LACC Executive Committee meeting minutes

Meeting date: January 12 at 08:00 am
Location: Residence of Belgium,
100 South Rossmore Avenue, Los Angeles

 

  1. Attendance

Name

Title

Present

Amb. Zerihun Retta Shumye

Dean

Excused

Hon. Jaak Treiman

Second Vice Dean

Y

Amb. Rudi Veestraeten

Secretary

Y

Hon. Juris Bunkis

Treasurer

Y

Amb. Liliana Cino

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Abdulla Al-Saboosi

Member at Large

Excused

Hon. Raife Gülru Gezer

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Umar Hadi

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Abdelhak Saoud

Member at Large

Y

Hon. Lorna Johnson

Member at Large

Y

 

  1. Agenda and former minutes

On the agenda: preparation of the general meeting of January 14 and of the draft text to adopt.

  1. Approach

The Executive Committee reached a consensus that the consular corps was a form of organization that was sui generis and that what was required was a format that all heads of post could feel comfortable in joining. To that end, the committee unanimously agreed to transform, with some modifications, the bylaws that had been under consideration into rules of procedure so that the working methods and decision making processes of the consular corps could be best documented.

Members are those heads of consular posts who have been appointed by their country and accepted by the US Department of State.

This approach will be put to a vote on the general meeting.

  1. Rules of Procedure

The E.C. decided to transform (part of) the bylaws into rules of procedure. Some changes need to be done to the draft text, and Jaak Treiman and Rudi Veestraeten are tasked with that redraft.

For two parts of the text, no consensus could be reached within the E.C. and therefore the different options will be presented to the general meeting and then put to a vote. At the end of this discussion, a vote on the rules of procedure as a whole will follow.

  1. Scenario of the general meeting

A brief exchange took place on the exact scenario of the general meeting. At the end of the general meeting, the E.C. will propose the re-election of the E.C. for a term of one year. Also, the Secretary and the Treasurer shall present their report on the year 2015.

Los Angeles, January 16, 2016.