BIARC Constitution and Bylaws


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Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  Following this commentary, I will list the current headlines from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Now, to our evolving discussion of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club’s proposed changes to it constitution and bylaws.  Here is the message text from Leslie Hitner:

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Mel via BIARC


Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 12:14 PM
Question: re:  Proposed Constitution, Article II, Section 1, paragraph 2, the “interim board” Is this Interim Board elected under the same rules as the Executive Board??  Thanks, Mel   —–Original Message—–
From: Leslie Hittner via BIARC <>
To: BIARC Listserve <>
Sent: Tue, Mar 12, 2019 7:46 am
Subject: [BIARC] Constitution and Bylaws

The attached document is the Constitution and Bylaws being proposed by the Ad Hoc Committee.

There is one issue that the committee has not yet resolved in these documents and that is the issue of proxies at Membership Meetings. The requirements for holding such meetings are more relaxed than in our current Bylaws (where absentee voting is provided). The quorum requirements are easier to meet in the proposed documents.

While absentee voting (proxies) were almost critical in the existing Bylaws, some of us feel that not to be so in the proposed documents.

What follows are my feelings about proxy votes:

While proxy votes allow 100 percent participation by members who choose not to attend meetings, such proxies also allow those members to have a say in club activities and events that they do not engage in. If members are not interested in the BIARC Field Day, or in actively supporting BIARC’s amateur radio infrastructure, or attending any of BIARC’s monthly activities, then perhaps they should merely donate to the club – to support repeaters for instance – rather than “joining” the club. It should be understood that when you “join” a club it is more than writing a check.

The new documents establish only two meetings per year – plus other meetings as determined by the membership itself. Is it too much to ask members to attend two meeting per year if they want to have a voice in the club’s activities or vote for the club’s Executive Directors?

I am not in favor of creating a provision for proxy votes.

Now, I have spoken my piece. I will now listen and based upon the comments that I hear, I will suggest changes to the attached documents and update them from time-to-time. Whatever we have by the April meeting will likely be the version that is proposed for a future vote (We must approve these documents in accordance with our EXISTING Bylaws.)

Please do not change the Subject Line. This will allow all of us to keep this discussion together and to quickly find it inside our email systems. I prefer that everybody sees your thoughts and suggestions, so please REPLY ALL so that your thoughts also go to this listserve.

Let the conversation begin…

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Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


This report covers Amateur/Ham Radio News as of Sunday, 25 March 2019.

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News for Monday 25 March

Bouvet Island DXpedition news – They are on their way!
If you missed our special bulletin, the 3Y0I team is now on their way to Bouvet Island aboard the “Atlantic Tuna”. They left Cape Town, South Africa, on March 19th, at approx. 0600 UTC

New edition of ham radio newcomers podcast
‘The New Ham Radio Starter Pack’ is the focus of the new (March 21) episode of the ‘So Now What?’ biweekly podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers

IDXC DX Convention
The 70th meeting of IDXC will be held from April 12-14th, 2019, at the beautiful Convention Center in downtown Visalia, CA

SARL hoping for another record AGM attendance
The South African Radio League (SARL) is hoping to achieve another record breaking attendance for their AGM which this year will be held in Stellenbosch

How to get into DMR … without a radio!
Are you a licensed ham who is interested in Dstar or DMR – but without the cost of expensive radios?

DXCC Yearbook
The 2018 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and downloading

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th March, through Sunday, 24th March there were 225 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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