SBARC Election: November 17, 2017

At the General Club Meeting on November 17, 2017, the Club membership will have the opportunity to elect the 2018 SBARC Board of Directors.  Members must be in good standing for at least 28 days prior to the election in order to be eligible to vote. Expired memberships may be renewed online or in person at the General Club Meeting this Friday, October 20, 2017.

The SBARC Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of nominees for consideration by the membership. Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any member in good standing at the October 20th General Club Meeting and prior to the election at the November 17th General Club Meeting.

Nominees for the Executive Committee
These candidates are presently running unopposed. (i) = incumbent candidate
President and Chief Executive Officer: Brian Milburn, K6BPM (i)
Chief Financial Officer: Tom Saunders, N6YX (i)
Secretary: Wayne Beckman, AF6GX
Nominees for Director At Large
Members may vote for up to 4 directors.
These candidates are presently running unopposed. (i) = incumbent candidate

Director At Large: Ken Alker, KA6KEN
Director At Large: Theo Howe, KK6YYZ (i)
Director At Large: Levi Maaia, K6LCM (i)
Director At Large: Michael Taylor, K6RQV (i)
Submitted to the membership by this duly appointed
Nominating Committee in accordance with the SBARC Bylaws:
Levi C. Maaia, K6LCM
Michael Taylor, K6RQV


Notice of Vote to Change the Bylaws

We will be conducting a special vote at the SBARC General Club Meeting on November 17, 2017 on a proposed change to the SBARC bylaws.

After much discussion, the Board of Directors is recommending that we raise the annual club dues from $24.00 to $35.00. The dues have not been raised in over 16 years, and the modest increase we are recommending helps us keep our revenues more in line with current expenses. At our current membership levels, the $11.00 increase will provide approximately $1600 per year in additional revenue for the club. Over the past 16 years, costs for things like insurance, vehicle maintenance, infrastructure maintenance, etc. have risen, and the dues increase will help us prevent having to dip into the club’s reserves for regular expenses. This averages out to be a 91¢ per month increase per member. Most other clubs have significantly higher dues than ours.

Reason for bylaws change:
The current bylaws require a vote by the membership on any dues increase. We feel that any adjustments in the dues amount should be a function of the Board of Directors. The Board spends many hours over the course of a year discussing and implementing cost cutting policies, and we endeavor to be responsible custodians of the club’s finances.

Under the current reading of the bylaws, any adjustment in the annual dues amount could be decided by a very small number of members. It is not unusual to have meetings with a total attendance of 25 or less. That means at a meeting where a vote is taken, any proposal could be decided with a majority decision of 13 members or less. This could be unhealthy for the club as it could prevent a dues increase of even $1.00 that may be needed to ensure we can pay our regular fixed expenses.

The current bylaws can be read in their entirety at

The Board of Directors proposes to eliminate the following paragraph in Section 2:
(a) The amount of dues shall be set by the Board of Directors and shall take effect when confirmed by a majority of voting members present at a regular meeting. Prior to said meeting, the Board shall cause a notice of such dues vote to be sent to each member of record at least one week in advance of said meeting.

And replace it with this paragraph:
(a) The amount of dues shall be set by the Board of Directors. In the event that the Board recommends that the dues should be adjusted, the Board shall cause notice of such change to be sent electronically or by mail to each member of record at least twenty-five (25) days prior to the next scheduled meeting of Board. Members will be allowed to submit their arguments or recommendations electronically, by mail, or in person for consideration before the final vote is taken by the Board. Any such change shall take effect at the Board’s discretion, but no sooner than 30 days after its adoption.

This proposal will still give members a voice in any change in the annual dues amount. The Board will be precluded from arbitrarily adjusting the amount without notification and receiving input from the membership. However, the final decision will be in the hands of the Board. The Board is charged with maintaining the financial health of the club. This is what you elect us to do. The Board expends great effort to reduce expenses wherever we can but it may be sometimes necessary to revisit the issues of membership dues. We feel the authority for this determination should rest with the Board, and will ultimately be in the best interest of the club. 

Best regards,

Brian Milburn, President
Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Post expires at 9:00pm on Friday November 17th, 2017 but will still be available in the archives.

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About K6LCM

Levi is a member of the SBARC Board of Directors and is the K6TZ Trustee. He is also a Volunteer Examiner.

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