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Annual General Meeting 2018

Created by Sebastian Jüngel (translated by Joan Sleigh) |
Reinstatement of Elisabeth Vreede and Ita Wegman +++ No re-affirming of Paul Mackay and Bodo von Plato as members of the Executive Council

The Annual Assembly of the General Anthroposophical Society reinstated Elisabeth Vreede and Ita Wegman, two of its founding members in the original Executive Council, on 24th March 2018. At the same time, the resolution of dismissal in 1935 was revoked. The General Assembly thus supported their reinstatement with a vast majority of the votes, with three against the motion and 17 abstentions. In richly descriptive evening events, the lives, activities and impulses of these two personalities, who strongly influenced the Society, were honoured and celebrated.

The extensions of the terms of office of the two Executive Council members: Paul Mackay and Bodo von Plato, were not confirmed. Seven years ago, the life-long appointment of the Executive Council members of the General Anthroposophical Society was replaced by a seven-year term of office. This year, the re-affirming of Paul Mackay and Bodo von Plato was put to the vote, whereby neither of them gained a necessary majority from the close to a thousand members present at the AGM. Of 937 valid votes, 467 voted in favour of, 408 against an extension of office for Paul Mackay, while 62 abstained. In terms of Bodo von Plato's extension of office, he received 398 votes in favour, 486 against and 56 abstentions from 940 valid votes.

Following the planned retirement of Seija Zimmermann, who will take over responsibilities in Finland, the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society now consists of Justus Wittich, Joan Sleigh, Constanza Kaliks and Matthias Girke.

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