Charles Kaiser, KD8JZR, Named Dayton Hamvention® Assistant General Chairman
On November 21, 2012 Dayton Hamvention® General Chairman Mike Kalter W8CI, announced that Charles Kaiser, KD8JZR, would take over as Assistant General Chairman of the largest hamfest in the US. Kaiser is replacing Josh Long, KD8BVD, who stepped down due to work commitments.
“I am lucky to find someone who is as committed as Charles,” Kalter said. “He has served on a number of committees and knows Hamvention well. I know he will be an excellent assistant.” Kaiser, who is retired, said that he considered the time requirements carefully before accepting the position and is ready to devote as much time as needed to ensure that the 2012 Hamvention is a success.
Kalter thanked Long for his service and dedication to Hamvention. Long said he made the decision to step down because of changes in his career that involve travel during many of the committee meetings. “I have a great deal of respect for Hamvention and the leadership roles of the General and Assistant General Chairmen,” Long explained. “I know those positions need to be filled with people who are able to give it the passion and dedication our volunteers deserve. At this time, I’m unable to continue to make that commitment to our team. I will stay on as a volunteer, as I have for the last eight years, and I will enjoy the tradition that is Hamvention.”
The 2012 Dayton Hamvention opens May 18 at Hara Arena for its 61st consecutive year. According to organizers, the hamfest is expected to bring more than 20,000 people to the greater Dayton area. The three-day event includes exhibits, a flea market, forums and education sessions. For more information about Dayton Hamvention -- scheduled for May 18-20, 2012 -- visit the Hamvention website.