Chairmans News August 2017

To all Blue Knights in Europe!

A lot of things happened inthe „Blue-Knights-world“ in the last weeks.
We had our international convention in Milwaukee, USA with a lot of discussions about the criminal affair in our international office, about the way to handle it and what we should do in the future to prevent such incidents. The executive board, in person of our international president, promised to change a lot of things in the office, specially about the procedere with financial belongings. WE will watch this very  attentively because iti our money and the future of our club.
There has been a international election this year and we had a european candidate. „Schlagi“ Hohendorf, our european vice-chairman, was runing for the position of a international vicepresident.  The whole election was – for us european – not fair and not democratic. There have been a lot of mistakes, different members got no chance to vote and  on the other hand there have been double envelopes for almost every chapter in Europe. It was a clear sign for me that there must be a change in the international board and there must be more professional work and less „party-traveling“ in the future. But Schlagi had a very good campaign where he did all fair and did not fight against somebody. He said clear what his ideas are for the future and what he is standing for.Unfortunatly we had some members in Europe who where „pissed off“ the american-way of handling the voting-problems and then they decided not to vote and to boycott the whole election. At the end this numbers of less then 10 made the difference -  so Schlagi lost the election very very close and Karen Borza ist our new international vice-chairman. If there is a european candidate again we must learn from this election and try to concentrate our power and votes on a candidate for Europe. We are strong enough and we are enough members to change some things – if we stand united. Thats what we can learn from the election 2017.
You find the election-result and the new elected board on our international webpage. 
We – as the European board – will work together with the new elected board in friendship and trust. We will try to support them as good as possible, but we still know that we are working for the EUROPEAN chapters and the EUROPEAN Blue Knights. We will not accept that we just have to pay (5 Dollar more/year in the future) and there is no change in the procedere of leading our club.
But the real live is cruel and hard and  it shows us that all our club-politics and club-problems are just peanuts and not really important. Sonja Oppitz, the wife from our european secretary, Holk, died this week after a  fight against cancer. It was like a flash as we heard about her illness just a few days after her 62-birthday. Holk informed us that she is in hospital in a critical constitution and some days later she died in his arms. We are in deep sadness and I think most of us can not imagine how hard it is for our brother now to go to this deep dark days. He have to organize here last way and we have to accept her wish to do that way just with her family. So please hold a moment of silence, remember our sister Sonja and also think for Holk. If you need something from our european bord in the next future please remember this tragical point and therefore Holk will not be allways online - as he normally is. If it is very important you can write direct to my adress or contact a other member oft he board.

Ride with pride and allways stay safe
Unterschr Ully kl