When I read about the way Toronto City Council is trying to wrestle democratic control back from the tag-team of Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug and read about the fractious scenes at debates of the Republican contenders in the USA, i wonder what we have to do to turn a little association like RAC around.
We could recruit volunteers to stand outside the RAC booth at the Dayton Hamvention and answer questions from confused US and Canadian hams about what’s not happening in Canada.
No that won’t work as the event organizers would likely throw us out. Can’t say I would blame them.
How about we call for an administrative review just like they’re doing in Australia where a spat between the PM Julia Gillard and her x-foreign affairs minister has gotten to the point that little is getting done?
But who would we ask to do the review?
No, I guess it’s going to be more of the same old, same old unless, unless some of the senior thought-leaders in some of our oldest and most respected clubs start calling for a change.
What would that change look like?
We could start by asking ourselves what do we wish our national organization to accomplish? The days of publishing a print magazine and running a QSL bureau aren’t enough to justify the cost of running a national organization.
We’re sure not hearing anything from the guys who are supposed to represent us in the regions. And the appointed staff also seem at a loss for words when it comes to telling us what they’re accomplishing on our behalf.
Creating dissension and bad feelings in our national service arm isn’t helping.
Canadian hams deserve better and the presidents of Canada’s largest clubs might just be the people to set Amateur Radio in Canada on the right path.