Latest from WIA Director Andrew, VK6AS

From the Newswest broadcast for 30 September:

 

There’s good news with the appointment of a treasurer for the WIA and soon an assistant treasurer will take up the reins too.  Another bit of good news is that the Board has seen the profit and loss and balance sheets for the year up until September.

Unfortunately there is some less good news. Despite spending $17,000 to date on emergency bookkeeping the Institute’s accounts are not yet in order and so I cannot provide you with more accurate information as it would be inappropriate to do so at this stage.

Be so advised that it appears that my previous estimate of losses between $50,000 and $60,000 were conservative.  I am sure that Phil Wait, the President, will be making a public announcement as soon as he can.

At that time I hope he will also be able to report on how the financial figures correlate with his statements about the current state of affairs in his WIA comment section in the last few issues of Amateur Radio magazine.

For my part although I share the concerns that disruption of the Board has occurred and even more so that this has flowed onto social media and to the membership, I am convinced that without this action there would still be no financial results and most likely essential data entry would still not be occurring.

It is clear that as a matter of urgency a task group will be set up to reduce the losses.  As things are going it looks as if the general meeting to decide on whether or not to approve the audit and review will be delayed until 2017.

If action is not taken now to stem the financial haemorrhage then the WIA’s fiscal situation may become critical.  The new treasurer is to head up this group and will be making a report back to the Board at the earliest opportunity.

Thanks to everyone who travelled to Bassendean last Saturday to listen to Paul VK5PAS and I make our presentation.  We are grateful not just for the opportunity to be heard, but also to have been able to answer your questions, even if some of the answers could not be complete at this stage.  A video recording of a presentation made in VK5 is available on the net.  I hope that the same will soon be true for last week’s session in Perth

Paul and I have our next road trip arranged for the second week of November.  We have meetings planned at 5 clubs spread around Victoria.  Time and financial considerations will affect whether or not we can visit other states and territories before the general meeting.

There’s a further bit of unpleasantness that I would like to mention, a bit of character assassination….

I don’t particularly mind that an internet link to an article in the West Australian newspaper, relating to my involvement in a sexual harassment case, has been publicly posted. I was responsible for my staff and my actions in the situation were professional, responsible and above redress.

I will not stand by silently however, when a white feather with an offensive message was delivered in the mail to a WIA member.  I thought that this action presumably denoting cowardice in the face of the enemy has not been seen since the last World War.

Amateur radio attracts people from all walks of life and we all have different philosophies,  Fortunately I’m not a coward and neither is the individual who received the letter and we are not swayed by attacks like this.

I’m acting in my elected role, in the pursuit of my duties as a Director.  My response is not about retribution but about disgust for the individual or group who consider this sort of attack to be appropriate.

Be ashamed of what you are doing and have done.  If you need to resort to such tactics, remove yourself from Amateur Radio.

This is WIA Director, Andrew VK6AS

 

28th October 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 26

Article for Amateur Radio magazine accepted by Editor – then removed.

Hello,

An OTY (Over to you) letter was submitted by former WIA Treasurer Chris Chapman for inclusion in the next edition of AR magazine.  After a few editorial changes, Editor Peter Freeman agreed on the 12th October to publish the letter in the November issue of AR.

The letter was removed prior to publication.  The editor has advised it was not his decision, and provided a clear explanation, but requested that we not publish his explanation.

Let’s just say that external influences played a part.  Draw your own conclusions….

In his “WIA Comment” for November AR Magazine, the President said:

By the time this magazine is published, no doubt there will be lots of information supporting the yes case for bringing in the auditors, and/or the no case to forgo the significant expenditure.

There is NO information supporting the Yes case available to members through OUR journal.

A copy of the censored letter is presented below.  Please forward this newsletter to every amateur you know and ask them to take an active interest in our representative body.  Ask them to visit our website and register to receive this newsletter direct.

Please forward this email to your local club and friends.  We need your help to reach out to every single WIA member.  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 .

Until next week,

WIA Reform Group

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Open Letter to members of the Wireless Institute of Australia – 12 October 2016

Dear Fellow WIA Members,

I was Treasurer of the WIA during the first two months of 2016. The Board appointed me as I had suitable experience and qualifications for the role. I hold a B.InfoSys. and have over 20 years professional experience managing complex projects and commercial outsourcing contracts (including Financial Management) in small and large corporations. More recently I have been an advisor to small business and have been Treasurer in a not-for-profit Incorporated Club with similar turn-over to that of the WIA.

Following my appointment and an initial period of inspection and review I presented the Board of the WIA with a list of findings and concerns over the manner in which financial processes had been mismanaged. I advised a series of actions to remedy these concerns. The Board was not supportive of this report and deliberate efforts were made to stymie and stonewall my efforts. The board refused to acknowledge significant issues relating to good governance and conflicts of interest.

I resigned due to ethical and professional concerns over the manner in which the Board of the WIA operated.

During my time as Treasurer I saw a number of cultural and organisational behaviours that should alarm all members.

I also attended the 2016 AGM on Norfolk Island in May 2016 and I present the following facts:

  • The Treasurer of the WIA was not in attendance and no reason was given for his absence.
  • The Acting Treasurer advised members that he had no knowledge of accounting. (This may well represent a breach of the Corporations Act);
  • In my view, there were numerous errors in the Financial Report and the Chairman was unwilling or unable to answer many questions either fully or accurately; (Ed: At the AGM, the Chair indicated that questions raised from the floor would be referred to the Treasurer to answer in due course. Questions submitted prior to the AGM were answered at the meeting.)
  • I believe that the financial figures associated with the services of the Deed with the ACMA (Callsign Administration and Examination Services) were inaccurate. The Chairman was unable to answer questions relating to the Deed services figures. As of mid-October, the Board has still not provided an adequate explanation or addressed the errors; (Ed: See my comment above.) and
  • Whilst the Financial Result showed a loss of $12,680, no adequate explanation was given for the reduction of almost $57,000 cash in the bank since 2014. I remain concerned that this Board has operated without a Treasurer attending any Board meetings since February 2016 and it continues to operate without any accurate Profit and Loss or Balance Sheet reporting. It is my professional opinion that the Board continues to make poor financial decisions and operates without basic fiscal oversight. The 2015 financial results reflect their inattention to responsible financial management.

ASIC have been formally advised of these issues and the complaint is being investigated. The ACMA are also concerned with the WIA’s Financial Reporting errors and are conducting their own review.

The President continues to assure members that all is well with the operation of the WIA and that any concerns raised by Directors Andrew Smith and Paul Simmonds are nothing more than a “difference of opinion”.

Despite what the President would have you believe, a major review of the operation of our WIA is, in my view, the only credible manner in which all members can be assured of the financial and business accountability of our national body. The investment in this audit is substantial, but given that it will review a three-year period and cover all major aspects of management and financial oversight, the cost is justified.

We cannot afford to continue making losses. It is my view that the proposed audit is the only mechanism for members to receive objective, independent advice.

I urge all members to vote in favour of the Audit; the cost will be up to $30,000 as indicated by one board member (viewed on a per member basis about $7 per member). Should you have any questions in relation to this letter, or wish to discuss the issues raised, please send me an email with your details and I will contact you.

Sincerely,

Chris Chapman VK3QB

WIA Member
Ex-Treasurer WIA

vk3qb@hotmail.com

26th October 2016. Call for a General Meeting of the WIA.

Hello,

The time has come for the members of the WIA to call for a General Meeting to remove four Directors, including the President:  – Phil Wait, Roger Harrison, Robert Broomhead and Fred Swainston.

The facts are:

  • membership numbers are declining;
  • this board is not operating as a cohesive team;
  • liaison with the ACMA is conducted without any member consultation;
  • many members and clubs are dissatisfied with the culture and performance of the WIA; and
  • we understand that the Board is not sharing complete financial information with members.

Four ex-Treasurers and an ex President/life member have publicly stated that they are dissatisfied with the ethics and professionalism of the board: Bruce Bathols VK3UV, John Longayroux VK3PZ, Greg James and Chris Chapman VK3QB.

Two ex-Directors have publicly stated they have serious reservations with the culture and operation of the board: Glenn Dunstan VK4DU and Rowan Dollar VK8RD.

Two serving Directors – Andrew Smith VK6AS and Paul Simmonds VK5PAS – have publicly stated their concerns regarding censorship of alternative viewpoints, financial management and non-compliance with the Corporations Act.

We of the Reform Group have shared much information with you over the past eight months.  If you believe that our WIA should be doing a better job, and you are a WIA member, we urge you to sign the letter (link below) calling for a General Meeting to remove four Directors, including the President.

Having exhausted all reasonable calls for improvement and accountability, while maintaining respect for the persons involved, we have reached the point where the only remaining path to salvage the WIA is to formally seek the dismissal of these four officers.

If you are a current WIA member and have harboured dissatisfaction with the performance of our management in recent years, this will be your best and perhaps only opportunity to invoke essential change.  To make this happen, we ask that you sign the letter calling for a General Meeting.

If you have questions, please send us an email and we will contact you.

The letter may be downloaded here:  call-for-a-general-meeting-of-the-wia-final-1-0

Please print the letter, sign it (name, signature and callsign), scan it and email it back to us at

feedback@wiarg.org

73

WIA Reform Group

www.wiarg.org

Book keepers, 100K losses and rampant hypocrisy….

The WIA Reform Group

www.wiarg.org

To:          WIA President

Cc:          WIA Directors, WIA Secretary, Amateur Radio Magazine Editor, WIA News Broadcast Services, WIA Members, ASIC.

 

25th October 2016

Open Letter to the President of the WIA

Dear Mr Wait,

We understand that the WIA recently appointed an external firm of book-keepers to undertake a major project to bring the accounting records up-to-date.  We also understand the WIA is likely to lose in the order of $80,000-100,000 this year.  That’s off the back of a reduction of cash reserves of almost $57,000 last year.

This board has lost $140,000-160,000 in cash reserves in just two years….

This book-keeping initiative is long overdue and it confirms the board’s continued lack of responsible financial oversight during 2016.  Your inaction and failure to manage volunteers effectively is now draining cash reserves even further.

The fact you have engaged external book-keepers on a full time basis for 3-4 weeks at a cost of $12,000-$15,000 clearly illustrates that the WIA’s accounting system has been neglected once again. 

This follows on from a similar instance of inattention to financial record keeping between September 2015 and January 2016 when the office was under the management of the external company Trainsafe (Trainsafe’s Director is also a Director of the WIA).

Between June 2015 and February 2016 three volunteer Treasurers resigned, all citing ethical and professional concerns with the Board.

A fourth former Treasurer, Mr. Bruce Bathols, has now stepped forward expressing his concerns over the Board’s disregard for responsible fiscal oversight.  Bruce was also present at the AGM on Norfolk Island earlier this year.

Bruce, who is a life member of the WIA, a former President and the inaugural Treasurer of the National WIA, writes:  “I agree with your sentiments, and congratulate the Reform Group on your stance”.

The WIA has now operated without a Treasurer since the end of June 2016 and financial record keeping has once again been neglected.

Would you please answer the following questions?

 

  1. Why do you insist that a decision to appoint an auditor be subject to member approval at a special general meeting, and yet you spend $15,000 on book keepers with no membership approval?
  2. Why have the financial records again not been maintained on a regular basis for over four months?
  3. Why were no competitive tenders sought prior to the appointment of this book-keeping firm?
  4. Market rates are $30-$60 per hour for MYOB book-keeping. Why is the WIA paying $80 per hour?
  5. On what basis was the external book-keeping company selected? Was there a contract in place, or was the arrangement simply open ended?
  6. Was the motion to appoint this external firm (without competitive tenders) put to the board for a vote and did all Directors support the motion?
  7. Given four ex-Treasurers, two ex-Directors and two serving Directors have raised serious concerns over the professional conduct of the board, will you be supporting the call for an independent audit?
  8. Will the Directors be presented with a P&L and Balance Sheet report for the Year-to-Date at the Board meeting on 25th October 2016? If so, this will be the first time since mid-2015 that Directors have received such reports.

 

We note that in your “Bucket Economics” report in the September issue of Amateur Radio magazine you avoid providing members with a clear financial position, but on our estimates of the data you provided, the WIA was showing a loss of about $33,000 as at 30 June.  This current book-keeping engagement will be costing members in the order of $15,000. 

Assuming no other material changes have occurred since then, and you have continued to lose in the order of $1,000 per week, the WIA will report a loss in the order of $80,000-$100,000 this year.  Or at the very least see cash reserves depleted by this amount.  That means you will have drained members cash reserves by up to $160,000 in just two years.

WIA members should not have to wait until the AGM in May 2017 to see just how much damage this Board has brought to our representative body.  This is about the Board’s integrity, financial competence and its ability to manage key volunteers.  Without an effective WIA the very things we all enjoy about our hobby are at risk.

Now the accounting system has been brought up-to-date (end of September 2016), we request that you provide members with the P&L and Balance Sheet reports (to 30 September 2016) to members within 2 weeks along with any relevant explanatory notes.

We also note that in a recent WIA News Broadcast members are advised that all WIA Board members have undertaken Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) governance training.  It is suggested in this news broadcast that directors carry out most duties well.  It is obvious to any impartial and informed observer (as well as four ex-Treasurers, two ex-Directors and two serving Directors) that the current board lacks a basic appreciation and knowledge of its fiduciary duties and its responsibilities to manage staff and volunteers. 

This is a good time to remind all Directors that they have a fiscal responsibility under the Corporations Act.  Your continued lack of attention to financial management may well be another breach of the Corporations Act.  It appears that only Directors Andrew Smith and Paul Simmonds are treating this important matter with any respect.

Your honest and straight-forward answers to the questions in this letter would be appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Chapman VK3QB

WIA Member

And for the WIA Reform Group

23rd October 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 25

WIA President agrees all is not well – but fails to acknowledge just how bad the situation is…

 

Hello,

The Board of the WIA continue with their propaganda to WIA members.  Rather than engage in open and transparent debate, any news articles that dare criticise or challenge the board are censored, and a one-sided disingenuous picture is presented to members.

In 2015, WIA cash reserves were depleted by $57,000.  The official loss on the books was $12,680.  This year (2016) looks like it will be much worse.

No-one knows exactly, as the President only provided “Bucket Economics” reporting in the September issue of Amateur Radio magazine.  The best estimate is a $33,000 loss year-to-date as at 30 June 2016.

Since that time, Director Andrew Smith has released statements indicating the loss could be much higher.  Until the Board comes clean and issues a P&L and Balance sheet we all have to make educated guesses.  (there has been no financial reporting at any board meetings since February 2016).

WIA Directors Andrew Smith and Paul Simmonds are doing their best to communicate their concerns to members, but any balanced access to the National News Broadcast and Amateur Radio magazine continue to be censored.

Official messages from the WIA continue to suggest that whilst there are a few small issues, all is well with our finances.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

This week we’ll release excerpts from previous Treasurers’ resignation letters.  All three recent Treasurers resigned from their roles due to ethical and professional concerns with the WIA Board.  All three quote concerns of lack of support from WIA Directors, failure to acknowledge governance and procedural failings and a lack of sound financial decision making.

To recap:

  • John Longayroux resigned in September 2015. John had been Treasurer since May 2009;
  • Greg James resigned in June 2015. Greg had been Assistant Treasurer since April 2013; and
  • Chris Chapman resigned at the end of February 2016. Chris had been Treasurer since January 2016.

It’s clear that the situation had been unacceptable for some months before John and Greg resigned as the following excerpts from Greg’s resignation letter attest (reproduced with permission):

When John returned from his overseas trip in June I advised him that I was no longer willing to work as Assistant Treasurer of the WIA.  I advised him that I would not be advising you nor the Board of my decision. The reason I resigned can be summarised in two words- “THE BOARD”.

When John went overseas in May, it fell to me to look after all the Treasurers functions. It was arranged that I would represent John at the AGM.

I attended the AGM weekend. At no time did the Board members make any effort to engage me, ask how things were going or even acknowledge my presence. At the actual meeting I was sat in the body of the meeting and not at the head table as is traditional, clearly to me an indication of what the Board thought of my efforts.

Then in the open forum there was no opportunity provided for the members to discuss the reports. 

On the Sunday I was not invited to the Board meeting, a clear indication to me that the Board could not care less about their financial position and it played no role in their discussions that day. From what I can see the Board are gravely lacking in interest in corporate duty and particularly financial governance.

When you consider that the finances of the WIA are far from in a good position with the real costs of the bookshop being hidden by not including salaries in the book costs, books being sold regularly below the landed cost and the work done for ACMA not being cost neutral but having an accumulated deficit of over $12K to name just a few items, we are not in a good position. it seems that the Board are not interested.

 I had by now formed a definite view that the Board had absolutely no interest in the activities I was carrying out and their relevance to the organisation. Why should I waste all my time for a group that were just taking me for granted and could not care less about their financial responsibilities.

 I believe that the WIA can ill afford the loss of John but I support his move to resign. John is possibly the only one on the executive that has been forward thinking and trying to put the WIA in to a much stronger administrative and financial position.

 As a member of the WIA I am appalled at the level of corporate governance being displayed by the Board and the manner in which they have allowed our financial position and responsibilities to drop to. I wonder if it is really an organisation that I wish to be a member of. It has great ideals and should perform a real necessary function but I don’t believe that the current Board are up to it. They are too focused on the radio aspects and not the organisation as a whole.

 

John’s resignation letter (reproduced with permission) offers the following comments:

I believe that the Board has a duty of care to its Volunteers. To place their health at risk because of the (board) needs to be addressed urgently.

I find myself between a rock and a hard place. I love my voluntary work with the WIA, but also I need to get stress out of my life.  So because of Board complacency, there are no options left for me other than to resign as Treasurer of the WIA.

 

There should be no doubt that the board of the WIA suffers from a poor culture, inability to responsibly and effectively manage volunteers and complete disregard of the professional advice of three very qualified Treasurers….

The Board continues blatantly censoring any balanced access to Amateur Radio Magazine and the national news broadcast.

Please, write an email to the Editor of AR (editor@wia.org.au) and the National News Broadcast (nationalnews@wia.org.au) service asking that they publish the “other side of the story”  (please copy us in on feedback@wiarg.org).  Only with your voice will we overcome these draconian measures being taken by the Board to censor free speech.

 

Please forward this email to your local club and friends.  We need your help to reach out to every single WIA member.  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 .

Until next week,

WIA Reform Group

 

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14th October 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 24

Directors Andrew Smith & Paul Simmonds Road Trip a great success

Good Morning,

Those of you in VK5 will have had the opportunity to attend one of the information sessions delivered by WIA Directors Andrew Smith VK6AS and Paul Simmonds VK5PAS over the past week.

Hundreds of amateurs across VK5 and 6 have attended Andrew and Paul’s presentations.

Attendees have reported that these sessions have provided a very informative insight into the issues plaguing our WIA.  Many amateurs did not realise how bad the situation really is….

Paul and Andrew will be in Albury/Wodonga on 14th November and then in Melbourne on the 15th November.

We also understand that visits to other states in Australia are being planned.  We will keep you posted.

Please get along to one of these presentations to hear what Paul and Andrew have to say.  It’s your opportunity to ask questions and get straight answers.

As we said last week, we need open, balanced information to be shared at clubs, on news broadcasts and in AR Magazine.

Please, write an email to the Editor of AR (editor@wia.org.au) and the National News Broadcast (nationalnews@wia.org.au) service asking that they publish the “other side of the story”  (please copy us in on feedback@wiarg.org).  Only with your voice will we overcome these draconian measures being taken by the Board to censor free speech.

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 .

Until next week,

WIA Reform Group

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9th October – news item from VK6AS

From the VK6 news for 9th Oct:

 

If you have received and read the recent issue of  Amateur Radio magazine you will have seen that either I, or the issues that I have raised at the WIA have been described as the elephant in the room.

For your information, all Board members have recently officially been reminded that conduct detrimental to the company is an offence under the corporations act.  In view of this  think it very important that communication does not cease

If these statements are intended to stifle discussion about the WIA that isn’t going to happen.  As I have mentioned before Directors are personally liable for the actions of the Board.  If I was to ignore the fact that there is inadequate governance and almost no policies or procedures and that the Board is unaware of the WIA’s financial position, I would be derelict in my duty of care.  That’s why these issues have been raised.  It may be unfortunate that all of this is in the public domain but as the Board was not prepared to examine, let alone accept change, that is what has happened.

So that Paul VK5PAS and I can better inform the membership and other interested amateurs about what is happening, we are touring vk5 next week, speaking at three meetings and then we will be visiting VK3 in the second week of November to address clubs at various venues.

There will be a meeting in VK6 on 22nd October thanks to WA Amateur Radio News and Bob VK6POP has details of this to share with you. Subject to our financial resources we would hope to visit other states as well.  If you can get to a meeting please do so.

The reports that we give will be factual statements relating to the reasons that a general meeting is to be called, the cost implications of an audit and review, together with the outcomes that are expected to be achieved by all of this.

These sessions will not in any way be a personal attack on any individual or bloc of Board members nor will it be propaganda.

As a director I have the responsibility to share factual information with the membership and that is what I shall be doing.

This is WIA director Andrew VK6AS

7th October 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 23

Directors Andrew Smith & Paul Simmonds to visit VK5 and VK3 clubs.

President gets personal.

 

Good afternoon,

A lot to report this week.  Let’s start with the positive news.  Directors Paul Simmonds and Andrew Smith have announced that they will be travelling to VK3 in November to visit a number of clubs.  Details are still being planned, but Victoria’s largest club, EMDRC, released the following news:

 

WIA Directors Paul Simmonds VK5PAS and Andrew Smith VK6AS are traveling to Melbourne and would love to meet as many VK3 / Melbourne hams as possible for a chat.

 The Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club will host the evening discussion.  The club will provide our rooms and fire up the BBQ for dinner, providing snags, bread and salad, and make a night of it.  The BBQ will be fired up from 6:30pm, with the Talk from Paul and Andrew to begin from 8pm.

 EMDRC Clubrooms 13a McCubbin St Burwood Vic 3125 vk3er@emdrc.com.au The invitation is open to all hams, come along and meet your WIA directors and hear what is really happening.

 We hope to have the evening broadcast on the VK3RTV – ATV system.

 

We understand that Andrew and Paul will announce further meetings at VK3 clubs, including Albury/Wodonga, in the near future.

Please get along to one of these presentations to hear what Paul and Andrew have to say.  It is your opportunity to ask questions.

Unfortunately, it appears that the majority bloc of the board will aim to delay and stonewall the proposed audit at every opportunity.  They will play on the cost angle.  It doesn’t wash and Andrew and Paul will explain why this audit is justified.

Every member needs to hear why this audit is important to the future of the WIA.

We understand that at least one WIA Director is contacting people and discrediting the information sessions that Paul and Andrew are presenting in VK5 and planning for VK3.

All members deserve to hear a balanced argument for the future of the WIA.  Much of what needs to be said is unsavory, and many don’t want to hear or accept the reality of what has been going on in the board room….

We need open, balanced information to be shared at clubs, on news broadcasts and in AR Magazine.

Now to the bad news.  In the October issue of Amateur Radio Magazine, we were somewhat surprised to see the President of the WIA, Mr Phil Wait, refer to Andrew and Paul’s efforts to bring about change as “Elephants in the room”.

Our Board must be at absolute loggerheads for such serious considerations (dissolution of the board and appointment of an Administrator) to be presented.  Mr Wait goes on to explain that Andrew and Paul have sought legal advice.

Any readers who have been uncertain about the cohesive operation of our board should be alarmed at Mr Wait’s words.

The WIA is currently advertising for its fifth Treasurer in twelve months….what does that tell you?

It should further concern members that the Board is blatantly censoring any balanced access to Amateur Radio Magazine and the national news broadcast.

Please, write an email to the Editor of AR (editor@wia.org.au) and the National News Broadcast (nationalnews@wia.org.au) service asking that they publish the “other side of the story”  (please copy us in on feedback@wiarg.org).  Only with your voice will we overcome these draconian measures being taken by the Board to censor free speech.

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 .

 

Until next week,

WIA Reform Group

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2nd October 2016 – Latest from WIA Director VK6AS

 

Thanks to the Southern Electronic group for both their hospitality and also for allowing me to speak at the Qunninup hamfeast.  Certainly was a warm and welcoming venue sheltered from pretty blustery wet weather outside .

What I had to say to the group, I will be repeating at visits to other clubs and also to a meeting that I will arrange at a later date when details of the general meeting become more clear.

As the WIA director responsible for getting quotes for the audit and review it is clear that this will be an expensive exercise, maybe around $30,000.

When I told SEG members this there was an audible gasp.  I balanced it by pointing out that on current figures the WIA is going to lose somewhere between $50,000 and $60,000 this year and so short term pain may have a long term gain.

Members will appreciate that unless action is taken to stem these losses then the $700,000 that the WIA has in assets will not last long, especially as the only real source of income at present is membership dues.  If the rate of renewal of members was to fall rapidly then the losses would soar exponentially.

It is almost certain that the general meeting will be held in the eastern states and I appreciate that this will make it impossible for many WIA members to attend.  I have therefore produced proxy forms.  The first outlines the motion that is to be discussed and voted on at the general meeting and the second is for your vote at any general meeting up to and to include the annual general meeting in Adelaide in may 2017.  These will be available at meetings and online soon.

I hope to be able to continue to provide you with more information as it comes to hand.  I am delighted to answer questions, on line, by email or by phone.  This probably isn’t an issue for much on air discussion and certainly I will not be involving myself in some of the social media threads that so rapidly go off track and become abusive.

Paul and I have put this motion to the general meeting to protect the future of the WIA and it is not a personality attack on other members of the Institute’s Board.

This is WIA Director Andrew VK6AS

30th September 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 22

Directors Andrew Smith & Paul Simmonds to visit VK5 and VK3 clubs

Please spread the word and attend one of these meetings if you are able.

 

Good morning,

As we reported last month, WIA Director Andrew Smith has “gone public” to alert members to the scandalous state of affairs within the Board of the WIA.  The Board has now acknowledged that there are serious problems and are preparing to call a General Meeting to vote on a much needed audit.

Unfortunately, the majority bloc of the board will delay and stonewall this audit at every opportunity.  They will play on the cost angle, which is, of course, richly ironic.  Their sudden concern for member’s funds is patently transparent.

Every member needs to hear why we need this audit.

The two Directors made the following announcement:

You may be aware that at a recent Board meeting, a motion was proposed for a financial audit and review of operations of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA). The motion was amended to arrange financial costings of such a review, and that due to the cost involved, the motion be put to WIA members at a General meeting (a date and venue to be advised soon).

On Monday 10th October 2016, WIA Directors Andrew Smith VK6AS and Paul Simmonds VK5PAS, will be making themselves av…ailable to all VK5 amateurs to answer a variety of questions including their concerns re the running of the WIA, the motion put forward, and the general meeting.

The venue will be the Blackwood Community Centre, 4 Young Street, Blackwood. Commencement time of the talk will be 7.30 p.m. sharp. Doors will open at the Community Centre at 7.00 p.m.

We hope to see you there.

On Tuesday 11th October, 2016 a talk will be delivered at the Reidy Park Centre, O’Halloran Terrace, Mount Gambier. Commencement time will be 7.30 p.m., with doors opening at 7.00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending this presentation, please email Col VK5HCF to confirm your attendance. Col’s email is vk5hcf@wia.org.au. It is hoped that VK5 & VK3 amateurs from just over the border will attend this talk.

On Wednesday 12th October 2016 a talk will be delivered at the Barmera Scout Group, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Barmera. Commencement time will be 7.30 p.m., with doors opening at 7.00 p.m.

Please advise Ivan VK5HS if you are attending this talk. Ivan’s email is ivan@hfradiosolutions.com.au. It is hoped that VK5 & VK3 amateurs from just over the border will attend this talk.

It is also hoped that in the near future a talk will be delivered in Melbourne to VK3 amateurs.

Andrew VK6AS & Paul VK5PAS.

 

Please get along to one of these presentations to hear what Paul and Andrew have to say.  It’s also your opportunity to ask questions.  Where are the President and remaining board members in all of this?  Why don’t they attend and promote transparency of both sides of this story?

In the meantime, write an email to the Editor of AR (editor@wia.org.au) and the National News Broadcast (nationalnews@wia.org.au) service asking that they publish the “other side of the story”  (please copy us in on feedback@wiarg.org). Only with your voice will we overcome these draconian measures being taken by the President to censor free speech.

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.

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Until next week,

WIA Reform Group

 

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