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Every year, the General Assembly of BeVolunteer, the non-profit association that runs BeWelcome, elects a new Board of Directors (BoD).This year's election was held from 3rd to 5th November 2013.
What is the BoD?
The BoD is a team of highly dedicated BeWelcome volunteers. They have been elected for one year to support and serve the community. Their tasks are the coordination, administration, and representation of BeWelcome and BeVolunteer. Everyday decisions about BeWelcome are taken by the community while the BoD sees to BeWelcome's sustainable long-term development, the management of finances, and safeguarding members' privacy and safety. The BoD is also responsible for promoting and strengthening BeVolunteer's core values: non-profit hospitality and cultural exchange, democratic decision making, a transparent organization, and encouraging member participation.
The BoD for 2013-2014
This year seven members have been elected into the BoD: chmac, claudiaab, guaka, pablobd, planetcruiser, sitatara, and wind. To learn more about each board member's roles and tasks, please visit the Board of Directors wiki page.
Special thanks go to the previous board members, thorgal67, pablobd, jilrev, and crumbking for their excellent work and dedication for the BeWelcome community and BeVolunteer!
The BoD members are regularly in touch with each other to discuss all their tasks and ideas. They have informal meetings to get the daily work done and official meetings where relevant decisions, such as changing rules and regulations or deciding about BeVolunteer membership applications, are taken. Official meetings are announced one week in advance at the latest and the agenda is published in the BeWelcome wiki. After the meeting, the minutes are published in the same place. Sometimes, the BoD also publishes minutes of informal meetings to make important results transparent to everyone. To stay up-to-date about the meetings, please check the BoD meeting reports page.
On 6th November 2013, the new BoD had a first informal meeting, mainly aiming at establishing the different positions for this BoD period. Meeting minutes have been published in the wiki library: BoD meeting 06.11.2013. The first official meeting will take place next week, on 19th November 2013, and the agenda is now available in the wiki library as well: BoD meeting 19.11.2013.
BeWelcome's new decision making process is up and running. We've got a brand new suggestions tool supporting the process from a member suggestion to its implementation.
The first suggestions are already in the voting phase! You can find all topics that can currently be voted on on the voting page (check the page for updates regularly). Click on the topic you want to vote on and rate every suggested solution.
We're also searching for new volunteers for the team! Read more about the tasks, requirements, and how to apply on the team's wiki page.
as the first suggestions reach the voting days a quick update was needed; additionally two small fixes were included.
- Voting should be fine with IE 8 and below now as well and a link to the discussion thread is included in the voting page
- You're now asked if you want to delete a message from your Inbox
- The start page now shows visitors to your area (instead of to your city)
For not many more details check Trac.
Thanks to everyone reporting problems and fixing them,
I'm happy to inform you that we have removed the donation bar after less than two weeks because we reached the 500 euro needed to fund the Be Active Campaign.
The Board of Directors (BoD) are now accepting Activity Proposals that comply to the Submission Guidelines. We will start the official countdown once a Newsletter has been sent to all BW members.
A big thanks to everybody who donated.
Dear fellow travelers, guests and hosts,
We are happy to announce that a couple of days ago we signed up our 50,000th member. It seems that the sudden increase in membership we have seen over the last year has turned into a constant organic growth, for which we are extremely grateful.
BeWelcome was never created to become the biggest hospex network, and we will always choose quality over quantity. That is why we recently decided to hide all "inactive" members from the default member search and to remove members without a valid email address from our statistics.
So get your travel boots on, arrange a meeting in your town or open your home to strangers and see the world!