Gecko Sri Lanka AGM

With Spring just around the corner, we approach Gecko Sri Lanka’s Annual General Meeting!

This year has been a fantastic year for the charity! With your continued support, we have raised over £1000 through our events. Along with the launch of our online media, we have seen a great increase in the number of followers, with many new faces attending our events and contributing to our blog.

However, at next month’s AGM, the term of the current Gecko committee will come to an end. This provides a great chance for anyone from our wider network of Gecko followers to get more involved in the charity! The event itself will consist of two parts: (i) the Annual General Meeting (during which we elect our new committee), and (ii) a Dialogue workshop on Sri Lanka’s post-war future with the excellent team at Voices for Reconciliation. Since the 14th April is also a particularly auspicious day in the Sri Lankan calendar we thought we’d cap the event off with some celebrations for the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. 

This post will detail the committee positions themselves, and how the electoral process will proceed.

When, where and how?

The AGM will be held at 12 pm Saturday 14th April at the Haldane Seminar Room, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1 E6BT. We will begin with a short meeting to discuss the year as a whole, before beginning the election for committee positions.  

If you want to run for a position itself, all you have to do is send an e-mail to geckosrilanka@gmail.com with a short message (200 words) detailing who are, and why you’d like to run for the position. These should be e-mailed with “Gecko AGM” as the subject, before the deadline – Midnight on 7th April.

Committee Positions:

President – The President is the charity’s primary representative. It is their responsibility to chair meetings and ensure the charity is running smoothly.

Vice President – The Vice-President will work in a similar capacity to the President, deputising for them when they are absent and supporting in the general maintenance of charity business.

Secretary – The Secretary is in charge of organising and documenting meetings and other general administrative duties.

Treasurer – All the charity’s finances are attended to by the Treasurer. This will range from looking after our bank account to ensuring our donations get to their desired location.

Media officer – With Gecko bursting onto the web over the last year, a new position has been created to moderate and attend to all our online media (i.e this blog, facebook and twitter).

Beneficiary officer – While everyone in the charity has input into the causes we support, it is the job of the Beneficiary officer to find and keep in touch with projects that we support in Sri Lanka. They will serve as our official liaison to other charities and the recipients of our donations.

Events coordinator – Events coordinator is responsible for helping the organisation of our events throughout the year. The preparation for any event is a team effort, however it is often helpful to have an events coordinator to help find suitable venues, help organise logistics etc…

Sports coordinator – Our flagship event of the year is a 6-a-side cricket tournament called Gecko 6s. In a similar role to the events coordinator, the sports coordinator’s job is to help organise this big event.

Publicity Officer – The publicity officer is in charge of creating any visual material for the charity. In the past this has ranged from event posters to business cards.

General Committee – Last but by no means least, anyone who wants to become more involved in the running of the charity can become a general committee member. Without the support of general committee members, the charity would not have the man power to continue! The job is for anyone who wants to come to meetings, have a say in where our funds are donated or help us out with events!

Those are the nuts and bolts of how the AGM will be conducted! If you have any further questions please e-mail geckosrilanka@gmail.com – we’ll love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for our next blog post with more information about the 2nd part of the AGM, the dialogue workshop with Voices for Reconciliation.

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About geckosrilanka

Gecko Sri Lanka is a UK registered charity founded in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami by a group of second generation Sri Lankan students.
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