Signals December 2013
Want to vote? Be sure your SARA dues are paid!
We are rapidly approaching our election of officers for 2014. Associate Members may not serve as a SARA officer and do not have voting privileges, but have all other club privileges. You must be a 2014 Regular Member to have voting privileges and be able to serve as a SARA officer.
The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 1 Director, are all up for election in January. The Director position is for a 2-year term and all of the others are for 1-year terms. So where are our candidates? Take a look in a mirror and consider stepping forward.
The following figures will likely change slightly between Nov. 26th, when I am writing this and when the Newsletter gets published; but as of now we have a total of 60 members paid for 2014 and 4 of them paid through 2015 as well.
The membership breakdown by category is:
Regular Members for 2014: AD6QT, ADØCK, ADØDV, AGØH, K3SJW, KBØOHI, KC9GEJ, KCØMKS, KCØOIO, KCØQVO, KDØDEO, KDØIPI, KDØJTG, KDØLPY, KDØOOZ, KDØOPB, KDØOTB, KDØPKY, KDØRUI, KDØWGH, KFØCI, KØCCR, KØGCP, KØGW, KØHAS, KØKJS, KØNHI, KØSON, KSØJ, N5JLZ, N9ECZ, NØDRX, NØDXH, NØGRM, NØMR, NØODK, NØUHR, VE3MXJ, VE3XT, W9LHG, WAØKKE, WAØTDA, WB9YUI, WBØMOA, WD9DNQ, WN4GMT, WØDIK, WØGAF, WØMCQ, WØOA, WØOXB, WØTBC, and WØWVO.
Associate Members for 2014: ACØX, KB9WTB, KDØHRM, KDØHRN, KØANA, W7HQQ, & WØWTP.
Of the above, KB9WTB, N9EZC, NØUHR, and WØWTP are also paid through 2015.
If you have paid dues prior to Nov. 27th and not on the above list, contact me ASAP, so that I can research for possible correction.
Dues per person are $20 for Regular Membership and $10 for Associate Membership and run on a calendar year ending December 31st. Dues may be paid by cash, or check made out to SARA, but please do not mail cash.
SARA Trustee & Treasurer 1618 Pine St West Stillwater, MN 55082
SARA White Elephant Exchange Party (SWEEP) December 14 Meeting
At our last monthly club meeting for 2013, we’ve decided to hold the ever-popular, always fun White Elephant gift exchange. It’s a great way to celibate the holidays, HAM style!!
Where: Boutwells Landing, 13575 – 58th Street N., Oak Park Heights, Auditorium C (lower level)
- Clean your Shack of something(s) you no longer need or want!
- End up going home with something more useful or desirable than you started with!
- Of course FUN and SURPRISES during the event are expected – and guaranteed!
Details & Rules:
- Each participant brings at least one wrapped “White Elephant” gift. This could be something you have laying around your Ham Shack that you don’t use or no longer need. If you don’t have a “White Elephant” you’re willing to part with (hey, I’ll REALLY be surprised!), then bring something with a maximum value of ~$10. (Maybe take a trip to the Ax-man Surplus Store?!)
- Numbers are put into a hat, equal to the number of gifts brought by members.
- Each participant draws a number from the hat. (Those who bring more than one gift can draw as many numbers as the gifts they bring.)
- The person with number “1” goes first.
- The first person chooses one of the wrapped gifts and opens it.
- The person with number “2” is next and has a choice. This person can select either the unwrapped gift from the first person or – can choose to open one of the wrapped gifts.
- If anyone has the gift they selected and unwrapped taken away from them (chosen by a subsequent participant), they can choose an unwrapped gift that someone else has (except the one taken from them) or choose one of the wrapped gifts.
- A person cannot choose back a gift from the person who just took it from that person in that round. It is allowable to choose that gift back again in a later round.
- The “round” continues until each person who has had a gift – again has a gift, whether exchanged or opened.
- The person holding the next, sequential number begins the next round.
- The exchange continues until all participants have one gift and all gifts are exchanged.
- Don’t spend a lot of time on wrapping. Heck, you can use paper or plastic grocery bags – or even garbage sacks for large, odd shaped items.
- We encourage you to look thru your Shack for an item you no longer want. (As a last resort, you can always buy something tacky?!)
This could be yours! It might be good for something someday. Like wrapping up for next year’s white elephant swap.
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