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Bulletin RAC 2010-032F- Énoncé de vision future 2010-11-14

Bulletin RAC 2010-032F- Énoncé de vision future 2010-11-14
2010-11-14
Vision future pour RAC tel qu’unanimement approuvé par le conseil des
directeurs et l’exécutif de Radio Amateurs du Canada:

Le conseil et l’exécutif de Radio Amateurs du Canada, engagés dans le
futur de la radio amateur au Canada et dans le futur de RAC ont tenu
une réunion de planification à Ottawa entre le 29 et le 31 octobre
en tant que partie d’un processus pour dresser le plan du futur de RAC
dans le 21e siècle.
Le conseil et l’exécutif se sont mis unanimement d’accord sur une
vision préliminaire du futur pour RAC.

Cette vision apparaît ci-après et sera publiée sur notre site Web et
dans l’édition de janvier-février de “The Canadian Amateur”.
Les commentaires de la part des membres et des radioamateurs sont
bienvenus et doivent être envoyés à Paul Burggraaf, secrétaire
corporatif, Radio Amateurs du Canada. Par courriel à:

<pburggraaf @ nf . sympatico . ca>

Radio Amateurs du Canada (RAC) devient partie intégrante de la culture
radio amateur. Quand de nouveaux radioamateurs obtiennent leur
certification, ils s’empressent de joindre RAC et profitent des
bénéfices de l’organisation qui est reconnue aussi bien au niveau
national qu’international comme la voix de la radio amateur au Canada.
Si c’est une question, une préoccupation ou un problème relié à la
radio amateur, RAC est l’organisation qui s’occupe de ces sujets et
fournit les réponses et les conseils.

Nous atteignons de hauts niveaux de services; nous répondons aux
besoins de nos membres et servons d’exemple à d’autres organisations
internationales radio amateur pour comment assurer le service à leurs
constituants. Les postes de directeurs, membres de l’exécutif et
d’assistant-directeurs sont remplis par des membres de RAC, qui sont
équitablement représentés par leurs élus. La convention annuelle est
bien suivie et, par le moyen de la technologie, est accessible à un
plus grand nombre de membres qui ne peuvent être personnellement
présents.

RAC étend les communications à ses membres, à travers une variété de
méthodes: réseaux radio amateur, communications de clubs locaux,
rencontres face-à-face, présentations, bulletins de nouvelles. La revue “The Canadian Amateur”, les réseaux sociaux et les bulletins courriels/site Web sont parmi les moyens utilisés. Nous atteignons un niveau de communications avec le public et les divers paliers de gouvernements qui réflète vraiment nos capacités et le degré auquel nous pouvons contribuer aussi bien aux communications d’urgence qu’à la connaissance des possibilités de notre passe-temps par le public.

RAC fait la promotion de l’éducation et du parrainage pour les nouveaux radioamateurs, et appuie la formation et la supervision des volontaires de RAC pour obtenir des résultats exemplaires aux niveaux municipal, provincial et national. Le nouveau programme de formation de RAC est l’outil reconnu et appuyé par nos groupes ARES. Nos volontaires sont l’élément vital de notre organisation, et nous développons un programme d’appréciation qui réflète notre dépendance à leurs capacités et à leur dévouement. Tous les membres de RAC reconnaissent et apprécient la contibution des individus bénévoles, et la valeur, en tant qu’organisation, que RAC amène à la radio amateur au Canada.

RAC atteint une position financière stable, avec un recrutement positif et croissant qui réflète vraiment la remarquable représentation que RAC accomplit auprès d’Industrie Canada et le monde de la radio amateur au Canada.

Paul Burggraaf
Secrétaire corporatif, RAC

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

RAC Bulletin 2010-032E – Vision Statement 2010-11-14

RAC Bulletin 2010-032E – Vision Statement 2010-11-14
2010-11-14

Vision for RAC as unanimusly agreed upopn by the Board of Directors and Executive of the Radio Amateurs of Canada:

“The Board and Executive of the Radio Amateurs of Canada, committed to the future of Amateur Radio in Canada and to the future of RAC, held a planning meeting in Ottawa from October 29th to October 31st as part of a process to map the future of RAC in the 21st Century.  The Board and Executive have unanimously agreed upon a draft Vision for RAC.”

This Vision appears below and will be published on our website and appear in the January/February issue of The Canadian Amateur.  Comments from members and amateurs are welcomed and should be sent to Paul Burggraaf, Secretary, Radio Amateurs of Canada by email to
the RAC Corporate Secretary at <pburggraaf @ nf . sympatico . ca>

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) becomes an integral part of Amateur Radio culture . when a new Ham obtains his/her certification, they rush to join RAC and enjoy the benefits of the organization which is recognized both nationally and internationally as the voice of Amateur Radio in Canada. If it is an Amateur Radio question, concern or issue . RAC is the organization that addresses those concerns and supplies the answers and guidance.

We attain high service levels; we meet the needs of our members and serve as an example to other international Amateur Radio organizations on how to service their constituents. Director, Executive and Assistant Director positions are coveted by RAC members, who are equitably represented by their elected officials. The annual convention is well attended and through technology, is made available to a wider range of members who cannot attend in person.

RAC pushes communications to their members, through a variety of methods . Ham nets, local club communications, face-to-face meetings, presentations, newsletters, .The Canadian Amateur. magazine, social networks and e-mail/web bulletins are among the devices employed.
We achieve a level of communication with the public, and the various levels of government that truly reflects our capabilities and the extent to which we can contribute to both emergency communications and public awareness of the abilities of our hobby.

RAC promotes education and .elmering. to new Hams, and supports the training and coaching of RAC volunteers to achieve exemplary results, at the municipal, provincial and national levels. The new RAC Field Training program is the recognized tool leveraged by our ARES groups. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and we develop an appreciation program that reflects our reliance on their abilities and commitment. All RAC members recognize and appreciate what the individual volunteers contribute, and the value that RAC, as an organization, brings to Amateur Radio in Canada.

RAC achieves a stable financial position, with a positive, growing membership which truly reflects the outstanding representation that  RAC makes to Industry Canada and the world of Amateur Radio in Canada.

Paul Burggraaf
RAC Corporate Secretary

Bulletin RAC 2010-030F – Bulletin RAC 2010-028F – Bulletin #2 d’Ottawa.

Bulletin RAC 2010-030F – Bulletin RAC 2010-028F – Bulletin #2 d’Ottawa.
2010-11-02

Via Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW

* Le conseil, l’exécutif et autre personnel-clé sont arrivés vendredi, et nous avons travaillé de longues heures jusqu’à dimanche après-midi. Le tout s’est déroulé dans une atmosphère collégiale axée sur la solution de problèmes, avec des discussions ouvertes et franches entre tous les participants.
* Les précieuses suggestions de nos membres ont été revues et discutées en détail et incorporées dans le travail fait dans la Vision RAC préliminaire, qui sera imprimée dans TCA et dans une notification de RAC dans un proche futur.
* Le sujet des adhésions multi-niveaux a été discuté et a été transmis au comité administration et finances pour analyse financière additionnelle. Ceci inclut aussi des options pour des adhésions pour jeunes et/ou étudiants.
* Un budget pour 2011 est en préparation et est en révision dans le moment par le comité administration et finances.
* Il a été discuté du bureau des QSL partantes, et des options futures de financement et de fonctionnement de ce service.
* Un programme de reconnaissance pour nos bénévoles, qui sont la colonne vertébrale de notre organisation, est en train d’être mis en place.
* Nous procédons à une stratégie de communications améliorée qui présentera de l’information et des nouvelles à nos membres, par l’intermédiaire d’une variété de médiums, incluant les réseaux radio amateur, communications des clubs locaux, rencontres face à face, présentations, bulletins de nouvelles, la revue “The Canadian Amateur”, le site Web, communiqués et voies de communication sociales.
* En plus, nous examinons activement comment améliorer les mécanismes de rétroaction de la part de nos membres.
* RAC est l’unique et nationale voix pour les intérêts de tous les opérateurs radioamateurs au Canada. Le conseil et l’exécutif sont d’avis qu’une adhésion active et croissante à RAC est la clé pour une représentation efficace et forte de la radio amateur au Canada, et que, avec votre support, ceci pourra être réalisé.

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW – Président, Radio Amateurs du Canada

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

RAC Bulletin 2010-030E – Bulletin #2 from Ottawa.

RAC Bulletin 2010-030E – Bulletin #2 from Ottawa.
2010-11-02

The Board, Executive and other key personnel arrived on Friday, and we have worked long hours through till Sunday afternoon. This took place in a collegial, problem solving atmosphere with open and frank discussions by all participants

* Our member’s valuable input was reviewed and discussed in detail, and incorporated into the work done on the draft RAC Vision which will be printed in TCA and a RAC notice in the near future.
* The topic of tiered memberships was discussed and has been forwarded to the Admin and Finance committee for additional financial analysis. This also includes options for a youth and/or student memberships.
* A 2011 budget is being prepared, and is being reviewed by the Admin and Finance committee at this time.
* The outgoing QSL bureau was discussed, and future funding and operating options were discussed.
* A recognition program for our volunteers, who are the backbone of our organization, is being implemented.
* We are moving forward on an improved communications strategy that will push information and news to our members, through a variety of mediums, which would include – Ham nets, local club communications, face-to-face meetings, presentations, newsletters, ‘The Canadian Amateur’ magazine, the web site, bulletins and social media channels.
* In addition, we are actively looking at improving the feedback mechanisms from our membership.
* RAC is the single, national voice for the interests of all Amateur Radio operators in Canada. The Board and Executive believe that an active and growing membership in RAC is the key to effective and strong representation of Amateur Radio in Canada, and with your support, this can be accomplished.

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW – President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

Bulletins RAC 2010-028F – Nouvelles d’Ottawa #1

Via Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA

Bulletins RAC 2010-028F – Nouvelles d’Ottawa #1
Bulletin de RAC le 30 octobre, 2010 à 10h am

Ce weekend, les directeurs, exécutifs et personnel clés de Radio Amateurs du Canada sont réunis à Ottawa afin de planifier le futur de RAC. Ces individus sont presque tous des bénévoles et engagés envers le futur de RAC.

Aujourd’hui, nous sommes a réviser ce que RAC doit être dans le futur et nous prenons connaissance des idées que vous nous avez fait parvenir. Nous regardons ce que la revue .TCA devrait être ainsi que notre présence dans la communauté radioamateur canadienne. Nous sommes a définir la vision du RAC du futur dans le but d’attirer et retenir nos membres et assurer le futur de RAC au pays.

D’autres bulletins suivront.

Signé :
Les directeurs et exécutifs
Radio Amateurs du Canada

RAC Bulletin 2010-028E – Bulletin #1 from Ottawa

Via Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA

RAC Bulletin 2010-028E 2010-10-30 – 10:00 a.m.

This weekend, the Radio Amateur of Canada Director’s, executive and key resources have gathered in Ottawa to plan the future of RAC. These individuals are almost all volunteers, and we are committed to the future of RAC.

Today – we are looking at what RAC needs to look like in the future. We are reviewing the feedback received, the future of ‘The Canadian Amateur’ magazine and what our physical presence needs to be in the future. We are building a ‘vision’ of what RAC needs to look like in the future, in order to attract and retain members, and ensure the future of Amateur Radio in Canada.

Further bulletins to follow.

Signed:
Directors and Executive
Radio Amateurs of Canada

Bulletins RAC -2010-024F – Sondage

Bulletins RAC -2010-024F – Sondage
2010-10-12

Chers collègues radioamateur:
Le conseil d’administration et comité executif de Radio Amateurs du Canada se réunira au fin d’octobre pour devélopper un vision pour RAC au 21ième siecle. Nous établirons un plan opérationel les deux années 2011 et 2012.

Nous demandons aux membres courants, anciens et potentiel de Radio Amateurs du Canada, les clubs et associations radioamateur de donner vos opinions et recommendations sur un ensemble de questions qui se trouve sur notre site web. Nous apprécions recevoir vos reponses au plus tard le 20 octobre.

Nous avons dèjà reçu des soumissions de plusieurs radioamateurs, clubs et associations et nous vous remercie pour votre input. Vous êtes libre d’ajouter a vos commentaires dèjà faits.
SVP visiter le site web à http://www.rac.ca/fr/rac/strategic-future/survey/ pour soumettre vos idées

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW – Président, Radio Amateurs du Canada

RAC Bulletin 2010-024E – Poll

RAC Bulletin 2010-024E – Poll
2010-10-12

Fellow amateur radio operators:
The Board and Executive of the Radio Amateurs of Canada are meeting at the end of October to develop a vision for RAC in the 21st Century. In addition we will be establishing a two year operational plan for 2011 and 2012.

We are asking current, past and future potential members of Radio Amateurs of Canada, amateur radio clubs and associations to provide your thoughts and recommendations on a set of questions found on which will be found on our website. We would appreciate receiving your response by October 20t.h.

We have already received submissions from a number of members, clubs and associations and we wish to thank-you for your input. Feel free to add to your previous comments.
Please visit the RAC website at http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/strategic-future/survey/ to provide your input

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW – Président, Radio Amateurs du Canada

Part 16 – The Journey Continues

When John Bartlett, VE1OZ/HK3OZ said a few days ago that Part 15 of his transformational process document was the last I had the thought that more was to come. Guess what? I was right. Here’s Part 16 where John talks about whether or not the culture within RAC is up to the task of changing.

Many of the comments on this blog are about change especially when it comes to more openness and transparency and not limited to simply fixing what needs fixing.

Everybody it seems has a list of what they’d like to see fixed (and opinions vary on how to fix somethings but that’s healthy debate and provides opportunities to see things in a new way) but not all understand that if we don’t change the way we approach how we lead and manage all the fixing in the world will not move the organization to a higher levels of success.

Transforming RAC – The Last Post?

John Bartlett, VE1OZ/HK3OZ, has sent us what appears to be his last post Transforming RAC – Part 15. In it, he encourages the RAC leadership to carry on with the process which he first introduced to us in 2008 and now has more fully revisited in 2010. He makes it clear he won’t be joining us in Ottawa and declares that as he is not a member of the board or the executive he feels he has no place at the discussion table which is not open to the general membership.

John’s efforts on our behalf have met with a spectrum of response from Canadian amateurs ranging from indifference, even hostility to elation and enrollment.

Personally I found in John a man of rare integrity and devotion to the hobby he loves. John had the courage to complete an incomplete process begun two years ago in Cornwall, Ontario at RAC’s AGM where he shared a process to determine the future of RAC. Now in 2010 he takes his leave by challenging each of us to express our own dream for RAC and Amateur Radio in Canada. I have enjoyed our almost daily chats via Skype and will miss the hours of discussion and debate that followed but I support him in his decision to step back now. He has done us a great service and I believe I can claim him as a friend and for that alone I am complete and grateful.

And since early July when John began this odyssey and his missives were published on this blog, you too have participated by the hundreds of views per day and scores of emails and posts.

So what lessons have we learned and what lessons await us?

First, as moderator of the blog, I have discovered that some of us live in the memories of the past which make seeing a vision for the future impossible. That is so sad but is says to me there is much healing of old wounds that has yet to be addressed. All of us in the RAC leadership group have a responsibility here to bring this about.

On the other hand, scores of you feel passionately optimistic about your hobby and RAC. This is so encouraging. I think many agree that the problems RAC faces are actually small and easily fixed if there is a desire to address the underlying issues and that’s to paraphrase Shakespeare “therein lies the rub.” Do we have the courage to look deeply into that which ails us or would it be better to end it all now as a few have claimed? To Shakespeare again: “To sleep: perchance to dream: Ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.”

So what are the underlying issues? Let me tell you a story:

Ten years ago or so my local Toastmaster club, one of the oldest in Canada, was facing a similar crisis to what RAC is facing today. Our numbers were declining and we were having problems filling the weekly job schedule that makes a Toastmaster meeting work. (Toastmaster clubs need at least 20 members to be considered viable and healthy. Our club was barely reaching even these minimum standards.)

We decided to survey every guest past and present about their experience and what we discovered horrified us. We were considered by newcomers to be elitist, unfriendly, cold and intimidating. We were shocked as we realized we had lost our focus. In our passion to become better speakers, we had forgotten the newcomer standing at the door.

So now, years later, when you come to my Toastmaster club as a guest, our greeters will shake your hand, introduce you to an executive member and a senior member will be assigned to formally introduce you to the meeting assembly. They will sit with you to answer any questions you might have and at the end of the night, the membership chair will talk with you about joining the club. You will be invited back as our guest for two more meetings.

As we begin our 55th season, First Oakville Toastmasters begins the year with an unheard of 40-returning members and we anticipate closing the year with a record-setting 60 members which will make this club one of the largest in North America.

So can RAC create a similar cultural shift?

If we do, we can thank John Bartlett for showing us the way. And if we fail, then we shall see what dreams may come.