THE LAST MAN STANDING WAS THE BEST MAN!
It’s the yearly meeting everyone hates, but as many as possible attend – yes, the dreaded AGM. There are always vacant jobs aplenty and volunteers a-few…and the Redcliffe Radio Club’s 2015 AGM was no exception to the rule!
To get the ball rolling and end the ceaseless rumbling of Ham tummies, John (VK4BZ) and Jeff (VK4FNRS), ably assisted by Ken (VK4FKEN), served up a hot dog gourmet delight…and, much to the satisfaction of Carsten (VK4OA), there were onions this time…though he brought his own cheese along. You can never be too sure, can you Carsten?
Some things are traditional, and at Redcliffe the AGM tradition is for George (VK4XY) to swap his Morse paddle for a gavel and chair the election…dah-di-dah. This AGM was to prove one of the toughest for George, but he steadfastly held onto the gavel and tapped it with tenacity until all the aforementioned vacancies were filled. Most of the positions were filled with little difficulty – except the most important one: the President. Yes, it seems nobody wanted to occupy the VK4RC Presidential suite. Peter (VK4EA) has been in the chair for some years but has decided to study for his Masters in Engineering and running the radio club was going to be a microwave too far. George interrogated just about everyone sitting in the room and for a while it looked like the election was going to come down to the whole crowd being forced to draw straws until Doug (VK4KET) and Peter (VK4NBL) either sneezed or swatted a fly away and that was taken as a possible indication of ability and interest. Ultimately, there was general relief when Peter accepted nomination and was duly elected…unopposed. Congratulations, Pete! We’re sure you are the right man for the job and will provide the leadership needed for the next 12 months.
Mind you – it is curious that there seems to be a succession of “Peters” in the administration of the club. Sounds almost like the Vatican? The new executive now consists of Peter (VK4NBL) as President, Kevin (VK4UH) and John (VK4YJV) as presidents in charge of vice, Roger (VK4ZLQ) as Secretary, and Steve (VK4SJH) as Treasurer. As a club we are all very appreciative of Peter (VK4EA) and his contribution particularly in developing the caravan and the radio room, but also in his visionary leadership with Redfest, microwave and ATV…and in cooking damn fine camp oven dinners for the John Moyle field days!
Two other important announcements were made at the AGM – firstly, the winner of the Rod Story Memorial Home Brew Challenge. After much deliberation and some very stiff competition, Charles (VK4BTC) with his HF power amp was announced as this year’s winner. Charles was his usual modest self, but his big signal is ample proof of his abilities and the lesson to us all that age is no barrier when it comes to ham radio. (Yes, Charles is a little over 21 years old) The second award was the Peter Garrison Shield, for outstanding contribution to the Club, and this year’s winner was John (VK4BZ)… probably because he kept people fed at general meetings! Congratulations to these two active and involved club members.