2007 ARRL Annual Report Now Available
The ARRL Annual Report for 2007, now available online and in print, reviews the League's major events of the year and documents the renewed growth of both the ARRL and the activities of the Amateur Radio Service. Just 50 years ago, there were fewer than 90,000 ARRL members; in 2007, ARRL achieved its highest level of membership growth since 1993. By the end of 2007, there were 153,535 ARRL members -- a single year increase of 3.3 percent. In this period of growth, ARRL has upheld its commitment and mission as the leading representative of active radio amateurs.
"As it played out, 2007 was a great year for ARRL and Amateur Radio," said ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN. "We experienced growth in the Amateur Service, growth in ARRL membership, the League is in good fiscal shape and hams are excited about getting on the air. Our headquarters staff is more excited and pumped about our mission than I've ever seen and that enthusiasm is being reflected in our membership numbers."
ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, concurred: "The mentoring of newcomers by a friendly, welcoming, and supportive community of experienced amateurs is an essential part of 'service after the sale.' It's what turns license-holders into active, lifelong radio amateurs. It's what will ensure our success as a radio service and as a national and community resource for public service communications. The ARRL and its 2100 affiliated clubs are working to meet the challenge."
According to ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, "The Annual Report is not only useful for showing members the strength of the organization, but it is also a valuable tool in presentations to major public officials. At times they may know little about Amateur Radio, but when they see the quality of the annual report, even before they open it up, they know this is an organization to be taken very seriously. We are indeed a national association and very active."