On 8 May 2014, the IARU member-societies completed voting on proposals nominating Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR as IARU President and Vice President, respectively, for the five-year term beginning 9 May 2014. With 51 affirmative votes required for adoption, there were 67 affirmative votes for Mr. Ellam and 67 for Mr. Garpestad.
Mr. Ellam served as IARU Vice President from 2004 until 2009 at which time he was first elected as IARU President in 2009 and began a five-year term on 9 May 2009. Mr. Garpestad was first elected as IARU Vice President in 2009 at the same time Mr. Ellam became President.
Upon his re-election, Mr. Ellam said: “I am very honoured to have been elected as President of IARU for another term and grateful for the support from the Administrative Council and our member-societies. I am excited about the future of the Amateur Radio Services and look forward to working with the IARU team to meet the challenges ahead and to build on the work we have undertaken in the last term.”
“Congratulations to the rest of the officer team. Ole Garpestad for his re-election as Vice President and Rod Stafford for his continued appointment as Secretary. I am very pleased to continue working with Ole and Rod as we move towards the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015.”
Mr. Garpestad stated: “I am honoured to have been elected as Vice President of IARU for another term. I look forward to the continuing good cooperation with the other officers as well as with the IARU Administrative Council to improve and defend our radio amateur privileges and our allocated spectrum. I am also looking forward to work with all our IARU member societies to ensure a steady flow of new members, especially young people, to our hobby.”
A report on the votes cast on these proposals is shown on page two of this news release.
Rod Stafford, W6ROD, continues to serve as IARU Secretary. The IARU Secretary is appointed by the American Radio Relay League in its capacity as the IARU International Secretariat.