AGM Update

Dear members

As you know we had to cancel our 2020 AGM due to COVID-19. We are currently in “Phase 2” of BC’s re-start plan with businesses opening and outdoors spaces opening. According to “Phase 2” the health authorities encourage us to continue staying in our “bubble” and limit our social interactions as much as possible. Currently we should be limiting group gatherings outside our “bubble” to 2-6 people. “Phase 3” of the re-start will come into effect this months, and will see opening of schools and broader opening of parks. It is currently not clear what the limitations on group gatherings will be, however, we anticipate that there will still be limits in place. For further details on BC’s re-start plan, please consult the website below.  

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan#individuals

Considering the above the Board believes it will be unlikely that an AGM with in-person attendance will be possible until “Phase 4” of the re-start, which will not come into effect until a vaccine will be available. The BC Government recognizes the challenges that Societies face and have allowed for virtual meetings to conduct AGMs. 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/not-for-profit-organizations/societies-agm-covid-19

The Board of the SSV has considered some options for holding the 2020 AGM. A virtual AGM via skype or zoom would require all members to individually join using their computes, laptops or smart phones. The Board did not believe that a quorum could be achieved in a virtual meeting, as many of our members likely do not have access to a computer. It would also likely dis-proportionally exclude our Senior members. We also considered an outdoor “Landsgemeinde” style AGM, however, we would be at the mercy of the weather. Ultimately, the health and safety of our members is paramount and therefore the Board is of the opinion that it would be in the best interest of our members to cancel this year’s AGM. Not holding an AGM in one year is permitted as per Section 71 of the Society’s Act, and the Board believes this is justified given the extraordinary circumstances. All Board members have offered to serve another term in their respective positions to keep the Society operational until the next AGM, which will be scheduled March 2021. The Board is continuing to hold monthly meetings via zoom. If members have concerns, comments, or feedback they can join Board meeting virtually. Please email webmaster@swiss-society.org if you would like to speak with the Board. 

While all events (including August 1st at the SCMRA) have been canceled until further notice, we will continue to inform our members about the situation. The Board will also be including information that was supposed to be presented at this year’s AGM in the upcoming Herald editions. The Herald will include some of the following:

– President’s annual report
– Club reports
– Mt Baker Cabin Sale
– Tyrol Lodge update
– Vision for the future of the SSV

When the 2021 AGM will be held we will have several vacancies on the Board. In order for the Swiss Society to function, the following Board positions will have to be filled at the AGM. Please send us an email if you are willing to volunteer for any of the positions below.

– President
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– Event Coordinator
– Liaison (Consulate, Tyrol Lodge, SCMRA, European Festival, Chamber of Commerce, ASO, Swiss Revue, etc.)
– Social Media

We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to help organize future events, once we can resume our activities. Specifically, the following events need organizers who step up to help with making the events happen.

– Senior Luncheon (vacant)
– Jass Tournament (vacant)
– Swiss Fondue Night (vacant)
– Swiss Brunch (vacant)

We would like to thank all members for their understanding and continued support. 

Thank you, 

Board of Directors

2020 AGM Update

Due to COVID-19 and the continued restrictions on large gatherings it is unlikely that the 2020 AGM, which was originally scheduled for March, can go ahead as hoped in early June. There is much uncertainty on how the situation will change as Canada and BC lift restrictions. The Board is therefore announcing further postponement of the AGM until October 2020. This will give the Board time to evaluate options on how the AGM could be held, including a virtual meeting as could be possible according to the Society’s Act.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/not-for-profit-organizations/societies-agm-covid-19 

When the AGM will be held we will have several vacancies on the Board. In order for the Swiss Society to function, the following Board positions will have to be filled at the AGM. Please send us an email if you are willing to volunteer for any of the positions below.

– President
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– Event Coordinator
– Liaison (Consulate, Tyrol Lodge, SCMRA, European Festival, Chamber of Commerce, ASO, Swiss Revue, etc.)
– Social Media

We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to help organize future events, once we can resume our activities. Specifically, the following events need organizers who step up to help with making the events happen.

– Senior Luncheon (vacant)
– Jass Tournament (vacant)
– Swiss Fondue Night (vacant)
– Swiss Brunch (vacant)

Thank you, 

Board of Directors

2020 AGM Postponed

Dear Members

The health and safety of our members is our top priority and in light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, the Board of Directors has unanimously decided to postpone our AGM. We will be evaluating venue availability with the Edmonds Community Center and communicate the new date within the next few days.

There are many important and exciting things to discuss at this year’s AGM and the Board is looking forward to holding the AGM soon. We would like to thank everybody for their understanding and apologize for any inconvenience caused. Stay healthy and stay tuned for updates.

Thank you.

March Edition Swiss Herald

Dear Members,

The March Edition of the Swiss Herald with the latest news, updates and events is now available for download from our website. Please follow the link below.

We hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Board Position Vacancies

Our 2020 AGM is approaching fast!

We will have several vacancies on the Board. In order for the Swiss Society to function, the following Board positions will have to be filled at the upcoming AGM:

– President
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– Event Coordinator
– Liaison (Consulate, Tyrol Lodge, SCMRA, European Festival, Chamber of Commerce, ASO, Swiss Revue, etc.)
– Social Media

We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to help organize events. Specifically, the following events need organizers who step up to help with making the events happen.

– Senior Luncheon (vacant)
– Jass Tournament (vacant)
– Swiss Fondue Night (vacant)
– Swiss Brunch (vacant)

We hope to see you all at the AGM next weekend.

Membership Renewal 2020

To renew your membership form please download the 2020 Membership form and follow the instructions.

http://www.swiss-society.org/membership

Membership renewal is most easily done using the form at our upcoming annual AGM.

2020 Swiss Society AGM
Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2020
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: Edmonds Community Center in Burnaby, 7433 Edmonds Street