Ask not what your RAC can do for you

Remember the John Kennedy quote when he said in his Jan. 20, 1961 Inaugural Address: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what can you do for your country.”

So what’s this got to do with Radio Amateurs of Canada?

Occasionally I get an e-mail from a concerned member that says something to the effect “What is RAC doing about XYZ issue?” And, my answer echoes Kennedy’s quote because RAC isn’t the small handful of volunteers who serve on the executive, it’s the membership at large. We are RAC. You, me and all the members of this organization.

So when someone asks me “what is RAC doing”, I ask back “what are you willing to do?”

Are you willing to form or join a committee? Are you willing to get involved? Are you willing to work with others for the common good of all?

Or do you think somebody else should do it for you?

When it comes to the RAC executive there are way too few volunteers to do all the work that we as hams need to do to make ham radio better for every ham in Canada. That’s the nature of volunteer-run organizations. It’s too bad but it is what it is. We can only do what we can do.

You know I learned a very valuable lesson from one of my bosses when I was a young man. He said never come to me with a problem. Always come to me with a solution. Sage words to live by.

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