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New WIA Secretary

Date : 01 / 03 / 2011
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

The WIA has announced the resignation of Geoff Atkinson VK3TL as WIA Secretary and the appointment of Sarah Thompson VK3AUD as the new Secretary.

Geoff Atkinson has been WIA secretary since February 2008. He became secretary replacing Ken Fuller, who had taken the position on a temporary basis on the death of Chris Jones. Geoff has played a very important role as secretary, in particular in relation to finding our current building, negotiating the lease and ultimately its purchase. Geoff is a totally practical person, and has done much in organising the building, organising the inwards distribution of QSL cards, setting up WIA stands at Hamfests and the like.

WIA President Michael Owen said that he very much regretted the resignation of Geoff who has been forced to resign as WIA Secretary because he believes that his health no longer allows him the time to do the job to the level he believes is necessary. “Geoff assures me he will still be able to contribute, looking after the inwards QSLs, and will continue as a regular visitor to the office. I would like to record my very personal gratitude to Geoff, whose views and contribution I have valued greatly.”

Sarah Thompson VK3AUD, recently retired from Telstra, at a senior technical position at the IP Networks, Global Operations Centre at Clayton, after many years with Telstra. In 1977 she spent a year with the Antarctic Division as a Radio Officer at Macquarie Island. She is currently Secretary of the Moorabbin and District Radio Club, and among her many interests she is a certified Marriage Celebrant, a member of the RSL, holds a current St Johns Senior First Aid certificate and is a Black Belt in Taekwondo.

The WIA Board believes that her experience in Telstra and her various interests, well fit her for the task. Members will be able to meet Sarah at the WIA Annual Conference in Darwin.


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