SARA MEETING MINUTES - March 10, 2010 (approved
April 14, 2010)
Call to Order: Having arrived 15 seconds
earlier, the meeting was called to order by President
Prescott Grey at 7:30 PM. 25 souls were in attendance.
Guest Speaker: Alfonso Garcia, WA5SWV
Superintendent, Alamo Navajo Community School briefly addressed the meeting.
Garcia is in the process of establishing a
memorial dedicated to the Navajo Code Talkers as a diorama/ddisplay in the Alamo school
library. Alfonso asked that if members have old military equipment that
can be donated to the exhibit that they contact him. Al Braun consented to
making the Socorro Radio Shack a central drop off point for donations.
Attendees were encouraged to
register in advance for the planned March 13 ICS-200 training at the
Approval of the Minutes: It was moved (Lommen) and seconded
(Leavitt) that the minutes of February 10, 2010 meeting should be
approved. The motion passed.
Treasurer's Report: Jim Lommen
reported that for February the total final balance was = $6,987.18 of which the TARA balance = $320.08
ARES: Vern reported on the
activities of ARES over the course of the last month.
LEPC: no report
CERT: On May 18, the hospital is having a
mass casualty drill. There is a meeting of the LEPC on March 18 to
plan the event. At this point ARES participation is not anticipated.
Charter School: Class is going
well. The new, 2M radio purchased by SARA for the school station has
arrived. Permission has been secured from the school to install the
station in one of the classrooms. Jon suggests reconnoitering the
vicinity of the station location to determine how and where to mount the antenna,
then determine antenna and ground cable runs and then obtain materials. Installation is
planned for the afternoon of March 23 with the participation of the
students. Help from SARA members is solicited.
Tour of Socorro: April 17-18, 2010. Amateur radio
volunteers will be solicited. T-shirt sizes will be
Rescheduled cleanup April 16th
Repair - TBD, but while SARA participation is
welcome the work will largely be the responsibility of
Nominating Committee - Vern Leavitt, Bill
Brundage and Dave Johnson have agree to serve on the nominating committee.
Bylaws discussion - Johnson moved
adoption. Lommen seconded. Johnson explained the intention of
establishing the committee. The measure will be voted on at the April
14 meeting of the Association.
Field Day - Various options for the
Socorro-based field day operation were discussed. Spargo
observed that Clarke Field provided a good venue for attracting and
involving dignitaries and family members using the cookout as an added attraction.
suggested that the NMT campus would be appropriate location if you wanted to
use food to attract people (students). Grey observed that a cookout could be held at the
EOC and suggested that we have the
event at the EOC with a cookout and a large sign to advertise the
event. Moved and seconded that it be held at the EOC.
Hamfest - Johnson discussed improvements for
the flyer printing and folding. A sanction with the ARRL will be
obtained by Prescott and he will also confirm access for the hamfest with the Fire Academy.
M Mountain Fly-In - Finley invited members to
the fly-in to be held on September 25, 2010 at the Socorro Airport. There will be
static displays and the Belen parachutists will 'drop' in. SARA was also invited to prepare a display for the event.
National Wildlife Refuge Week - Special event
planned in conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge week to be held Oct. 9
- 17. We would pick two days (weekends?) and operate during daylight
hours. Lommen will seek approval and provide more details in the
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at