Since we have just elected our 2014 officers, its a good time to mention that we have five vacancies that need to be filled.  The vacancies are as follows:

1) Technical Committee Chairman (Standing Committee)
2) Activities Committee Chairman (Special Committee)
3) Auctioneer (Supporting Position)
4) Historian (Supporting Position)
5) Flea Market Coordinator (Supporting Position)

More details on each of these committee’s duties are provided below:

1) Technical Committee Chairman

The technical committee exists to support all things technical at the SEMARA clubhouse. This includes clubhouse computers, network infrastructure (cable modem, router, webcam server, etc.), the club’s phone line, television, ham radio gear, towers, feedlines and antennas. This committee also works together with the repeater committee to support the wireless network link to the repeater site. The committee has five members at the present (KD1CY, NN1D, W1MLD, W1RJC, WA1ESO) and has had no chairman to lead the team for almost 2 years. President Marcel-W1MLD would appreciate someone to step up to this position.

2) Activities Committee Chairman

The activities committee exists to support all club member activities. This includes organizing and coordinating cookouts, chicken BBQs, special trips (i.e., to Boxboro, ARRL or Dayton) and more. This committee also works together with the radio events committee to help coordinate events such as ARRL Field Day each June or a special contest that the club is participating in. This committee has NO members at the present and has been vacant and virtually abandoned for at least 3 years. Why not step up to this committee and to help make the SEMARA club more active and attractive to members by coordinating fun events throughout the year?

3) Auctioneer

The auctioneer organizes and conducts auctions of donated equipment and other goods. Traditionally, this has been done at the conclusion of the club’s business meeting each month. The auctioneer also works together with the treasurer to transfer funds collected back to the club’s bank account.

4) Historian

The club historian keeps a record of historical documents and pictures and occasionally researches and interprets the past history of the club. In the early 2000s, a history of the association was first published by the late Bill-K1IBR, former club historian. The original digital copy of this publication has been lost. However, several hard copies of this book exist. One of the tasks of the historian would be to digitally scan and copy this publication to make it available on the club’s website. As time passes, the historian will keep the club’s history updated as new milestones are reached, with the occasional addition of newly discovered historical facts and tidbits.

5) Flea Market Coordinator

The flea market coordinator is responsible for organizing all aspects of the club’s annual flea market. Traditionally, the club has held its flea market in September of each year. The flea market coordinator works with the web committee to promote the upcoming flea market on the club’s website and social media accounts. The coordinator also works with the club treasurer for any expenses and income generated by the flea market. The coordinator additionally works with the activities committee which coordinates food and drinks offered at the flea market.

An always current list of contacts (officers and supporting positions) exists on the SEMARA website – http://semara.org/contacts.  If anyone can assist in these vacancies, we encourage you to contact President Marcel-W1MLD – president [at] semara [dot] org.