The Extraordinary General Assembly of the SESF in Bern is just around the corner. We’re equally looking forward to meeting many old friends as we’re eager to become familiar with new faces.

Important: Candidates and Elections

Members with an interest in a position on the board, the control commission or the revision board, can either apply for such on Sunday on site in person, or – should they for any reason not be able to attend in person – send an email beforehand to (profile, 3-4 sentences regarding your motivation, and ideally a picture). Your application will be presented to the General Assembly along with the introduction with the candidates on site.

“We’re not an association, can we still participate?”

So you’re a team or an organisation which is not organised as an association, and now you’re worried of not being allowed to participate in Sunday’s Extraordinary General Assembly? Don’t worry! This is one of the reasons why there is the possibility for an extraordinary membership for individuals. Your main contact can become an extraordinary member of the SESF as an individual, and have the right to participate in the assembly to represent your team’s interests.

“Why are teams required to be associations in the first place?”

Well, the reason for that is actually quite simple: Becoming a member of an association is similar to signing a contract. When you sign a contract as an individual (e.g. mobile phone) you’re granted certain rights (using the mobile network) in return for responsibilities (paying your bills). These rights and responsibilities are bound to your own individual “legal personality”. A contract as such is always between “legal personalities” (you and your mobile network provider).
If you wish to sign a contract not as an individual person but as a group, this group is required to have it’s own “legal personality”. Unfortunately this is not an arbitrary rule by the SESF, but in fact a legal matter.

An association is the simplest form for a group with a “legal personality”, and in Switzerland quite easy to create.

“Why is the General Assembly only for members?”

The statutes lack an article allowing the invitation of non-members to attend the general assembly. For the moment they only allow ordinary, extraordinary and honorary members, as well as the members of organs of the association to attend.

One of the planned amendments to the statutes for Sunday will address exactly this point such that we have such a possibility in the future.