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The Path to a New Board of Directors

Dear Members of the German School Society in Washington, DC,


I am writing to you in order to outline for you the necessary steps towards electing a new Board of Directors for the school.  As you know, managing the process of such an election is one of my main duties in my role as Interim Manager of the German School.


Board Elections


The Elections will take place during an extraordinary membership meeting on June 12th, 2014. The invitation to that meeting was sent to the community on Wednesday, April 28th, 2014.


We are still looking for candidates for these elections! We already have candidates who had been nominated for the elections scheduled to take place on April 9th, 2014.  Should they agree to maintain their candidacy, they will remain nominated candidates for this election as well. However, as we now have to elect a full new Board of Directors (consisting of nine members in total), more candidates are urgently needed. The Election Committee under the leadership of Mr. Joseph Cunliffe already sent a call for additional candidates to all members of the School Society. It will be re-sent today in the weekly Wednesday Mail.


I would like to appeal to you to consider a candidacy.  We are looking for individuals with a strong interest in helping to shape the future of the German School and who would like to support the Board in its oversight role over core business activities of the school, such as financial planning, personnel matters, and outreach strategies.  While professional experience in these areas would certainly be a plus, there are many other profiles that would facilitate taking on Board responsibilities, including volunteer work or previous leadership roles in associations.


I used to be a member of the Board of Directors. I can assure that this is both a rewarding and a demanding experience.  If you are considering a candidacy, I would be more than happy to make myself available for a confidential conversation.  Please feel free to contact me via email by writing to


Information and Open Questions


In our current situation, I strongly believe it is critical to address open questions and clear up misunderstandings. This will enable the new Board and the School Community to adapt the forward-looking focus the school needs. Transparency and open information will also be essential for successful Board elections. To that end, I will work closely with the Head of School and the Business Office ahead of the elections and send information letters to the membership. The starting point will be the questions asked during this school year’s membership meetings.  If you have further questions that you feel should be addressed, please send them via email to  However, please allow me to point out that my mandate does not permit me to pre-empt activities and decisions of the new Board that is to be elected on June 12th, 2014.




Dr. Thomas Helbling

Interim Manager

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