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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB026 (2006)

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ARLB026 New Vice Director Elected for Roanoke Division

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ARRL Bulletin 26  ARLB026
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 21, 2006
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB026 New Vice Director Elected for Roanoke Division

Patricia Hensley, N4ROS, has been elected Vice Director of the
Roanoke Division. Ballots were counted November 17 at ARRL
Headquarters. She defeated incumbent Rev Les Shattuck, K4NK, 2280 to
996. A total of 3281 ballots were received; five ballots were not
able to be counted, being declared spoiled or invalid. The three
year term begins at noon EST, January 1, 2007.

Hensley, a retired school principal from Richburg, South Carolina,
has served in ARRL volunteer positions for the past 15 years,
serving as South Carolina Section Manager from February 2000 to
December 2002. She is a recipient of the ARRL Instructor of the Year
award and is currently the South Carolina state director for Air
Force MARS.

Hensley ran on a platform wanting to make the term ''Amateur Radio
operator'' a highly respected title. She said she feels, ''an Amateur
Radio license no longer fosters respect from community and national
leaders. Even FEMA finds it 'more comfortable' to hire part-time
individuals to provide emergency communications because amateurs are
'volunteers.'''

She went on to acknowledge that ARRL membership is declining, and
leadership positions are ''filled by default because few want to
serve. More is required than smiling faces behind a hamfest table to
solve these problems.'' She said she sees restrictive covenants and
interference to frequencies as major issues affecting the Amateur
Radio community.

Stepping forward to run for election to support what she calls
''proactive change,'' she said the members of the Amateur Radio
community ''must be regarded as individuals who are knowledgeable
about our avocation and are willing and competent to serve our
communities in time of need.''

Rev Shattuck became Vice Director in 2000 after serving as South
Carolina Section Manager. He has been licensed for over 40 years. In
the past, Rev Shattuck has served as president of QRP ARCI, and is a
member of QCWA, the A-1 Operator Club, DXCC, VUCC, FISTS CW Club and
ARES/RACES. He is currently serving as pastor of Gilgal United
Methodist Church. He lives in Anderson, South Carolina.
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