Our new Constitution and By-Laws provide the governance and oversight mechanisms required for our organization to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit. It also streamlines our operations and governance model as we move forward.
We have updated our charter to codify our mission to provide educational opportunities and emergency communications through Amateur Radio. We also changed our name to the Nashua Area Radio Society. As you will probably conclude, we are already doing the things that are included in our updated charter.
We also adopted a streamlined model for the operation, governance, and oversight aspects of running our organization. Our new model is shown above.
Our members will elect a seven-member Executive Committee as before. The Executive Committee is responsible for all aspects of operating our organization. We have changed the term of the members of the Executive Committee to two years and they are now elected on a staggered basis. We expect these steps to improve the continuity of our organization’s leadership. As you can see from the above, we also adopted several other elements to support our on-going operations and governance.
Our immediate next steps include updating our online presence to reflect our new name, updated filings with the State of New Hampshire, and the creation of the Policy and Procedure documents required by our updated By-Laws.
A group of our members has been working on our updated Constitution and By-Laws for several months now. We’d like to thank the team of members who contributed to this process. They include:
Our next Non-Profit Project planning call. See our Non-Profit Project page for more information. A separate meeting invite with a WebEx link has been sent to the project team members. If you’d like to join our Non-Profit Project team, please contact Fred at email@example.com.
Our club has accomplished a great deal in the last year. We have grown to over 130 members. We have introduced many new people to Amateur Radio, helped them to earn their Licenses and worked with them to get on the air and develop their knowledge and operating skills. We’ve also worked hard to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about Amateur Radio for members of our club and for the Amateur Radio community which we are a part of.
Much of the credit for our club’s success this past year belongs to you, our members. We very much appreciate all that you have done to contribute to our success and the fun that we have all had as part of what we have done together. Your enthusiasm and support provide great encouragement and inspiration to the many new members who have joined us as well as to all of us who are part of our club’s Leadership Team.
We, as your club’s Executive Committee, have been working on a set of goals and plans to continue on this path during 2017 – to provide even better opportunities for our members to learn more about and to enjoy Amateur Radio, to continue to encourage people to join the Amateur Radio Service, and to provide opportunities for STEM learning for young people.
Our goals and focus for 2017 centers around continued success in and focus on the following areas to benefit both our members and our community as a whole:
To do these things and to be successful as a growing club, we are also pursuing status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. This will enable our club to more effectively secure support from other groups to further our work towards these goals.
Each of us has taken ownership for creating a focus on meeting different aspects of our goals for this year. We are planning to share more about our plans for 2017 at our February Club Meeting.
We are asking that each of you, as members, to consider how you can get the most from all of these and the other opportunities that our club provides. We are working hard to try to create something for everyone that can provide enjoyable opportunities to have fun, to contribute, and to expand the value that we all create and derive by being part of the Amateur Radio Service. We are also asking each of you, our members, to consider helping us with these initiatives in 2017.