Villa Vrindavana 2009

 

Minutes of the Euro-GBC Meeting
at Villa Vrindavan (Florence), Italy
on 4 October, 2009

Present:

  1. HH Prahladananda Swami (Euro GBC 2nd Vice Chairman, Euro GBC, Health and Sannyasa Minister)
  2. HH Sivarama Swami (GBC Hungary, Turkey, co-GBC Romania)
  3. HG Dadhibhaksa Dasa (Croatia)
  4. HG Hridaya Caitanya Dasa (co-GBC Benelux, Euro GBC Benelux, TP Radhadesh)
  5. HG Janesvara Dasa (Almviks Farm board, Euro GBC of Scandinavian Regional Council)
  6. HG Mahaprabhu Dasa (Euro GBC Chairman, Director IC Benelux, Minister of ISKCON Communications Europe)
  7. HG Narakriti Dasa (TP Prague)
  8. HG Praghosa Dasa (Euro GBC 2nd Vice Chairman, GBC of UK, Ireland)
  9. HG Syamasundara Dasa (European Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture)
  10. HG Tapasa Dasa (TP Stockholm, Chairman of the National Council in Sweden)
  11. HG Tattvavada Dasa (Euro GBC Finland, TP Helsinki)
  12. HG Vedavyasa Dasa (Euro GBC Spain except New Vrajamandala, TP Malaga)
Dinadayal Dasa (Secretary of the Euro GBC)

Absent:

  1. HH Bhaktivaibhava Swami (GBC Albania, Bulgaria, Czech, Finland, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, co-GBC Romania)
  2. HH Bir Krishna Goswami (GBC Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia)
  3. HH Kavicandra Swami (GBC Greece)
  4. HH Radhanatha Swami (GBC Villa Vrindavana, Firenze, Centro Studio Bhaktivedanta, Bologna, and Venice)
  5. HG Dina Sharana Dasi (Euro GBC Germany-Austria, IDSAF Director, ISKCON Communications Germany-Austria, TP Wiesbaden)
  6. HG Madhu Sevita Dasa (GBC Villaggio Hare Krishna, Milano, Rome, Catania, and Terni, Malta, San Marino, Co-GBC for Benelux and France, except New Mayapur and Dole)
  7. HG Ravindra Svarupa Dasa (GBC Austria, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Sweden and ISKCON Germany-Austria Property Trustee)

Guests:

  1. HG Lalitanatha Dasa (Copenhagen) (present only for certain points)
  2. HG Radha Govinda Dasa (TP Porto, PT) (present only for certain points)
  3. HG Trisama Dasa (Nama Hatta director – PL)
 

2009/II-100 Trademark update

After a process of two years or so, ISKCON Europe has secured the trademark ‘Hare Krishna’. This trademark is applicable for all 27 EU countries as well as future countries that join the EU. The trademark is legally held in the name of ISKCON UK Ltd.

2009/II-101 Praghosa Prabhu’s position as Mayapur’s GBC

Letter to the GBC EC: The Euro-GBC received a proposal that Praghosa Prabhu increase his time as Mayapura GBC from 6 weeks to 6 months a year. While valuing the paramount importance of Mayapur (because of it being ISKCON’s world headquarters, an international project, and the site of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium), we feel that the loss of Praghosa from Europe for an additional 4 months plus is unacceptable.
Europe is in a leadership crisis, which will take time to resolve and Praghosa’s involvement here is a key to that resolution. Since the departure of existing GBCs (Param Gati Swami and Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu), he is also being called upon to act as GBC for Scandinavia. Also, the requirement of our Euro global GBCs is that they are resident in Europe for at least 8 months a year. Finally, this proposal came up unexpectedly and unfairly so in our view, with no prior consultation, hence it is not feasible for us to accept it in total.
In our discussions we tried to find a middle ground that protects Europe’s interests, serves Mayapur’s needs, and takes into consideration Praghosa Prabhu’s inclination. Thus we suggest that he double his involvement in Mayapur and spend 3 months a year in there. We hope that our decision will be duly considered.

2009/II-102 Election of a GBC for Sweden, Norway and Denmark

Praghosa Dasa will become the GBC for Sweden, Norway and Denmark under the condition that he go there for one week a year.

2009/II-103 GBC and Euro GBC for Spain and Portugal

Hriday Caitanya Dasa will become the GBC for Spain and Portugal. Vedavyasa Dasa will become the Euro GBC for Spain including New Vraja Mandala, and he will visit Portugal to develop relationships there with a view to him becoming Euro GBC for Portugal.

2009/II-104 Euro GBC for Poland

Trisama Dasa was accepted as the Euro GBC for Poland for one year on his request. Hence this will be reviewed at our Euro GBC meeting next October.

2009/II-105 Unpublished

2009/II-106 Situation in Croatia

Dinadayal Dasa will go to Croatia during Bir Krishna Maharaja’s stay there as a neutral representative of the Euro GBC EC. Prahladananda Swami and Dinadayal Dasa, with the help of ISKCON experts in the field, will compose questions that should be answered by those involved with this issue in the Croatian yatra.

2009/II-107 Finish National Council’s proposal for the Euro GBC

Tattvavada Dasa will become the Euro GBC for Finland. He will start visiting Slovakia to develop relationships with the devotees there with a view to him becoming Euro GBC for Slovakia some time in the future.

2009/II-108 Oath of Allegiance

It is resolved that the Oath of Allegiance required by the Euro GBC body to be signed by travelling preachers visiting Europe will not now need to be notarized. Rather it will be an internal document between the Euro GBC body and the travelling preachers who visit the European yatras.

2009/II-109 Next step for Dole

The Euro GBC supports the sale of the first piece of land following the agreement of the SCI connected to the Dole property.

2009/II-110 Euro GBC Representatives at the GBC meeting 2010

Vedavyasa Dasa and Mahaprabhu Dasa will represent the Euro GBC at the AGM 2010, 6-17 February.

2009/II-111 Legal entity in Brussels to lobby in ISKCON’s interest

Mahaprabhu Dasa will investigate the possibilities of an entity in Brussels that can legally represent the Euro GBC. Eventually, the Euro GBC bank account will be moved there.

2009/II-112 Leadership Training Program

For the next meeting, the Euro GBC will see the full curriculum of the Leadership Training Program and hear a report about this program conducted outside the European continent. Action point: Dinadayal Dasa

2009/II-113 Reporting form for Euro GBC

The Euro GBC EC will go over the present reporting form and also ask Praharana dasi / SPT (Strategic Planning Team) for help. Until our Mayapur meeting, we will use a draft version. Action point: Dinadayal Dasa

2009/II-114 Euro-GBC Budget

The Euro GBC Budget for 2009/10 was approved.

2009/II-115 New Euro-GBC Web Page

The Euro GBC agreed to move its present Web page to a new platform at the cost of 300 Euros. Action point: Dinadayal Dasa

2009/II-116 Election of the Euro GBC Executive CommitteeThe following officers were elected.

Chairman: Mahaprabhu Dasa
1st Vice-Chairman: Prahladananda Swami
2nd Vice-Chairman: Praghosa Dasa
Secretary to the Euro GBC: Dinadayal Dasa
An additional Euro GBC meeting will be held in May 2010 in New Vraja Dhama.
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