The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) with 12 Attendance.
The Finance Report was read with motion to approve by Cass Teles (KD8MNG) seconded by Dave Claar (W8TUX).
Minutes from previous meeting were distributed in advance vie email with no corrections.
The Membership report stands at 48 total paid and lifetime members.
 
Members in Distress:
 
KC8PCU is out of the hospital and continues to recover nicely.
 
Upcoming Events:
 
June 3 is the FCARC Summer Hamfest.  Flyers are available for printing on the club website at http://k8bxq.org/hamfest.  Club members are encouraged to spread the word about this event.
 
June 24 and 25 is the ARRL Field Day.  More information can be found at http://www.arrl.org/field-day and members are encouraged to download the rules packet.  We are looking for volunteers to help with some of the bonus points like an Education program and club information table.
 
July 9 is the Delta Chicken Festival Parade.  We have helped with this in the past and will continue to assist the Delta Police Department this year.
 
Old Business:
 
Storm Spotter Training was well received.  The presentations continue to improve year over year.  It was mentioned that the Bryan repeater (146.820) is monitored by the Indiana Weather Service.  Amateur Radio operators in the Storm Spotter program are encourage to remember this frequency for reporting.

Starting in March, VE testing will now be at George's Radio & Antenna Service, 7800 St Rt 108 in Wauseon. It is still the last Saturday at 9:00am. 

Silent Key Report: Dale Little (N8MI)

Finance Report read with motion to approve by Jim McBride (K8JPD) seconded by Ben Murray (KD8JBS).

Minutes from previous meeting were read with several corrections:
 

  • Festival of Lights is actually excluded from 2017 events
  • There is an additional net on the 3rd Wed, 9pm USB on 50.125
  • Motion to adjourn was made by KC8UQU and seconded by WB8ZOI

Upcoming Events:
 

  • Storm Spotter 6pm March 16, contact Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) at kb8elg@hotmail.com if you are not comfortable with online registration.  The event is 6pm - 9pm Administration Building, Wauseon, online registration a must!  http://events.eventzilla.net/e/2017-skywarn-spotter-training--fulton-cou...
  • Regarding upcoming meetings, future meetings will be in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the admin building, not the council chambers.  Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG), Jason Clingaman (KC8PCU), and John Meyers (KD8ZKE) are official club contacts to gain access on those meeting nights.
  • Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) mentioned possible participation in Winter Field Day 2018 (End of January)
  • Jason Clinagman (KC8PCU) September 9 is an event over at Homecoming Park sponsored by the UAW (IAC) for veterans.  The club was asked if we might be intereted in helping.

Old Business:
 

  • Charitable fund raising project, Bryan Patterson (KB8ELG) is still looking for ideas where the club can participate

New Business:
 

Dale G. Little, of Delta, Ohio, who for over 40 years answered to call sign “N8MI,” was called home on February 1, 2017, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Dale was born on March 23, 1938, in Jackson, Michigan, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He was a proud graduate of Irving E. Macomber High School. On September 20, 1958, he married Joann Burch and she survives. Dale had a very successful 40-year career with AT&T (formerly Ohio Bell), retiring in 1995. In retirement, Dale was able to enjoy his many hobbies. Of them all, he most loved traveling the country with his wife in their 30-foot fifth-wheel travel trailer. And of all the destinations, Lakeland, Florida, was the favorite. There, he was able to watch countless spring training games for his most beloved baseball team, the Detroit Tigers. When not long-distance traveling, Dale loved spending time at his Figy’s Point cottage on glorious Posey Lake (Hudson, Michigan). Dale was an avid golfer, fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved spending time in his professional woodworking shop, making furniture and cabinetry for his two homes. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a professional organization connecting amateur radio operators around the country. When he wasn’t “playing radio,” Dale was an instructor, teaching others Morse code. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Joann. Two daughters: Beth (Pete) Carr and Jill (Douglas) Roloff, both of Wauseon, Ohio.

Entire list of available training can be found online: http://www.weather.gov/iwx/spotter_event_list

The meeting was called to order at 7:30pm by KB8ELG with 13 Club members in attendance. 

The Treasurer report was read and accepted by all.

Correspondence:

KB8ELG read a letter from Tom Nickle (W8AI), our club member at a distance, with a donation to the club and condolences regarding the passing of Ralph Smith - W8HG.

We received a return of $175 from the Legion Hall along with a positive letter on how well we left the facility after the December Hamfest.  The fee is normally used for a cleaning crew which was not needed.

TMRA provided a complimentary table to their March Hamfest, but with a stipulation that it can only be used for the purpose of promoting the club, not for the sale of equipment.

Committee reports follow:

Hamfest: We netted $655 from the winter Hamfest.  Changes to the 2017 Winter hamfest were discussed.  A motion was made by KC8PCU and seconded by KD8WSL to commit to reserving the Legion Hall for December 2, and for committing to June 3 for the Summer Hamfest.  All were in favor.

Membership: We are starting a new year and tallying membership renewals.  Thank you for your continued support of the club.

Education: The February Tech class may be canceled as we only have one commit so far.  KB8ELG has set a hard date of Jan 21 to get additional commits to taking the class.

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