Minutes from the Euro RGB meeting, Krsna Valley, Hungary, May 27-28, 2017

Quorum needed: 14 members

PRESENT (VOTING MEMBERS):

1. Bhakti Gauravani Goswami (Euro RGB Secretary for Spain, TP New Vrajamandala)
2. Bhaktivaibhava Swami (GBC for Albania, Czech Republic, Finland, Macedonia, Slovakia, Co-GBC for Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania)
3. Bir Krishna Goswami (Co-GBC of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia)
4. Dharmaksetra dasa (Euro Minister of Records, Chairman of the Dutch National Council)
5. Dina-sharana devi dasi (GBC of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Dole; IDSAF Director)
6. Doyal Govinda Dasa (Euro RGB Secretary for Germany; TP Heidelberg, Euro RGB 2nd Vice Chairman)
7. Hrdaya Caitanya dasa (GBC of Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal, Spain, New Mayapur; co-GBC of Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and France, except New Mayapur and Dole; Euro RGB Secretary for Benelux)
8. Janesvara dasa (Almviks Board; Euro RGB Secretary for Sweden, Norway, and Denmark)
9. Jay Nitay das (zonal supervisor of UK)
10. Krisna-kirtana dasa (Euro RGB representative for Poland, TP New Raman-reti Warsaw – PL)
11. Krsna-premarupa Dasa (Euro RGB Secretary for Switzerland; TP Zurich)
12. Lalitanatha dasa (Euro RGB secretary for Denmark)
13. Madhusevita dasa (GBC of Cyprus, Greece, Villaggio Hare Krishna, Milano Area, South Umbria, southern Italy, Rome Area, Malta, San Marino; Co-GBC of Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and France (except Dole)
14. Mahaprabhu dasa (Director of IC Benelux; Minister of ISKCON Communications Europe)
15. Manohara dasa (TP Radhadesh, Belgium)
16. Nrsmha Krsna das (zonal supervisor of Turkey)
17. Praghosa dasa – arrived later (GBC of Channel Island, Denmark, England, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales)
18. Prahladananda Swami (GBC for Croatia, Co-GBC Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia and Slovenia, Euro RGB Chairman; Health and Sannyasa Minister)
19. Radha Krishna dasa (Euro Varnasrama Minister, Euro RGB 1st Vice Chairman)
20. Sivarama Swami (GBC of Hungary, Co-GBC of Romania)
21. Smita Krsna Swami (Minister for Cow Protection)
22. Tapas dasa (TP Stockholm; Chairman of the National Council in Sweden)
23. Trilokatma das (zonal supervisor of Slovakia)

NOT PRESENT:
1. Kripamoya dasa (Euro Minister for Congregation Development)
2. Parabhakti Dasa – non-voting member (TP Villa Vrindavana, Italy) on behalf of Radhanatha Swami

HH Prahladananda Swami is Euro RGB Chairman.
HG Radha Krsna dasa is Euro RGB First Vice-Chairman.
HG Doyal Govinda dasa is Euro RGB Second Vice-Chairman.
HG Jai Nitay dasa is new Euro RGB member as a zonal supervisor of UK
HG Trilokatma das is new Euro RGB member as a zonal supervisor of Slovakia
HG Nrsmha Krsna das is new Euro RGB member as a zonal supervisor of Turkey
HG Hrdaya Caitanya was additionally appointed as a GBC for Spain and co-GBC for France (except Dole) and Netherlands

Content

1. Review of previous minutes
2. For discussion: Is Turkey a part of Euro RGB?
3. Resignation of Krpamoya das
4. TOVP coming to Europe
5. Euro RGB secretary and online administrator service descriptions proposal
6. Setting the standard for dealing with complaints
7. Review of the Euro RGB structure
8. Membership of Euro RGB
9. Presentation by Mahaprabhu das on ISKCON Communications
10. Presentation by Dina Sarana dd on kirtan standards
11. Zonal supervisors (or others as well) would act as deputies of Euro RGB body
12. Book distribution
13. Committee for book distribution
14. Property trustees
15. Allocating Euro RGB budget
16. Next Euro RGB meeting – 19-20 May 2018
17. ELM membership

Minutes
1. Revision of minutes from Radhadesh:
AP: EC will send out the invitation to Euro RGB members to have a guest at the Euro RGB meeting in September.
Deadline: end of June 2017

2. For discussion: Is Turkey a part of Euro RGB?
Turkey was accepted as a part of the Euro RGB and Nrsmha Krsna das was accepted as assistant Euro RGB member.

3. Resignation of Krpamoya das
Krpamoya das’ resignation is accepted.

4. TOVP coming to Europe
We are inviting TOVP team in 2017 November to Europe mainland. The coordinator for their tour will be Sukanti Radha dd from UK.

5. Euro RGB secretary and online administrator service descriptions proposal
We are looking for the Euro RGB secretary and online admin and number of devotees had suggestions.

6. Setting the standard for dealing with complaints
AP: Committee will deal with the issue in details and send proposal 3-4 weeks before the meeting in September where it will be discussed further. Committee members are: Prahladananda Swami, Radha Krsna das, Doyal Govinda das, Praghosa das, Hrdaya Caitanya das

7. Review of the Euro RGB structure
AP: Presentation file should be updated with the new terminology and GBC resolutions, and then presented to Euro RGB body in September.

8. Membership of Euro RGB
The 6 months’ rule stays as a prerequisite for being a GBC for a zone. Bir Krsna Goswami is voted as an exception from the 6-months rule and that will be reviewed yearly. There is a memo of understanding between Prahladananda Swami and Bir Krsna Goswami.

9. Presentation by Mahaprabhu das on ISKCON Communications
Mahaprabhu das made a presentation on ISKCON Communications and the event in Brussels.

10. Presentation by Dina Sarana dd on kirtan standards
Mother Dina Sharana gave a presentation on kirtan standards which will be further explored during the upcoming meetings.

11. Zonal supervisors (or others as well) would act as deputies of Euro RGB body
…by preparing agenda and discussing the points beforehand – presentation by Prahladananda Swami
AP: Euro RGB EC will prepare a proposal for September meeting.

12. Book distribution
AP: Jay Nitai das will research about the possible minister for book distribution.

13. Committee for book distribution
Committee will deal with the increasing book distribution within Europe. Members of the committee are: Jay NItai das, Doyal Govinda das and Dina Sarana dd.

14. Property trustees
AP: Property trustees will indicate for which areas they wish to resign, who they wish to appoint as a new property trustee and send that info to Kuladhri das.

15. Allocating Euro RGB budget
The Euro RGB Budget should be allocated to the respective ministries based on the specific need. After the budget is approved and the expenses are made, the invoice should be sent to the Euro RGB secretary who will arrange for the payment.

16. Next Euro RGB meeting – 19-20 May 2018
AP: Krsna-kirtan das will research about the details for accommodation and transport for having the meeting in Poland. Two other options are Krsna Valley and Radhadesh.

17. ELM membership
Euro RGB will invite the following devotees to European Leaders Meetings:
– Zonal supervisors
– GBC
– Temple presidents
– GDOs who are residing in Europe
– national coordinators of nama-hattas
– head pujaris
– sankirtan leaders of the country
– sannyasis who reside in Europe
– initiating gurus
– communications heads
– ministers

AP: The list will be updated with the names of relevant devotees.
Deadline: end of June

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