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Tennessee Section Update - January 2020

Our Assistant Section Managers for IT are working hard to get our online appointment application process updated and ready for action. Once complete, we ask that all current appointments who wish to remain go to the Section website and update their contact information. It's imperative we have the correct phone numbers and email addresses for everyone. An email will go out to the Tennessee section once the system is up and running. 

There have been some changes in the Section Cabinet I would like to let everyone know about. Cathy Goodrich has done a great job as our Public Information Coordinator for some time, but has decided to step back from her section duties. Cathy has been replaced by Dale Knight (AB4DK). 

There have been several changes in the Assistant Section Manager appointments. After years of loyal service, Glenn Snow of West TN has decided to retire. Since I'm on the eastern side of the state, I have appointed Tom Vickers (N4TV) and Matt Nicholas (KG4LIO) to represent West TN. In middle TN, our Assistant Section Managers are Dale Darling (W9WBA) and Chuck Talley (KJ4KVC). John Visage (KN4EOV) will stay on representing the Chattanooga area. 

The position of Section Youth Coordinator is essential in our efforts to engage and encourage young people to join our ranks. I am pleased to announce Colin Cheplen (WD3USA) has been appointed to this position. Colin is an impressive young man who will bring an abundance of energy and fresh ideas into the Section Cabinet and enhance our efforts to bring  more young people into the hobby. 

We have been without a Section Emergency Coordinator for ARES for some time now. I decided early on that this position needed to be filled in order to allow me enough time to effectively carry out my Section Manager duties. Jim Snyder (AJ4NO) has accepted the position of SEC effective immediately. Jim's priorities include strengthening the relationships between ARES and served agencies, improving communications among counties and districts, and bringing ARES together as a team to accomplish our goals. 

While there are several more new appointments in the pipeline, I am pleased to say the vast majority of those serving will remain in place in 2020. The Tennessee Section has been blessed to have dedicated, experienced, and hard working folks who volunteer their time and talent in leadership roles to advance the hobby. 

In the weeks ahead, be on the lookout for an email announcement once the website is ready to accept applications. Our PIC is also gathering information for our upcoming edition of the newsletter. If you or your club would like to submit an announcement or article to include in the newsletter, please forward it to our Public Information Coordinator, Dale Knight at

I want to thank everybody in the Tennessee Section for their support and patience as we work to complete the transition / appointment process and continue the work of advancing amateur radio in the volunteer state. 


David Thomas - KM4NYI

TN Section Manager


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