In 1976 I attended my first GCARC meeting, mostly because I wanted to participate in Field Day. Little did I know that in a few short years, I would be named Field Day Chairman! And that's the way it works in our Club. Show up regularly for and participate in any one of our various Club activities, and soon you may end up running it! This includes the various committees, but also extends to serving as a Club officer, up to and including the position of President. And thanks to the one-year term of office bestowed upon us by the founding members, many from our ranks have been given the chance to hold the gavel. In most cases, their primary qualification for the office, like mine, was just coming out and participating in the various activities of the Club. They learned by doing, and by watching those members who had come before them and helped to build the legacy of GCARC for future generations of hams in the Southern New Jersey Section.
Just this past fall, I taught a Morse Code class to a group of budding CW operators within our Club. This was the first time I had ever taught a class in anything. Certainly there were more qualified teachers within our ranks, and better CW operators than I, but I gave it a go and actually got it done. Again, my primary qualification was simply a willingness to take the time and do it. And I got the feeling that my students really appreciated my efforts, however unqualified for the job I may have been on the day of our first class. One thing is for sure, at the completion of the course, I was far more qualified than I was when we started out!
We have a number of really talented people in our Club, who are quite willing to share their knowledge with us on a regular basis. Whether it is through our meeting programs, Tech Saturdays, or the various operating events, there is a lot of great knowledge that we can acquire just by showing up and listening to the experts who are willing to take the time to show us how it is done, whatever "it" may be. And it is really encouraging to see the newer members taking on some of these activities. This will ensure that the Club will remain vital even if some of the older members reach a point where they are no longer able to stay actively involved. This is an important thing in a hobby like ours which is dominated by older folks.
I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve GCARC as President for 2021. There have been many great GCARC members who have served in this office before me, and I hope that my performance will be up to the standards that they have set. I would especially like to thank my friend Jim Clark, KA2OSV, for his efforts of the past two years, and for his trust in me as he passes the gavel to my hand, and also to all of you members who have also put your trust in me. I will make every effort to do the best job that I possibly can. All I ask in return is that you show up for and participate in your favorite Club activity, and learn all that you can from it. But be careful, as someday you may find someone handing the gavel to you! Wishing you all good health and prosperity in the new year, and hoping that it will be a better year in every way.
Membership renewal dues will be accepted starting on January 1st.
March 31st is the deadline to renew your membership.
73, Tony Starr K3TS