Constitutional Changes

At our last Club meeting, we tackled some long-overdue updates to the TCARC Constitution and By-Laws, which were last changed in April of 1985. The dawn of 1985 opened in the era before email, websites, packet, APRS, AREDN, National Incident Management System (NIMS), ICS-213, heck, even before the Internet existed. In January, a first class stamp only set you back $0.20 (although it would rise later in the year). Back in this era, we had mandatory attendance to meetings AND events (or you could be dropped from membership), 5 member repeater committees (with four sub-committees!), and a requirement to physically mail minutes to every member (how else could they possibly get a copy? FAX?!?!?).

To bring us into the 21st Century (before it runs out), we voted for some changes at last night’s meeting. Under the terms of the current Constitution, at our next meeting we will vote to approve or reject these changes. Any active member of the Club is invited to vote, and we will need a 2/3 majority to approve. To read what we approved for consideration, the changes are listed here and a ballot form is included. For those of you who would like to see the original, what is being removed, and what is being added, we have a “revision marked” file showing the modifications to the Constitution and By-Laws. Votes from active members must be received by meeting time on January 9, 2024, to be considered, so if you don’t think that you’ll be able to attend the January meeting, please submit your vote by another means before January 9th.

If you have questions, please feel to drop a note to the Club email.

Mike Zore (AE9MZ)

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