INTERVIEW v.5 - Recording Secretary: Katya Morris (russia)


What position do you currently hold on the IWC Executive Committee (EC)?
I am holding the position of Recording Secretary and I am responsible for taking minutes at monthly Executive Committee meetings. 📝

Walk us through a typical week in your position at IWC EC Headquarters?
Executive Committee meetings are usually followed by Charity Committee meetings where I take minutes too. So out of the month it is usually the week after 2 meetings when I go through the minutes, do some adjustments and send them out to all the EC members and CC members accordingly. 

Why Is this position available?
For me and my family it’s been the sixth year in St. Petersburg (a record long stay at one place!!! 😀) Very soon after arriving here I joined the IWC and became a Membership Secretary. After 2 years I took the position of a Recording Secretary. Though I really enjoy my time and feel privileged to be a part of EC, I think it will be fair to offer other IWC members the opportunity to join the EC family.

What will be the biggest challenge for the person(s) filling this position?
Well…Now I am going to tell you the secret!!!️ ☝️I think that the Recording Secretary is the easiest position and takes less time than others. If you thought about joining the EC but were not sure that you have enough time to do it – this is your chance. You can easily combine this position with your other activities or the activities of your kids.

Tell us exactly what would be expected for someone who would like to take on this position?
A person who wants to become a Recording Secretary should have a good command of English, be willing to attend all the EC meetings (once a month). Then after taking minutes during a meeting you basically turn them into a formal document and distribute among all the EC members. This position might seem not as fun as organizing tours or finding interesting information for the Bulletin, but it is also important. If somebody misses a meeting they can always check minutes to see what was discussed before. And for me, it’s been a perfect way to practice my English writing skills! So, if you want to stay tuned to the Club’s life, and have a career in the EC business – Recording Secretary is a fantastic starting point for that!

What would other EC members say is the best part about working on the EC team?
First of all - it is fun! The meetings are always informal (though we do discuss serious issues and have certain goals to achieve). The people in the EC are super nice! Every time after I meet with the team I feel energized and inspired by everyone’s creativity and enthusiasm. Meetings are filled with positive vibes and laughter with a good time had by all.