Members’ value highlighted at executive meeting

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Increasing value for members by providing information on expeditions and mountain huts were two of the issues discussed at the UIAA’s executive meeting, held on May 8 in Kalymnos, Greece.

In his address to the UIAA Management Committee, President Mike Mortimer said he would like to see a working group launched to improve the value of UIAA services to members. A second area of activity would be the forming of continental groups as well as more direct contact between the UIAA Executive Board and Member Federations.

The meeting heard that Executive Director, Judith Safford, will step down, effective June 30. Her successor’s major task will be fund raising.

Board member Jordi Colomer provided background details on the decision to dissolve the Expeditions Commission last year, and why several members of the Management Committee want to see it revived and given a new mandate. Mark Richey (United States), Frits Vrijlandt (Netherlands), Doug Scott (UK) and Buddha Basynat (Nepal) will work to put forward a proposal to relaunch the commission.

The meeting unanimously approved another proposal to set up a working group “UIAA Reciprocity for Huts”. The groups was asked to present its first conclusions in October.