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September 2014 Newsletter


Welcome to the MARC Newsletter a publication of the Michigan Area Repeater Council. This news letter is published quarterly in conjunction with the quarterly business meetings. If you prefer a non-columnized version of this newsletter click here for the wide version.


The September meeting is a physical meeting to take place in the Lansing, MI area.

Presidentís Column:

September 6th is the annual MARC meeting where elections take place. Directions to the meeting are included in this newsletter. Anyone that is interested in running for the MARC Board is welcome to join the meeting in Lansing and put your hat in the ring. The offices of president, secretary and one board member will be voted on. If you are interested in running but cannot make the meeting, please send an email to board@miarc.com with your notice that you would like to run for an office and specify the office that you would be interested in.

At this time, MARC is up to date on coordination activity. If you believe that you have an application on file that is not being processed, please send me an email at w8ic@miarc.com and I will check on it for you.

Please visit the MARC web site and check the activity reports to see what new and renewal applications have been processed.

73, Phil W8IC


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Annual Business Meeting Information:

Meeting Location:

Saturday Sept 6 2014
1:00 pm EDT
Delta Township Fire Station
811 N. Canal Rd.
Lansing, MI


Location Map

Directions:

Take I-96 to M-43 exit 93, go East to the first traffic light at Canal Rd. Turn left (North) on Canal Rd, go 150' to Administration Dr turn left (West), the new fire station will be on your right. Take the first driveway on the right to the West parking lot. Enter the building at the South entrance on Administration Dr.




Annual Business Meeting

This month brings the annual business meeting where we hold a physical meeting in the Lansing area. This includes the elections for board positions that will expire. This year, the President, Secretary and one Director position will be up for election.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please contact any one of the board members in person or by sending email to them using their [callsign]@miarc.com. Please note that candidates must also be current MARC members.

The absentee ballot is available for you to print and mail in. We can not accept votes via email at this time. Your ballot must appear in the MARC postal mailbox no later then Friday September 7th to be included. Please also note that in order to vote, you must be a paid member.

Membership dues may be mailed to the postal address listed on the main page of the website, or by clicking on the link to "Pay Your Dues" on the same web page.


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Treasurer's Report
For the Period: 02/28/2014 to 05/31/2014

MARC Funds balance on 02/28/2014 was $ 4,546.65

Income for March, April & May were
$ 11.46 from dues and interest.

Expenses for March, April & May were
$ 4.03 for PayPal fees and postage

MARC Funds balance on 05/31/2014 was $ 4,501.00

Respectfully Submitted,
Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
MARC Treasurer

Supporting Detail

MARC Funds as of 02/28/2014

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal

Beginning Balance

Income
   Dues
   Interest March, April & May

Total Income

Expenses
   PayPal Fees
   Postage

Total Expenses

Marc Funds as of 05/31/2014

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal

Ending Balance
$5.00
$4,341.10
$122.38

$4,468.48


$80.00
$2.20

$82.20


$3.54
$0.49

$4.03



$5.00
$4,343.30
$198.35

$4,546.65

 

Treasurer's Report
For the Period: 05/31/2014 to 07/31/2014

MARC Funds balance on 05/31/2014 was $ 4,546.65

Income for June and July were $ 11.46 from dues, interest.

Expenses for June and July were
$ 57.11 and included PayPal fees, postage, 2 yr anti-virus subscription, and the annual State of Michigan non-profit filing fee

MARC Funds balance on 07/31/2014 was $ 4,501.00

Respectfully Submitted,
Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
MARC Treasurer

Supporting Detail

MARC Funds as of 05/31/2014

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal
Beginning Balance

Income
   Dues
   Interest June & July

Total Income

Expenses
   PayPal Fees
   Postage
   State of MI Non Profit Filing Fee
   2 yr sub. Anti-Virus SOftware

Total Expenses

Marc Funds as of 07/31/2014

   Share Acct Bal
   Money Market Bal
   Checking Bal

Ending Balance
$5.00
$4,343.30
$198.35
$4,546.65


$10.00
$1.46

$11.46


$0.59
$0.49
$20.00
$36.03

$57.11



$5.00
$4,344.76
$151.25

$4,501.00
 

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MARC Meeting Minutes

Date: June 1, 2013
This meeting took place electronically.

Officers:

President: Phil Manor, W8IC
Vice President: Dan Thompson, N8WKM
Secretary: Ann Manor, KT8F
Treasurer: Dave Johnson, WD8DJB
Director: Fred Moses, W8FSM*
Director: Jim Kvochick, K8JK
Coordinator: Dan Thompson, N8WKM
Coordinator: Phil Manor, W8IC
Coordinator: Jim Poehlman, K8ABZ
Database Manager: Dave Johnson, WD8DJB

* Absent: Fred Moses, W8FSM
Visitors: NONE

Note: call signs of board members are not repeated in the minutes as they are listed above.


Meeting called to order by Phil at: 1:06 PM.

Motion to approve minutes from the March 1, 2014, meeting was made by Dave, seconded by Dan, voice vote taken, minutes approved.
Treasurerís report provided by Dave. Motion to accept the report made by Ann, supported by Jim, K8ABZ, voice vote taken, motion carried.

Old Business:

Dan tried to change his repeater listing with the ARRL without success. He will try again in the future.

New Business:

Jim, K8JK, completed an audit and did not find any anomalies. Phil will check with Fred by email for his report on the audit.

Adjournment:

Motion to adjourn made by Dan, seconded by Fred at 1:12 PM, motion carried.
Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 1:12 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Ann Manor, KT8F, Recording Secretary


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Database Manager's Corner

MARC Has a new mailing address!
Please direct any written correspondence to:

    MARC Inc.
    7204 Aspen St.
    Allendale, MI 49401-8408

We have a number of TDS forms that are overdue, 29% of the repeaters in our database have not been updated in two or more yearís. So take a minute and check your entry in the MARC Repeater Directory to see if it is time to update your records.

We are attempting to respond to every TDS form we receive by return email so you know that your form has been received and you have a copy of what was submitted. If you submitted a TDS and did not receive an email response please contact us at mail@miarc.com.

Dave Johnson, WD8DJB


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Editors Message

Please note that there will be updated information in the next newsletter for connecting to the electronic meeting bridge. Please disregard any previous information as you will not be connected to the meeting in progress.

One of the ongoing issues that we have is lack of repeater pairs that are still available. MARC board has made a number of changes to help resolve this issue. Along with creating changes to the current frequency utilization plan we have also removed some pairs that were tied up improperly. This is not an easy task and has required extra effort and time by board members to make verifications and attempt contact with any party involved. The end result of this effort has been the ability to get more active repeaters on the air

Dan Thompson, N8WKM




Annual Business Meeting And Elections:

This is a reminder that the September meeting will be a physical meeting to take place in Delta Township (Lansing Area) where annual elections will be held. If you have nominations for open positions please email Dan N8WKM or Dave WB8DJB using their_callsign@miarc.com. Nominations will remain open until just prior to voting.

Offices that will be open for election this year are:
  President: Currently Phil Manor
  Director: Currently Fred Moses W8FSM
  Secretary: Currently Ann Manor KT8F

A printable version of the 2014 Ballot is available to print and mail.


MARC Officers Appointed Positions
President:               Phil Manor W8IC Frequency Coordinator 902MHz: & up          Dan Thompson N8WKM
Vice President:        Dan Thompson N8WKM Frequency Coordinator 440MHz:                 Phil Manor W8IC
Secretary:               Ann Manor KT8F Frequency Coordinator Links & Control:       Phil Manor W8IC
Treasurer:              Dave Johnson WD8DJB Frequency Coordinator:                               Jim Poehlman K8ABZ
Director:                 Fred Moses W8FSM Database Manager:                                    Dave Johnson WD8DJB
Director:                 James Kvochick K8JK Newsletter Editor:                                       Dan Thompson N8WKM

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