ARA Officers

The ARA holds its officer elections each Spring; the President appoints a Nominating Committee chairman, who opens the nominations in March; they remain open throughout March and April, and we usually close nominations just minutes before we hold the election during the first meeting of May.

Please consider nominating yourself or a fellow member to one of the several positions during this open nomination period -- our club is rich with talent of various types of expertise and levels of ability.

If you are interested in throwing your hat into one of the rings, please see the the nominating chairman before or after a club meeting, or you may email meeting.

(The nominating committee chairman for 2024 is Garry Laing, W3GTL. He may be emailed at GTLAING@YAHOO.COM.)

Membership within the Antietam Radio Association provides not only permits you the ability to choose the club's officers, but it also presents you the opportunity to actually run for office yourself! There are eight positions, which include:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Activities Manager
  • Director (three positions)

The term of office for all positions is one year, and an incumbent may choose to run again the subsequent year. There are no term limits -- a member may continue to hold the same office for as long as he or she is elected to the position. It is important to note that an officer may not hold multiple offices simultaneously. An example of this might be if a member is nominated for two offices, and wins both -- the winner must choose which office he would like to accept, and forfeit the other office.

The President presides over and runs club meetings, and when the need arises, acts as the spokesperson for the ARA. The President signs any legal paperwork that the club may have to file/prepare. He or she also provides leadership and/or guidance to the club and its members. The President of the club is also tasked with forming ad-hoc committees when necessary, appointing members to the committee, and appointing the committee chair. Further, the President disbands committees when they are no longer needed. By virtue of the office, the person in this role is automatically a member of all committees (ex-officio). The President may not initiate a motion, nor can he or she vote on a motion - except in a tie, where the President casts the deciding vote.

The Vice-President assists the President when needed, and stands in for the President as necessary. Basically, the VP has all of the authority of the president when acting in that role. The VP doesn't have any other itemized duties.

The Secretary records and stores the minutes of each meeting, along with all the legal papers and other necessary documents. The Secretary works with the Treasurer to maintain an up-to-date record of all current members. The Secretary is also charged with issuing membership cards to each paid member, annually.

The Treasurer collects and deposits all funds that the ARA receives, maintains the bank accounts, and reports financial transactions/balances/health. He or she maintains a record of all assets belonging to the ARA, including serial numbers of all equipment. The Treasurer also serves in a supervisory capacity over every financial transaction we make, and reimburses club members for expenses incurred during a ARA event (such as Field Day).

The Activities Manager is responsible for providing activities for the activity meetings and serves in a supervisory role during activity events, such as The Great Hagerstown Hamfest.

The Director serves on the ARA Executive Board as representatives of the membership, and participate in the voting of all presented issues. There are three (3) Director positions. The past-president has first dibs on hold one of a director position.

The Executive Board includes all of the aforementioned officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Activities Manager, and the three Directors).

The main purpose of the Board is to discuss more complex issues, and to vote on whether to bring the issues to the entire membership for a membership for a vote. There are four Executive Board meeting per year, scheduled quarterly. All members are free to attend any Board meeting, however, such attendance is limited to listening alone (no questions/comments/or voting).

If you have any questions about any of the positions, or on how you can run for any office, please see a current officer or a member of the nominating committee; the current nominating chairman is Garry Laing, W3GTL, who may be emailed at GTLAING@YAHOO.COM).

Below you can see the officers' roster for the current, as well as for past, terms:

2023-2024

Position Member Call
President (2023-March 31, 2024) Brian Umbrell W3PDW (SK March 31, 2024)
President (March 2024-End of term) Herm Niedzielski K2AVA
Vice President (2023-March 31, 2024) Herm Niedzielski K2AVA
Vice President (March 31, 2024-End of term) Vacant  -----
Secretary Bill Collins W3OS (fka K3WJC)
Treasurer Tim Keener N3VGS
Activities Steve Struharik WA8EIH
Director Butch Eigenbrode NI2W
Director Bob Long KD3JK
Director Nelson Sollenberger KA2C

2022-2023

Position Member Call
President Brian Umbrell W3PDW
Vice Pres Herm Niedzielski K2AVA
Treasurer Tim Keener N3VGS
Secretary Bill Collins W3OS (fka K3WJC)
Activities Steve Struharik WA8EIH
Director Cliff Engle W3KKO
Director Pat Goodrich KB3YSV
Director Robbie McFerren KB3PXR

2021-2022

Position Member Call
President Brian Umbrell W3PDW
Vice Pres Herm Niedzielski K2AVA
Treasurer Tim Keener N3VGS
Secretary Bill Collins K3WJC
Activities Steve Struharik WA8EIH
Director Karin Christenen KB3GFV
Director Pat Goodrich KB3YSV
Director Nelson Sollenberger KA2C

2020-2021

Position Member Call
President Butch Eigenbrode NI2W
Vice Pres Herm Niedzielski K2AVA
Treasurer Tim Keener N3VGS
Secretary Bill Collins K3WJC
Activities Steve Struharik WA8EIH
Director Karin Christenen KB3GFV
Director Jamie Garrett  
Director Nelson Sollenberger KA2C

2019-2020

Position Member Call
President Bob Long KD3JK
Vice Pres Herm Niedzielski K2AVA
Treasurer Tim Keener N3VGS
Secretary Bill Collins K3WJC
Activities Steve Struharik WA8EIH