Nine New Members Elected to Little League International Board of Directors
The newly-elected directors are: James Ada of Saipan, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (District 1); Frank Bergfield of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (District 1); Danny Cavallo of Syracuse, N.Y. (District 8); Jim Chavez of Auburn, Wash. (District 10); Val Domingue, Jr. of Lafayette, La. (District 1); Bob Gibson of Dunedin, Fla. (District 12); James Joseph of Burlington, Wis. (District 1); Felix M. Rivera of Arroyo, Puerto Rico (District 13), and Marc St. Pierre of Quebec, Ontario, Canada (District 4).
The nine new members were nominated by their fellow district administrators at the Little League International Congress in Virginia Beach, Va., last April.
“Each of these new directors brings a wealth of experience and volunteer leadership to serve this board,” said Mr. Keener. “It’s that experience at all levels of the Little League program that makes them highly qualified to help govern the world’s largest organized youth sports program.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to be elected chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors,” said Mr. Hughes. “I have been a part of the Little League program for many years, and at each level of my association I have been proud of the role Little League plays in the lives of the children and volunteers it serves. I see my time as chairman as an opportunity to continue to educate, and help expand the program.”
Mr. Hughes is the first chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors to have graduated from Little League. As a boy, he played in the Little Mountaineer Little League in South Williamsport.
Dennis Lewin of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., was elected chairman-elect, and will serve in that capacity until the election of nine new directors in 2007.
Little League Baseball, founded in 1939, is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million participants and 1 million volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and 66 other countries. The Little League International Board of Directors, a volunteer board, is responsible for the management of the property and affairs of Little League.
At the meeting, the board heard presentations on Little League International’s newly created league development department and electronic newsletter. The league development department will take a more pro-active approach to inquiries from potential new leagues. The “Little League E-Newsletter” will be sent electronically to more than 250,000 adult volunteers and players each month.