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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB033 (2009)

ARLB033 New Vice Directors in Central, Roanoke Divisions

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 33  ARLB033
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 23, 2009
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB033 New Vice Directors in Central, Roanoke Divisions

ARRL staff members opened ballots November 20, 2009 for the Vice
Director races in the Central and Roanoke Divisions.  Southeastern
Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK; Rocky Mountain Division
Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, and ARRL Chief Executive Officer
David Sumner, K1ZZ served as Tellers. A representative from an
independent auditor was on hand, as well. Sarratt and Mileshosky are
members of the League's Ethics and Elections Committee; Sarratt is
Chairman of the committee. After all the ballots were counted, both
the Central and Roanoke Divisions gained new Vice Directors, with
their three-year terms beginning at noon on January 1, 2010.

ARRL Central Division

In the Central Division, challenger Kermit Carlson, W9XA, of
Batavia, Illinois, edged out incumbent Howard S. Huntington, K9KM,
of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; Huntington has served as the Central
Division's second-in-command since 1983. Carlson received 1808
votes, while Huntington received 1466 votes.

Carlson, an engineering physicist with Fermi National Accelerator
Lab (FNAL), currently serves as Chairman of the League's VHF/UHF
Advisory Committee (VUAC); he was appointed to that committee in
2005 and served as Chairman since January. First licensed in 1969 as
WB9FBX, he holds an Amateur Extra class license, as well as a Second
Class Radiotelegraph and General Radiotelephone Commercial license.
Carlson's interests include DX, VHF/UHF weak signal and EME, 30 and
40 meter CW and the digital modes. He is an active member of ARES,
the Society of Midwest Contesters, AMSAT, TAPR and MARS.

"I will be an active and accessible Vice Director," said in position
statement, "one who will represent the consensus of the Central
Division and will provide local club support by representing the
ARRL at local hamfests and conferences. I will work to expand the
amateur spectrum, facilitate youth outreach and expand education. I
will be a tireless advocate for all aspects of this diverse,
established yet evolving hobby."

ARRL Roanoke Division

Roanoke Division Vice Director Patricia Hensley, N4ROS, decided not
to seek another term. South Carolina Section Manager Jim Boehner,
N2ZZ, of Aiken, and former West Virginia Section Manager Hal Turley,
W8HC, of Huntington, were both nominated to succeed her. Boehner won
the election with 1692 votes; Turley received 1496 votes.

Boehner, first licensed in 1969, holds an Amateur Extra class
license. He is a physician specializing in women's healthcare.
Boehner has served four terms as the ARRL South Carolina Section
Manager. "My original plan [when I was first elected Section
Manager] for the South Carolina Section was to expand participation
in and unify the ARRL Field Organization in the Section," he said in
his position statement. "At this time, we have active participation
in all of the major cabinet positions and more than 100 active

The newly elected Vice Director said that he sees his position as
being the one to bring "members' views and concerns to the Board
level so that appropriate action can be taken. Should members see a
communications gap between them and the Board, I would like to
bridge that gap." Boehner is an ARRL Life Member and a life member
of the QCWA, an ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE) and Official Observer
(OO). He has earned DXCC Honor Roll and 5BDXCC

Elected without Opposition

Responding to solicitations in the July and August 2009 issues of
QST, ARRL members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern
and Roanoke Divisions nominated 11 candidates for the 10 positions
of Director and Vice Director of each of the five divisions. Seven
incumbents were declared elected without opposition: Central
Division Director George R. Isely, W9GIG; Hudson Division Director
Frank Fallon, N2FF, and Vice Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF; New
England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, and Vice Director Mike
Raisbeck, K1TWF; Northwestern Division Director Jim Fenstermaker,
K9JF, and Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF. The rules
state that if a candidate is running unopposed, he or she shall be
declared the winner without balloting.

No one from the Northwestern Division requested a petition form for
the Vice Director position, so that position will become vacant at
noon on January 1, 2010; William J. Sawders, K7ZM, is the current
Northwestern Division Vice Director. The ARRL President is empowered
by the ARRL Articles of Association and Bylaws to appoint someone to
fill the vacant position.

"Every three years, each ARRL member has a say in who will best
represent their ideas and concerns as it relates to the League and
Amateur Radio," Mileshosky said. "It was great to see members of the
Central and Roanoke Divisions participate in the process of electing
their Vice Directors. I am looking forward to working with Kermit
and Jim at the upcoming January board meeting."

The next scheduled Division elections are next fall for the Pacific,
Rocky Mountain, Southeastern, Southwestern and West Gulf ARRL
Divisions. In accordance with League's Bylaws, ballots will be
counted on November 19, 2010.


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