The Terminator

A couple of discouraging and disturbing points have emerged from the February minutes of the board for Radio Amateurs of Canada.

Seems the board approved a motion (2012-05) which allows the president to terminate any executive member with an appeal process to the RAC Board.

It was moved by Mitch, VE6OH and seconded by VA2SH and I wonder if either gentleman is proud of being involved with this particular motion.

You see, it’s a matter of optics and timing.

The motion came early in the same meeting that our volunteer regulator affairs officer was “terminated” by unanimous vote. Now, thanks to this new motion, we don’t have to bother ourselves with going behind closed doors, discussing the matter and voting as the Board has now assigned the dirty work to the president who can terminate on his own.

Ugh. Now we have a President and Terminator in one.

Look I have no illusions that the volunteers who work on the executive team do so at the “pleasure of the president” but that doesn’t mean one guy should go around “terminating” other guys. Yes I know there’s an appeal process but that’s not the point.

Is this how we want our national organization to be run? I hope not.

Would you want to work with a bunch of fellow volunteers knowing that they’ve voted to let the president to terminate you at will? I sure wouldn’t.

There’s lots of shame to go around on this one IMHO.

Second if I read the minutes correctly the Foundation License is a dead duck. I’m of two minds here which may come as no surprise to some in RAC who may or may not have personal experience with this affliction.

We could have used a Foundation License to grow Amateur Radio in Canada and increase the RAC membership numbers which grow less by the day. But we’d need to do more than just create a Foundation License. We’d need to build in a mentoring or coaching program to promote, teach and grow the program. That’s a big job.

I liken the Foundation License to a stick we find on the ground. As a stick, it doesn’t do anything for us unless we pick it up, wield it over our head and bash the the brains out of the wolf who is attacking us. (Now that’s a termination.)

But if we just look at the stick. Or if we don’t pick it up. If we don’t move it around. If we don’t use it to bash out the wolf’s brains….it’s just a stick and does nothing for us.

So since the Foundation License appears to be a no-go where do we go from here?

Please, please tell me we’re not going to set up a sham dog and pony show where the executive says something like “now we’re going to ask the members what they want” and we enter into a lengthy period of national and regional discussions.

We’ve had a ton of discussions.

What we need to do is get around a table (whether in person or electronically) and come up with some action plans.

You guys know what we want. We want to be engaged. We want some leadership. How about a couple of bodacious goals?

We don’t want to sit back and join you twittering our thumbs any longer.

 

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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.

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