WIA Board Meets
The WIA Board met in Melbourne on Saturday 1 March and Sunday 2 March 2008.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
It was the first face to face meeting attended by new Director, Eddie Saunders, VK6ZSE and probably the last for retiring Director Trevor Quick VK5ATQ. Most of the work of the Board is carried on through email and phone.
During the weekend the Directors were joined for tea breaks and lunch breaks by Margaret Williams and Dianne Ashton from the WIA office, Graham Kemp from the WIA broadcasts and Fred Swainston, for the WIA’s nominated Registered Training Organisation.
The Board reviewed all WIA activities and the present negotiations with the ACMA in relation to the outsourcing of certain functions. On the financial side the Board was assisted by Evan Mudie, from the WIA’s auditors, and Jim Baxter, retiring WIA Treasurer. It was agreed that attracting new amateurs remained very important and looking to other parallel interests, such as boating, was seen as a useful approach.
The Directors discussed the WIA’s requirement for premises at some length, and it was agreed that the present arrangements, with an office with inadequate meeting space, and with inadequate storage (the WIA pays for separate facilities) did not meet the organisations present needs. The arrangements for the WIA’s AGM at Broken Hill were reviewed. Full details will be published in the March Amateur Radio.
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