RAC Bulletin 2013-005E – RAC Planning Session – February 15-17, 2013

RAC Bulletin 2013-005E – RAC Planning Session – February 15-17, 2013


This February the Board and Executive of RAC met in Ottawa to develop the planning context for 2013 and 2014 and the vision for RAC over next five years. Our last face to face planning meeting was in October of 2012 and we have successfully completed the objectives set out in that meeting; RAC is now solvent and we have stopped the slide in membership numbers.

This February the following key objectives were set:

  • Increase number of active amateurs in Canada
  • Identify key demographics and increase RAC membership as a percentage of active amateurs across Canada’s demographic mosaic.
  • Enhance the relevance and respect for amateur radio in the eyes of the public and then leverage that respect with government. This will support spectrum protection, our influence on municipal issues and prevent new attacks on amateur radio privileges such as we saw (and are seeing) in distracted driving.

The foregoing requires that RAC move from a survival to growth mode and develop new resources to support achieving those goals. We agreed to continue to operate in the fiscally responsible fashion that we established in 2010 and noted the need to establish new budget lines to support key activities and eliminate the subsidies provided by our officers. We agreed to establish a resource to provide key information support (paper and electronics) for clubs, member and media to support us in achieving our objectives.

Webinars to discuss our plans in more detail.

Over the course of the next few months we will be undertaking regional webinars with Club Presidents and Field Service members chaired by the President and the local Regional Director. These meetings will allow us to discuss our plans for 2012/2013 in more detail. We are looking forward to creating this opportunity for dialogue.

More information will come out in the TCA and RAC Report so stay tuned.

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW

President and Chair RAC


Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

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