I’ve been staying out of the discussions involving our national Amateur Radio organization as I think I’m seeing the endgame beginning to take place as Canadian amateurs in their thousands elect not to run for the many official offices and unofficial jobs that are coming up for re-election and reappointment next month.
Such is the lack of response to calls for nominations that a letter to the Amateur Radio community from RAC ends up pleading to members with this concluding line:
“Remember, Radio Amateurs of Canada belong (sic) to each of you as members. Perhaps it is time to put a little more into the shaping and direction of the organization than just being a member. This is your opportunity to make a difference.”
How entirely galling and offensive.
Wasn’t this exactly what was attempted a year ago when many of us called for changes in the structure of governance of Radio Amateurs of Canada?
New lines of communications between the board, executive and real members were created. Many members came forward volunteering to get involved. RAC and its future was the topic of conversation at clubs across Canada.
But a grand vision meeting held a year ago in Ottawa was a flop as members were barred from the discussions and given no opportunity to be directly involved. The open blog was gutted and turned into an official bulletin board with the comment section closed to members. A second attempt to run an open RAC blog was abandoned shortly after its introduction.
Even our annual general meeting held a few weeks ago failed to attract any real attendance either at the meeting itself or via an online national feed which featured commentary almost solely from the chief officer and no others.
Most recently here in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada the Amateur Radio Emergency Service which is administered by RAC is in turmoil and divisive decisions have caused some dedicated volunteers to question their own involvement.
So this last year what we didn’t get was any real way for members to be involved in the future of Radio Amateurs of Canada. This is a failure of the governance structure and for that we are all responsible.
Remember John Barlett, VE1OZ/HK3OZ’s CQ Canada website and his search for Waldo (It took me a little while to figure out that Waldo was really all of us. Kind of like Pogo’s revelation that “We have met the enemy and he is us.”)?
So how will this all end?
Sadly I think.