Occupy RAC

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.

Maybe we could stage an Occupy RAC movement?

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.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

4 thoughts on “Occupy RAC

  1. The National Organization is NOT ALL about Amateur Radio
    but rather ALL about money and power and ego and how to
    force an agenda on members and volunteers that is certain
    to destroy incentive, motivation,enthusiasm and dedication.
    Come hell or high water these heavy handed tactics by the
    Officials have caused division and conflict while they promote
    ways to discipline volunteers and restructure even if the ship
    goes under with no communications MAYDAY SOS or GPS.
    This train derailed 10 years ago between support and apathy
    junction and all the kings men have never put it back on track.

  2. Lets get one thing straight here, RAC is NOT the National Organization, it does not represent ALL Canadian Amateurs! In fact they refuse to represent those amateurs who cannot afford to pay their annual membership fee, or those who have no interest in joining.

    Canadian amateurs deserve better than these cowboys (and no insult intended to real Cowboys!).

    We need a new association that will represent ALL Canadian amateurs, regardless of membership. We need a new association that will not charge an arm, two legs and a kidney each year so we can belong to them. But, most of all, we need a new association that is 100% DEMOCRATIC!!! I am sick and tired of having people fostered on me as presidents of RAC by the Board, when the general membership does not get a vote. Does nobody else find this fact insulting and demeaning?

    Anyone else interested in forming a new association out there? Current RAC Officials need not apply!!

  3. I’m planning to attend Dayton for the first time. I was thinking of volunteering to man the RAC booth at Dayton this year (in response to the request in the latest TCA), but not knowing the basis for all the rants against RAC on this and other, similar anti-RAC blogs, I think I’ll pass. The thought of all of you possibly ganging up on me at Dayton….naa, it’s not worth it.

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