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Ravai Ready To Serve

  I have a passion for Marist and I’m ready to serve, says newly-elected Marist Old Boys (MOB) Association president Opetaia Ravai. The Water Authority of Fiji chief executive officer
05 Jun 2016 11:17
Ravai Ready To Serve
Participants at the Marist old Boys AGM at Lambert Hall, Flagstaff, yesterday. INSET: Newly-elected MOB president Opetaia Ravai.

 

I have a passion for Marist and I’m ready to serve, says newly-elected Marist Old Boys (MOB) Association president Opetaia Ravai.

The Water Authority of Fiji chief executive officer was elected with his six-member committee during a highly-charged MOB annual general meeting at Marist Brothers High School’s Lambert Hall in Suva yesterday.

“I am your president and I am here to serve. The committee has the same passion as me and we will serve modestly and will lift Marist to the level we want it to be,” he said.

“We have a lot of opportunities, we have a lot of old boys who would like to contribute but they remain dormant.”

Mr Ravai said the MOB Association had continued and progressed because the old boys had remained faithful to the ideals of the Brothers and were true to the Marist way.

Mr Ravai said his new committee’s most important deliverable was the establishment of a secretariat office for the association.

“The secretariat will be our base, our home, our vale ni sota (meeting house). While this is a key component of the deliverables, we cannot do it on our own.

“It will be one of our legacies and something that we would be able to say to our grandchildren in the future, that yes, I was involved and directly contributed to the set up of the secretariat,” he said.

His predecessor Nesbitt Hazelman thanked his outgoing executive committee for their contribution and hard work during their time in office.

“It is indeed an honour and a privilege to serve as the president for the past six years,” he said.

“Thank you very much for taking this time out and the interest you have shown in the old boys fraternity. We can only go from strength to strength if we have the same turnout and I wish the new committee the very best.”

Discussions at the meeting ranged from the MOB Trust Limited, the use of MOB Association funds, privatising of teaching positions at MBHS and the MOB’s proposed strategy plan.

Mr Hazelman, while giving his report, said the MOB Trust Limited was now a full reality.

“The charitable trust application has been lodged with the Minister for Finance,” he said.

He also cleared the air on the usage of money collected from fundraisings.

“Some are requesting information on how we use the money that we fundraise. Gentlemen, I want to state clearly that the executive committee is very mindful of the money, how it is used as it embodies accountability and governance and you would see from the audited accounts in a transparent manner,” he said.

“Gentlemen we have succeeded. With your patience, we’ve achieved what we set out to do. The real work begins now for the new committee,” he said.

The meeting was attended by more than 200 old boys, wives, friends and supporters.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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