We invite all active ICRS Members in good Standing to officially cast their vote for 2 important ICRS motions as per information below. The Electronic Voting System is now open to receive your vote until October 1, 2018 at noon CEST (Central European Summer Time)
Following instructions by the ICRS General Board, the ICRS Membership & Bylaws Committee has reviewed the current Bylaws of our association and proposes 1 important change which address the following issue: Currently our bylaws request physical presence of 10% of active members with voting rights for the General Assembly hold every 18 months at our World Congresses. This article has been established 15 years ago, when our society had only 500 members and the quorum was always easily reached. However, we have now 1200 Members and the last few years have shown that we have difficulties to reach the necessary quorum of 10%. Therefore we had to apply in 2016 and 2018 the delayed General Assembly by waiting for 30 minutes as defined in our bylaws. To avoid unnecessary delays and confusion in our already very tight congress agenda, we therefore propose to reduce the quorum from 10% to 5% of our membership, starting next year at the GA in Vancouver 2019. This will facilitate our work and guarantee a smooth Assembly. EB &GB Recommendation: The ICRS Executive Board and the ICRS General Board have intensively discussed the proposed change and recommend to the ICRS membership to approve the proposed new text.
Background: Respecting our society tradition alternating the ICRS World Congresses between Europe, Northern America and Asia, the ICRS Executive Board and the ICRS General Board suggested that the 16thICRS World Congress should take place in Europe, Germany. It is the most important European market with respect to the number of members and industry partners and we had never a world congress in Germany so far. EB & GB Recommendation: After an extensive research of different options, done by our office, the Executive Board & the General Board recommend to ratify Berlin, Germany as the next host city for the ICRS World Congress in May 2021.