Yup. Over the years that’s what I called the executives of our national ham radio organizations. What a bunch of old f***ts! I gave the same name to the executive of Radio Amateurs of Canada before I was asked to join the executive. Now I am the old f**t!. When did that happen?
So I’m sitting at the table at last weekend’s annual board of directors meeting which was held in Ottawa and I looked around the room. Now I’m 61! I feel 30 but I look 50 (I’mbeing vane.) but as Ilooked around the room I realized that about half the room was younger (and in the case of our treasurer Margaret, VA3VXN, a lot younger and even I can see that Margaret isn’t an old guy. BTW That’s Margaret hard at work.) and it was obvious to me this isn’t my father’s RAC.
I’ve said this before: RAC isn’t the board. The board is six people voted in by you members. If you don’t like or agree with your representative on the board, then run for the office. (Rotation of leadership is really healthy for any organization.)
If you want to become a member of the executive, speak to president Geoff, VE4BAW. You too can be appointed a vice-president and benefit from all the perks of office. For example, I got an IARU Region 2 lapel pin from Daniel, VE2KA, our VP of International Affairs during the day and half of bored board meetings. (Joke Geoff. It’s a little humour!!)
So where do we go from here?
The post meeting emails are flying back and forth across the country. Reading the mail tells me our new RAC executive team has taken a new step towards building a better RAC and better national organization to serve our interests as ham radio operators. There’s a lot of work being done and a lot of work that needs to be done. These are good people who have volunteered their time and talents for the betterment of ham radio in Canada.
In the next few months, you are going to hear a lot more about how you can get involved (renew or take out a membership. Get at least two other hams to take out memberships as well…by the way, we’re working on making this easier to do in the future) and why you should join your national amateur radio organization and encourage your friends to follow in your footsteps (and in a future posting I’ll talk about why you must join if you want to protect the precious radio spectrum we are privileged to enjoy and defend our use of amateur radio from unwarranted and unnecessary government legislation – think Bill 118 in Ontario).
RAC isn’t perfect. The board and executive are volunteers with lots of enthusiasm but limited time and in my case limited talent. But it’s our best tool to defend and foster the growth of amateur radio in Canada. So whether you’re eight years old or 80, I want you to become an old f**t (See photo left: Just kidding Geoff. It’s more humour!!) and join the rest of us old f**ts by becoming an active, paid up and engaged member of Radio Amateurs of Canada.