New Membership Portal

The Rest of the World team have been working hard behind the scenes to make some changes to how you become or renew you membership for our 2020 membership year. From today, when you click on membership you will be taken to our new membership portal.

What is the biggest change that you will notice? That will be the price and currency. In order to use this software we had to make the decision to change our membership fees from Euro to British Pounds. We have however also reduced the amount in real terms (4 Pounds converts to a roughly 10% reduction in the membership price on today’s exchange rate from the current 5 Euro). We have been able to reduce costs given the costs of the e-membership cards are lower than the old physical ones and we no longer have the costs associated with the renewal stickers.

So besides reduced membership fees, what are the benefits to you from this new system?

  • you will now receive an automated email letting you know that your payment and details have been received (no more waiting for us to manually provide that!)

  • you will be able to log into the membership portal at any time and check your membership details

  • you will be able to login and change or update your details as needed

  • you will now have a choice of paying via PayPal or credit card

  • joining/renewing will now be a one step process as opposed to the old version which required you to submit the form and then proceed to the payment step

  • when you renew in future you will need only pay the renewal fee and will not need to re-enter your details each year (please note, the first time you use the system you will need to register your email address and set a password)

  • Satellite and Molitva members will be able to upgrade their membership through the portal if they choose, rather than reapplying

On our end it will help us manage your information more efficiently. It will assist us to transfer new member information to cardskipper easily, and provides us with improved features to communicate with you all. Going forward we are hoping to build in some features to assist with important tasks like the ticket list.

If you have any feedback on the new system please let us know by sending an email to contact@ogaerotw.com - if anyone is having issues we would love to hear as early as possible so that we can fix them for others.

OGAE International Bureau Elections

According to the OGAE International statutes, the Bureau elections will take place at the next general Presidents’ Meeting in Tel Aviv 17 May 2019. You can find out more information on the Bureau here.

Elections will take place for each of the following seven posts:
President
Secretary
Treasurer
Bureau members (2)
Deputy members (2)

The Bureau is calling for applications to the seven posts. Any active member of an OGAE member club is invited to put themselves forward for election. Please note that the actual elections will take place in Tel Aviv at the Presidents’ Meeting but the respective candidates do not have to be present during the Presidents’ Meeting. Please note, a number of current Bureau members have indicated that they plan to not stand for re-election, so there are vacant positions to fill.

Those interested in putting themselves forward should contact their national club and include a short cv/resume and explanation of why they would like to serve on the Bureau. Any nominations from members of OGAE Rest of the World must be emailed to contact@ogaerotw.com no later than Noon CET on 17 April. We will then submit all nominees (if any) from RoW to the coordinator.

Information about the candidates will be circulated to the presidents by email no later than 20 April. The respective candidates will then have the opportunity to introduce themselves in the Presidents’ meeting in May. In the interests of fairness, OGAE International kindly ask the candidates not to engage in any campaigning ahead of the meeting. The Presidents will make their decision based on the candidates’ applications, presentations and the answers to any questions in the Presidents‘ Meeting.

OGAE Second Chance Contest pre-selection

Voting is now open to decide which song will represent OGAE Rest of the World in the Second Chance contest. To see the 10 shortlisted songs (and vote!) please click here.

Please note that some songs from Moldova are not included as we could not locate a video that met the rules of the contest. As such we needed to disqualify them from this pre-selection.

Voting will close at noon CET on 7 April.

New e-Membership cards

Those Euphoria members that provided us with their details back in December/January should receive a text message and email (or just an email if you indicated that you do not have a smartphone) in the next 48 hours. This link will provide you with further information on how to set up your membership card once the link has been sent to you.

Please note - if you joined or renewed after 21 January then you will not be in this first batch, but will be added shortly (we will provide an update and let you know when this will happen).

As always, any questions please drop us an email - contact@ogaerotw.com