January 17 2003
New BVI Amateur Volleyball Association constitution ratified
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
A new BVI Amateur Volleyball Association constitution was narrowly ratified
during a general meeting held at the Sports Division conference room last
Tuesday night. There were only a small number of coaches, managers and
players turning out for the meeting, which association president Roy Barry
While the constitution will be implemented there were some concerns about
one crucial area Barry said. "The area of the constitution that was heavily
discussed and that was the issue of how many persons should be allowed to
vote during our general elections," Barry noted, a concern that affected
the last elections. Barry said coming out of the discussion, there was an
agreement that there will be two representatives from each team attending
the annual general meeting to represent their respective teams and vote on
Barry said in actuality, there was no constitution in the past.
"Previously, several team members were allowed to attend the meeting and
cast a vote."
Following the meeting, Barry said the constitution will bring the
association in line with its governing body the Federation of International
Volleyball Associations. He added that the constitution will also give some
directives as to the way forward for volleyball in the BVI. "We will not be
operating as a haphazard association anymore," Barry said. "Everything will
be put in writing and, if a problem occurs we'll have a document to go back
to in an effort to correct the problem." The executive committee has also
been expanded from seven to nine members.
Barry said he was disappointed by the small turnout regarding such an
important matter that will help to move the sport forward. "Every member
was sent an email informing them of the meeting and they were also sent a
draft copy of the constitution," Barry explained. "There was no feedback on
the constitution either," he added noting that the document has been
ratified as is.
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