GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019
President’s Report on the LAZARUS UNION General Assembly March 2nd, 2019
On March 2nd, 2019, the Lazarus Union General Assembly took place. According to the new statutes, this was done following the “delegates principle” which grants equal chances of participating to all groups and unions world-wide and also allows every member to run for any position and function with the Lazarus Union. The statutes also allowed for uniting 100% of the votes by delegates present and by means of power of proxy. The technical details of how this is achieved can be looked up in the statutes, as this would go beyond the scope of this report.
Personally, I have experienced mixed feelings during this general assembly. On the negative side, because it was not possible for me to find a comrade who will relieve me from the burden of General Representative and carry on leading and developing the Lazarus Union further in his own way.
It shall be noted beforehand that all resolutions have been made unanimously and I want to express my thanks to the board and the directorate for their work and (despite a lot of work) I am looking forward to the future and many fine things we will experience together.
On the positive side because I was pleased with the 100% acceptance of my way of leading the union, my ideas, and my goals. I am especially pleased that the general assembly accepted my proposal and elected comrade Prof. DDr. Lothar Gellert from Germany as my Vice General Representative. Lothar is almost ten years younger that I am and has huge international experience. He will be introduced in detail soon. Lothar also agreed to make it possible for me to retire in the near future. As a “welcome present”, Lothar presented to me the framed lyrics for the “Hymn to Kreuzenstein castle”, written by himself. As the CD could not be finished on time, the two of us intoned the hymn as a premiere, much to the amusement of the audience.
I will cooperate closely with Lothar for the next one to two years to introduce him to everything he needs to know and wants to know.
I also want to express my thanks to all the comrades who travelled from distant locations to participate in this general assembly.
A heartily thank you to comrade Friedrich Jares who provided sweet delicacies for the general assembly to indulge in.
The official minutes will report the course of the general assembly in detail; I want to use this chance to personally address some highlights.
Because of the large number of members world-wide it is not possible to conduct a general assembly with all members, so we have once more invited some non-member guests to act as “observers”. It was a three-hour session where many items from the past year were dealt with and discussed but also many issues planned for 2019 were discussed and decided.
Prefect Karl Hrdina of the federal comradeship Feldmarschall Radetzky-Burgenland was awarded the Lazarus Union Friendship Medal in Gold.
In between the agenda items, a brass sextet from the Lazarus Union Music Corps provided some pleasant intermissions. In addition, our Edith Lentner from the Music Corps showed to us what could be accomplished by one’s own determination. Just a year ago, she started learning how to play harmonica and now she was already able to give a virtuous performance at the general assembly, which was greeted by lots of applause. A big thank you to the Music Corps!
Besides our main event, the “Investiture 2019”, also other events were presented which will bring pleasure to many people. We plan to hold in the jubilee year 2020 a “Social Gala “, where not only our Music Corps will be present but also humanitarian organisations will be awarded. A “Gala Concert” be offered at 14. September 2019.
There will of course also be more concerts and appearances by the Music Corps. In 2019, the marching formation will participate in an event from the Viennese Brass Union and at the Austrian Brass Festival also. It is not sure as of yet if there will be an Air Day 2019 in cooperation with the Stockerau Flying Club.
Management of the Lazarus Union finances was rated as excellent, clear, and transparent, not only by the auditors but also by all present; the full report will be published as well. The Lazarus Union definitely has nothing to hide! For the sake of completeness, it shall be noted here that as a result of this financial report also the activities of the board were formally approved unanimously.
Here You can find the protocol of the General Assemby:
Here You can find the report of the Auditors:
I also want to express my thanks to all comrades for their willingness to accept responsibility and functions within the Lazarus Union.
I am also happy about much positive feedback on our training courses, provided by our International Leadership Academy and the possibility to take these courses online with a test and a certificate. A special thank you and a big kudos go to our Secretary General, Oliver Gruber-Lavin. To train our officers it is a big concern for me! From April 2019 onwards, there will be three training levels for Lazarus Union officers: 1) officer’s course, 2) staff officer’s course, 3) general staff officer’s course. Graduating these courses will be a requirement to join officer’s ranks in the Lazarus Union. For details, please see our web pages.
Once more, I want to thank all of you for putting your trust on me! The board, the directorate and I will all do our best to further develop the Lazarus Union and strengthen its status with the world, the United Nations (we are short of receiving the “General Consultative Status” with the United Nations, which currently is only awarded to 139 NGOs) and in the hearts of all people. We feel constrained to peace for the entire world and will live this peace within the Lazarus Union comradely and jointly also.
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