MIBF Annual General Meeting elects officers 2012-2014
The Marshall Islands Basketball Federation held its annual general meeting on April 19, 2012 and elected its new board of directors. Nearly 50 members turned out for the election meeting, which included food and refreshments provided by MIBF, the Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee and MIBF President Thomas Heine.
President Thomas Heine and Members at Large Alber Alik and Robert Pinho were returned to the board, while four new members were elected: Sultan Korean is Vice President, Neiar Kabua is Vice President for Women’s Development, Deborah K. Shoniber is Secretary General, and Patricia Anjain is Treasurer. Thomas, Sultan, Neiar, Deborah and Patricia were elected by unanimous consent. A vote was held for the Members at Large with three nominations — Alber, Robert and Daniel Andrew — for the two positions.
The AGM made history in two ways: 1) it was the first AGM since establishment of MIBF in which more women than men were present; and 2) it is the first board of directors to have three women.
The AGM included a report from President Thomas about MIBF growth over the past four years, particularly because of its many partnerships with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and such NGOs as the National Olympic Committee, Women’s Athletic Club, MI-EPI and others. Internal Affairs Secretary Wallace Peter recognized MIBF for its contribution to basketball expansion in the Marshall Islands. NOC Executive Tony Muller spoke about opportunities through the NOC/IOC system, and recognized the strong link between MIBF and the NOC.
The meeting also approved two by law changes: 1) to change the month in with the AGM is held from January to April; and 2) to change the election term of officers from four to two years with no restriction on the number of terms an officer may serve. The bylaw change also provides that there will be an election every year, with three board members elected one year, and four the next. This election method will ensure continuity in board representation going forward.
The new board scheduled its first official meeting for the first week of May.