June 2008 Newsletter

Welcome to our new format for the MARC Newsletter. Beginning with the March 2008 edition MARC will be publishing the newsletter only to the website. This will hopefully allow us to bring more MARC information to you from our newsletter including direct links to other information on the site as well as longer more in depth details about what MARC is working on. Our plan at this time is to try to create the newsletter in a way that will be easy for you to print either part or all should you want a copy on paper. Click here for the wide version of this newsletter.

Presidents Update..

As published in our last newsletter a vote was supposed to be taken at our March meeting to incorporate Resolutions 6 & 7 into the By-Laws. Phil Manor, the author of the resolutions, was not present at the March meeting and with making these two resolutions part of the By-Laws some questions were brought up concerning the language of the resolutions. The resolutions were tabled until the June meeting.

Since these two resolutions will impact the west side of the state, the Board decided to hold June.s meeting at the IRA Hamfest in Hudsonville on June 7th.

A Nomination Committee will be formed at the next meeting for the upcoming election in September for the office of President, Secretary, and Director. If you are interested to be on this committee, please let us know before or at the meeting.

Remember, TDS.s are due yearly, but can go up to two years. Please help keep your information current in our Database. Some TDS.s, in our database go back to 2005. We will be sending out letters to those Trustee.s to update their information, otherwise they will be de-coordinated and the pairs will be put back into the pool.

If anyone has any questions, you can reach the Board via of the website, or my phone number is 586-465-7126.
Dennis, W8DFG


Database Managers Corner:

I.ve been a bit behind in processing renewal TDS forms lately due to other commitments, but I should be caught up shortly. We have a number of TDS forms that are overdue. So take a minute and check your entry in the MARC Repeater Directory to see if it is time to update your records.

Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

A note from the Editor:

With the MARC meeting taking place at the Hamfest, we hope that many people will participate. Even if you don't participate in the MARC meeting, there will be a forum at the Hamfest on the subject of DStar. Please take this opportunity to learn about this mode of communication. This will help you to understand what the MARC board is up against as we try to fit this relatively new mode into already crowded bands.

Dan Thompson, N8WKM

MARC Meeting Minutes

Date: March 1, 2008
Place: Delta Twp Fire Dept


President: Dennis Gaboury, W8DFG
Vice President: Jim Maike, KB8IFE
Secretary: Ann Manor, KT8F
Treasurer: Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
Director: Ron Gordon, W8YUC
Director: Jim Kvochick, WB8AZP
Coordinator: Dan Thompson, N8WKM
Coordinator: Jim Maike, KB8IFE
Coordinator: Phil Manor, W8IC
Database Manager: Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

Absent: Phil Manor, W8ICE
              Ann Manor, KT8F

No other members or guests were present.
Meeting called to order by the President at: 1:00 PM

Since no other members were present a motion was made by Jim, KB8IFE to approve the minutes from the previous meeting as printed in the newsletter. Seconded by Ron, Motion carried.

Treasurer.s report given by Dave. Motion to accept report made by Dan, seconded by Jim, WB8AZP, and motion carried. Old Business: Dennis stated that the Annual Report for Non-Profit Corporations for 2006 and 2007 had been filed. Dennis asked that a motion be placed on the table to reimburse him the $40.00 fee that he paid for the two filings. Dan placed the motion on the floor; Dave seconded the motion, seconded by Jim KB8IFE. No discussion followed. Motion carried.

As printed in the previous newsletter a vote was supposed to be held for making Resolutions 6 & 7 of the D.O.G. part of our Standards & Procedures because the time allotted under the D.O.G. was running out of time. After some discussion of the two resolutions was tabled do to the fact that the author was not present at the meeting and the language was not clear. It was necessary to have Phil present with making this permanent.

New Business:

With tabling the vote, the Board thought that these two resolutions would affect the west side of the state the most. So with this in mind it was decided to get a hold of Abe and move the June meeting from Delta Twp Fire Hall to the IRA Hamfest on June 7th.

With no further new business Dan made a motion, seconded by Jim WB8AZP to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Meeting closed at 1:54 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Denis Gaboury

Treasurer's Report
For the Period: 02/29/08 to 04/30/08

Total income for March & April was $ 442.25 from 2008 dues, interest, and the ARRL Repeater Directory.
Expenses for March and April were $ 40.00 for our Michigan Non-Profit Corp filing fee for the years 2006 and 2007..
MARC Funds balance on 04/30/08 was $ 4,034.09

Supporting Detail

MARC Funds as of 20/29/2008

   Share Acct
   Money Market
   Beginning Balance

   March Interest
   April Interest
   2008 Dues Payments
   ARRL Repeater Directory

Total Income

   MI Non-Profit Corp. Filing Fee
   for years 2006 and 2007

Total Expenses

Marc Funds as of 4/30/2008

   Share Acct
   Money Market

Ending Balance








Next Meeting Location:
I.R.A. Hamfest Hamfest Information

Saturday June 7 2008
1:00 pm EST
Hudsonville Fairgrounds
Hudsonville, MI


Follow I-196 (The Ford Freeway) (do not confuse this with I-96) to exit 62 (32nd Ave). Go North on 32nd Ave to New Holland Street. Follow New Holland mile to 36th Ave. Turn North on 36th and continue past Chicago Drive and the Railroad Tracks to Grant St. Turn Left (West) on to Grant street to Park Avenue. Go South (right) on Park to Fairgrounds Entrance. Talk in will be available on 147.160 Repeater.

MARC Officers Appointed Positions
President:               Dennis Gaboury W8DFG Frequency Coordinator 902MHz: & up          Dan Thompson N8WKM
Vice President:        Jim Maike KB8IFE Frequency Coordinator 440MHz:                   Jim Maike KB8IFE
Secretary:               Ann Manor KT8F Frequency Coordinator Links & Control:       Phil Manor W8IC
Treasurer:              Dave Johnson WD8DJB Database Manager:                                      Dave Johnson WD8DJB
Director:                 Ron Gordon W8YUC Newsletter Editor:                                         Dan Thompson N8WKM
Director:                 James Kvochick WB8AZP         

All MARC Officers recieve email using their callsign@miarc.com