Dear fellow members, 

At the end of 2019, we must renew one third of the members of our Board of Directors, as provided in our statutes every two years.

In 2019/20, of the 18 statutory positions on the Board, 17 are filled , of which 6 expire and must be renewed. 7 positions are thus to be filled, knowing that the bylaws require a minimum of 12 directors. They are elected for a term of six years, with one-third of the Board being renewable every two years and outgoing directors eligible for re-election. We already know that not all of the incumbents will run for re-election and that new candidates must therefore be found. Therefore, I would like to ask those of you who would like to become more actively involved in the Association to consider the possibility of becoming a director.

For this, you must send me your application, no later than December 31, 2019by addressing me a letter of motivation as well as a summary of the key elements of your professional background, possibly adding a description of your volunteer work. The applications will be reviewed by the members of the Board of Directors at the meeting of 6 March 2020 and subject to a 2/3 vote. They will then have to be ratified by the members; by an absolute majority of those present or represented, at the Annual General Meeting in April 2020.

What is required of directors ? 

Being an administrator is not an honorary position. 

The fundamental missions of the administrator are centered on :

the contribution of ideas and reflections on the directions to be planned for the future of the Association in the medium and long term,

Participating in the development of the Association’s strategy and monitoring its implementation, particularly during the follow-up of action plans,

discussion of the annual budgets and their adoption, their amendments and the follow-up of the operational realization and of course the analysis of the annual balance sheets,

the preparation of the General Assembly with the adoption of the General Secretary’s moral report, the treasurer’s financial report and the President’s orientation report,

analysis of the Association’s activity in its operational deployment and its consistency with the strategy

Finally, depending on his availability and if he accepts it, the administrator may be led, if necessary, to invest  in a certain number of more operational projects for the Association. To do so, he/she must be able to work in an atmosphere of full mutual trust and harmony with the other directors, the President and the Secretary General.

In addition, the By-Laws require that candidates for the position of Director :

  • be a member up to date with its contribution,
  • to know at least the thought of Teilhard and to make known his intention to deepen it and to spread it within the framework of the objectives of the Association,
  • have already exercised a responsibility, for example at the local level or on the occasion of an event (symposium, study day, conference, spiritual retreat, etc.)
  • know how to work in a team.

Dear friends, I am looking forward to receiving your applications and send you my warmest greetings.

Hilaire GIRON
President of the Association