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Meeting notes: September 12, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Dennis Gilbey K9JZZ, Vice President, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

There were 20 members and friends in attendance.

SECRETARY'S REPORT: The minutes for the August meeting were read and approved as corrected.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Provided by Wayne Fox KE9P. The club received payment for manning the race buses for O’Reilly Raceway Park.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT: Dennis Gilbey is still accepting nominations for the IRCC’s Amateur of the Year award, until September 30th. Please email him with nominations at

TRUSTEE'S REPORT: No problems have been reported with the repeater.

RACES REPORT: There is the possibility of a mock disaster drill @ Plainfield High School in October. Members should listen for details. Members are also asked to remember the Goblin Patrol for Halloween in October.

1. ARES needs operators at three locations for Quaker Day in Plainfield: the vendor tent, carnival, and craft fair. These are to be used for Health and Welfare information.
2. ARES is looking for a DEC replacement for Spence Gibbs who resigned his position.
3. Members are asked to watch the website for a guide to be used in emergencies.
4. There will be monthly simplex test nets.
5. The annual ham classes will begin on January 25, 2012 at the Senior Services Center from 7:00-9:00 PM, and will continue each Wednesday until test day.

SATERN REPORT: Friends were asked to sign a card for Major Pat McPherson, WW9E, who is retiring as National Director for SATERN. Peggy McNary will attend his ceremony in Chicago on September 28th.

OLD BUSINESS: Mike Rollins reported on the frequencies that will be used for the Hilltop contest. These can be found at

1. The October meeting will be held at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Danville (behind the hospital) due to the holiday.
2. This year’s Christmas Party will be like last year’s and will be held at the Senior Services Center in Danville on Tuesday, December 13th. The event needs a chairperson. More information will follow.
3. President John Farmer shared some emails received by the club through the website.
4. John Farmer solicits more repeater usage in the form of an informal social net on Sunday evenings. John will monitor the club repeater starting at 8:30 PM and invites other ham operators to do the same.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Peg McNary, Secretary.