A few postings back I talked about whose job it was to represent Radio Amateurs of Canada at all of the various fleamarkets and special events that many of us enjoy so much. I suggested it was yourjob! And guess what? I was right … well, sort of.
You see RAC is run by an elected board of directors (seven members who represent all of Canada) and a national executive (12 hams who are appointed) and by almost 50 assistant directors who work to help the regional directors communicate with all of us members. (SO IT’S THEIR JOB! Not so fast.)
None of these folks should be confused with the eight section managers (Field Services) who are the senior elected RAC officials in their sections (Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Maritimes, Newfoundland-Labrador, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan) who supervise the section-level assistants and administer the RAC programs that involve emergency communications, message traffic and on-the-air bulletins. A report of section activities is printed in every issue of The Canadian Amateur and makes for some interesting reading about ham radio activities across the country.
The section manager also appoints a section emergency coordinator (SEC) who is responsible for all matters pertaining to radio emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and also appoints a section traffic manager. The SEC also appoints district emergency coordinators and local emergency coordinators (EC). There are lots of other positions that flow from here (and it’s all described in the RAC Administration Manual in great detail) but you get the idea.
So just whose job is it to promote Radio Amateurs of Canada and to sign up new members and get us existing members to renew (take the three-year option)?
It’s all of our jobs if we sincerely want to support our amateur radio hobby and service. It’s President Geoff Bawden’s job. It’s the job of the board members. It’s top of mind of the assistant directors. It’s my job and it’s yours.
RAC needs all Canadian amateurs to join and to help recruit new members. And it’s not to make RAC a better organization (although it wouldn’t hurt). It’s to make amateur radio better for all Canadian amateur radio operators both today and in the future. So when it comes to whose job is it. You know the answer.