LOOKING BACK AT 2011 - A YEAR OF CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT

30.09.12


Zenko zbory 2011

Delegates from all over GB gathered in Coventry on 29 September for AUGBs Annual General Meeting.

Outgoing AUGB Chair, Zenko Lastowiecki, said that 2011 had been a year of significant milestones: the 65th anniversary of the founding of AUGB, the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, and the 20th anniversary of Ukrainian independence. There had also been some significant internal developments: implementation of the tax strategy, completion of the 1st floor refurbishment works at the Association's Head Office, and the opening of the rebuilt hall in Manchester. With the refurbishment of the 1st floor, AUGB now had a bright new book and gift shop and, for the first time in its history, a gallery space, which was used for the first time for an exhibition of AUGB's collection of sculptures by Hryhoriy Kruk.

AUGB's work during the year encompassed a complete redesign of its newspaper, Ukrayinska Dumka - which has been published since 1945 and significant exernal activity: AUGB compiled a detailed submission to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee to try to prevent the closure of BBC Ukrainian radio broadcasts; took part in the World Forum of Ukrainians in Kyiv; sent several letters to the Ukrainian Ambassador and the President of Ukraine setting out the diaspora's views on undemocratic developments in Ukraine; and maintained relationships with EU and Foreign Office officials on Ukrainian affairs.

Mr Lastowiecki thanked all those volunteers in AUGB branches around the country who give their time and talents to maintain and develop their local Ukrainian communties and particularly thanked the Association's Chief Executive, Fedir Kurlak, and curator of the Shevchenko Library, Dr Ludmila Pekarska, for their dedication, going far beyond mere duty, to ensure that AUGB's head office, central representation and cultural activities were carried out as effectively as possible.

The Association's Chief Executive, Fedir Kurlak, presented the Annual Report, outgoing Deputy Chair, Iryna Terlecky, presented the financial report, and Chair of the Control Committee, Fr Mykola Matviyivskiy, presented a wide-ranging report with several recommendations for improving AUGB's internal management processes and procedures. Discussion on the reports was lively, with many questions and ideas about all areas of AUGB activity.

Zenko Lastowiecki was re-elected as Chair of AUGB for a further one year term. Members of AUGB's Board (Rada) were elected as follows:

Roman Bodnarec, Anna Kecyk, Petro Kormylo, Dr Marian Kosmirak, Mykhaylo Kuziv, Evhen Kurlak, Fedir Kurlak, Anna Lysejko, Volodymyr Muzyczka, Bohdan Ratych, Petro Rewko, Iryna Terlecky, Bohdan Terlecky, Bohdan Stovban.

Alternate members: Mykola Kosmirak, Volodymyr Pawluk, Martyn Senyk, Andriy Rutkowskiy, Iryna Cyhanko.

Control Committee: Fr Mykola Matwiyiwskiy (Chair), Dr Andriy Chymera, Bohdan Zamulinskiy.

Mediation Committee: Mykola Lajsczuk (Chair), Natalka Sokolowska, Mykhaylo Maziar.

Alternate members for Control and Mediation Committees: Josyf Kupranec, Orysia Chymera, Stefan Volosianskiy.

The Coventry community was as welcoming and hospitable as always, for which we thank them. Particular thanks to the Coventry branch of the Association of Ukrainian Woment who provided the catering for the day from their newly refurbished kitchen - the result of AUGB Coventry's successful lottery grant application.

You can read the Annual Report by clicking on the link above. Subscribers to Dumka will have received the report with the latest issue of the newspaper.

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