I hope you’ve all weathered the blizzard without problem and are
enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as you read this.
I’d like to bring you up to date as to what transpired at the annual
ARRL Board meeting last week.
First up was the election of new volunteer officers, and there were no
surprises. After six years as President, Kay Craigie N3KN decided to
step down and not seek reelection. Succeeding her as President is Rick
Roderick K5UR. Rick is a dynamic leader and I look forward to his
tenure. Rick was formerly the First Vice President. That position was
taken by Dakota Division Director Greg Widin K0GW, now 1st VP. The new
2nd Vice President is Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT, former the Rocky Mountain
Of course, the big news is the search for a successor to long-time ARRL
C.E.O. Dave Sumner K1ZZ, who will be retiring on May 1, 2016 after 40
plus years at the ARRL, over 35 of them in his role as the executive
officer of the ARRL. An offer has been made, and accepted, to an
individual with strong management, development, and educational skills.
The final Board vote will occur this coming Monday at a special
electronic meeting of the Board, after which time he’ll be introduced
to the membership. And yes, the new C.E.O is a long time ham (licensed
50 years ago).
There were a few minor house-keeping items that were dealt with,
specifically, the adoption of the ARRL Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and the
adoption of the report of the Executive Committee which dealt with the
deletion of Standing Orders identified as no longer relevant and
necessary for the good operation of the organization.
Two resolutions of note were adopted at the Board meeting. First, my
motion for the President to appoint an ad hoc Legislative Advocacy
Committee charged with the following duties:
1. Implementation of the Board’s Federal legislative program and
2. Develop and evaluate strategies for passage of the Amateur Radio
3. Oversight of and coordination with legislative consultants and staff
4. Identification and recommendation to the Executive Committee of
future legislative goals and strategies.
A motion to appoint a Reapportionment Committee to examine Division
boundaries was adopted. The committee will conduct a study which would
examine equalization both geographically and as to size of membership.
Division boundaries have been the virtually the same since the
establishment of the ARRL. The committee is to report its findings and
recommendations to the Board at the January 2017 meeting.
As to committee assignments, I was once again elected to the Executive
Committee. I was also appointed as Chairman of the new ad hoc
Legislative Advocacy Committee, and I was reappointed to the Legal
Defense and Assistance Committee.
I will be participating in the electronic Board meeting tomorrow,
January 25th. I will report back to you the results of that meeting in
which the Board will be appointing the new C.E.O.
73 de Mike N2YBB