We're looking for new people to come on board as trustees and help shape EAB into the future. Are you somebody with something to offer?
All charities need to have people who are responsible in law for running them. These people are called trustees and we elect ours at the AGM. The trustees communicate primarily by email and meet up to five times a year, whether in person at Esperanto House or online using Skype.
There have to be at least four and there are currently seven, a mixture of people who have been involved in Esperanto for decades and some fresh faces coming via the Duolingo route. That means there is space for others to come on board to run EAB.
Trusteeship puts you in a unique position to make decisions and influence the direction and work of the charity. If you have a vision for EAB, trusteeship is the best way to realise it. Meetings are carried out in English, so don't feel that you can't carry out the role if you're not fluent in Esperanto. It doesn't even matter if you're new. What counts is having ideas and being willing to work in the best interest of the charity.
Trustees come from a range of backgrounds. There isn't a particular model to follow, though some people may find themselves feeling at home in the role a bit more than many others, such as people who have previous experience of being a charity trustee. If that's you, then we'd love to hear from you, as we would from, say, people who run their own business or work in management or with budgets. Perhaps you're web-savvy, maybe even a developer in your own right? If any of these things apply to you, then you could well thrive in the role, to the benefit of EAB.
If you think you might be interested, you should feel absolutely free to speak with Viv, Tim or one of the current trustees to get an idea of what is involved. There won't be any commitment assumed if you do make an enquiry but we would really like to welcome new people with new ideas on board.