RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE MEETING HELD AT MARIST BROTHERS DETE, 9th of June 2012
1) NAME OF THE OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
A name for the association was decided / confirmed; being Marist brothers Old Students Association, herewith abbreviated MOSA DETE (referred to as MOSA or MOSA DETE). All Accounts, Communication, and/or documents shall trade as MOSA DETE.
2) MOSA PHYSICAL & POSTAL ADDRESS
It was proposed that the MOSA DETE official base be the school, Marist Brothers Secondary School. MOSA DETE’s address would therefore be the same as the School address (School Box Number).
3) MOSA MEMBERSHIP FEES
It was proposed that a Joining Fee of US$25.00 be put in place as a one off payment with no subs thereafter. The funds raised will be used to pay for current and future Marist Projects. Only paid up members will have certain rights, such as voting or standing for office.
4) BANK ACCOUNT(S)
Primary (Main) Account: The main MOSA DETE bank account will be in Zimbabwe. However, opening such a bank account remains a difficult issue due to bank fees (US$180 to $300 per year). This issue will be revisited once the association starts to receive some income through the proposed fee structure. All donated funds will continue to go to the school to fund MOSA projects.
Secondary MOSA DETE Account: A bank account already exists (SA) but has not been used for some time. The meeting agreed to the use of this account, pending resolution of some administration issues currently being dealt with by the coordinating team. A bank account in South Africa was identified as offering ideal facilities to receive money from members and donors based outside Zimbabwe
5) MOSA DETE STRUCTURES
Single global structure: The meeting resolved that all members worldwide should continue working in unison under one MOSA umbrella body until such a time as we are well established, with the numbers and structures in place, after which we may form Area Chapters as required. Local get-togethers are encouraged in order to improve participation and help build the Association. The constitution, once completed, will be followed in setting up or establishing structures.
Existing structures: The meeting resolved to maintain/keep the existing ‘organising’ team and structures so as to keep the momentum and progress being made. The team have an open policy of co-opting any members who are willing to volunteer their time to work for the common good.
MOSA Patron: The meeting discussed and resolved to shelve the ‘Patron’ discussion to a future time.
Recruitment and publicity about the association and its events is the responsibility of every member, wherever they are.
We have no register of ex-Marist students and thus have no way of knowing who is who. All members must share the collective responsibility to reach those who are ‘hard to reach’ and bring them on-board. Advertising through the paid for media is currently not an option: we have no funding.
7) Marist PROJECTS
The meeting approved the current “$13,500 projects”, as well as the fundraising currently underway.
The meeting further resolved to encourage all members undertaking separate efforts (projects), to bring these under the MOSA umbrella as opposed to going individually.
It was recognized that the school has numerous requirements and a clear map of the way forward needs to be defined.
The meeting resolved to promote and build sustainability into projects undertaken at Marist. For example, Solar Power should be in our sights as we seek an alternative/option to ZESA.
MOSA must have synergies with the School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to enable smooth flow of projects and to avoid duplication of efforts.
8) JOINT VENTURE PROJECTS
The meeting resolved to encourage the creation of business joint venture by members. This will benefit the members directly by generating profit and employment opportunities.