UWPIAA was founded in 1987. The BOG of UWPIAA consists of alumni representing different eras, regions and interests. The Regional Representatives on the BOG are to bring international involvement and influence to UWPIAA. The EMEA Regional Representative, Euro-Rep, represent all European, African and Middle-Eastern alumni on the BOG (the last two regions since 2003 only).
The idea of an annual European Alumni Meeting was discussed among Europeans at the UWP Reunion of 1990 in Denver, CO. Bruno Ruchti, E86 (the founding president of the Swiss Alumni Association and one of the first serving Euro-Reps) initiated the first European meeting together with alumni from the Swiss alumni association, former Staff of UWP Europe, UWP & Sing Out Alumni from Germany and some Alumni from the Netherlands and Belgium. The goal was to start a network among the alumni associations within Europe, promote the idea and goals of the UWPIAA and keep in touch with the further development of UWP.
The ELM (European Leadership Meeting) was in the beginning intended to be a meeting primarily for the leaders of the different European Alumni clubs. The name was changed to EAM, European Alumni Meeting to attract all alumni and state that even alumni from non-registered clubs are welcome to attend the meetings. There are no bylaws for how to run ELM/EAMs since we do not have a European board or a European Committee. The minutes from former meetings serve as our “bylaws” or guidelines.
For many years the Euro-Rep position (travel and operational costs) was financed by the BOG (like for every BOG position) as well as a percentage of the membership fees collected by registered clubs. In 2018 the current Euro Rep Jerko Bozikovic has launched 2 committees to rethink the function and the financing model of the Euro Rep. Since this is a volunteer role, with many responsibilities, it is being looked at with several key stakeholders from European alumni associations as well as the past 4 Euro Reps to redefine the role, and create a sustainable financial support system. The results from both committees will be presented at the 2019 Ennis EAM.