[w8lky] PRESIDENTS NOTES

      Greetings everyone and before I forget, Holiday Greetings for all and Have a Very Merry Christmas and Joyful New Year. We are blessed to live in the greatest nation on earth.
      We are trying to keep our monthly meetings to One (1) hour long and we should realized that in January 2019 meeting. Our December meeting was a little long, but we covered a lot of items that need to be attended too.
      We approved payment for the new ARC Business Cards and passed cords out to everyone in attendance and we ask them to pass out the cards to people who are interested in Amateur Radio and post them on  bulletin boards. We also remind them to use black magic markers and write their name, call sign and phone number on the back of the card.
      The new AARC Pamphlets were approved and ordered and we should have them in the next few  weeks for distribution, they will look great We will place them in businesses, the library, and the Alliance Chamber of Commerce.
      We also approved the payment for the rent on the Sebring Camp which we will use for 2019 Winter Field Day January 26th& 27th. We need members to help set up, man the equipment, tear down.We will also need a variety of food and beverage and utensils.
      I want to pass on some information on what is happening with ARES.
         Stark County ARES is holding  ICS Training in conjunction with STARK COUNTY EMA office on December 19th, starting at 5:30pm and hopefully concluding by 7:30pm. The location is at the STARK COUNTY EMA OFFICE in the lower level(stark county sheriff office bldg.) on Route 62. The subject will be certification of ICS 700 “An Introduction to National Incident Management System” Their is no cost for the training. This is part of the requirements for certification for ARES. One of our goals in 2019 for AARC is to have as many of our members certified for ARES. You can also take this course on line @fema.org
     We will hold our January 5th breakfast at Poncho’s Restaurant  2015 W. State Street in Alliance, all are welcome, the food is good and service excellent.
     We have also CHANGED LOCATIONS for the meal before the January 9th regular ARRC monthly meeting. We will dine in the CAFE’ Cafeteria at AultmanAlliance Community Hospital starting at 5:30PM, the food and service is good. The location is just outside the door to the conference room which we will meet in at 7:30Pm that evening.
     The Trustees will be conducting an election after the conclusion to January 9th meeting to fill the vacancy of Vice President of AARC. Charlie Theiss KE8EQI resigned the VP position effective December 12th. We appreciate the service of Charlie Theiss as VP to the Club. We need someone to step up and become our VP for 2019 year.
    We also honored The first of Two members as Ham of The Year for 2018. Dwight Turner KD8YFV was honored as the the first of two members who tied for the Ham of The Year Honor. We are waiting for the second member of the Club who will share this award to show up for a meeting.
    We also adopted a MISSION STATEMENT for the Alliance Amateur Radio Club. It reads; THE ALLIANCE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB SEEKS TO PROMOTE FRATERNALISM, TO EDUCATE AND ADVANCE RADIO KNOWLEDGE  AND INDIVIDUAL OPERATING EFFICIENCY, TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNICATIONS IN THE EVENT OF DISASTERS OR OTHER EMERGENCIES, AND TO CONDUCT CLUB PROGRAMS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT ADVANCE THE GENERAL INTEREST AND WELFARE OF AMATEUR RADIO IN OUR COMMUNITY, COUNTY AND STATE.  This is required by the state for legal paper work. Many thanks to John Myers KD8MQ for his hard work on our legal issues.
    We will soon enter into 2019, We have some great opportunities laying before us, both internal and external. We have two(2) great community service projects that will hopefully continue with and a possible third community service project that would also enhance AARC presence in the community. We will create our Power Point Presentation in the near future and present it to the club before we go on the road with it. See you at the events or on the AIR!!
Ron  KE8HCY
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