The meeting was called to order by President Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT at 7:30 PM. There were 21 members in attendance with one guest.
In attendance were:
Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT. Adam Hilmers KO4BVD, David Warner, KB4ICU, Al Flapan AF4FA, Carol Sjursen KJ4AWB, John Cole N1QFH, Erik Olmer W4EJO, Alan Lisler NT4AL, Joe McGee NX4T, Ricki Witte KJ4FSJ, Jo Cummins N2QFT, Robert Ligum KN4WII, Ricky Eaton KD4HGR, Dirk Basting N4AN, Mickey Galper AA4AC, Ben Echavarria N7BBE, Nigel Ricards KB4F, Allen Karden N4ALK, Barry Porter KB1PA, Thomas Savoca K9TJS, Jeff Stahl K4BH, Melodie Savoca.
The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by President Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT.
The General Meeting Minutes of October 25 , 2022 were approved as they appeared on the website W4BUG.com.
Treasurer Erik Olmer W4EJO gave the report for the month of November 2022. $8679.38 is in the treasury as of today. We ae showing 51 annual members, 3 Annual Family member and 19 Lifetime Members.
The VE report given by Jeff Stahl K4BH asks for a new place to give our examinations for Amateur Radio. This month three people tested and all passed.
Repeater Trustee Ricky Eaton KD4HGR gave a thumbs up to the equipment t this time. The only two entities that are down is the DMR repeater and the HF Remote station due to an Internet problem. Our expectation is it will be back shortly. The HF Station sent out for repair will be. Back in service once we pay the repair bill which was just presented to us.
Web Admin is now Thomas Savoca K9TJS for the upcoming year. Charlie Artner KN4VDW was not able to come tonight to receive his accolades from the Board for his tremendous contribution in building a beautiful and fully functional website that has not only added value to the club but has improved and made the nob of collecting funds for dues and events much less cumbersome.
VP Ricki Witte KJ4FSJ read the announcements:
Wing’s Plus Dinner was well attended by 22 members and 3 guests. Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT retiring President, was awarded a gavel plaque for her leadership of the club. She was also awarded a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP, along with Jeff Stahl K4BH, for HIS continued and excellent
contributions though out his 25 years as a member.
Next Wing’s Sunday Dinner date will be announced.
BARRY PORTER KB1PA started the election process and the slate was voted in by acclimation due to no further candidates wishing to run. The New Board of Directors for 2023 will be:
- President Erik Olmer W4EJO
- Vice President Ricki Witte KJ4FSJ
- Secretary Ben Echevarria N7BBE
- Treasurer Robert “Liggy”Ligum KN4WII
- Director/PIO Tom Savoca K9TJS
- Director at Large Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT
- Repeater TRUSTEE Ricky Eaton KD4HGR
President Elect Erik Olmer W4EJO thanked the membership for their confidence in voting on the new Board.
Barry Porter KB1PA, made a motion to thank Charlie Artner KN4VDW for his service as Secretary and Webmaster the last years. Motion approved by all.
A motion to formally recognize Jeff Stahl K4BH was made by Barry for all the years he has served our club, Boca Club, ARESRACES, CAP and Winterfest Boat Parade in communications. Motion was passed by all.
A motion was made to thank Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT for her years of service to the GCARA. Motion was approved by all.
A motion was made by Mickey Gaper AA4AC to recognize Joe McGee NX4T for his dedication and service to the GCARA and for his willing support of several Field Days for the club. Motion was approved by all.
NOTE: For this year only, Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT will continue as President for the remainder of December 2022 as recalled by Jeff Stahl K4BH, per our constitution. Next year’s Board will vote to amend the constitution to terms ending with the fiscal year in November of the said year to make things work more efficiently.
Ricky Eaton KD4HGR was scheduled to speak on the use of the HF station, however, was prevented doing so because Internet was down. Jeff StahlK4BH, graciously stepped in to do a program called “Digital Radio on the Cheap” by Powerpoint. He offered a lot of less expensive ways to set up a Digital station.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 PM.
Minutes written by Melanie Fernandez KJ4VCT per video of meeting.