On Tuesday Sept 10 the Oakville Amateur Radio Club is holding its annual general meeting to elect a new board of directors.
As an incorporated non-profit organization we fall under the direction of the Ontario government which has tons of information on their website about how we must run our club so as to maintain our non-profit status.
One thing the government doesn’t talk about and we should is what are the qualities of a good director for our club.
For example, last year I volunteered and was appointed, at a club meeting where most of the directors were present, as Field Day coordinator.
I said at the meeting that the only way I would accept the appointment was if everyone was in favour of it. No one objected.
I also made clear that as coordinator it was my objective to delegate as much as possible to those who volunteered to help. Again this statement was met with approval as nobody objected.
As the weeks leading up to Field Day went by many members stepped up volunteering to be captains of stations, facility managers and even a Saturday night dinner cook. We had participation by a great many club members and several hams who weren’t members and I think everyone seemed to have had a good time.
But one surprising outcome was several of our current club directors chose to setup their own Field Day site elsewhere. None of us working the Oakville club site were aware of this decision and many of us were very disappointed in this behaviour which I would consider more than a little passive aggressive.
Now we are coming up to the annual general meeting and I have no idea who will be putting their name forward for the position of director but I’d like to suggest we elect directors who put the interests of the club first and their own interests second.
Hope to see you on Tuesday as we need to vote in directors who will support the members in building the best Oakville Amateur Radio Club possible.