The local community’s oldest and widest interest Amateur Radio Club, Mancorad W9DK, had dropped to precariously small membership over the last few years. The reasons appear complex, though whittle down to a few truisms:
- Being in a Club has to be Fun.
- A Club needs to reflect the interests & needs of the greatest possible number of its membership.
- A Club thrives on good information shared widely among its members.
I had personally dropped off the Board of Directors in August 2010 and not renewed my membership as the club wasn’t a success on any of the three measures, and I wasn’t able to find a way to effect enough positive change to make a difference.
Fortunately things change with time, and Mancorad has a new leader, who’s committed to put the club back on track.
So last weekend I renewed my membership and accepted the appointment from club President Tim N7TAL of Mancorad Secretary/Treasurer, as Scott W9JSB renewed to accepted the Vice Presidency.
The change-over is already going well, and it has been a real boost the support flowing in from the radio amateurs in the community.
At community events this week I’ve had people pressing their renewal dues & forms into my hands, and personally been told about the excited joyful buzz.
Lots of loose ends are being tidied up, with great cooperation from other organizations.
Things could not look more positive.
On the Mancorad front the changes and reality check of how far the membership’s direct involvement had fallen has lead to club president Tim N7TAL making some adjustments:
- Field Day is moved to the Mancorad Club Shack, rather than a local park.
- Membership meetings are temporarily on hold for a few months – a sort of “pardon our construction” as meeting speakers and activities are newly lined up.
- Club “Open Shack” moves from a scheduled slot after Board of Director’s meetings to “Open Shack by Arrangement” to better serve members’ available time & interests.
- The repeater coordinations are being updated after being allowed to lapse, and the process to assign W9MTW to the 146.610 and K9MTW to the 145.110 repeater has been initiated.
Exciting times, and an effort greatly benefiting from the outpouring of support from present, past and returning members, not to mention the cooperation of the special interests focus amateur radio groups our community is fortunate to have.
Expect more – it’s being readied for delivery!