Who Owns RAC?

Well it’s clear I don’t. 🙂

If I did after the mass firing and the suspension of the ancient creaking dysfunctional constitution, a national members’s committee of inquiry would begin the process of breathing new life into our dead association.

So who does run RAC?

You’d think it would be the membership as after all they’re the ones who forked out their $50.

But how do they get to have their say? Why it’s through the election of their trusted directors who have duties and responsibilities and are legally obligated to act in the members’s best interest. (The responsibilities of directors of non-profit organizations are spelled out by federal and provincial laws.)

But if those representatives, the directors, are virtually all “elected” by acclamation or by a handful of votes can we truly call them representatives and leaders?

And who can explain the thinking behind “firing” of a member who questioned the process he was witnessing when it came to a $20,000 Industry Canada contract? The message here seems to be don’t question the process or the consequences will be unpleasant. Some might consider this a form of bullying and we don’t tolerate bullying in our Canadian schools and workplaces anymore – do we?

So if the members aren’t in control and the directors aren’t in control, just who is in control?

Could it be that no one is really in control and RAC just lurches from crisis to crisis? One member says it’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It looks like good work is taking place but unfortunately the ship is still going down.

And if we don’t like what’s happening to our national radio association, what can we do about it now?

Perhaps you might want to personally ask your “elected” representative a few questions?

I might suggest starting with questions going back to the awarding of a $20,000 contract to one individual inside of RAC.

You might want to ask your director these questions:

  • Were you aware of the contract?
  • Did you have an opportunity to discuss and vote on the awarding of the contract?
  • Are you satisfied with the outcome (including the “firing” of the regulatory affairs officer)?

The names and email addresses of your current directors are listed inside of The Canadian Amateur magazine which seems to have encountered some printing and delivery issues this month and will be arriving late.

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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.

One thought on “Who Owns RAC?

  1. IMHO, RAC = Rank Amateurs of Canada. By all accounts, the organization has been in a very sad state of affairs over the last few years. There seems to be no real strategic leadership on the part of the executive – just wagon circling! Radio amateurs across Canada deserve much more from their national organization!

    Since to the best of my knowledge, there has been to date no official statement issued by RAC refuting the extremely serious allegations made in connection with the $20,000 Industry Canada contract, I believe that many RAC members and other hams across Canada will conclude that these allegations must all be true!

    I feel that ARRL membership offers a far greater value proposition for my $50/year so I have decided to let my annual RAC membership lapse in favour of an ARRL membership and receive QST each month.

    These days, the RAC “leadership” seems to be operating with general impunity without regard to the needs, issues and concerns of the general membership. I agree that a national members’s committee of inquiry would be in order!

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