Well, it was not a big difference from what I have been doing with my life before.
The most important assignments I had were to create the invoices, do a couple reimbursements and reply tons of e-mails. I also have a loooong exam period which complicates my life these days and a handover with my local chapter, so I am not focused 100% on IVSA currently.
Since Isaac (our previous treasurer) had calculated almost all the fees, what I had to do was just fill all the invoices with the fee and the name. Which is not a big thing, but if you have to create 80 invoices, it can get quite boring, repetitive and tiring. It is one of these tasks that you have to shut your brain to do, which is not hard for me to do since I have been doing this before, while browsing 9gag.
The reimbursements are also not something new to me, since I have been using ebanking for myself before. The difference is that the amount of zeroes on the account I am using has gone up a lot, as have the amounts I have been transferring.
Next up, the emails. Since I have grown up behind a pc while communicating mostly through the internet, it made no difference that I have to discuss with a screen. However, now we are discussing more important issues than „where we should go tonight“, and the discussion is in English now, so google translate is now bookmarked on my browser.
Up to now I am happy that I have decided to take this journey and devote my time and effort to IVSA. Everything is running smoothly and the signs show that this year will be a very productive one and IVSA will gain a lot. If you are wondering what I mean by productive, I can share with you briefly my plans for the future. These are to finish with Isaac’s email project, find a way to save money for IVSA from all the transfers and organize the live meeting.
I believe that you have heard about the email project so I will not write a lot about it. The result of this project will be for every chapter to have an email account. This will help the chapters (and us) to be able to know for sure how we can get in contact with everyone. It will not solve all the issues of communication, but it will be a big step forward. In a few days we will have some updates on this subject, so stay tuned.
Saving money: everyone who has ever sent or received money via a bank knows that there is a fee which everyone who uses this service has to pay. This is a way banks make a lot of money. Since we have to send and receive a lot of money from a lot of places, we pay a big amount to the bank. So, I want to continue to pursuit the way to find a method to transfer money cheaper. What I plan to investigate is another bank and paypal. Also, I will ask other organizations, who face similar problems, about their advice and about how they cope with this issue.
Last but not least, the live meeting. It will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece and I want to make sure everyone who attends will see the city, have fun, but also I want us to take advantage of the fact that we are together and improve our relationship and our skills. All these however will come after the end of our exams, which is in a few days.
Sooo, time to work for June (my secretary) and me. June, if you are reading this, I would like to thank you in advance for your help and apologize for all the times I will make you want to hit me. And to all those who are still waiting for the invoices, they will be sent when the mails from the email project are created, which will not take long. Give me a few more days.