Key People Keep Leaving RAC

At this morning’s 6:30 am weekly breakfast meeting of the Oakville Amateur Radio Club, Rod Hardman, VE3RHF, announced his decision to withdraw from his position of Ontario South Director for Radio Amateurs of Canada.

I won’t share here what Rod and I discussed but to say it sounds like Rod’s experience was very similar to my own which prompted my leaving the post of VP of Public Relations some years ago.

I took over from John Bartlett, who is now HK3C, who has become a great friend over the years despite the physical distance between us (which of course evaporates to nothing when we’re talking on 20 meter SSB).

John is the creator of CQ Canada which is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of Amateur Radio in Canada.

I also believe that new PR guy for RAC who was out of Quebec has resigned before I really got to know him. I can’t think of his name right now (I think it was Sheldon Werner, VA2SH/VA6SH) (I did get the wrong guy. It was Vincent Charron.) and he was turning around RAC’s social media efforts. (The RAC Facebook page is filled with great content which I believe was Sheldon’s work.)

The ancient, broken and ugly old RAC website was being migrated over to a new WordPress based-site what at least looked modern but alas I fear all this will fall to the wayside again. It’s back to the spark days for RAC.

So now what for RAC?

Since it appears that the few remaining directors aren’t going to do anything of substance to correct the ongoing issues (starting with acknowledging that there are fatal issues that need addressing by them) and there being no wholesale effort by the shrinking general membership to impeach anyone within our national organization, I think it’s over.

Rumour has it that RAC is going to drop the national ARES program like a hot potato as internecine squabbling within ARES is so bad that most of the good people have quit leaving nobody of substance and authority in charge.

Maybe it’s time to revisit the idea of something like The Radio Society of Ontario? RSO was formed in April 1962 with amalgamation of the Ontario Amateur Radio Association and the Ontario Amateur Radio Federation.

We could vote in a new board of directors and install a new president and executive team from right here in Ontario. Negotiations with our national organization might follow if the Ontario membership saw any advantage in doing so.

If this happened, I’d volunteer to be its social media maven.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Key People Keep Leaving RAC

  1. Peter, one only has to look at the latest edition of the TCA to see that only four of eleven Section Manager positions are filled, most having been “unfilled” in the past few months, to realize that RAC ARES is in severe trouble and people are bailing.

    Interesting that you bring up the RSO………work is already underway on that front. Details via email to you shortly.

  2. Peter, you are right, over the last few months and years alot of experienced Emcom, ARES trained amateurs have left RAC. If a new organization started up and went out to experienced amateurs who could leave the politics at home, there would be a great organization. We have the talent out there and they are waiting to help.. Lower the membership fee to $25.00 and no magazine,
    Peter put out a call on your blog and just see how many people sign up to help.
    Russ Hemphill
    President of ECOA
    EX DEC Severn District

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