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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB024 (2016)

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ARLB024 ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, Steps Down

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ARRL Bulletin 24  ARLB024
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 20, 2016
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB024 ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, Steps Down

Saying it was time that the ARRL Central Division had younger
leadership, Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, of Saint
Charles, Illinois, has resigned from the League's Board of
Directors. He has been succeeded by Vice Director Kermit Carlson,
W9XA, of Batavia, Illinois.

"I'm 77 years old, and I still have pretty good health, despite my
slow recovery from a shingles attack that hit me last December,"
Isely said in a public announcement. "However, it's time that you
have a younger Central Division Director." Isely and Carlson were
re-elected last year without opposition, and Isely expressed
confidence that Carlson would "do a better job" in the Director's
chair.

Isely tendered his resignation during the July 2016 ARRL Board of
Directors meeting over the weekend in Windsor, Connecticut, and
acting on Carlson's nomination, Isely's Board colleagues elected him
as an ARRL Honorary Vice President.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and talking with many of you over
these many years, and, from time to time, there will be future
opportunities for this activity," Isely's announcement concluded.

During his time on the Board, Isely served as a member of the ARRL
Executive Committee as well as on the Board's Administration and
Finance and Membership Services committees. He chaired the CEO
Search Committee after former ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, announced
his retirement in 2015. Isely also has been among the ARRL Board
members to promote the Amateur Radio Parity Act on Capitol Hill.

Isley became the ARRL Central Division Director in 2001, succeeding
Ed Metzger, W9PRN, and he was an ARRL Foundation director from 2007
until his resignation from the Board. He had served as ARRL
Foundation vice president since 2008. ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale
Williams, WA8EFK, has been named to replace Isely on the ARRL
Foundation Board.

Isely is a graduate of the University of Missouri and a retired US
Navy and American Airlines pilot. He's an ARRL and an AMSAT Life
Member and has been a radio amateur since 1977. Isely helped
organize the National Frequency Coordinators' Council and served 4
years as a director.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is expected to soon announce a
successor to Carlson to fill the now-vacant Vice Director's seat.
The ARRL Central Division is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, and
Wisconsin.
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