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WIA AGM makes Bill Roper VK3BR Honorary Life Member

Date : 09 / 05 / 2006
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

The WIA Constitution says that in consideration of special services to the Institute or amateur radio the Board may nominate a member as an Honorary Life Member to a General Meeting for its approval.

At the Annual General Meeting held at Bankstown, Sydney on 6 May 2006, the WIA Board nominated Bill Roper VK3BR as an Honorary Life Member.

Treasurer Bruce Bathols, on behalf of the Board, outlined Bill�s contribution to the WIA and amateur radio over the years. He became an amateur over 45 years ago, was Treasurer of the old WIA Victorian Division, and when the WIA�s magazine, Amateur Radio was transferred from the Victorian Division to the then new federal company in 1972 Bill became its first editor, and has continued to contribute over the years to the magazine.

For over 10 years, with Ron Fisher VK3OM, Bill prepared the Federal broadcast tapes.

After a period as WIA Federal Manager Bill again became heavily involved with the Publications Committee, and for more than 10 years now he has been the prime draftsperson for all the published technical articles in AR, as well as acting as Secretary of the Publications Committee.

The meeting unanimously approved the nomination of the Board, and so Bill Roper VK3BR has become an Honorary Life Member of the WIA.

So far as Bill was concerned, this was all completely unexpected and he was very surprised when Michael Owen VK3KI, WIA President, telephoned him immediately after the meeting to congratulate him.


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