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Minutes of SPARC Meeting – April 7, 2017


7:30pm, the meeting was called to order. Pledge of Allegiance and introductions were done. Moment of Silence for Silent Key WA9WCP, Ken Hopkins. Secretary’s Minutes for March’s meeting are posted online and were accepted by membership. Treasurer’s Report given by Tom, AI4QP, Net Manager’s Report, Rick, KK4WTE, Club Trustee Report, Dave KR4U, Repeater Report given by Ron, KP2N, new 1.25 meter repeater has been install and working. Tom, AI4QP, gave the Membership Report, returned member, K4FRP, Frank was welcomed by membership. Donn, N4KII, gave the VE Report, one new Technician for March. All reports were accepted by membership.

Old Business – A Field Day Chairman is needed for Field Day 2017 and call for a volunteer was made to the membership. Copies of the new SPARC tri-fold brochure were shown to the membership and approval for printing was made by the members. Update for the proposed By-Law change.

At the April 7, 2017 meeting, this motion was presented, seconded, discussed but voted down therefore the by-laws remain unchanged.
Pursuant to the notification rules, at the April 7th, 2017 meeting, SPARC will consider a By-Law change. This was introduced at the last meeting.
The proposed change is as follows:
Proposed to amend Article 5, Section 1 by adding

2. Prior to a vote of the membership authorizing a non emergency equipment expenditure >$200 the Secretary or party designated by the Secretary, shall make notice as to the type of equipment being sought by the club to the SPARC electronic mailing list 30 days prior to a final vote.  The intent of this notice shall be to locate needed equipment or substantially similar equipment locally, at reduced cost/donated from the SPARC membership.
The executive board shall have the power to designate expenditures exceeding this amount as emergency on a case by case basis. An emergency expenditure is not subject to this section, however mailing list notice is still encouraged if possible.
Nothing in this section shall preclude debate during any meeting regarding proposed equipment expenditures.
New Business – TARC Fest will be held the Tampa Amateur Radio Club April 15, 2017. The Florida QSO Party will take place April 29th and 30th. Break called at 8:15pm.

The program for the evening was Keys and Bugs, presented by Kyle, N4NSS and Learning CW the Army Way by Jean Shepard, K2ORS (SK).

Meeting closed at 9:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Ron – KK4KRC
SPARC Secretary.

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