As you may know, my name is Martine Witsiers and I am Secretary of the 35th board of B&R Beurs. If you’ve ever sent an e-mail to B&R Beurs, then you’ve most likely received a response from me! Each week I have different tasks and my agenda will therefore never look the same. You can read more about what it is like to be a secretary in this article.
If you still have questions after reading this interview, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply stop by our office (P-1.074).
Why did you choose to apply for a board year at B&R Beurs?
Last year I joined the Introduction Period Committee, the Alumni committee and the Investment Conference Committee. During last year I found out that I wanted to grow within the society and therefore doing a board year seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
What are your main tasks as Secretary?
As a secretary you are the middle of the society. I make sure that the other board members can do their work. Besides that, I have many different tasks so it is hard to say which one is the single most important. Contacting members and the well-being of the society is my main responsibility. Especially answering questions and writing the weekly newsletter. Of course these tasks are quite some administrative tasks, so you shouldn’t have a problem with this.
Next to that, I have two committees under my supervision; the Alumni Committee and the Design Committee. With the Alumni Committee I organize an alumni drink and write a quarterly alumni newsletter. And together with the Design committee I make magazines, flyers, posters and much more for all events B&R has.
What skills should a good Secretary possess?
The most important skill you should have is planning. Because you have so many different tasks, a good planning is preferred. You should also enjoy working hard and getting stuff done within a certain timespan. Especially during the first four months you have to work hard to get everything done. If you are a chaotic person, it could be difficult to keep track of everything you’re working on. And of course it is important to show your face and socialize at social events, so all members get to know you!
During a board year, you’ll have to face some challenges. Can you name a few and tell us how you coped with them?
The secretary has the highest peaks in work pressure which enforces the fact that you usually make the longest hours. This also means that during some periods there is not that much work to do. Making long hours is no problem since doing it is much fun and very rewarding. What I’ve learnt during my board year at B&R is that being flexible and open minded is important. We are an international organization and we can’t limit ourselves to sticking to certain rules and attitudes. Also working in a team has helped me develop.
What has been your most memorable experience so far?
That is a very hard question, because a board year is so much more than just your own tasks. A board year is definitely a year where you truly develop yourself on many different aspects and you create everlasting memories with lots of different people!