Many [I hope all of you] will have read the recent blogs posted by VE1OZ/HK3OZ, John Bartlett, VE3HG, Peter West and myself.
My three blogs were drafted from the comfort of my dorm at Mt. St. Vincent University in Halifax during the course of our Annual General Meeting and the Maritime DX Forum. The forum was sponsored by the Halifax Amateur Radio Club.
The purpose of the recent blogs is to encourage membership engagement and debate on the future of the RAC.
I am completely convinced that the RAC has an important role in amateur radio and will be around for many years to come. I am also convinced that we need to encourage membership to enter into the debate so as to better inform the discussions of your directors and executive now and at our planning meeting in late October.
RAC will be vibrant and relevant in the 21st Century because your directors and executive, in concert with the rest of the members are facing the future. We are facing the future with imagination, partnership and intelligence. We need to address issues: both real and perceived. Perception is often reality.
Some questions for you to consider and provide feedback to your directors:
- What do you want from your national organization?
- What services do you value?
- Are you prepared to be involved? Run for office? Volunteer?
- How do you think that the RAC can be made more open to members?
- How should the RAC communicate with and engage its members?
There are numerous other questions that I could pose but the stimulus provided by the blogs is intended to initiate a dialogue with hams across this country. I believe that it was Oscar Wilde that said “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”. The Radio Amateurs of Canada is on the move … help chart the course.
Geoff Bawden VE4BAW
President and Chair