EuroPython Society

Organizers of the EuroPython conference series.
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Invitation to the EuroPython Society General Assembly 2014

We are pleased to welcome all new EuroPython Society (EPS) members and would like to officially invite you to attend this year’s EPS General Assembly (GA), which we will run as in-person meeting at the upcoming EuroPython Conference 2014 in Berlin.

Place of the General Assembly meeting:

We will meet in room B09 at 16:30 CEST on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

There will be a talk presenting the EPS at 16:00 CEST in the same room, and another one following the General Assembly at 17:00 CEST presenting the new work group approach we will use for organizing EuroPython 2015. You may want to attend those talks as well.

General Assembly Agenda

The agenda contents for the assembly is defined by the EPS bylaws. We are planning to use the following structure:

  • Opening of the meeting

  • Selection of meeting chairman, secretary and 2 checkers of the minutes

  • Motion establishing the timeliness of the call to the meeting

  • Presentation of the annual report and annual accounts by the board

  • Presentation of the report of the auditor

  • Discharge from liability for the board

  • Election of members of the board

  • Election of chairman of the board

  • Determination of the size of the board for the period until the next annual meeting of the General Assembly

  • Election of one auditor and one replacement. The auditor does not have to be certified in any way and is normally selected among the members of the society.

  • The optional election of a nomination committee for the next annual meeting of the General Assembly

  • Presentation of a budget by the outgoing board.

  • Acceptance of budget and decision on membership fees for the upcoming year

  • Propositions from the board

  • Motions from the members

  • General discussion

  • Closing of the meeting

Election of the members of the board

The EPS bylaws limit the number of board members to one chair and 2 - 6 directors. The following directors from the current board are running again for board for the next term (in alphabetical order):

  • Jacob Hallén

  • Marc-André Lemburg

  • Anthon van der Neut

  • Fabio Pliger

  • Vicky Twomey-Lee

We will post more detailed information about the above candidates in a separate blog post.

All members of the EPS are free to nominate or self nominate board members. Please write to board@europython-society.org no later than Friday, July 18 2014, if you want to run for board. We will then include you in the list we’ll have in the final announcement before the GA.

Propositions from the board

The board would like to amend the EPS bylaws with the following changes:

Expanding the scope of EPS membership to EuroPython attendees

The bylaws currently state:

4. Membership is open to individuals wishing to participate in the organising of a EuroPython conference.

Proposed new text:

4. Membership is open to individuals who have attended a EuroPython conference, or are wishing to participate in the organising of a EuroPython conference.

Changing the official abbreviations for the EPS to “EPS”

The bylaws currently use the abbreviation “EP” for the EuroPython Society. Since this abbreviation is also used for the EuroPython conference, we would like to make “EPS” the official abbreviation for the EuroPython Society.

The bylaws currently state:

1. The name of the society is “The EuroPython Society”, abbreviated “EP”.

Proposed bylaws change:

1. The name of the society is “The EuroPython Society”, abbreviated “EPS”.

including changing the abbreviation throughout the bylaws text to read “EPS”.

The bylaws allow for additional propositions to be announced up until 5 days before the GA, so the above list is not necessarily the final list.

Motions from the members

EPS members are entitled to suggest motions to be voted on at the GA. The bylaws require any such motions to be announced at least 5 days before the GA. If you would like to propose a motion, please send it to board@europython-society.org no later than Friday, July 18 2014.

Enjoy,

EuroPython Society