2001 General Meeting and Elections
The general membership meeting was held in New York City on Saturday, October 27, 2001 at the Ukrainian Institute of America.
Pictured above are the attendees of the 2001 General Membership Meeting.
In addition to the election of Mr. Andrij Wowk as the new president of the national organization, the following members were selected for the Board of Directors:
Pictured above are Dr. Lev Dobrjanskyj, the immediate past president of the National Organization, Mr. Andrij Wowk, the new president of the National Organization, and Board of Directors members Mr. Marco Shmerykowsky, PE and Mr. Wasyl Kinach, PE.
The following members were elected to the Supervisory Committee:
The following members were elected to the Judiciary Committee:
The meeting was opened by UESA President Dr. Lev Dobrjanskyj. After a Meeting Presidium was chosen, one minute of silence was observed for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City.
Next, Dr. Lev Dobrjanskyj presented the "Presidents' Report" for the past term. The report included the following items:
Efforts have been made to improve the communication with the individual UESA chapters: Personal contacts with individual chapter members have been especially successful.
The following tasks were carried out with respect to "cooperation efforts with Ukraine"
There has been general approval and satisfaction with the work done to date with the UESA web site (www.uesa.org).
During the last term, the refurbishment of the UESA domivka (i.e. headquarters office) was performed. The domivka is located at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. The refurbishment consisted of painting and floor refinishing.
Next, the Financial Report was presented by the previous term's treasurer, Mr. Andrij Wowk.
The largest source of income was dues payments by UESA members. Unfortunately, some branches are still failing to provide the required 60% of dues payments they collect to the UESA Executive Treasurer.
Next, a brief report was presented on the UESA Web Page by Mr. Marco Shmerykowsky, PE. The report reviewed the current organization of the web site and noted that the amount of data has been gradually increasing since the site's launch. Plans for future work center on expanding the "News" section with updated information from the various national chapters.
Next, Mr. Bohdan Gerulak, AIA presented a report on the status of the Ukrainian Engineering News (UEN). He noted that there are problems related to the lack of appropriate materials and content for the UEN. Another issues is that the UEN is generally published in Ukrainian, but for many members Ukrainian is not their primary language. Finally, Mr. Gerulak suggested that copies of the UEN should be distributed among libraries in Ukraine. This was generally supported by the members present.
Following Mr. Gerulak's presentation, reports on Chapter Activities for the term 1999 to 2001 were presented by the Chapter president's in attendance.
Next, a report on the UESA Commemorative Book was presented by Mr. Volodymyr Hnatkowsky. He noted that the materials for the book have been assembled. The material, however, still requires editing before the book will be ready for publication. Members agreed that a review of this project by the new executive board will be needed.
Next, a report was presented by the Supervisory Committee. The report was presented by Mr. Volodymyr Rudakewycz.
A protocol journal (collection of meeting minutes) was not provided by the Executive Board. This issue should be addressed as soon as possible, since meeting protocols are a historical document of UESA activities.
It was recommended that major domivka expenses (such as refurbishing costs) should be shared by both the Executive Board and the NY Chapter, which has a right to use this space for chapter activities.
The commission applauds such efforts at electronic communication as the UESA Web page, but feels that these methods cannot totally replace other forms of communication, such as newsletters, bulletins, press advertisements, etc.
Additional positive efforts have been the mailing of the UESA membership survey, and the centralization of dues collection notifications to members.
Next, a general discussion was held which addressed the following points:
Dr. Lev Dobrjanskyj assured the members that the issue of the missing meeting protocols, and collection of outstanding dues from UESA chapters, will be resolved as soon as possible.
It was proposed that completing the Commemorative Book should be done as soon as possible, and that an outside editor may need to be hired to finish this project.
Finally, a motion was made to discharge the outgoing UESA Executive Board. The motion was unanimously approved.
Once the election of the new Board of Directors was approved, the new president of the National Organization , Mr. Andrij Wowk, presented his Plan of Action for the 2001-2003 term. The Plan of Action included the following items:
The Board will attempt to create and support student branches on the University level.
The proposed UESA budget for 2001-2003 is currently under development, and will be released to the membership as soon as it is completed.
Next, the election of a new Nominating Committee was undertaken. The following members were elected for this committee:
The last items to be discussed were various member initiated proposals. These proposals included the following topics:
The above proposals would require amendments to the UESA charter. Consequently, mailing ballots to all current members to approve such amendments may be required, as specified in the charter.
Finally, a motion to close the general meeting was made, and unanimously approved by those present.
[The minutes of the General Meeting were recorded on October 27, 2001 by Mr. Oleh Petrenko and Mr. Andrij Wowk]Back ...
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