GM, and greetings Steve.
Serving as a local president for two years to an affiliate club, I made sure that an invitation to a club meeting with 45-60 minutes of “floor time” allotted to them. They would be able to field questions and do a presentation of their own. This established two-way communications. One year it was my Section manager, the next was my Division Direction. My family is from Texas (Gorman and Eastland) and I know of the vast wasteland North Texas covers. Club members do not always attend hamfests, but this gave them insights into what was going on. I tried to emphasize the “freebees” that the local club had at their disposal (such as mailing lists). Sounds like you are doing a bang-up job down there.
It appears that I am doing it right, I guess.
Most of the feedback I am getting lacks specifics
I am averaging three club meetings every month
I attend every Hamfest within our Section
and some in our neighboring sections
and at least one National Fest every other year.
ARRL FD I average 12 site visits
which in North Texas demands 18 hours of windshield time
within 24 hours (little or no sleep) and only 30 minutes worth of time at each site
In addition I am doing a virtual Round Table meeting every other month for the Club officers within our Section
as well as a Section Staff meeting
We have a team of 18 assistants and have even dedicated several Section Manager Ambassadors
Our Section is one of the largest geographically speaking, hence the ambassadors are dedicated to areas displaced from the "Metro-Plex"
I have also awarded an ARRL NTX Section Ham of the year every year, since taking office
by asking for nominations from our ARRL members, the nominees are voted on by four members of our Section Management team
and Only vote in advent of a tie
To my knowledge this Awarding a Ham of The year was not done in our Section since the seventies
until I took office in 2019
This past year The first ever Female from Texas was awarded
the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Youth Award, she is the the first amateur radio op
in North Texas to ever receive this award and only the second amateur within our state. (North, South and West Texas)
My current push is on three fronts for this year:
1) Continue recognition of Members
2) Garner at least one national award for another North Texas ARRL Member
3) Help clubs grow the wealth of knowledge they provide members and hence enhance the membership depth in those club's
by building a Club Prosperity Handbook Just one specific method is to forgo most of the business part of a General membership meeting
thru allowing the club BOD to conduct business outside of the general membership meetings.
I exhaust my Section Management budget with the first 9 months
each year and dig into my own finances to do the things for my fellow North Texas members
I am still wanting to perform better
than any other SM, How is the question?
I consider what I am doing, as a minimum standard
I would love specifics on how to do better and looking for examples with specifics, anyone ?????
Mark thanks again for the input !!!
ARRL NTX Section Manager