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2 March 2018 Meeting Minutes

Saddleback Repeater Association Meeting

March 2, 2018


Present:  Paul (K1WO), Janis (KA1YZK), Mike (N1AMD), Ann-Marie (KB1WER), Jeffrey (N1XUQ), Erin (N1YGH), Fred (K1ACL), Bill (K1BD), Shirley (W1ALO), Ken (KC1CXU)


Jeffrey called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Members conducted their self-interodcutions


Minutes of the December 8, 2017 meeting were accepted as written.  Paul made the motion to accept the minutes, and Erin seconded.  All were in favor.


Treasurer's report:

Bob, the SRA Treasurer, was unable to be present at the evening's meeting, but had reported to his fellow officers that there had been no significant changes in the group's financial affairs.  He wanted to remind all present, past and future members that membership dues are due on April 1, 2018

Repeater status report:

Paul reported that "it is on."

Sunday night net report:

Erin said that it is "going."  Jeffrey said that two new people have checked in.  There is a need for more controllers. 

SRA website report:

Fred said that there haven't been any complaints!  Jeffrey said that he could put in a counter to keep track of the number of people accessing the website. 

Old business:

The Technical Committee has met and came up with dates to work on the repeater.  Those dates are May 5 and 6, 2018.  Work on testing what is there and take out what is not required.  Paul commented that he doesn't think the new repeater supports much—maybe a 450 controller.


New business:

Janis presented some updates to the SRA Constitution and Bylaws that will be voted on at the next regular meeting.  (Attached)  Erin made a remark that "other interested parties" should not be removed from Article V. Section 3.  There was no further input.

The officers for 2018-2019 are:

President: Jeffrey Zajicek

Vice President: Michael Lavoie

Treasurer: Bob Nienhouse

Secretary: Ann-Marie Lavoie

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Following are the suggested changes to the Constitution

Saddleback Repeater Association, Incorporated, Constitution and Bylaws


(See page 5 for information regarding changes to current SRA Constitution and Bylaws)


Article I



The name of the organization is Saddleback Repeater Association, Incorporated (hereinafter referred to as "SRA").


Article II



The purpose of the organization is to operate and maintain an open repeater in the two-meter amateur band.  Where the term "Open Repeater" defines squelch or CTCSS operated receiver(s), provided that CTCSS frequencies are published and made readily available to amateurs.  Squelch operated receiver(s) are preferred except when interference beyond SRA control forces deployment of CTCSS operation to ensure emissions are within FCC regulations.


Article III


Sec. 1    Members must hold a valid amateur license of technician class or above.


Sec. 2    Types of membership


              (a)          Full member—currently up-to-date with dues payment.  Has all voting and discussion privileges.  Can hold office and serve on committees.


              (b)          Honorary—all rights and privileges of full member.  Not required to pay dues.


Article IV


Sec. 1    The officers of the SRA shall be:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director.


Sec. 2    Officers shall be elected for a one-year term by ballot1 vote of the members present at the March meeting.


Sec. 3    Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special election at the first regular meeting following withdrawal or resignation.


Sec. 4    Officers may be removed by a three-fourths vote of the voting membership by mail ballot to the repeater licensee.


Article V


Duties of Officers


Sec. 1    The President shall preside at all meetings of the Saddleback Repeater Association and conduct the same according to the rules adopted.  S/He shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and the Bylaws; decide all questions of order; sign all official documents that are adopted, and none other, and perform all other customary duties pertaining to the office of President.


Sec. 2    The Vice President shall assume all of the duties of the President in the absence of the latter.  The Vice President is the ex officio head of all committees.  The Vice President shall present the Secretary's and Treasurer's reports in their absence.


Sec. 3    The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members in conjunction with the Treasurer2, submit applications for membership,3 carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and send meeting notices via e-mail to each member. and other interested parties.4


Sec. 4    The Treasurer shall receive all monies paid to the SRA; s/he shall keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended.  S/He shall pay no bills without proper authorization by the SRA or its officers constituting a an ad hoc5 business committee.  At the end of each quarter s/he shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts.  S/He shall at the expiration of her/his term turn over all items belonging to the SRA to her/his successor. 


Article VI



Meetings will be held quarterly in March, June, September and December on the third Friday of those respective months6Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the President.


Article VII


Sec. 1    Technical Committee:  Purpose is to maintain and repair the repeater.  Chairman of the committee will be appointed by the President, and four other members will be appointed by the President with the approval of the Chairman and membership of the SRA.


Committee members will be honorary members of the SRA and will pay no dues.


Sec. 2    Other7 Ad hoc committees—will be formed as needed.

Article VIII



The SRA, by majority vote of the dues paying members present at any regular meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the SRA.  Nonpayment of such dues or assessments within three (3) months of due date shall be cause for suspension from the SRA until such dues are paid in full.  All dues shall become payable on April 1 of each year.


Only the members of the SRA who are current in their dues payment shall be able to make any motions or vote on any motions made at SRA meetings or participate actively in any decisions concerning any other SRA business.


Article IX




This Constitution and/or the Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the total voting (i.e. dues paying) membership present.  Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next regular meeting provided all members have been notified by e-mail of the intent to amend the Constitution and/or Bylaws at said meeting. 


Article X

Disposition of Assets


If for any reason it shall become necessary to abandon the activities of the Saddleback Repeater Association, it shall be the duty of the officers, trustee and fiscal an ad hoc fiscalcommittee to call a meeting of all members who are in good standing.  Those present at such meeting shall determine the most reasonable and expeditious means to bring an end to the SRA's existence and decide the disposition of the assets and equipment in whatsoever manner the parties present shall decide. 


A vote of a simple quorum of the members and officers present is sufficient to so act.  If monies remain after the SRA is dissolved, said monies shall be used to clear any debts owed by the organization.


Any monies remaining thereafter may be donated to any fund or charity the parties at said last meeting shall desire.


Under no circumstances shall any individual affiliated with the SRA in any way, either as a member or as a past member, realize any financial gain from such remaining monies.




New members shall pay the amount of 1/12th of the annual assessment times the number of months remaining in the Saddleback Repeater Association's9fiscal year (April-March).




It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the current Constitution and Bylaws of the SRA and have the same with her/him at every meeting.  S/He shall cause all amendments, changes and additions to be made thereto and shall permit the same to be consulted by members upon request. 




The Treasurer shall make a financial report at each of the regular quarterly meetings or at any time upon request.




A member may be removed for non-payment of dues or by a two-thirds vote of members for just cause.




Vice President:                                                                                                                             










Rationale for Changes to Current Saddleback Repeater Association Constitution and Bylaws



1 Change for clarification purposes only


2 Change in wording because information regarding membership is obtained from the Treasurer who receives dues.


3 Membership applications go to Treasurer.


4 "other interested parties" is deleted as there is no definition given for same.


5 Inserted for clarification purposes only.  Committees are appointed as needed on an ad hoc* basis.


6 As the meetings are currently held on the first Friday of the months of March, June, September and December, some members experience scheduling conflicts.  By changing to the third Friday of the months of March, June, September and December most such conflicts can be avoided.  [NOTE:  This change will be presented for vote at the next regular meeting of the SRA.]


7 Inserted for clarification purposes only.


8 Inserted for clarification purposes only.  Committees are appointed as needed on an ad hoc basis.


9 Inserted for clarification purposes only.



*Definition of ad hoc:  "formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only.  For example:  An ad hoc committee."


8 December 2017 Meeting Minutes

Saddleback Repeater Association Meeting

December 8, 2017


Present:  Paul (K1WO), Janis (KA1YZK), Dan (N1QLP), Bob (KB1BN), Rick (KB1WMV), David (KB1NZG), Mike (N1AMD), Annie (KB1WER), Janet (KC1HUB), Jeffrey (KB1SPH), Erin (N1YGH), Fred (K1ACL), Deirdre (AB1ST), Bill (K1BD), Shirley (W1ALO), Chris (KB1SXD)

Paul called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


Dan moved to adopt the minutes of the March 3, 2017 meeting as written.  Dee seconded.  All were in favor.

Treasurer's report:

Bob reported a current balance of $1,821.83.  The only expenditures have been a $200.00 payment in October for insurance and $550.00 for the new repeater.  He is now able to get the account statements on-line thus avoiding the monthly fee.  Mike moved to adopt the report as presented, and Erin seconded.  Everyone was in agreement.

Repeater status report:

The repeater is still on and is being "well used."  However, the majority of the usage is by non members of the SRA.

Sunday night net report:

Erin said there has been an average of three or four check-ins.  Bob thanked Jeff and Erin for their time on the Sunday night net.

SRA website report:

Fred is in charge, but Jeffrey provides the technical support.  

ARES net:

Nonexistent at this time.  David has tried to run it, but his equipment is no longer able to handle it.

Old business:


New business:

The new repeater is "going up."  

Bob asked about the membership of the SRA Technical Committee.  It is comprised of Paul, Mike, Bob, Deirdre and Jeff.  Bob thinks they should get together and make plans.  

Continuation of the SRA.  Paul says we need members to support the repeater financially, and who will "work on stuff."  There needs to be more than two people who can take care of the repeater, and there needs to be a software person.  He asked if the group should continue as it is or give up.

Dan commented that there were more people at this evening's meeting than there have been at previous meetings which demonstrates an interest in keeping the SRA "alive."  Deidre agreed that the number of people at the meeting says there is interest in keeping it going.  She expressed the idea of offering free SRA membership for a year to people getting their license through GBRA.  

Paul said the problem (repair of the antenna and feed line) can be solved by hiring a climber for $1,800 to remove and lower the antenna and feed line.  However, it would cost another $1,800 for a climber to the reinstall those items.  

Dan stated that this is the time that nominations for officers for the coming year are put forth.  

Nomination for President to complete the vacated 2017-18 term:

Erin quickly nominated Jeff for President to complete the current year.  That was seconded by Annie.  Everyone was in favor.  Paul nominated Mike who received seven votes.  Jeff received nine votes and was elected SRA President for the next three months.  

Nominations of officers for the 2018-19 year (to be voted on at the March 2018 meeting):

President: Jeff Zajicek

Vice President: Paul Marshall

Treasurer: Bob Nienhouse

Secretary: Janis Marshall


3 March 2017 Meeting Meeting Minutes

Saddleback Repeater Association Meeting

March 3, 2017





Present:  Paul (K1WO), Janis (KA1YZK), Dan (N1QLP), Bob (KB1BN)


Paul called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.




Dan moved to adopt the minutes of the December 2, 2016 meeting as written.  There were no objections


Treasurer's report:


Bob reported a total account balance of $1,729.83.  Dan moved to adopt the report as presented.  Everyone was in agreement.      


Repeater status report:


There was some interference on the repeater during the week of February 6.  It was reported that Jeff (N1XUQ) shut it off overnight, and it was fine the next morning.  It continues to function without a problem. 


Sunday night net report:


It was commented that participation has "picked up."  It hasn't been on for a couple of weeks though. 


SRA website report:


Paul will contact Fred (K1ACL) to find out what is going on with the website. 


Old business:


Bob stated that SRA 2017-18 membership dues are due on April 1, 2017.  Janis will send a notice to all current and past members to remind them. 


The antenna repair was brought up.  Volunteers who are able to do the work and make a firm commitment to a day and time to meet and carry out the repair(s) are necessary. 


Dan suggested that perhaps having donuts at the meetings might bring in a larger attendance!  Everyone present agreed that it would be a good idea to try so the club will pay for donuts at the June 2017 meeting!


Election of Officers for 2017-18:


Dan made a motion that as a contingency the current officers continue until it is expedient to elect new ones.  Bob seconded the motion, and Paul approved. 


New business:


The September 2017 meeting has been rescheduled to September 8, 2017, because of conflicts with several members' end of summer schedules.


The meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.

2 December 2016 Meeting Meeting Minutes

Saddleback Repeater Association Meeting

December 2, 2016





Present:  Shawn (N1JEH), Paul (K1WO), Ann-Marie (KB1WER), Michael (N1AMD), George (W1BOF), Janis (KA1YZK), Bill (K1BD), Shirley (W1ALO), Fred (K1ACL), Dan (N1QLP), Bob (KB1BN),


Shawn called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.




Minutes of September 2, 2016 meeting were accepted by all present.


Treasurer's report:


Bob reported a total account balance of $1,733.85.  Two checks for membership were received at the meeting.  The club is being charged $2.00 per month for receiving paper statements from the bank.  Bob will talk to the bank about receiving them "for free" (electronic statements).  The insurance bill has been paid.   


We now have 17 members who are currently up-to-date with their dues payment. 


Bob needs the SRA federal tax number for filing the 501(c)(3) application.  Janis will try to locate it for him. 


Old business:


Antenna project:  Paul said that the end of April or early May will be the best time for the next attempt at repairing the Saddleback antenna.  He said that bad weather hindered the last attempt at repairing the antenna, and that there is a twisted bracket.  The ropes and pulleys are in the radio room at Saddleback.

Bob questioned if the cable that he received from Mike for the new repeater is the right one.  Paul reassured him that it is.  He asked Bob to bring the manual for the new Yaesu DR1X along with the cable to town on Tuesday. 


The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m






2 September 2016 Business Meeting Minutes

.Saddleback Repeater Association Meeting

September 2, 2016





Present:  Shawn (N1JEH), Paul (K1WO), Ann-Marie (KB1WER), Michael (N1AMD), George (W1BOF), Deirdre (AB1ST)


Shawn called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.




Minutes of June 2016 meeting were accepted by all present.


Treasurer's report:


Bob was not present but had reported that he had had a couple of deposits and that the insurance was due to be paid.


Old business:


Member recruitment:  We are actively seeking new members and asking former members to rejoin the SRA!  Shawn and Bob said they would take care of this by e-mailing all past members asking them to consider renewing their SRA membership  As of this date, no request has been sent. 


Antenna project:  Paul will check with Channel 11.  Two more ground crew members are needed.  Paul will check with John Rodenhuis KB1KKL, David Allen KB1NZG and Paul Michael KB1MIP and ask if they can assist for a few hours.  The work will be done on Saturday, September 10; time to be announced.  The 24th of September is the rain date for the work.


The meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m