END OF YEAR PRESIDENT'S REPORT - 2003.
by Ken Groom - ZR5AAD/W8
Ladies and Gentleman,
As this year draws to a close it's a good time to reflect upon
what we, Holland Amateur Radio Club, have accomplished these past
twelve months. In January when I took charge at the helm of this
committee, we envisaged there was going to be a very busy year ahead
of us all, and how true this speculation turned out to be. That said,
I would now like to take this opportunity of recapping and sharing
with you some of those highlights.
Beginning with our structured monthly meeting format. Introduced
earlier in January, it has allowed meetings to be run in a timely
manner, all matters being discussed and concluded on average without
detaining members late into an evening. Multiple prizes were added
into our 50/50's draw (HARC is probably now the most well read club
in Michigan), plus during the year a number of invited knowledgeable
speakers, presented interesting topics on a wide variety of subjects.
Outside the conference room, thanks to dedication of our members,
very successful Field Day and Fox Hunt events were staged, along with
a tour of Gentex's RF lab. Further, our members added
international communications capability to the clubs 440 repeater,
when earlier this year an IRLP node was installed, proving extremely
popular. HARC's website was revamped and has once again proven to
be an invaluable reference source whilst continuing to expand. We also
gained several new members to our ranks, and the next Amateur Radio
training class is already scheduled for early 2004.
On a community level, HARC members once again rose to the challenge,
having been as active as ever participating over a wide variety of
fronts. Many gave up their time, offered expertise plus provided
equipment for emergency communications during such events as Tulip
Time for American Red Cross, Ottawa County HazMat drill, Muskegon Air
Show, MS150, Zeeland Community Hospital's Pumpkin Fest, Skywarn,
O.C.E.C drills plus responding to Search and Rescue call outs. Our
clubs VHF / UHF repeaters performed faultlessly during all exercises
and continue to prove their worth in times of need.
Despite a recent slump within the economy, prudent monetary and
fiscal policies, combined with our Treasurers diligence, ensured
HARC's clubs financial situation has remained sound, and
continued to show steady growth this past year.
Moving on to what surely was our biggest challenge in 2003, ever
member can reflect with pride upon the recent excellent ARRL / HARC
State Convention plus Banquet, hosted by our club. What an
accomplishment! All those many long hours put in by so many of you
really paid off. I've heard nothing but highly complimentary
feedback from both exhibitors and visitors alike, ever since. Many
visitors were amazed upon seeing, besides a full house of vendors,
various Emergency services, U.S. Coast Guard plus Military
representatives participating. Personally I believe we really
"raised the bar" to a new level in terms of what future Swaps
will be like in this region from now on. My congratulations to you
2003 was a really great year for Amateur Radio. No doubt 2004 will be
even more exciting. In closing, I would like to take this opportunity
now to thank my committee for their steadfast assistance, enthusiasm
and dedication. Your wonderful support made my job so much easier.
And last, but by no means least, I'd like to thank you, the
membership, each and every one. It has indeed been both a great honor
and a privilege for me, to have served and worked with you.
KEN GROOM ZR5AAD/W8