Jamaica Gleaner / Former president of Netball Jamaica (NJ), Marva Bernard said she is very disappointed that no audited financial statement for the 2016-2017 cycle was presented at the body’s annual general meeting (AGM) held last Saturday. The last audited statement presented covered the 2015-2016 financial year.
Bernard, who was president of NJ between December 2005 and November 2015, told The Gleaner in an interview, that she is expecting that the document will be presented to the members of the association in the coming weeks.
“It’s unfortunate that the accounts weren’t ready and I trust that they will have it ready at the next meeting in January,” said Bernard, who was made an honorary life member of the association at the AGM.
However, Janet Johnson, treasurer of NJ, said that a statement will be ready at the end of this month and the meeting will take place at a date to be announced in January.
“They had some outstanding matters. The major one would be confirmation from banks and from other creditors, and so they need to have the confirmations come in,” said Johnson.
“There are no irregularities, there are just some outstanding confirmations that need to come to the auditor. That is one of the key things, and if we get them, everything will be okay,” Johnson said.
Johnson added that despite the delay, there were no complaints from the members of the association.
“We didn’t have a negative response because they understood what had happened. So they agree to a meeting to be set by the board for the resumption for the meeting in January,” said Johnson.
“We said by December 31st, and that’s what the auditors have said. We got the confirmation and the membership asked the board to set the date in January for the continuation of the meeting,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr Paula Daley-Morris was returned unopposed as president of NJ while Tricia Robinson has also returned as first vice-president.
Cora Ricketts defeated former Sunshine Girls captain Simone Forbes to retain her post as second vice-president, and Wayne Shaw and Leonie Phinn were voted in as directors.