ARRL Delta Division Gets New Leadership; Great Lakes Division Remains Unchanged
On Friday, November 21, ARRL staff members started opening ballots for the Director and Vice Director races in the Delta Division and the Vice Director race in the Great Lakes Division. ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY; Dakota Division Director Jay Bellows, K0QB; Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, and a representative from an independent auditor looked on; Sarratt is also a member of the League's Ethics and Elections Committee. After all the ballots were counted, the Delta Division gained a new Director and Vice Director, while hams in the Great Lakes Division voted to keep their Vice Director. The leadership team in the Atlantic, Dakota and Midwest Divisions will remain the same. Terms for Directors and Vice Directors begin at noon on January 1, 2009 and run for three years.
The following ran unopposed and were declared the winner of their elections by the League's Ethics and Elections Committee: Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, and Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM; Dakota Division Director Jay Bellows, K0QB, and Vice Director Greg Widin, K0GW; Midwest Division Director Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, and Vice Director Cliff Ahrens, K0CA; and Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE. The rules state that if a candidate is running unopposed, he or she shall be declared the winner without balloting.
Incumbent ARRL Delta Division Director -- Henry Leggette, WD4Q, of Memphis, Tennessee -- did not seek re-election this term. Two candidates, current Vice Director Karl Bullock, WA5TMC, of Ripley, Mississippi, and former Louisiana Section Manager Mickey Cox, K5MC, of West Monroe, were nominated for this seat. With 1148 votes, Cox was declared the new Delta Division Director; Bullock received 993 votes.
With Bullock seeking the Director position, this left the Vice Director position open, with Ariel Elam, K4AAL, of Antioch, Tennessee, and Arkansas Section Manager David Norris, K5UZ, of Batesville, in the hunt for this post. Norris won the seat with 1399 votes, Elam received 746 votes.
Three people were nominated for the position of Vice Director in the Great Lakes Division: Incumbent Gary Johnston, KI4LA, of Edgewood, Kentucky; former Kentucky Section Manager John Meyers, NB4K, of Butler, and Michigan Section Affiliated Club Coordinator Daniel Romanchik, KB6NU, of Ann Arbor. Johnston will keep his seat, as he garnered 1218 votes in a very close race. Romanchik received 1205 votes and Meyers received 1155 votes.
"I'm happy to be a part of this election process," said Sarratt. "I would like to thank everyone for running and also thank the ARRL members in the Delta and Great Lakes Division who participated. The big turnout shows the high level of interest our members have in Amateur Radio."
"It is great to see such an interest on the part of members in this election," Bellows said. "These close races do indeed show that every vote counts and how very important it is to participate."
The next scheduled Division elections are next fall for the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern and Roanoke ARRL Divisions. In accordance with League's Bylaws, ballots will be counted on November 20, 2009.