Schaumburg Amateur Radio Board of Directors Jan 3, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting January 3, 2024

Robert Kocourek W9RKK called the meeting to order at 7:00PM


Robert Kocourek W9RKK John Shofield AC9JS Bill Riess KW9WR
Danny Kafka KD9HIL John Douglas AC9JS Paul Burkett KD9FMN
Cliff Sowka K9QD Bob Benwitz W9JAX
  • Robert Kocourek W9RKK was appointed as Chairman of the Board by Acclamation as we begin 2024.
  • Our two new Directors (Paul Burkett KD9FMN, Bob Benwitz W9JAX) were installed tonight.
  • Robert Kocourek W9RKK Chairman moved to authorize SARC Officers voting members of the Board. John Shofield AC9JS seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Secretary’s Report

Cliff Sowka K9QD:  December BOD Meeting Minutes as published in the RHG:  Robert Kocourek W9RKK moved to approve, Bill Reiss KW9WR seconded.  Motion Adopted.

Treasurer’s Report:

Chris Brewer AC9GN not present but provided the following:


Month:   December 2023

Checkbook Balance 11/30/23                           $6,969.20


12/15/23 Zelle, Holiday party                           $       28.00

12/15/23 Cash, Holiday party                            $   642.00



ACH 12/11/23 AT&T DSL                                    $       62.82

12/31/23 Account Balance                                $7,576.38

12/31/23 Bank Statement                                  $7,576.38

Checks Outstanding                                             $       0.00

Adjusted balance                                                 $7,576.38

Checkbook balance 12/31/23

Petty Cash 12/31/23 Current balance             $   110.00 

Funds Available                                                    $7,686.38

111 active members in roster

34 people attending Holiday Party (total to date is $950, one member short by $2).

Robert Kocourek W9RKK moved to approve and Bill Reiss seconded.  Motion Adopted. 

Public Service  

Rob Glowacki N9MVO not present.


John Zietlow K9WIC EmComm Chairman not present.


Rob Glowacki N9MVO, Terry Jarnholm AE9TJ not present.

Construction Project (CP)

Cliff Sowka K9QD reports a Winlink presentation is planned for January 13th session. Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK has authored training to be offered to our CP attendees.

  • Budgeting process for 2024 requires SARC Committees to present their funding requirements for the year. CP will identify consumables that are needed for the season and let Chris Brewer AC9GN know of our request so that we can discuss during our February Business Meeting.

VE Testing:

John Schofield AC9JS reports there are five (5) candidates reserved at the moment for the January session this Saturday.  John has been supporting student interest in joining an organized Ham Radio organization and his efforts have resulted in several new members for SARC.  John has become our key new member recruiter!

  • WebMaster AC9IG has edited our home page layout so that more rapid access to our VE Testing services can be found easily…..much thanx to Matt!
  • Nets 

Don Dewar KD9NJR Chairman not present.

Radio Hill Gazette RHG  

Mike K9KMV No Report.


Scott DeSantis KB9VRW Membership Committee Chairman not present.


Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK Publicity Chairman not present but did report there are no new items.


Need Chairperson but John Douglas KD9KSH, acting as interim Chair, has secured January Holiday Party.

  • Current reservation is 35 which is near-capacity for the facility.
  • Education

Leo N9NBH not present.


Don Dewar KD9NJR: not present.

Old Business

Dennis C. Calvey KD9HIK noted our website needs 2024 officer update to reflect the November Election Results.

Google Groups for SARC-BD requires following members added to distribution list:

  • W9JAX
  • KD9FMN
  • KW9WR

Dennis submitted a Winlink primer for presentation during our Jan~Feb Construction Project venue for interested members.  Cliff Sowka K9QD moved to approve and John Schofield AC9JS seconded. Adopted.

Dennis will communicate with several governmental agencies to reaffirm our Schaumburg resources:  Tennis Plus, Bocce Court for SARC-in-the-Park, CRC for BOD and Business Meetings, and any rental/insurance documentation requirements.

Don Dewar KD9NJR reviewed open action items:  Determine FTM 300 location and current function, Inventory of club Assets, Annual Audit, and proposed Budget.

  • Professional Audit of our Treasury could cost ~$2,000 but since our revenue as Non-Profit is well under the IRS-defined threshold, third party review would suffice.
  • Treasurer requested to present budget proposal during the December Business Meeting. Operating expense of $1,754.00 estimated but Committee requests need to be informed.

New Business 

Don Dewar KD9NJR reported the Constitution Grammatical edits have been completed and now need to be published in the RHG.

Adjourn 8:02PM

Submitted January 4, 2024.

Cliff Sowka K9QD Secretary