ARRL

ARRL General Bulletin ARLB001 (1999)

SB QST @ ARL $ARLB001
ARLB001 Field Services, Educational Activities join forces

ZCZC AG01
QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 1  ARLB001
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 6, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

SB QST ARL ARLB001
ARLB001 Field Services, Educational Activities join forces

The sound of moving furniture, books, and equipment punctuated the
holiday season at League headquarters as two ARRL departments
prepared to merge into one entity. Effective January 4, the Field
Services and Educational Activities departments consolidated to
become the Field and Educational Services Department.

ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, explained that the
new department brings together staff members with similar missions
and functions--primarily supporting ARRL volunteers who, in turn,
support ARRL objectives and promote ham radio on a local and
regional level. Working within a single department, Sumner said, HQ
staffers could more easily share expertise, ideas, and resources.
The move also was designed to reduce expenses in the face of a
decline in both ARRL membership and overall Amateur Radio licensing
and activity over the past year or so.

''The primary reason is efficiency,'' Field Services Manager Rick
Palm, K1CE, explained in a letter to ARRL section managers. Palm
will continue as the main contact person for section managers. He
will focus on representing the League to the outside agencies it
serves and on promoting and supporting the field organization.

Former Educational Activities Department Manager Rosalie White,
WA1STO, has assumed the title of Educational Services Manager. She
will oversee day-to-day operation of the combined department and
will continue as the primary staff contact for Amateur Radio in
space issues. ''We expect the greater efficiency of the combined
departments to benefit our members by putting related resources in
the same place,'' White said of the move.

To accommodate the change, employees from the former Educational
Activities Department moved into quarters adjacent to the former
Field Services Department, trading places with the ARRL Book Team
headed by Joel Kleinman, N1BKE. Now that the two departments are in
the same location, staff members have begun to settle in and work as
a team. Telephone and e-mail addresses for individual staff members
remain the same.
NNNN
/EX