For the second year in a row the General Assembly ITF-Vlaanderen eV vzw & ITF-Belgium had to be done through digital platforms. However, the meeting went on smoothly. The board, instructors of the affiliated clubs, the committees and coaches gathered to have an overview on what happened in 2021 and the planning for the upcoming year.
On November 26th 2021, during the European Championships in Spain, the yearly AETF Congress Meeting was being held with 36 affiliated European countries & representatives present. On the agenda this year were also the 4-yearly elections for the AETF Board and the Revisory Committee.
GrandMaster Frank Vanberghen was re-elected in the Revisory Committee, as chairman. He is already holding this position for 18 years, and is up for another term of 4 years now.
Master Virginia Dionisi was candidate to become AETF vice-president. Many congratulations! She won this election with 21 votes against 15 for the other candidate. It’s a big honour to have her in the board, and her election is quite special: as small country, Belgium has 1 GrandMaster, 3 Masters of whom 2 are female, both of them involved in ITF & AETF matters! ITF-Belgium should be proud of this.
The newly elected president of AETF is Master Leonardo Oros Duek. New board members: Master Alexandru Muresan, Master Jorge Züger, Master Lazaros Tsilfidis, Peter Szasz, Master Jurek (Jerzy) Jedut and Master Tomaz Barada.
March 8th was the International Women’s Day. To celebrate this the ITF Women Committee is organizing a World Conference on March 13th and 14th, with 8 female speakers, 8 different topics spread over the 2 days. The conferences are open to all ITF members, limited to 1000 members a day.
On both days Master Annick Van Driessche, as board member and liaison of the Women Committee, will give an opening speech.
Every year the General Assembly takes place in January, also in 2021. For the first time in 31 years however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was organized through digital platforms (Zoom).
Ths Sunday morning 32 participants logged in to the meeting. Besides the yearly legal matters on the agenda e.g. a forecast of 2021 and an evaluation of 2020.
Although we’re facing restrictions, the board, the committees and the instructors are working hard for the members ITF-Belgium. There’re a lot of plans, the situation will decide if they will be executed ‘in live’ or through digital means. For the last couple of months we all showed and proved to be flexible, ready to switch from one channel to another on short terms, using all of the tenets of Taekwon-Do.