Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association
General Membership Meeting
Meeting Minutes

1)  Call to Order

Joe McGee (NX4T)called to order the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association’s regular meeting at 19:30 EDT (23:30UTC) on May 25, 2021, over ZOOM. A quorum was present with 17 members and.

2)  Pledge of Allegiance

3)  Secretary’s Report – Charlie Artner (KN4VDW)

Erik Olmer (W4EJO) proposed an amendment to the total assets reported in the last meetings to $6,701.19

Motion to approve the minutes as amended by Jeff Stahl (K4BH); second by Joe McGee (NX4T); the motion carried with no objections.

4)  Treasurer’s Report – Erik Olmer (W4EJO)

The club is officially recognized as a 501(3)(c) organization. The filing fees were $52.50 and the mailing was $29.20.

We received $170 in member dues (4 single / 1 family). We also received a donation of $100.00. We also paid $204.00 to the USPS for our PO Box for the next 12 months.

Total as of 5/01/2021 $6,468.29

5)  Membership Chair’s Report – Joe McGee (NX4T)

40 regular members paid their dues
3 Family memberships (6 members)
17 Lifetime members.

We had a total of 85 members at the end of last year. Compared to that our membership is currently down by 27%. One of our major sources for new members were the HAM Exams which have been completely canceled during the last year.

6)  VE Status Report – Jeff Stahl (K4BH)

Not much difference from last month. Until we have a place to test, we cannot test in person. Jeff Stahl (K4BH) is working on possible online testing. Charlie Artner (KN4VDW) offered to talk to his church if it was possible to reserve a room there for testing.

7)  Repeater Report – Ricky Eaton (KD4HGR)

No changes to last month’s report due to lack of time. Everything is running as it should be. The Boca site has still not been accessed. The hospital has been taken over by Baptist Health.

8)  Web Admin Report – Charlie Artner (KN4VDW)

Visitors to the website can now sign up for our email list. The form to sign up is on the home page in the right-hand column.

9)  Call for Old Business.

We still have not heard from the hospital when we can meet in person again.

10)      Announcements

Our quarterly dinner will start again on June 5, 2021, at 7:00 PM at the Wings Plus on Sample Road.

Update on Memorial Plaques for Roy Neiman (KJ4EGN), Don Search (W3AZD), and Chuck Gress (K3NXH). According to Barry Porter (KB1PA), everything is in order and moving forward.

Summer Field Day will be individual. The Club will not participate as a group. Individuals can submit their contacts and contribute to the club.

We are still looking for volunteers for the Sunshine Committee.

11)      Speaker: Dave Warner (KB4ICU)

Dave Warner (KB4ICU) presented an intro to Mesh Networks.

12)       Adjournment

Joe McGee (NX4T)adjourned the meeting at 21:15 EDT (01:15 UTC).

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