QST! QST! QST! News for Members

Several important announcements for members, UPDATED 10/15/2014

(1) The members only passwords have changed. We have sent these to each member this week (week of 12 October) to all current members (dues paid through at least 30 Jun 2015). If you didn’t hear from us, and felt you should have, please click on Member Services. and let us know?

(2) The on line directory of members is up to date through 15 Oct 2014, for all members with dues-paid through at least Jun 30 of 2015.  Posted today 15 Oct 2014.

(3) Sad news, we’ve heard in the past several weeks of six of our members becoming SKs.  News on these available in The BULLETIN, due out not later than Nov 1 to all members.  And members who elect for electronic-only edition will receive it not later than Oct 18.

If you do NOT see your call/name, or we have listed it incorrectly, PLEASE email us and let us know — we can fix what we know about, and promise to do it quickly.  (If your NEW password doesn’t work, email us and we’ll figure out how to get you in.)

(2) Our Club’s on line renewal AND new member registration continues working fabulously.  The vast majority of new memberships are via the optional on line portal with payments through PayPal.  Your fee for this is only $1 (yep, one dollar US), no matter whether you pay for one year or up to five years.

(3) This week of October, WBCCI ARC will be represented, with amateur radio activities too, at WBCCI Region 12 Rally in Pahrump NV. Great thanks and good luck to Roger KD6FBF and Eric AA6EM!

If you want more information, please contact us by clicking on Member Services..

October 15 2014 | Members and News | Comments Off

Password Change to Members-Only Pages

We’re off to a good start.  The club has new officers and members are renewing their dues for the new fiscal year (started 01 Jul). The annual meeting in Gillette was very well attended, membership elected a full slate of officers and the ex officio members are in place for the next year.  Now we have to take care of business so we can continue operating.

WBCCI Amateur Radio Club is a membership organization, supported by ham radio operator members in the United States and Canada.  Without members the club would have neither purpose nor funds for operation.  Without members the club would have no officers, no newsletter, no website, no member roster.  The roster, website and Bulletin make our club and nets more interesting and enjoyable for many hams and many of you support the club with your dues each year.

Dues for members expire every year on Jun 30 unless you pay for multiple years.  Are your dues up to date?  What year do your dues expire?  You can check the mailing label on your copy of The Bulletin, due out before November 1st.  The address label top line has your dues expiry date.  We hope you will continue to support the club, the nets, this website, and The Bulletin with your annual dues.

The two members-only pages, Member Roster and on-line (and in COLOR) Bulletin, are accessible only with the current password.  If your dues aren’t paid up, you’ll want to mail the dues in before asking for the passwords, okay? 

If you have paid your dues through at least Jun 30 2015, we’ll happily provide you the new password.  Just send MEMBER SERVICES an email asking for password and the Club will answer you PRONTO.

October 01 2014 | News | Comments Off

Last Call for Current Year Dues

The club’s last fiscal year ended over 45 days ago, on Jun 30 2014.  Many of you made a great response to the club’s last post –  half of the unpaid members got their dues in — a record, for sure!

Still, that leaves a few folks about to lose their membership privileges.  We don’t want to lose you! And we know you don’t want to miss an issue of THE BULLETIN, our club’s great newsletter. And you’ll lose access to the member-only pages of this web site, and your name and call won’t be listed here or in the BULLETIN. Won’t you take care of this today? It’s easy to renew.

You can update your dues electronically by clicking on this link or email MEMBER SERVICES and arrange to mail a check to the Club.

Have you taken care of your annual dues?

updated 17 Aug 2014

August 16 2014 | Members | Comments Off

On-line registration and payment for members and candidates

Effective 13 September 2013, we have implemented on-line registration and payment for members and candidates alike. This is a change from our last implementation in two ways:

(1) New members can join on-line, and members can renew, and
(2) You will need to enter your data to join or to renew

It all happens from this page, where you can choose whether you want to do this on line or by US Mail.

We previously implemented, as many of you know, on-line payments for renewal several months ago. A small problem arose from that first effort — we did not receive updated information, nor callsign, from renewals. And, we could not provide new membership registrations on-line, we did not have the means to obtain the membership application information.

We now have these issues resolved, and are in action. The on-line payment method is again via PayPal. You may either use your PayPal account, if you have one, or you may use your credit card. Of course, you may also renew or join by US Mail.

As always, please let the Club know if any problems, concerns, or comments.

September 14 2013 | News | Comments Off

Membership Matters

N4RTG and I travel all over Canada and the USA, meeting people in all sorts of venues.  One of the questions we hear the most is, “is amateur radio shrinking?”  Let’s see, radios are miniaturizing, yes.  But the number of licensed amateur radio operators in the USA has never been higher.

ARRL reported recently the total number of licensed hams in the USA through end of 2012 reached over 709, 000, the highest total EVER.  AH0A has a nifty website showing FCC licensing numbers by month and shows a steady monthly increase since the beginning of the year.  Ham radio is not diminishing.  It appears amateur radio is becoming more popular.

In a similar vein, clubs all over the country have been bemoaning for the past two decades.  Their members are aging or losing interest, and the clubs aren’t successfully recruiting new members.  Three elements interplay here:  loss of interest, dying, and recruitment of new members.

How is WBCCI ARC doing?  Our club is off to a rousing start for this year — we have fifteen new members in 2013.  Overall our total membership number seems to be growing slowly.

It is not necessary to own an Airstream or any other type RV to join the ARC.  The requirements to join WBCCI ARC are the following:

  1. You must hold an amateur license (any class) and
  2. either own any kind of RV or have an interest in travel and camping.

That’s all there is to it — well, and a prospective member fills out an application for membership, submits it with their fee.  Membership application forms are available here.

What can we do to keep our club full of active, interested, engaged, friendly members?  Two things come to mind immediately:

  1. Have you invited a ham to join the friendliest amateur radio club in North America?
  2. Do you try to be an active, interested, engaged and friendly member of clubs to which you belong?

posted 20130411 by Jim n5rtg


Below is a small representation of articles published over the past twenty years about membership declines:

http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x155063752/Civic-organizations-fight-national-declines-in-membership  how to attract and retain members despite nationally declining enrollments

http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=224  declining social capital caused by radical individualism

http://werussell.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/decline-of-americas-service-organizations/  caused by the disengagement of our nation’s young people?

http://www.kansas.com/2012/06/20/2381119/aging-members-lack-of-interest.html  decline of civic groups in Wichita

http://www.app.com/article/20130401/NJNEWS/304010094/Ageless-Membership- decline-may-spell-end-Beach-Haven-First-Aid-Squad  not enough joining, too many dying or leaving

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123923154717002917.html  country clubs not so clubby anymore, many closing or morphing to survive

http://w3lww.org/  ham radio clubs merging from three into one

April 12 2013 | Members | Comments Off

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