (6 new/5 experienced board members) were elected by the GA and are excited to contribute to the future of SCC.

24: new members joined SCC, after SCC’s presentation to the public and to participants of IstKon19, leading to an astonishing increase in association members! 

1. Annual General Assembly 

This May, SCC stepped forward with its first annual General Assembly (GA) and the election of a new SCC Board. This challenging, crucial and (hopefully) successful step was a milestone for the future of our organisation, and we are now ready for the upcoming work. This step was challenging because we did not have any experiences yet of how to manage the first board transition process. It was a crucial step because this first process of renewal and change needed to proof our organizations inclusive and democratic character. It was also a (hopefully) successful step as we received positive feedback and felt the acceptance of the democratic election of the new Board. 

The Preparations
In advance of the board elections, the former SCC Board invited all members to express their motivation to become part of the next Board. Our initial fear of having too few applicants for all necessary board positions was proven wrong by more than 13 people motivated to join the next Board. Through several informing calls and personal dialogue, the old chairs prepared the upcoming elections in order to ensure, that all people will be fine with whatever the final result will be and that the upcoming board election won’t decrease the motivation of all involved people. 

The election
During the General Assembly, we conducted the election of the new Board. We followed a process of a) presentation of the applicants, b) discussion with the present members and c) secret voting to ensure the highest standards of democratic decision-making. We were impressed by the high motivation of all candidates and we are sure, that the newly elected Board (presented below) will move SCC forward together with all members. 

Other important points discussed during the GA
During the almost 4 hours of our GA, many other topics were also presented and discussed. The overview over the decisions taken by the GA can be found here: Protocol of the first General Assembly. All members additionally received a lengthy report where all discussions are included. 

The most important decisions include:

  • The membership fee of SCC is kept at only 5€ per year (Become a member here).
  • The charter (English / German) was changed to include the possibility for people to join SCC via an online form (will be online soon!)
  • An optimized decision-making process for the selection of the new IstKon20 Core Team was adopted.
  • The budget for the upcoming year as well as the cash report of the last year were adopted.
  • The actions of the past Board were presented, discussed and approved.

11 motivated new SCC board members

First front row, left to right: Johannes Alber (External Relations), Frederike Kaiser (External Relations).
First back row, left to right: Nursena Sadoglu (Public Relations), Osamah Al-Huri (Membership), Elisabetta Girardi (Chair), Felix Kreis (Finance), Gordana Nikic (Membership).
Second back row, left to right: Stefanie Ruess (Public Relations), Emir Tahiri (Project Management), Andreas Brox (Chair), Helena Akst (Project Management).

“A picture is worth a thousand words” – Here you see our new excited SCC Board, which will work the next year together with all motivated members to take SCC to the next level.

The goals for the next year include: The creation of a new project; the extension of our membership events; the inclusion of many people as active members in one of our various working and project teams (e.g. Public Relations Group, Membership Group, …) and much more ?

The Board already started to work and will meet, together with the new IstKon20 Core Team, from 15.08 – 19.08. for the annual SCC Future Conference in Istanbul

24 amazing new members of SCC

The most amazing number and outcome of our GA is the number of our new members – TWENTY-FOUR people who are motivated to contribute to the goals of SCC in the future! We are so happy to welcome every single one of you in our SCC family and we are very much looking forward for all your ideas! The Membership Team around Osamah and Gordana is already planning how to integrate you in SCC and how to keep all of us connected. We are also anticipating your new ideas for innovative projects or events, which would benefit our members and contribute to our goals. All new members will be personally introduced by our Membership Team through “Welcoming Skypes” to our structure and possibilities to participate. 

If you are reading this and you are not yet a member of SCC, do not hesitate and join us! All information about how to become a member is here.

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