Minutes – September 2015

Subject: Meeting Minutes of Sept 1, 2015

The September meeting was called to order by President Kent, K9KMD, at 7:00 pm on September 1, 2015 in the Crystal Lake Bank meeting room.

The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the meeting, led by Mike KC9Q.

Introductions around the room followed. Thirty-five people were in attendance for the meeting, including several visitors and some members not present for a long time.

Ray, N9RWC announced that the monthly VE test sessions will resume on Sept. 15 at the Free Methodist Church in Woodstock at 7:00 pm. Contact Steve KB9OLD if you are interested in taking a test at the session.

Minutes from the August meeting were published for review on the club website by Secretary Roger, KF9D. John, KC9TCX moved to accept the minutes as published, seconded by Joe, N9OK. The motion passed by voice vote.

Treasurer Dave, N9ITE reported a balance of $4736.25 in the treasury. Dave, NT9E made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, seconded by Mike, KC9Q. The motion passed by voice vote. Dave also reported sending a donation to the PKD Foundation in the amount of $50 in memory of MCWA member Tom Schwar, WB9RFP, who recently passed away. A Thank You note was received from Tom’s widow, which was passed around for the membership to read.

The President, Vice-President, Webmaster, and Newsletter Editor had nothing new to report to the group.

President Kent, K9KMD, informed the group that it is time to elect new officers. An executive committee meeting will be held to identify a slate of officers, which will be presented at the October meeting. Kent also invited anyone interested in running for an office to come forward. Erik, WA9JE, indicated that he would be interested in running for an office, perhaps Vice-President.

No old business or new business was brought before the membership. No Public Service activities were raised for discussion.

W9DXCC will be held on September 12, 2015 at the Hyatt Woodfield. It is preceded on Sept. 11 by Contest-U and DX-U at the same location. Google W9DXCC for details.

Upcoming hamfests highlighted include Belvidere on Sept. 12 and Peoria on Sept. 19. John, KA9CAR, asked if anyone was interested in having a club flea market table at Belvidere.

Kent reported that October’s program will tentatively be presented by our ARRL Section Manager Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN.

The business meeting concluded at 7:30 pm.

After a short break, Ed Picha, N9EP gave a presentation on a Maine state-wide communications system installation project that he had led for Motorola. Ed had great pictures and stories to give an insider’s view on what goes on behind the scenes.

Respectfully Submitted,

Roger Scott, KF9D, MCWA Secretary