What? Réka Sala­m­on is Mem­ber of the Year again?”, you might say — because Réka Sala­m­on won this title already one year ago. Nev­er­the­less, no oth­er sin­gle mem­ber came close in the num­ber of votes in the annu­al Gold­en Times sur­vey. Every year, the GT is hon­our­ing the out­stand­ing Mem­ber of the Year. This time, alto­geth­er 97 peo­ple were nom­i­nat­ed and vot­ed by the 69 active mem­bers, whose inter­views you could read in the past weeks in the Gold­en Times. It was main­ly her hard work for Ago­ra Istan­bul that was recog­nised by the net­work.

Here are some quotes about Réka:

Elit­sa Hadzhie­va

Elit­sa Hadzhie­va, Finan­cial man­ag­er of Y Vote, Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Sofia, Liai­son Offi­cer towards the YFJ: “Ms Sala­m­on and her Istan­bul dream. I have nev­er been or will ever be an Ago­ra enthu­si­ast but despite the prob­lems, I think Réka helped the pas­sion­ate Turk­ish team of organ­is­ers a lot.”

Giuseppe Aquili­no, Juridi­cal Com­mis­sion, AEGEE-Cata­nia: “She was awe­some dur­ing Ago­ra Istan­bul. She spent a year in Istan­bul to orga­nize the Ago­ra, she was awe­some in prob­lem-solv­ing but, most of all, I nev­er saw some­one with such a pas­sion for an asso­ci­a­tion, such an ener­gy and being so moti­vat­ed in doing stuff for AEGEE, even when every­thing is against you, even when you gave a lot to AEGEE… So I wish her all the best!”

Tim­on Tur­ban, East­ern Part­ner­ship+ Project, AEGEE-Aachen: “Réka Sala­m­on for what she did in Turkey and what we didn’t real­ly appre­ci­ate.”

Novak Simin

Novak Simin, Net­work Com­mis­sion­er, AEGEE-Novi Sad: “Réka Sala­m­on, for her devo­tion to Ago­ra Istan­bul and AEGEE in gen­er­al. Mov­ing to Istan­bul for three months in order to work on the Ago­ra is some­thing we should all admire. More­over, it is her ded­i­ca­tion and faith in AEGEE which I per­son­al­ly look up to, as even after her term as the Pres­i­dent she still kept work­ing full time for our love­ly orga­ni­za­tion.”

Matis Joab, Finan­cial Direc­tor of AEGEE-Europe, AEGEE-Tallinn: “Réka Sala­m­on for her con­tri­bu­tion to Ago­ra Istan­bul and her huge impact on the net­work over the years.”

Evrim Emiroğlu, Net­work Direc­tor of AEGEE-Europe, AEGEE-Eskise­hir: “Réka Sala­m­on is the cra­zi­est per­son that I saw in this orga­ni­za­tion. Mov­ing com­plete­ly to a dif­fer­ent coun­try for orga­niz­ing an Ago­ra – and this for the orga­ni­za­tion that she has a strong mix of feel­ings for — this is some­thing that deserves more respect than she received.”

The hero of the new Intranet: Sergey Peshkov

Sergey Peshkov

Run­ner-up was Sergey Peshkov! It desn’t hap­pen so often that IT spe­cial­ists get the recog­ni­tion for their work. This time the whole time behind the new Online Mem­ber­ship Sys­tem was often nom­i­nat­ed, but Sergey did even more: he was also part of the chair team and also local­ly very active. Just a cou­ple of quotes:

Fab­rizio Bel­li­cano, Chief of Tech­ni­cal Oper­a­tions, AEGEE-Gen­o­va: “Sergey Peshkoff, aka Mr. “My employ­er for­bid me to work on OMS because appar­ent­ly dur­ing work­ing hours I spend more than 50% of time on AEGEE”. The sur­pris­ing part is that I see from the work­logs that he also does stuff at night.”

Anya Radul, EaP+ Project, Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Ros­tov-na-Donu: “Also it would be a shame not to men­tion Sergey Peshkov a.k.a. Borschhead. Chair­ing two statu­to­ry events as the main IT guy, help­ing exten­sive­ly with the orga­ni­za­tion of our SU — imag­ine book­ing tick­ets from Rus­sia to Ukraine for about 25 for­eign­ers or prepar­ing two dif­fer­ent invi­ta­tion let­ters for each of them — and still I have nev­er heard some­thing like ‘sor­ry I can’t do it ask some­body else’ from him.”

Spy­ros Papadatos, Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-Europe, Hon­orary Mem­ber of AEGEE-Ioan­ni­na: “I would like to men­tion the Online Mem­ber­ship Sys­tem team: Sergey, Nico and Fab­rizio. Their work and com­mit­ment are not so vis­i­ble to the net­work as it should be; but I would like to pub­licly thank them for this and for help­ing us make the OMS final­ly launch ear­li­er this year.”

Mainly CD and Chair members in the top

Lucia Gavulová

On the fol­low­ing places are main­ly past and present CD mem­bers: Tekla Haj­du and Zvon­imir Can­ju­ga, who were recog­nised for their work in the Chair team, María Balles­teros Melero and Vio­la Bianchet­ti, who do out­stand­ing sup­port work for AEGEE’s projects, as well as the long-term com­mit­ment of Mar­co Daniele. The only non-CD mem­ber in the top group is Acad­e­my speak­er Lucia Gavulo­va, whose hard work for AEGEE’s train­ing sys­tem is deeply appre­ci­at­ed.