The Federal Council
The Federal Council consists of delegates elected by secret ballot by Regional Communities, together with members of the Federal Executive, delegates to the World Lithuanian Community (WLC) Parliament and other persons specified in the constitution. The Federal Council is elected for a term of 2 years (in 1997 it had 76 members).
The Federal Council elects for the duration of its term of office various ALC executive bodies: – the Federal Executive, the Federal Auditors’ Commission, the Court of Honour and the delegates to the WLC Parliament.
The ALC Federal Executive
The ALC Federal Executive represents Lithuanians at government and other institutions, raises funds, communicates with WLC and Lithuanian Communities in other countries, looks after cultural, educational, sporting and youth matters, implements decisions of the Federal Council and oversees the work of the Regional Communities Executives.
Until 1970 the Federal Executive was based in Sydney and after 1971, in rotating order in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney (an exception was Canberra 1991-92).
The ALB Current Committee
Across the recent Lithuanian Days festival in Adelaide (Dec 27 – 31 2018) meetings of the country’s leaders was held with many discussions about the directions that are to take place within the Australian Lithuanian community as a whole.
During this time, a new and fresh committee was elected to run for the next two years.
Antanas Cibiras was elected President
Gaila Muceniekas was elected as Vice-President
Andrius Vaitiekunas as Secretary
Dennis Gaylard as Treasurer
Monika Mack as Protocol Secretary
Algis Simkus as AL Fondas President
Tautvydas Anusaitis as the Australian Lithuanian Youth Group President
Alex Talanskas as Member for Adelaide
Alfonsis Stonis as Member for Sydney
PAST & PRESENT PRESIDENTS
|1950 – 53 (Oct 25)||Justinas Vaičaitis, Sydney|
|1953 – 54||Vytautas Simniškis, Sydney|
|until June 17, 1955||Leonardas Karvelis, Sydney|
|1955 – 56||Vytautas Skrinska, Sydney|
|1957 – 58(Oct 25)||Stepas Kovalskis, Sydney|
|until July 26, 1959||Vytautas Skrinska, Sydney|
|1959 – 60||Izidorius Jonaitis, Sydney|
|1961 – 62||Balys Daukus, Sydney|
|1963 – 64||Izidorius Jonaitis, Sydney|
|1965 – 69 (Dec)||Simas Narušis, Sydney|
|until Dec 1970||Mykolas Zakaras, Sydney|
|1970||Juozas Maksvytis, Sydney|
|1971 – 74||Vytautas Neverauskas, Adelaide|
|1975 – 76||Algis Šimkus, Melbourne|
|1977 – 78||Algimantas Kabaila, Sydney|
|1979 – 80||Vytautas Neverauskas, Adelaide|
|1981 – 82||Albinas Pocius, Melbourne|
|1983 – 84||Vytautas Bukevičius, Sydney|
|1985 – 86||Vytautas Neverauskas, Adelaide|
|1987 – 88||Danutė Baltutienė, Melbourne|
|1989 – 90||Juozas Maksvytis, Sydney|
|1991 – 92||Viktoras Martišius, Canberra|
|1993 – 94||Viktoras Baltutis, Adelaide|
|1995 – 96||Andrius Žilinskas, Melbourne|
|1997 – 98||Vytautas Doniela, Sydney|
|1999 – 2000||Janina Vabolienė, Adelaide|
|2001 – 02||Birutė Prašmutaitė, Melbourne|
|2003 – 04||Lolita Kalėda, Sydney|
|2005 – 06||Romas Pocius, Adelaide|
|2007 – 08||Birutė Prašmutaitė, Melbourne|
|2009 – 10||Angonita Wallis, Sydney|
|2011 – 12||Saulius Varnas, Adelaide|
|2013 – 14||Gabrielius Žemkalnis, Melbourne|
|2015 – 16||Ramutis Zakarevičius, Sydney|
|2017 – 18||Andrius Vaitiekūnas, Melbourne|
|2019 – 20||Antanas Cibiras, Melbourne|
ALC Regional Communities
ALC Regional Communities have been established in centres with major concentrations of Lithuanians, while Regional Community branches exist where smaller numbers of Lithuanians are to be found.
In 1983 there were 10 Regional Communities and 3 Regional Community branches, whilst in 1998 there were 9 Regional Communities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney) and one Regional Community branch (Gold Coast).
Australian Lithuanian Foundation
Since 1972 in Melbourne there exists the independent ALC body, the Australian Lithuanian Foundation, which gives grants for the needs of the ALC and cultural, educational and other purposes. The funds for the grants are derived from the annual interest on the capital accumulated from donations and bequests.
The ALC Archive operates in Adelaide, whilst in Sydney the Lithuanian Community Publishing Society publishes the weekly newspaper “Mūsų Pastogė” (“Our Haven”).
Within the framework of ALC there exist many independent youth, artistic, sporting and other oerganisations.
The Federal Executive published Volume I of the “Australian Lithuanian Yearbook” (Juozas Almis Juragis, Chief Editor) in 1961 and Volume II (Viktoras Baltutis, Editor) in 1983. Much information about the ALC can be found in these two volumes.