Photo: Almar Grímsson
From left: Rögnvaldur Guðmundsson secretary, Þorvarður Guðlaugsson treasurer, Halldór Árnason president and Svavar Gestsson chair of the AGM
The AGM of Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga (ÞFÍ) – INL of Iceland was held in Þjóðmenningarhúsið – The Culture House in Reykjavík on April 11th 2012. Svavar Gestsson chaired the meeting.
Halldór Árnason president of INL Iceland gave a report on the activities last year. There have been held promotional meetings, in Akureyri, Vopnafjörður and in Reykjavík. Consul general Atli Ásmundsson was the main speaker at these meetings. About 50 new members have joined.
According to a survey made among members there seems to be a general satisfaction with the work of INL Iceland and its furture directions. The Snorri Program continues to get the high scores. There has also been a survey among members to find a new Icelandic name for the organization but keeping “Þjóðræknisfélag Íslendinga” as subtitle. This will be further reviewed by the new board.
Einar Benediktsson former ambassador gave an excellent speech on his experience and views of the collaboration. He also recalled the start of the Snorri Program in 1999 when the Millennium Commission of Iceland gave a substantial contribution to launch the program.
Halldór Árnason was re-elected president by acclamation.
There are a few changes in the board. Elin Hirst, Eydís Egilsdóttir and Hjálmar W. Hannesson are new in the board. Alexia Björg Jóhannesdóttir, Helgi Ágústsson and Guðríður Sigurðardóttir did not seek reelection. Svavar Gestsson, Þorvarður Guðlaugsson and Rögnvaldur Guðmundsson continue. So does Kent Lárus Björnsson but new alternate members are Jón Trausti Jónsson and Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir from Akureyri. Eric Stefanson, Winnipeg and Pam Sunna Olafson Furstenau continue as US and Canada representatives on the board. Almar Grímsson who stayed on the board as immediate past president for one year left the board after 13 consecutive year’s service.