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Al Boyd, VE3AJB
President, MARC Inc.
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Greetings to All Amateurs New and Old.

As you know we have all been trying to survive this Covid-19 Crisis and many of the club activities have been cancelled this year including just recently our annual club picnic get together. As you may recall we had planned the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. in late March of this year at the Pinewood Inn in Espanola. Things were set to go when the Covid-19 lockdown occurred, and we had to cancel the lunch and meeting. Things have been on hold ever since to see how things were going to play out. Well here we are into July and yes things are slowly opening however people are still being cautious and rightly so. Our by-laws state that we need to hold the AGM so until we know when we will be able to publicly meet again where everyone is comfortable and under emergent circumstance under uncertain times. After discussing the issue with the club executive, we have made an executive decision to hold the AGM on Zoom so club members can attend via this format. Under our by-laws we must give 30 days’ notice so here it is.

The Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. Annual General Meeting will take place on a Zoom video conference on Sunday 30 August 2020 at 1:00 pm. The information will be sent to all members prior to the meeting and you can log on and join the meeting. If you do not already have zoom downloaded into your computer, tablet, or cell phone then you can do this by going to www.zoom.us if you need assistance please contact me or Rusty VE3WVA for assistance.

I will speak on the state of the club and the progress of the VE3RMI antenna project. I also plan to discuss the future for the VE3RMI Repeater with System Fusion and our new multi digital repeater and how that functions and of course try and answer any questions you may have. The position of President is up for election and if is anyone is interested in running; we will be having nominations for this position. We also have a position for Director of the club and will be looking to fill that also. We hope to have a good turnout.

So here is the information again.

WHAT: The Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc. Zoom Teleconference Annual General Meeting

WHEN: Sunday 30th August at 1:00 pm

WHERE: Online with Zoom conference teleconference number and password will be sent

WHY: To vote on the position of President, update the membership on the VE3RMI Repeater Project and the repeaters systems.

HOW: Log on to the internet with your computer, tablet or cell phone or a telephone number will be if you can call in and listen in over a telephone call.

If you are interested in running for the position of President, please submit a written nomination and send it to our club secretary Lou Noble VE3LDY at ve3ldy@gmail.com

Again, this is an especially important meeting to get updated on the VE3RMI Repeater System plus a chance for all to meet again face to face. I thank you as your President for your support and look forward to hopefully seeing you on Zoom on Sunday 30 August 2020 at 1:00 pm.

73

Al

Allan Boyd

VE3AJB

President

Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.

27 Red Mill Road, P.O. Box 208,

Little Current, Ontario

P0P1K0

(705)-368-2779 (Home)

(705)-869-8284 (Cell)

Ve3ajb@vianet.ca E-Mail

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In response to the CODID-19 pandemic, The Radio Amateurs of Canada are pleased to offer online courses, both for the Basic and Advanced Class

More information can be found here...https://www.rac.ca/amateur-radio-courses/

If you need more information, please contact Al Boyd, VE3AJB, Lou, VE3LDY or Rusty, VE3WVA

Greetings To All;

With the recent happenings in the world due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and after discussion with the club executive at noon today and after the Prime Ministers address to the nation today. It was decided that in the best interest of all members that the Annual General Meeting and Lunch that was to be held on Sunday 29th March 2020 at 12:00 pm be postponed until further notice. Also the Basic Amateur Radio Course that was going to be scheduled for April 18 & 19, 2020 be postponed also. If any member has any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or members of the executive. I hope you all understand that these are trying times and these measures must be taken for the safety of all.  Please stay well and safe and all the best to all.

Thanks

Al

Allan Boyd

VE3AJB

President

Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club Inc.

27 Red Mill Road, P.O. Box 208,

Little Current, Ontario

P0P1K0

(705)-368-2779 (Home)

(705)-869-8284 (Cell)

ve3ajb@vianet.ca Email

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