Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 23:09:27 -0600
From: Steve Hilberg 
Subject: ARES of Champaign County QST  - Decemberr 2004

The December meeting of ARES of Champaign County was held Wednesday, December 8,
2004 at the Fire Service Institute. The December meeting is our official annual 
meeting  Here are important notes from that meeting and other news.

ATTENDING
N9XDC, KF8ZN, W9DML, AB9FJ, K9SI, KB9KAI, N9DN, KC9DSS, W9MOO, KC9DEQ, K9MLT, 
KC9GRV, N9GKA, N9GPA.


2004 ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
The 2004 annual business meeting was called to order by EC Steve Hilberg, N9XDC.
The minutes of the 2003 annual meeting were read by secretary Wayne Hamilton, 
AB9FJ, and were approved.  The treasurer's report as given by treasurer Heather 
Schlesser, KC9DEQ. Our starting balance was $886.02, and the year end balance 
was $167.30.  Major expenditures this year were a radio and related equipment 
for a portable station, and ARES vests (which are being sold at cost to ARES 
members).  The treasurer's report was approved.

Officers and board members were elected for the coming year.  They are: 
President/EC: Steve Hilberg, N9XDC; 
Secretary, Wayne Hamilton, AB9FJ; 
Treasurer, Heather Schlesser, KC9DEQ;  
Board members:  
Debbie Fligor, N9DN (2nd year of term), 
Mike Haydon, KF8ZN; 
outside board members
Bill Keller, Champaign County ESDA, 
and Den Fruitt, Illini Prairie Chapter of the American Red Cross.

A motion was made, seconded, and approved to reinstate dues in the amount of 
$20 for 2005.


PAYMENT OF 2005 DUES
As noted above, the membership voted to reinstate dues for the coming year.  
We have suspended dues the past two years as we had adequate funds in our 
treasury and small recurring expenses.  However, the purchase of equipment 
for a portable station had reduced our available funds.  The membership felt 
it was prudent to have enough funds in the treasury for possible equipment 
repair expenses, additional items for the portable station if needed, and any 
unforeseen expenses that may occur.

Dues are $20 and are payable to ARES of Champaign County.  Dues must be received 
no later than February 1, 2005.  Please send your check to  
Heather Schlesser.  Thanks for your support.


ED WILLIAMS, KB9JTW, SK
We were saddened to learn that Ed Williams, an ARES member since 1996,
passed away on Monday, December 6.  Ed had not been active the last couple 
of years for health reasons, but did occasionally make it to a meeting.  
Ed was the father-in-law of Zane Zeigler, KB9LCJ, and grandfather of 
Andy Zeigler, KB9LGM.  Our condolences go out to the Williams' and Zeigler 
families.


DECEMBER NET CONTROL STATIONS
The weekly ARES net is held each Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., on the 444.100 repeater.

December 14	KC9DSS
December 21	KC9DEQ
December 28	N9GPA
January 4		N9XDC


RED CROSS TRAINING
The Illini Prairie Chapter of the American Red Cross will be offering regular 
training classes on a variety of topics.  The Introduction to Disaster course 
will be offered the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Red 
Cross headquarters on Main St. in Urbana.  If you have not taken this course yet, 
please make arrangements to attend on of these classes.  Introduction to Disaster 
is one of the components of our "basic training" program.  Red Cross is one of our 
served agencies and all ARES volunteers should have this training.  A Damage 
Assessment training class will be held in mid-January


NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Fire Service 
Institute.   We will be offering our first class in our "basic training" series, 
an overview of emergency communications.  We will also be reviewing our 
relatively new Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

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