December meeting of ARES of Champaign County was held Wednesday,
December 6, 2006 at the Fire Service Institute. Here are
important notes from that meeting and other news.
N9XDC, N9DN, K9SI, KB9KAI, KC9HXY, KC9IKL, KC9IHX, W9DML, W9EML,
KC9HND, N9XDH, AB9FJ, K9LMM, K9MLT, N9GPA, KC9JVR, KF8ZN (17)
I apologize for the delay in this month's newsletter. Between work and
the holidays time got away from me. I hope all of you have been
able to enjoy a happy holiday season with friends and family.
Happy New Year to all!
CCARES ANNUAL MEETING
The December meeting is the official annual corporate meeting of
ARES of Champaign County. The meeting was called to order at 7:02
pm. The minutes of the December 7, 2005 meeting were
approved. Under New business, the subject of dues for the coming
year was discussed. A motion was made, seconded, and
approved by the membership to assess dues in the amount of $20 for
2007. In other business, there was discussion on what projects we
would like to undertake this year (for example, building a second
portable station). There was also a discussion on a potential
bylaws change to redefine membership categories to reflect the need for
active, trained members. The purpose of the discussion was to present
some possible ideas and get feedback from the membership. The
board will meet to further discuss a possible change. If a bylaw change
is needed, it will be drafted and presented to the membership for a
Officers and board members were elected for the coming year.
Officers and board members are as follows: President, Steve
Hiolberg, N9XDC; Secretary: Joan Friedman, KC9HXY, Treasurer: Heather
Schlesser, KC9DEQ; Board Members-Inside Directors: Al Wolfe,
K9SI; Adam Carlson, KC9HND; Outside Directors, Bill Keller, CCEMA;
Vacant. Thanks to outgoing board members Wayne Hamilton, AB9FJ,
and Mike Haydon, KF8ZN.
At the December annual meeting the membership voted to continue dues for the coming year. Dues are $20 and are payable to ARES of Champaign County. Please send your check to Heather Schlesser, 187 Paddock Dr. East, Savoy, IL 61874, or you may bring it to the next meeting.
UPDATE ON FEMA TRAINING
As of December 26, 21 CCARES members have completed ICS-100, 19
have completed ICS-700, 10 completions of ICS-200, and 6 completions of
Remember that under the requirements of NIMS, all participants, even volunteers, are required to have some basic training for NIMS. The two courses required, as a minimum, for volunteers are FEMA IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System and FEMA IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction.
Under current regulations the first two courses must be completed. If
they are not completed, you will not be allowed to work with Champaign
County EMA as an ARES volunteer in an emergency or disaster response.
This may also extend to working with the Red Cross in such disasters.
More information and links to the FEMA Emergency Management Institute can be found on the WA9RES web site.
When you complete any of the FEMA courses, you will need to send a copy
of your course completion certificate to me so your training file can
be updated and we have a record of your completion.
DECEMBER/JANUARY NET CONTROL STATIONS
The weekly ARES net is held each Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., on the 444.100
repeater, CTSS 162.2. NOTE: The weekly net script was recently
updated - please download the latest version from the web site.
December 12 K9MLT
December 19 KC9HND
December 26 W9DML
January 2 KC9HXY
January 9 N9GKA
The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, January 3, at 7:00 p.m.