SARA Board Meeting Minutes
January 11, 2014
The meeting was called to order by president John Manton at 1:00 pm at his home.
Present were: John Manton, John Munday, John DeHart, Jim Farmer, Randal DePriest, Rin Irvin, Ferrel Brown, and
Visitors: Jack Fisher
John DeHart reported that we had $600 on hand at present after a $400 expense to file with the IRS for tax exempt status. Concern was express for the number of outstanding membership dues. It was decided to wait until after the next monthly meeting to take action to remind members of their dues. John Munday agreed to coordinate with Jack Fisher and John DeHart to replace Jack as a signatory on SARA checks.
The following items were discussed:
The pros and cons of the new location for our monthly membership meeting were discussed and it was decided not to investigate any changes as of this time. The new location affords us with the space for growth which is one of our goals.
Guest Speakers for the Monthly Meetings:
Jack Fisher has left us with a good start, with speakers for January and February already arranged. Jim Farmer agreed to be in charge of arranging speakers with the help of other Board members. A number of suggestions were discussed. A small honorarium for speakers who travel from outside the county was discussed with twenty dollars being agreed upon.
June 2014 County Ham Radio Month Proclamation:
John Manton discussed the 100th anniversary of the ARRL and our part in the celebration. He agreed to work with his contacts to get the county board of commissioners to proclaim June 2014 as Ham Radio Month. The operation of a special event station someplace on Market Place Avenue was discussed. Efforts to get this organized will be part of our overall program for this year.
Field Day 2014
Randal DePriest will again head up Field Day this year. Field Day falls on June 28 and 29. Last years Field Day was a big success with concern expressed that Randal needing more help it the event was to continue to improve.
Georgia QSO Party 2014, April 12 – 13
Problems with last years QSO party were discussed. The need for someone to take charge of this activity was discussed. Clean up of the location we used was unsatisfactory and caused some understandable hard feelings.
Membership Involvement in Activities:
Club Historian, Georgia QSO Party, Fox Hunt, Balloon Launch, ARRL 100 Special Event Station were among the possible projects discussed if staffing is available. It was decided to provide membership sign up opportunities at the next general membership meeting to assess interest in these and other activities as may be brought up.
Jack Fisher and John Dabney are running the General Class License Class on Tuesday 1/14 to 2/18 with a test date to follow on 2/25.
A Extra Class Workshop is to be offered from 5/6 to 6/3 with a test date to follow on 6/10.
The Technician Class will be offered taught by John Munday on 9/16 to 10/14 with a test date to follow on 10/21.
John Munday agreed to take the lead on educational activities for the club if Jack Fisher agreed to continue with the General Class License classes. Other education related activities such as assigning Elmers was discussed.
John DeHart discussed the staffing of or testing program. Although we have not had problem fielding enough VE for sessions there a concern the we need to have more and better identifying those the we already have available.
President Manton provided the board with two articles on suggested practices for running an effective radio clubs. He voiced the desire that we should double the size of the club in the next year.
The next meeting was scheduled for February 8th at 1:00 pm at the Manton Mansion.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:02 pm.