The history of CMSARA is that it was founded to be more of an “association” than a “club” of amateur radio enthusiasts. Many clubs suffer from issues of authoritarianism (it’s the “officers” club), elitistism (e.g., Extra Class operators are superior to Technicians; No-Code licensees aren’t ‘real’ hams’), and being too tradition-bound (meet-and-eat clubs is what we’ve “always” done). CMSARA was organized to be less of a club and more of an organized group of ham radio enthusiasts and to be activity-oriented. In short, we do stuff!
As a result, CMSARA makes sure that it is the membership that “owns” the group. Officers and members of the Board of Directors are elected to serve the membership. Presidents are limited to two consecutive terms. Board meetings are open to the membership. ARES officials, such as the county Emergency Coordinator, are appointed by the Section Manager of the American Radio Relay League. New ideas are welcomed, encouraged and supported by others in the group.
J. Richard Lawrence KF5EZX, is our newly elected President. Richard was licensed in 2010 in Brandon, Mississippi. He’s served over forty years in various public safety positions including firefighter, EMT, law enforcement officer, criminal prosecutor and, for the last 15 years, In-house Legal Counsel for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department. He also spent six years as a Corpsman with the Marine Corps Reserve and two years as a Flight Medic on a medevac helicopter with the Mississippi Army National Guard. He’s currently semi-retired and works part-time for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department. Richard is also a member of ARES and enjoys assisting the community with emergency and event radio operations.
Mike Flanagan W5MA, is Past-President, having served the maximum two terms. He was first licensed as a ham in 2003. He quickly joined the Volunteer Examiner (VE) team a year later as a Technician class, later upgrading to the Extra Class license. Mike enjoys contributing to public service activities and quickly joined the Rankin County ARES. After quickly learning the ropes via the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, Mike became an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC). In 2014, became the RACES Officer for Rankin County Emergency Management Authority. Mike enjoyed serving as CMSARA’s Special Events Coordinator which significantly prepared him to assume the role of President. He works as many events as his schedule permits. Mike’s input on club activities is widely respected throughout the membership.
Vice President for Special Events
William Ray KG5IIS
Vice President for Programming
Bill Stanfill K4YCD is the newly elected Vice President for Programming. Bill was first licensed in 1958 and has held his Extra Class since 1981. He spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1991 in Colorado Springs, CO. While stationed in the Republic of Korea (twice), he held the license HL9TS. Since then he has been associated with community colleges and career/technical colleges both as an instructor and an administrator. While in Colorado, Bill was the VE liaison for 12 years with the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association. He enjoys CW and recently has begun learning the digital modes. Since moving to Mississippi, Bill has become active in ARES, and enjoys working special events.
Tommy Alewine K5TMA – Tommy is continuing to serve his first term as treasurer.
Richard Bohlman KG5QLS is the newly elected Secretary, serving his first term. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and left his hometown in June of 1966 for service in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, attaining the rank of Gunnersmate 1st Class (E-6). After his military service, he and his wife became ministers in The Salvation Army for the next 20+ years. Due to the death of his father, they had to leave their calling to care for his homebound mother. Richard is retired from the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office 911 Emergency & Deputy dispatch. He became interested in EmComm Ham radio in late 2016 and enjoys HF digital radio and DX contacting.No
Brady Aldrich KA7KWJ continues serving his first term. Brady also serves as the association webmaster. He is a technician class license holder, and member of the American Radio Relay League. Brady became a ham to help with disaster relief and recovery, as well as secondary communications during emergencies. In his professional life, he is a 20-year broadcast engineer. He and his wife Robyn live in Brandon with their 5 kids, and when he’s not on the air spends time serving in music and media ministry with his family.
Brooke Ridge KG5JAW: Brooke has been a licensed ham operator since August of 2015, and achieved the goal of receiving his Extra Class license in September of 2016. He is an active member of the Rankin County ARES Net and is a Volunteer Examiner. He has participated in radio communications for public service events, and encourages and helps new ham operators learn how to operate their equipment and join in on local nets. He has also checked into the SKYWARN net during periods of hazardous weather in the area.