Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association

Telephone: 601-345-1654 ○ E-mail: CentralMSARA@gmail.com

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Category: Board of Directors

Election Results for 2018-19 Board Members

At the general meeting on October 9 2018, it was voted in that the Board Meeting shall now be held at 6pm on the same day as the general association meeting, which is currently the second Tuesday of each month. All members are welcome, and greatly encouraged, to attend both meetings.

After that, the annual elections were held where, for various reasons, the entire board was up for re-election. Outgoing President Richard Lawrence (W5EZX) conducted the elections and warmly welcomed the new board into their roles.

The new board would like to thank the outgoing for their service to the association. President Richard Lawrence (W5EZX), VP Programming Bill Stanfill (K4YCD), VP Special Events William Ray (KG5IIS), Treasurer Tommy Alewine (K5TMA), Secretary Richard Bohlman (KG5QLS), and Board Directors Brady Aldrich (KA7KWJ) & Brooke Ridge (KG5JAW), your work on the association’s behalf is greatly appreciated.

The new board consists of the following.

President Quinton Frasier KW5TON
Vice President – Special Events
& Webmaster/Social Media
JD Toony K5HH
Vice President – Programming Mike McKay N5DU
Secretary/Treasurer
(pending vote)
Bob Burt KG5ZDZ
Board Directors Bob Bullock K5RWB
Mike Hampton

KG5SJD

Board Meeting Minutes (1/2/2018)

Below are the minutes from the board meeting held on January 2nd, 2018. As a reminder, club members are welcome to board meetings.

Members Present:
Richard Lawrence KF5EZX, Mike Flanagan WM5A, Tommy Alewine K5TMA, Bill Stanfill K4YCD, Brooke Ridge KG5JAW, Richard Bohlman KG5QLS
The meeting was opened at 6:30 pm.
Discussed Items:
CMSARA January program: Shark Open RF.
Capital City HamFest dates: January 26 & 27, 2018.
Any information and links regarding Paypal CMSARA dues payments be removed from our CMSARA webpages since we lose funds by dues payments via Paypal. This had already been approved by the Board in past Board meetings.
Voted Items:
The motion was made for CMSARA to donate $50.00 cash or up to $100.00 for flowers, as a memorial for Mr. Rick Nichols who was one of the founding fathers of CMSARA. Mike Flanagan WM5A will check with the family and determine which donation would best honor Rick.
Motion to approve by: Richard Lawrence KF5EZX
Seconded by: Tommy Alewine K5TMA
Approved by all members present.
Meeting was closed at 7:15 pm.

Board Meeting Minutes (10/24/2017)

Below are the minutes from the board meeting held on October 24th, 2017. As a reminder, club members are welcome to board meetings. Because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the next board meeting is on January 30th, 2018.

Members Present:
Richard Lawrence KF5EZX, Mike Flanagan WM5A, Brady Aldrich KA7KWJ, Bill Stanfill K4YCD, Brooke Ridge KG5JAW, Richard Bohlman KG5QLS
The meeting was opened at 6:30 pm.
Discussed Items:
CMSARA monthly meeting programs.
CMSARA December Christmas party.
New Ham information program to be handled by Mike Flanagan.
Board meetings minutes being added monthly to the CMSARA web site.
Painting & fixing of Rankin County EOC school bus to replace current
Ham radio outdated bus.
Voted Items:
Purchase five (5) Baofeng UV-5R Handheld radios at appx. $27.95 each. These radios are to be given to new Techs, who pass their Tech exam AND join CMSARA. The radios will be programmed by Richard Bohlman and then returned to Mike Flanagan who will direct the new information/membership program.
Motion to approve by: Brady Aldrich
Seconded by: Brooke Ridge
Passed by all members present
Meeting was closed at 7:45 pm.

Board Elections

Annual elections were held at the regular October membership meeting where outgoing President Mike Flanagan (WM5A) welcomed J. Richard Lawrence (KF5EZX) to the podium as newly elected President. Bill Stanfill (K4YCD) was elected Vice-President for Programming, and William Ray (KG5IIS) will continue his term as Vice President for Special Events. Tommy Alewine (K5TMA) will remain as the association’s Treasurer, while Brady Aldrich (KA7KWJ) and Brooke Ridge (KG5JAW) will also continue their terms as Directors. Long time Secretary Dave Van Horn (KE5MLL) ended his tenure, welcoming Richard Bohlman (KG5QLS) as Secretary.

Regarding the elections, Director Brady Aldrich (KA7KWJ) stated: “we are very happy to welcome the newly elected officers, and look forward to the new ideas and input they will contribute to this fantastic organization. At the same time, we want to thank the outgoing officers for their tremendous commitment and service to CMSARA, and will continue to value their presence and contributions at organization meetings and events. Their experience and knowledge as organization leaders will be invaluable to our newly elected board members.”

As a reminder, the Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. These meetings are open to all members and we encourage all interested members to attend.

CMSARA Adopts New Logo

At the July meeting, the CMSARA membership received a report from the Board of Directors regarding the recommended adoption of an official logo representing the Association. The previously used logo was simply something constructed ad hoc years ago.

The Association’s volunteer webmaster, Frank K4FMH, presented a report he had prepared on “market branding” and the Central MS Amateur Radio Association. He said, “Our brand is derived from who we are, who we want to be and who people perceive us to be.” Using the position taken by the American Marketing Association, Frank went further in presenting the candidate logo to those in attendance. (more…)

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P.O. Box 892

Telephone.: 601-345-1654

Brandon, MS 39043-0892

Email: CentralMSARA@gmail.com