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Kostas Karamarkos: A NEGATIVE FIRST… THIS YEAR’S AGM OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA (GOCMV) IS TO BE HELD ON A WEEKNIGHT!

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A NEGATIVE FIRST… THIS YEAR’S AGM OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF MELBOURNE AND VICTORIA (GOCMV) IS TO BE HELD ON A WEEKNIGHT!
Comment: Kostas Karamarkos
Confession. I am a member of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Australia’s oldest (founded in 1897) and largest Greek community organisation, since the early 1980s. In my archives I can find the notices of most of the Annual as well as the Extraordinary Meetings of the organisation. I remember the issues, I remember the people who have been involved with the community during the past 35 to 40 years, I remember the contribution of almost all of them.
Imagine my surprise, when I received via email, yesterday, the notice for this year’s AGM which is to be held on Thursday, 28 January 2021, at 6.30pm, at the Greek Centre and online. I repeat, for the first time in living memory, the AGM of Australia’s largest and oldest community organisation is to be held NOT on a traditional Sunday, a day chosen in the past in order to facilitate the participation of as many working members of the Community as possible, no…
This year’s AGM is to be held NOT on a Sunday, BUT on a Thursday night!
I’d love to know the rational behind this negative historical first. I’d love to know why the President Bill Papastergiadis, why the Executive, why the entire Board of the Greek Community thought this change was necessary…
The GOCMV is not a benevolent organisation, with limited membership, like Fronditha or Pronia for example, to name to other important Greek-Australian organisations in Melbourne, that hold their AGMs on a weeknight.
The GOCMV is not a private business, or a company with shareholders, run accordingly…
The Community is a mass organisation with educational, cultural, bipartisan political and other sensitivities.
It is an organisation that claims to represent the entire community of Australians with Greek descent in Melbourne and in Victoria.
It is a democratic mass institution at the forefront of representation and achievement. It is not a Greek Club running restaurants, poker machines and other commercial entities.
The decision to switch the AGM from a Sunday to a working Thursday night, is a major philosophical and political shift. It is a move that shows no respect to the membership, to the nature and to the history of the organisation. It is not an exaggeration to say that, this parallels in a way, Donald Trump’s and the Republicans recent attempts in the USA, to put up as many barriers as possible to citizens who wished to put their names on the electoral roll in order to be able to vote!
The Board of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria has some explaining to do, regarding this year’s AGM, I think.
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