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Good day everyone.
After the general post meeting this past week the newly formed Membership Committee met to discuss ways to bring in new membership. My wife and I were wearing our TALARC shirts and had our handhelds with us. Carrying a handheld is a great conversation starter by the way. They asked me what I thought we, as a post, could do to build membership and I brought up TALARC. They asked what is TALARC because none of them have ever heard of it. I know, it has been here on the website, minutes of the National Convention, and a few other places. I do not know if it was mentioned in the Legion magazine or not after that convention. I promptly passed out the TALARC brochures that I received from K9TAL. Well, turns out that one of the current members of the post is a former amateur radio operator and he wants to get his license back. Membership committee approved the creation of a post amateur radio club. Next step, bring it up for a vote at the next month's general meeting for a vote. Since we are not asking for any money or changes to be made, I am confident that it will pass. I laid out a goal, vision statement, and strategy already. Those I will present at the general meeting next month.

I just thought I would pass that along as many other posts are working on creating a club too. It took a year to get to this point but it was well worth it.

Best regards,
Rich "Doc" AC8AL

 

carrierguy

January 16, 2013 - 12:39pm

Way to go, Doc! Very nice work!

AC8AL

February 5, 2013 - 12:02pm

Updated....
At the general membership meeting last night it was approved to add an amateur radio club to the post. There was also discussion about adding a tower, radio room, and equipment. It will not be a short process but it will be a fulfilling process. But first, we must recruit and train.

Best regards,
Rich "Doc" AC8AL, COML

WSloan

February 5, 2013 - 1:54pm

What a great decision by the membership! I suspect the tower alone will attract new members wondering what it's all about.

Bill, NZ9S

AC8AL

February 10, 2013 - 9:08pm

Thank you Bill. The tower will do that. After further discussion at a Soup Supper that we would not use the term "Club" as we already belong to TALARC. Instead we will be a program or group with a post station that is part of TALARC.

Best regards,
Rich "Doc" AC8AL

AC8AL

February 10, 2013 - 9:12pm

Let me clarify the wording. At a soup supper, several Legion family members (Auxiliary, Post, & SAL) said that creating a club within a club was confusing. Therefore it was decided to use the word program or group. This will be further discussed over the next few weeks as we recruit.

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