International Amateur Radio Union
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11 February 2009
For immediate release
IARU Member-Societies Ratify New Officers, Vote to Admit New Members
Balloting by IARU Member-Societies on four proposals presented to them in September 2008 (IARU Calendar 187) was completed on 10 February 2009.
There were 73 Member-Societies that cast votes or abstentions on the four proposals. With 57 affirmative votes required for adoption, the votes were as follows:
Proposal No. 241 concerning the ratification of the nomination of Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, to serve as President of the IARU for a five-year term beginning on 9 May 2009: 72 in favor, 1 abstention. ADOPTED.
Proposal No. 242 concerning the ratification of the nomination of Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, to serve as Vice President of the IARU for a five-year term beginning on 9 May 2009: 73 in favor. ADOPTED.
Proposal No. 243 concerning the admission of Emirates Amateur Radio Society: 72 in favor, 1 abstention. ADOPTED.
Proposal No. 244 concerning the admission of Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosports and Radioamateur: 73 in favor. ADOPTED.
Upon his election as the next IARU President, Mr. Ellam said: “I am very honoured to have been elected as President of IARU and look forward to working with all three Regions and the Member-Societies during my term in office. We no doubt will face many issues in the run up to the 2011 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-11), but I look forward to working as a team to meet the challenges ahead.
“Congratulations to Ole Garpestad for his election as Vice President. I am very pleased to have Ole as part of the officer team and know he will do an excellent job in his new position.
“Finally, I would like to thank Larry Price for his sterling work with IARU during his term as President. IARU is in a very strong position today as a result of Larry's leadership. His support and friendship to me has also been very helpful in fulfilling my former duties as Vice President.”
Sumner, Dave, K1ZZ