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ARRL Members Elect Division Director and Two Vice Directors


The ballots have been counted, and ARRL members have determined that the Atlantic Division’s new Director starting January 1 will be current Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. Abernethy outpolled Phil Theis, K3TUF, 1400 to 1168, to succeed outgoing Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, who opted not to run for another term. 

Abernethy was Maryland Section Manager from 2001 until 2005, when he was appointed Vice Director, filling a vacancy. He also served previously as an ARES Emergency Coordinator.

There was a three-way race to fill the Atlantic Division Vice Director’s seat, and current Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Bob Famiglio, K3RF, topped the field. Famiglio polled 1583 votes to 503 for former Western New York Section Manager John Mueller, K2BT, and 470 for Scott Bauer, W2LC, also a former Western New York SM.

Famiglio was first elected as Eastern Pennsylvania SM in 2012 and was re-elected earlier this year. His election as Vice Director will create a vacancy in the SM position that will be filled by appointment. He is an ARRL Volunteer Counsel, and he served as a District Emergency Coordinator from 2006 until 2011.

The only other contest was in the ARRL Great Lakes Division, where current Vice Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD, received 822 votes to 517 cast for Steve Putman, N8ZR, who died earlier this fall while balloting already was underway. Delaney, who served for several years previously as a Public Information Officer, was appointed as Vice Director earlier this year to succeed the former Vice Director, Dale Williams, WA8EFK. Williams moved into the Director’s chair after Jim Weaver, K8JE, resigned from the Board. Williams was the only candidate for Great Lakes Division Director and has been declared elected.

Midwest Division Director Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, also decided not to run for another term. Succeeding him on January 1 will be current Vice Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, the sole candidate for the position. He has served as Vice Director since 2010, when he was appointed to succeed Ahrens. No candidates stepped forward to run for the Vice Director’s slot that Blocksome is vacating, however, so ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, will appoint someone to the post, once it is officially declared open. Ahrens was appointed in 2010 to succeed Director — and now Honorary Vice President — Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, in the Midwest Division.

Incumbents in the Dakota and Delta divisions ran unopposed and have been declared elected. They are Dakota Division Director Greg Widin, K0GW, and Vice Director Kent Olson, KA0LDG, and Delta Division Director David Norris, K5UZ, and Vice Director Ed Hudgens, WB4RHQ.

Ballots in the contested races were counted November 21, with Director Widin observing at the offices of Survey & Ballot Systems in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Those elected take office for 3-year terms starting at noon Eastern Time on January 1, 2015.




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