28 August 2016 – Report from WIA Director Andrew VK6AS

From VK6 news:

 

Last week’s Board report provoked quite a flurry of activity around the traps.

I had given my apologies for the Board meeting that was held last Tuesday evening and as far as I was aware, appropriately, under the constitution transferred my vote to another director. Apparently there was some discussion about this that resulted in me being called to join the teleconference from Indonesia on my mobile phone. I await a significant bill!

Apparently another Board member was also absent and although a quorum was met, perhaps, in retrospect and in view of the serious nature of the discussions that were to be had it would have been wise to cancel and rebook at a time when all directors could be present.

The minutes of the meeting have not yet appeared to be ratified by the Board so I can only report my personal disappointment in the outcome.

Out of interest under the WIA constitution the ratified minutes are only available for inspection by members, by prior arrangement at the WIA HQ in Bayswater an eastern suburb of Melbourne, 30 kilometres from the CBD and so over 50 k from the airport. Don’t make a rush to go and see the minutes of the last couple of meetings as yet they have not been approved by the Board.

Again it’s a personal view that minutes of a Board should be more readily available to the membership and I will be trying to achieve this when proposals are made for changes to our constitution. Commercial in confidence and privacy related issues have been coped with by many organisations and so, in my opinion, the WIA should follow this path and this might be one further method to reduce the culture of secrecy that the institute is perceived to have.

A final comment that the WIA Board Notes for July have now been circulated and make interesting reading. If they haven’t arrived at your inbox they are available at wia.org.au

This is WIA director, Andrew VK6AS

26th August 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 18

Three WIA Officers Resign and alert members of financial mismanagement and board dysfunction. 

President openly defies board.

National news renamed Pravda.

 

Hello again,

As you read last week, WIA Director Andrew Smith has “gone public” to alert members to the scandalous state of affairs within the Board of the WIA.  It is timely to remind members that this is the third board member of the WIA to issue public warnings to members in just 8 months.

Andrew states that “financial reporting is in disarray.  On my estimation our Institute is losing over $1,000 a week.”  He goes on to alert members that the “board is self-centred and not prepared to examine itself both under our constitution and more importantly the Corporations Act of Australia”.

Earlier this year (February), Treasurer Chris Chapman resigned advising members that “The Board has ignored my advice and, as such, I am unable to perform my responsibilities in the best interests of the Institute or its members.”  Chris continues with warnings of “ethical and professional concerns about how our Institute and its finances are being managed”.

Late last year (December 2015) Director Rowan Dollar resigned citing “nepotism, bullying and blatant disregard for volunteers and members” and that “The board has shown continually a lack of engagement with members plus a lack of governance and transparency”.

Rowan reported that he “asked the director managing the office for a balance sheet and Profit & Loss statement for the WIA. I was fully entitled to do so in my capacity as a director.  The President refused my request.”

Even the most sceptical reader must now accept that all is not well with our WIA.  It is clear that this Board is completely dysfunctional and that oversight of our finances is in disarray.

Yet in spite of this, the WIA President Mr. Phil Wait continues to treat members with contempt.  Board notes and minutes from July clearly indicate a board decision to release P&L Statement to members.  Instead the President defies a Board decision and publishes his disingenuous “bucket economics” in an attempt to gloss over the truth.

Rather than actively promoting our hobby, the Board is complicit in its decline.  Its financial behaviour is at best incompetent and at worst scandalous.  It promotes censorship of news broadcast services.  The following response was received from the Editor of the National News:

 

Received your email from NewsWest for August 21.

Any WIA item for news I only accept from the WIA President / Board itself..

I am sure some of these concerns are (or have been) addressed since the
AGM.. but have forwarded it to WIA President Phil
.”

 

It appears our amateur radio news services are the mouthpiece of the WIA President and Board.

We call on any Director who supports Andrew to join him in calling for change.  We call on every WIA member who supports Andrew to send him an email showing your support.

We call on all amateur radio news broadcast services and the editor of Amateur Radio magazine to stand up against censorship and publish this public interest story.  The only broadcast service that has stood up thus far to the culture of intimidation and bullying is the VK6 News team. 

Our Institute and hobby are at risk.  The Board is actively censoring this story and stymying free speech with its continued toxic culture.

We call on affiliated clubs to take action.  The WIA is supposed to support the clubs and promote the hobby.  Now is the time for all clubs to stand united and demand change.

Every member should be alarmed that our President is overseeing a board that is out-of-control and riven by internecine conflict.    WIA Director Andrew Smith has confirmed the loses; over $1,000 per week.

Andrew will need the support of ALL WIA members now he has made his concerns public.  Let the President, Phil Wait know that you support Andrew.  Contact Mr Wait on 0418 161 733 or send him an email philwait@bigpond.net.au.

Positive action is being planned.  But we need to ensure every member is made aware of the facts.  Please forward this email to your local club and friends.  Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee.  If they contact Feedback@wiarg.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

 

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit www.wiarg.org .

We’ll continue to support Paul and Andrew to challenge this Board and demand better results for all Australian Radio Amateurs.  A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby.  We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.

Until next week,

G.C. Dunstan VK4DU,  C. Chapman VK3QB,  R. Dollar VK8RD

 

Ps. We don’t want to spam you. Send us an email if you’d prefer we remove you from our mailing list.

 

23rd August 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 17

WIA Director confirms WIA Board is in disarray.  President openly defies board.

 

Hello again,

WIA Director Andrew Smith VK6AS has alerted members with his concerns over a toxic board culture (“self-centred and not prepared to examine itself” are the words he uses) and financial mismanagement.  In case you missed Andrew’s news release, follow this link:

 

WIA Director Andrew VK6AS breaks ranks

 

Further to this, the July Board Minutes indicate clearly that the Board approved the release of the mid-year P&L Statement for members.  Yet the President failed to follow-through and instead defies a Board decision with his disingenuous “bucket economics” piece in the September AR magazine.  Sir Humphrey would be proud.

The President also reports that the Board is only just now seeking a Treasurer, despite knowing since early in 2016 that one was required.  Andrew Smith confirms this as well as advising the Board is operating without a budget or any meaningful financial reporting.

In the meantime, the President is treating members and the board with contempt.

First we get a Financial Report at the AGM riddled with inconsistencies and errors, an Acting Treasurer (also a Director and former paid office manager) with “no accounting skills” and now the President is glossing over financial incompetence with an incorrect use of “bucket economics”.

Assuming the facts presented are correct, these are the “meat and potatoes” from the President’s “bucket economics” report:

  • membership down 5.4% since the beginning of the year. (over 10% in 18 months);
  • membership income alone down over $20,000 year-to-date;
  • trading loss year-to-date of about $33k;
  • costs for the first half are up;
  • costs for AGM and Conference on Norfolk Island are down (this might be because Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith didn’t claim their expenses – thanks Andrew and Paul);
  • delivery of ACMA Services runs at a loss. The Board doesn’t know the costs of delivering the services.  In spite of the President stating the contract made a small loss ($2,000), they report in the July Board Minutes that they are yet to produce the Annual Report for the ACMA – so how can they know the loss?  Which is it Mr President?; and
  • WIA is in breach of contract with ACMA – and the President has made a public statement to this effect.

 

The Board voted to release a P&L Statement.  Why has the President ignored this decision?  In spite of what the President states, a click of a button is all it takes to create a P&L and Balance Sheet out of modern accounting packages; if it has been properly updated and maintained.

WIA Director Andrew Smith confirms what we’ve been saying all along.  The Board does not have adequate control over the finances of the WIA and this is reflected in the President’s fanciful “bucket economics”.

They are operating without a budget; they have known the Treasurer was finishing up in June for months, yet only now they claim to be searching for a replacement (5th Treasurer in one year).

They are making guesses about possible future income and expenses.

They are unable to produce a financial report.

They are holding 4,689 Foundation Licence Manuals.  This must be 3-4 years of stock.  No business holds that much stock.  What happens when the syllabus changes?  We cannot believe that all board members would have approved such an irresponsible and sloppy outlay of members’ funds.

Lastly, the President is misleading members when he states “the majority of income comes in the second half of each year”.  The split is about 48:52 between the first and second halves of the year.  Hardly a majority.

Why is the President misleading members and concealing the fact that this board does not have a handle on our money?

Why is he over-riding a Board decision to share the mid-year P&L with members?

Every member should be alarmed that our President is overseeing a board that is out-of-control.  Every director has a fiscal responsibility to know the status of the finances.  Leaky “bucket economics” just doesn’t cut it.

Draining our funds to the tune of $1,178 per week doesn’t cut it either.

The President is hiding the truth from members.  The truth of the matter is he won’t show us the P&L or Balance Sheet because financial records and management are in disarray.

 

We continue to support Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith who we know believe in transparency and responsible financial management.  Unfortunately, it appears they are being voted down in their efforts to bring much needed reform to our WIA.

Andrew will need the support of ALL WIA members now he has made his concerns known publicly.  Let the President, Phil Wait know that you support Andrew.  Contact Mr Wait on 0418 161 733 or send him an email philwait@bigpond.net.au.

Just how much money will this Board lose this year?  Can we allow them to continue leaking our money to the tune of almost $1,200 per week?  Can we allow this dysfunction, incompetence and lack of leadership to continue?

We have written to the President asking for their immediate resignations.  As soon as we get a response we’ll share it with you.

There are still many people who are unaware of the WIA Reform Group.  Please forward this email to your local club and friends.  Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee.  If they contact Feedback@wiarg.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit www.wiarg.org .

We’ll continue to support Paul and Andrew to challenge this Board and demand better results for all Australian Radio Amateurs.  A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby.  We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.

 

Until next week,

G.C. Dunstan VK4DU,  C. Chapman VK3QB,  R. Dollar VK8RD

Ps. We don’t want to spam you. Send us an email if you’d prefer we remove you from our mailing list.

 

WIA Director Andrew VK6AS breaks ranks

WIA Director Andrew VK6AS has clearly had enough.

The following item leads the VK6 broadcast of August 21st:

 

I put myself up for election on the basis of the need for change at the WIA and you elected me.  I admit it has been a steep learning curve as a director but what has emerged from the WIA is not good.  The WIA has had no budget since 2014 currently we have no treasurer and our financial reporting is in disarray.

On my estimation our Institution is losing over $1,000 a week.

The board is self-centred and not prepared to examine itself both under our constitution and more importantly the corporations act of Australia.

I pointed out to the board that their approach is inappropriate and suggested measures to be put in place to rectify the situation.

Both you and I will have to see what is the outcome. I remain a director of the WIA.

This is Andrew VK6AS

 

WIA Board censorship in action…

The following email was received from the Secretary.

 

From: Jim Linton (email address removed)
Date: 19 August 2016 at 7:16:09 PM AEST
To: Chris Chapman (email address removed)
Subject: Access to Board Meeting Minutes

Chris Chapman

Hello Chris,

This is in response to your email ‘Access to Board Meeting Minutes’ addressed to the Secretary that was dated August 17, 2016.

In the 2nd last paragraph of it you seek advice on the process for an inspection of the Minutes Book.

Any member can ask to inspect the Minutes, making an appointment with the Secretary, but is not allowed to take away copies of the Minutes in any form.

If you wish to inspect the Minutes Book please ask for an appointment, and this will be considered. After an appointment is sought, if it’s suitable, will be confirmed in writing.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Rgds Jim Linton
Secretary

 

19th August 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 16

Censorship, Secrecy & Intimidation.

Hello again,

Up until now, we have avoided making a public statement about the issues contained in this newsletter.

All members should be very concerned that the culture of the WIA Board is one of secrecy, intimidation and censorship.

Late last year it was brought to the attention of members that there was a culture of secrecy and intimidation inside the WIA Board.  The Board has continued to operate in this manner and have done nothing to address their deep seated problems.

In spite of their best efforts, Andrew Smith and Paul Simmonds are clearly in a minority and are unable to break through the appalling endemic toxic culture.  These two directors are doing their best.  They both talk with members.  They both want transparency.

Requests to the President to answer member concerns continue to be either ignored or answered with non-specific generalisations and platitudes.  The upcoming issues of AR Magazine are bound to contain further examples….

Why won’t the President simply publish a P&L Statement?

If the Board can’t publish the financials, then they are not fit to hold their positions on the Board and must go.  If they won’t publish the financials, then they are not fit to hold their positions and must go.

Over the course of the last 3 months, our articles and news items have been censored by various news outlets.

Most recently, a request to the VK6 News Broadcast team was rejected, because apparently repeater funding to VK6 from the National WIA may be at risk had they run our item.

There is really only one way to interpret this; intimidation and censorship of the Broadcast team.

And as many have experienced, intimidation can be applied in many different ways. It need not be overt.

A request to place a very simple paid advertisement in Amateur Radio magazine was rejected by the Board. Further censorship. And lost revenue!

We can only assume that the editor of Amateur Radio Magazine is unable to exercise editorial independence for similar reasons as those stated by the VK6 team. We have no doubt Peter Freeman’s own judgement would ensure fair and balanced access to the members’ national journal.

At the AGM, the President Phil Wait advised members that they could inspect Board Meeting Minutes in person at the National Office.

It appears the President has misled members.

One attempt to do this by a WIA member was met with reluctance by Bruce Deefholts and referral to the Company Secretary, Jim Linton. A further attempt resulted in confirmation that any requests to view the Board Minutes must be referred to the Company Secretary for approval.

What does the President and his fellow directors have to hide? Why won’t the office email these minutes to members like the ARRL and RSGB?

With your continuing support, this Board is now on notice. They continue to avoid any attempts to communicate openly and honestly. At best, their performance is sloppy, careless and incompetent. And now they are attempting to hide this from members with censorship and “Yes Minister” style bureaucracy to limit member’s access to records.

Free speech is a hallmark of our society. We have no doubt that the majority of the WIA Board does not like what we have to say and are embarrassed by members being made aware of it. Some members may not be interested. Neither of these are acceptable reasons for news submissions in the member’s national journal to be censored.

Amateur Radio is the journal of our institute.  It is not the personal mouthpiece of the President or the Board to do with as they see fit.

What is the Board of the WIA afraid of?  Why won’t they answer genuine concerns from members?  Why are they censoring what we have to say?

 

There are still many people who are unaware of the WIA Reform Group. Please forward this email to your local club and friends. Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee. If they contact Feedback@wiarg.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit www.wiarg.org

We’ll continue to support Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith and challenge this Board to for better results for all Australian Radio Amateurs. A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby. We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.

 

Until next week,

G.C. Dunstan VK4DU, C. Chapman VK3QB, R. Dollar VK8RD

WIA board in denial as amateur numbers decrease…

 

WIA Director Roger Harrison reported in the WIA News broadcast last weekend: “From ACMA records at 1 June 2016, the total number of individual amateur licensees in 2015 reached 14,144, which is up from 14,035 for 2014…..  It might be a gain of “only” 109 licensees, but it’s heading in the right direction.”

The WIA Directors Report of 2015 shows a different story.  Their own report shows that numbers of Australian Amateurs were down from 14,040 to 14,011, 2014-15.

 

numbers

 

 

The trend continues in 2016 – from the ACMA database – as at 1 June this year, numbers are down to 13,931.

The numbers are in decline – there is no point denying it.  Any common sense review of our hobby’s demographic would suggest that if we (and our WIA) don’t start thinking differently about the hobby we’ll see a continuing decline in radio amateurs in the coming years.

  • Amateur numbers are down (and we are an aging population – the decline will accelerate)
  • WIA member numbers are down
  • WIA continues to lose money

Unlike the WIA Board, the Reform Group welcomes ideas on how to arrest the decline in our numbers…

Tell us your ideas and together we might save this great hobby.

Send your suggestions to feedback@wiarg.org

12th August 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 15

Vale ACMA liaison?

Hello again,

We have said it before, and we will say it again:  one of the main reasons people join the WIA is to be represented to the regulator, the ACMA.

Well, our Board have been asleep at the wheel as far as representational issues are concerned.

Let’s look at some recent history.  With considerable fanfare, the current Board sent their wish-list for LCD changes to the ACMA in 2015.

Was there any consultation with members?  No.  Any results for the average Amateur?  No.

A more detailed Board submission was presented to the ACMA earlier this year.  Consultation?  Of course not…..

It takes a really special kind of hubris, an amazingly deep seated arrogance, to make such a sweeping submission on behalf of all Radio Amateurs without consulting the members at all….let alone the other two thirds of Australian Radio Amateurs who don’t belong to the WIA…..

As readers will recall, the WIA RG undertook an analysis of the last WIA Board submission to the ACMA.  This can be found at   http://wiarg.org/assessment-of-wia-submission-to-the-acma/

Clearly, any submission to the ACMA on amateur radio licencing conditions must reflect the views of amateur radio operators.

Unlike the WIA Board, we believe in consultation.  To that end, we undertook an electronic survey on licencing (read about it here: http://wiarg.org/licence-conditions-survey-results-june-2016/).

There were a number of outcomes from the survey, summarised as follows:

  • no change in the current band allocations/privileges for the Foundation and Standard licence grades;
  • no change to the number of licence grades – i.e. the three existing grades to remain;
  • Foundation Licence holders to be granted data modes, subject to modification of the training syllabus;
  • revision of the Advanced syllabus to include modern modes such as PSK31, JT65, digital voice, etc; and
  • support for a separate training module on electromagnetic radiation safety for Advanced licencees.

 

Fast forward to the latest submission from the WIA to the ACMA, which was yet another vague, unjustified ambit claim…this time for 500 kHz at 70 MHz…..

Whilst we welcome new amateur bands, there are far more pressing issues that need to be considered for the benefit of all VK amateurs:

  • excessive delays in licencing of amateur repeaters;
  • problems with licence renewals;
  • clarification on permitted transmitter frequency coverage for amateurs;
  • data modes for Foundation Licencees;
  • revision of the current Foundation callsign template to allow for three letter suffix callsigns; and
  • methods of streamlining the examination and licencing system through the use of online technologies.

Are these issues being considered by our Board?  Why did the Board deliberately exclude members and non-members from the process?  Or are they too busy fighting among themselves over which one of them decides what’s best for all of us?

On behalf of all VK radio amateurs, we have asked the Board to clarify their priorities.

Maybe you should ask them too…..

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Every week we get emails of support and we’ll continue to call this Board to account as well as making positive, consultative contributions to the future of the hobby.

However, there are still many people who are unaware of the WIA Reform Group.

Forward this email to your local club and friends.  Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee.  If they contact Feedback@wiarg.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit www.wiarg.org .

We’ll continue to challenge this Board and demand better results.  A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby.  We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.

Until next week,

G.C. Dunstan VK4DU,  C. Chapman VK3QB,  R. Dollar VK8RD

Ps. We don’t want to spam you. Send us an email if you’d prefer we remove you from our mailing list.

 

5th August 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 14

WIA President refuses to issue mid-year P&L Statement – what is he hiding?

WIA without Treasurer again – 4th Treasurer in 12 months.

 

Hello everyone,

We recently wrote to the WIA President, Mr Phil Wait, regarding the lack of a Treasurer and a P & L statement.  He has confirmed our suspicions.

The WIA is, again, operating without a Treasurer.  That’s four Treasurers in 12 months.  This probably explains in part why the President refuses to release a Profit & Loss Statement for the 6 months to June 2016.  The Board simply doesn’t know the WIA’s financial position.

Mr Wait advises that he will “discuss the WIA’s interim financial position in his President’s column in the September issue of Amateur Radio Magazine”.  Members should standby for yet further meaningless platitudes and poorly defined “back of the envelope” best guesses….

Why won’t Mr Wait share the P&L Statement?  The only reasonable answer is that the Board is unable to produce one.

How can the WIA operate without a Treasurer?

Just how much of OUR money is this Board burning; will it be like last year when they depleted our bank balance to the tune of $1,096 per week?

We don’t know.  And it appears the Board doesn’t either….

What should also alarm members is that this Board is not properly managing the contract with the ACMA for examination services.  This was highlighted at the AGM and to date, the President has not provided an explanation as to the cause of the financial discrepancies we highlighted.

We can only assume that Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith are continuing to push for the required reform to bring about much needed change.  We support their call for financial transparency and call on all members to demand the same.

If you are as concerned as we are please contact the President, Phil Wait on 0418 161 733 or send him an email philwait@bigpond.net.au.  Demand the following:

Please support Andrew Smith and Paul Simmonds to bring about the required changes.  We demand you release a mid-year P&L Statement to members in the September issue of Amateur Radio Magazine.  We also demand you issue a statement advising that the Deed between WIA and ACMA is being managed in accordance with the terms and conditions of that contract.

Please ensure you copy in Andrew Smith VK6AS (Acsmith1954@gmail.com.com) and Paul Simmonds VK5PAS (Simmopa@iprimus.com.au) on the email.  Copy in the National Office as well at nationaloffice@wia.org.au.

These two Directors believe in transparent and open financial reporting to all members, unlike other board members, it seems….

We will continue to support Andrew and Paul as they continue to fight against arrogance and incompetence.  However, they are in a clear minority on the Board.  This means that every initiative they try to implement will be thwarted or undermined by the incumbent board members.

As noted last week, we hope that, with their influence, the conflict, incompetence and arrogance which was the hallmark of the Board during the latter part of 2015 and continues into 2016 will change for the good of the membership and the hobby.

If you have already written to the President, please do so again. Only by repeating our call for change will this board listen.  We will continue lobbying for change.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Every week we get emails of support and we’ll continue to call this Board to account as well as making positive, consultative contributions to the future of the hobby. However, there are still many people who are unaware of the WIA Reform Group.

Forward this email to your local club and friends.  Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee.  If they contact Feedback@wiarg.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit www.wiarg.org .

We’ll continue to challenge this Board and demand better results. A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby. We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.

Until next week,

G.C. Dunstan VK4DU,  C. Chapman VK3QB,  R. Dollar VK8RD

Ps. We don’t want to spam you. Send us an email if you’d prefer we remove you from our mailing list.

1st August 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 13

Hello everyone,

We’re really pleased to learn that Ron Bertrand VK2DQ has published a new book, called  “Radio Theory Handbook. Beginner to Advanced”.  Most people in the hobby will have heard of Ron who has been training licensees, new and old alike, for decades and continues to promote the VK hobby far and wide.

At over 560 pages, it is a whole lot of content, and certainly looks to be good value when compared to similar products in the market place.  Quite a few people have advised us that they’ve already purchased the book from Amazon.com for about AUD$55 (delivered in VK). We have already asked the WIA to stock this book.  Once it arrives we’ll provide a quick review.

Many amateurs will remember the passing of the late Harry Anderson VK8HA and his subsequent enormous bequest that resulted in the purchase by the WIA of the Bayswater (Vic) national office. Use of that valuable asset as a parking place for Director’s cars and QSL card storage probably isn’t what was envisaged in the bequest.  The undeniable fact is that this Board is not managing that asset, or any other, in the best interests of the WIA and its members.

Remember, the WIA has assets in the order of $780k, annual revenues of around $500k and yet it still makes a loss….

Here we are at the beginning of August 2016 and still no Financial Report from the WIA.  It really does appear that the Board still has no control of our money or hobby.  The current Board has been on notice to pick up their act for 8 months and have done nothing.

According to the website, The WIA still has no Treasurer and still has no financial reporting. What is going on? Why are the Board not asking for volunteers?

If you are as concerned as we are, please contact the President, Phil Wait on 0418 161 733 or send him an email philwait@bigpond.net.au.  Ask him the following very straight-forward questions:

Please provide members with a P&L Statement and Balance Sheet for the first 6 months of 2016, in order to illustrate you have control over our finances.  Who is the Treasurer and does he/she have the necessary experience and credentials to manage the financial business of the WIA? Can the President assure all members that this Treasurer will be allowed to do their job by the board, unlike the previous 4 who have all departed the WIA over the past 12 months.  What actions are the Board taking to ensure some stability and continuity for the new Treasurer?

It’s your money the Board are charged with managing and they are doing a pretty poor job of it. Please ensure you copy in Andrew Smith VK6AS (Acsmith1954@gmail.com) and Paul Simmonds VK5PAS (Simmopa@iprimus.com.au) on the email.

These two Directors believe in transparent and open financial reporting to all members, unlike other board members, it seems….

We will continue to support Andrew and Paul as we share common values. However, they are in a clear minority on the Board.  This means that every initiative they try to implement will be thwarted or undermined by the incumbent board members.

We are hopeful that one or two board members may break ranks and support Andrew and Paul in their genuine efforts to bring about much needed reform.

As noted last week, we hope that, with their influence, the conflict, incompetence and arrogance which was the hallmark of the Board during the latter part of 2015 and continues into 2016 will change for the good of the membership and the hobby.

As in previous weeks, we ask that you please show your support by doing these three things:

  1. Contact Andrew and Paul to let them know they have your support;
  2. Phone the President, Phil Wait on 0418 161 733 and send him an email philwait@bigpond.net.au and ask that he supports Andrew and Paul and provides answers to the questions raised above;
  3. Visit our web site wiarg.org – and drop us an email asking to be put on our email list for weekly updates.

If you have already written to the President, please do so again. Only by repeating our call for change will this board listen.  We will continue lobbying for change.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Every week we get emails of support and we’ll continue to call this Board to account as well as making positive, consultative contributions to the future of the hobby.  However, there are still many people who are unaware of the WIA Reform Group.

Forward this email to your local club and friends.  Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee.  If they contact feedback@wia.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

Please continue to contact the National Office and Board Members and ask for your questions to be answered.  Ask them to publish a budget for 2016 and issue monthly P&L statements.

It only takes the push of a button in the MYOB package by the Treasurer (if we have one…).  No effort or cost at all.  Then we can all be informed.

Is the WIA going to make another loss in 2016?

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit www.wiarg.org .

We’ll continue to challenge this Board and demand better results.

A strong WIA is critical to protect our hobby. We encourage every radio amateur in Australia to be a member.

Until next week,

G.C. Dunstan VK4DU,  C. Chapman VK3QB,  R. Dollar VK8RD

Ps. We don’t want to spam you. Send us an email if you’d prefer we remove you from our mailing list.