Call to Order: The meeting was held in
the clubhouse on the premises of the Socorro Electric Cooperative and called to
order by President Vern Leavitt at 7:30 PM. A quorum was present, along with a
guest speaker, Bill Winn of Langmuir Laboratory.
There will be a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 7; the scenario
is an earthquake in California, with about 8000 people being evacuated to
The Deming Tailgate event will be September 23.
The 2007 ARRL Handbook is out.
Approval of Minutes: Minutes of the August meeting were approved as
posted on the web site, though the spelling of one street name needs to be
checked (Francisco de Avondo or Avando).
Treasurerís report: current bank balance is $3220.40, of which
$280.08 belongs to TARA, leaving a SARA balance of $2940.32.
Report on Incorporation: The 501(c)(3) application has been
completed, and is ready to file, lacking only three checks (which were written
after the end of the meeting): $10 to the State of New Mexico, $267.20 to Rick
Penner for the work in preparing the package, and $300 filing fee to the IRS;
total is $577.20. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to pay these and be
done with it.
Hiring of the consultant, Alison Patrick, is almost done; the last $600 of
the $3200 has been put in by the County Fire Marshal. The work to be done
will be writing Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs, sometimes called SOPs)
as well as some work on the Emergency Operations Plan that the SOGs
There was a riveting, 1-1/2 hour presentation at the LEPC meeting by Ron
Dolin PhD of Los Alamos Labs on Pandemic Flu.
The ARES session at the SARA Hamfest will be 2 hours long, per request of
Rick Soule, the SEC; we are waiting for his response as to which 2 hours.
Hamfest tables etc. discussion: we can haul tables with Vern's trailer;
they will be obtained from Tech. Coffee arrangements have been made; Vern
and Paula will get the goods. Last year's expenditure for doughnuts was $48.
We have table requests from Southwest Antennas for six, Radcom for at
least four, maybe six; Radcom is also looking into special pricing for prize
At the last meeting it was reported that there was an apparent loss of
$900 on the hamfest, while in fact there was a profit of about $120. One
detail was missing and has been located, about the City's contribution. This
year's application to the City estimates $2930 income and $2680 expenses,
for a net profit of $250; it includes $1200 from the City for mailing.
Regarding mailing, we need the final flyer and mailing list.
There will be four major prizes, totalling $1100.
The Friday night dinner will be at Sammy's Deli.
Vern will handle the silent auction.
The 501(c)(3) application has been returned by the IRS as one or more small
details are amiss; Bill Brundage will get with Rick Penner to straighten it out.
The guest speaker, Bill Winn, gave an interesting talk about lightning
research, after which the meeting was adjourned.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at ?:?? PM.
Submitted by Eric Bear Albrecht, W5VZB, Secretary