President Joe Parkinson, VE3JG, welcomed 39 members to the dinner meeting. Joe noted that it would be appropriate to commemorate this meeting to the anniversary of the Battle of Britain (last Sunday) as there were several (member) ex Air Force retirees present. Various comments were heard from other ex Service retirees present.
2. Introduction of Head Table:
As this was our first meeting being held at this location, space for the head table was limited to Joe, VE3JG and Tom Bartello, VE3ELM, Chapter Secretary.
Directors Marg Heaslip, VE3EQE; Doug Leach, VE3XK; Gus Holtz, VE3VK; Ernie Brown, VA3OEB; Chapter Treasurer Dave Parks, VE3AV and Chapter Past President, Jim Dean, VE3IQ were scattered throughout the dining area.
3. Introduction of Visitors/New Members
This was deferred until the pin(s) presentation.
4. Minutes of the May 16, 2006 Dinner Meeting
Tom, VE3ELM reported that the minutes as posted on the Chapter 70 web site were finalized and as such, moved that the minutes be approved, seconded by Jim Dean, VE3IQ. Motion carried.
5. Membership Report
Tom, VE3ELM, noted that the Chapter currently has 80 members. There were some members who were not able to continue with their 2006 renewal due to ill health and, as well, some members became Silent Keys (See Chapter 70 web site for detailed SK information). However, several new members had been recruited through the efforts of the executive board, and in particular, Doug, VE3XK.
6. Correspondence Report
Tom, VE3ELM, reported that 21 items of correspondence had been sent out over this previous quarter dealing with SK notices, in memoriam donations, thank you letters, etc. The Correspondence Sent file was available for review to anyone present who wanted more detail.
Three "Thank You" letters were received; one from the Arnprior Hospital for the $25.00 Chapter donation to the Joan Finley Fund, the second from the family of Silent Key, VE3BDK, Bill Monuk for the expression of condolences on behalf of the Chapter 70 membership and the $25.00 in memoriam donation to the RAC Youth Education fund and thirdly, from the family of Silent Key, VE3DQ, Stan Hill for condolences on behalf of the Chapter 70 membership and $25.00 in memoriam donation to DARF.
7. Treasurer's Report
Dave Parks, VE3AV, Chapter 70 Treasurer , reported a bank balance of $3583.00. Dave thanked Joan Powell, VE3ZC, who conducted an audit on the Chapter financial accounts last spring. Dave stated that the accounts were found to be in good order. Dave moved, seconded by John Barnhardt, VE3ZOV that the report be approved. Motion Carried.
8. Silent Keys & Ill Members
Marg Heaslip, VE3EQE, reported that there were no member Silent Keys this period. Marg did note that Ed Goodier VE3NI, who some members may recall, recently became a Silent Key.
9. Awards & Pin(s) Presentations
Doug, VE3XK, presented 50 year Anniversary Awards and
Pin to President Joe Parkinson, VE3JG and to new Chapter 70 member Alan Goodacre, VE3HX. Doug also presented 40 year Pins to Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC,
and Tim Evangelatos, VE3MY ; 35 Year Pin to Ken Asmus, VA3KA ; 30 Year Pins to Ying Hum, VA3YH (absent) and Wayne Getchell, VE3CZO (absent); and lastly, 25 Year Pins to Richard Ferch, VE3IAY (absent) and Ben Price, VE3CDA (absent).
10. Door Prize Draw
At the last Executive Board Meeting held on 29 Aug. 06, the Board decided to implement a new policy of having a draw at each dinner meeting for some inexpensive door prizes. On this occasion five draws were held with lucky winners taking home Baseball Caps, QCWA Patch, QCWA Decal and a Chapter 70 History Book.
11. Guest Speaker
Doug, VE3XK, introduced David Conn, VE3KL, Chapter 70 member, as guest speaker for the evening. David's talk was on "Polarization in Nature, Technology and Radio". David showed how polarization is accomplished and its effects on nature, the medical field, certain insects, horizontal, vertical and circular polarization of antennas, and LCD displays. As an example of a circular polarized antenna, David brought along a 900 MHZ Skew Planar antenna, as built by Graham Ide, VE3BYT.
David will be giving this same talk at the upcoming QCWA Convention in Calgary, 28-30 September.
Clare Fowler, VE3NPC, thanked David for his interesting and informative talk.
12. Announcements12.1 Jim Dean, VE3IQ, will be looking for some new Executive Board Members for the coming year. He is asking for volunteers for the positions of President, Treasurer and one Director that will be vacant as of 31 Dec. 06. In the meantime, Jim will also be soliciting members who may be interested in serving our Chapter.
12.2 Jim also mentioned that a well known surplus store in the Smith Falls area, W.J. Ford Surplus Enterprises (Danburysales.com) will be holding an on-line auction on 18 Oct.
12.3 Jim gave a short situation report on the proposed City of Ottawa Bylaw affecting antennas and towers and the concerted action being taken by the various amateur radio clubs in the city.
12.4 Joe requested all members continue to be on the look out for new members and reminded everyone of the new chapter web site address - qcwa70.org
As there was no new business raised, Joe adjourned the meeting at 9:45 pm.
Notice of the next Dinner Meeting - 21 November 2006
Annual General Meeting
Social @ 6:15 pm - - Dinner @ 6:45 pm