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AGM 2014

AGM 2014


Association of International Vascular Surgeons

Annual General Meeting

Hotel Schwarzer AdlerKitzbühel

Friday 14th March 2014 at 6.15pm


  1. 1.              Apologies for absence, introduction of new National Representatives

            Apologies were received from Juan Guĭlleuma, Jean-Pierre Becquemin, Roberto Pachioni and Håkan Pärsson.  Jesper Laustsen and Simon Fraser were also welcomed as the new National Delegates for Denmark and the UAE respectively.

  1. 2.              Minutes of last meeting in Tignes, 22nd March 2013  
    The minutes were accepted as a correct record of this meeting.
  1. 3.              Matters arising from the minutes

No additional matters were raised

  1. 4.              Report from Executive Committee
    i)         With regret the committee had accepted the proposal from Vladimir  Sefranek  to stand down from the end of this meeting as the National  Representative for Slovakia. Vladimir was thanked for his long years of  service to AIVS and members wished him well for the future. Peter  Mondek was suggested as his successor and this appointment will be discussed/elected at the next Executive meeting.       ii)Armando Manshilahad been proposed as a new National Executive from Portugal. The Executive felt that he should first attend a meeting of AIVS and then be considered for this role.iv) Jean-Pierre Becquemin has been invited as the new National Representative for France but had sent apologies for this meeting. The Executive directed that he should be invited to Big Sky in 2015 and, if he could not attend, a new appointment would be sought.  
    v)     Håkan Pärsson had originally expressed an interest in organising the 2015 meeting, but had been unable to attend the Kitzbühel meeting   due to a knee injury. The Executive directed that he should be invited to organise the 2016 meeting and to present a proposal to the AGM in Big Sky. Chris Michalowski and Jesper Laustsen also expressed an interest in organising a meeting and both promised to present suggestions for the   2016/17/18 meetings at the next AGM.

vi)        Phillipe Gutwirth was elected President for 2016

vii)      Andrew McIrvine reported that the new website is up and running and     can be accessed for all future meetings at http://aivsconf.info

  1. 5.              Report on 2013 Tignes meeting (Philippe Gutwirth)

Phillipe Gutwirth reported that the 2013 Tignes meeting had been a tremendous success and that 96 delegates had attended with their accompanying persons. The meeting had made a €2319.69 profit.

  1. 6.              Report on 2014 Kitzbühel meeting (Andrew McIrvine)

Andrew McIrvine reported that there was no sponsorship for the Kitzbuhel meeting, but that with prudent cost management he was confident that he would keep to budget. He was delighted that the meeting had attracted 130 delegates with their accompanying persons and would present the finalised accounts at the 2015 meeting.

  1. 7.              Report on next meeting, 2015 (Maciej Dryjski)

Maciej Dryski and his daughter Dominika presented plans for the 2015 meeting to be held at the Big Sky Resort, Montana on 14-21 March 2015. The nearest airport to resort is Bozeman and there are regular connections from all of the transatlantic hubs. Big Sky is 50 miles away and road transportation is easy to arrange. Members agreed to accept his proposal.

  1. 8.              Proposal for future meeting 2016 (Marcin Geremek)

Marcin Geremek presented a proposal for the 2016 meeting to be held at the Kempinski Grand Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland. Members agreed with the Executive that this would be an expensive meeting and may result in a reduction in the numbers of those who could attend. Marcin agreed that he would present a proposal for an alternative venue for discussion at the 2015 Executive/AGM.

  1. 9.              Annual Accounts

The Chairman, Michael Wyatt, reported that the profit of €2319.69 from the Tignes had been paid into the Lichtenstein Bank Account and thanked Phillipe Gutwirth. There had been no expenditure and the balance stood at €6358.61 after deduction of bank charges.

  1. 10.           Any other business

No other business was raised and Mike Wyatt proposed a vote of thanks to Thomas Schmitz-Rixen for his excellent Presidency and to Andrew McIrvine for organisation an excellent meeting in Kitzbühel.

  1. 11.       Date of next meeting,

      Tuesday 17 March 2015, Big Sky Resort, USA.