MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday July 17, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township.

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday June 19, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday May 15, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday April 17, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday March 20, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township)

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner and Pre-Meeting Conversation.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

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Is there anything we DID NOT cover in February?

The February Meeting Agenda was jam-packed.  How could we possibly have anything to discuss at our March Meeting?

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday February 27, 2019  * * * * * RESCHEDULED FROM February 20

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township)

Arrive about 6:00pm for Dinner and Pre-Meeting Conversation.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

Topic 1

CARC Net BINGO

We should have had a few weeks of CARC Net BINGO under our belts by the time of our February meeting.  Lets hear from the participants.  Did anyone get a BINGO — Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Small Diamond, Large Diamond, Four Corners, Postage Stamp?  Regarding Prizes — I am going to start small.

Topic 2

Winter Field Day Results

Winter Field Day took place January 26-27.  Lets see what kind of performance CARC Members delivered.

Topic 3

CARC  Objectives 2019

At our January Meeting I put a few objectives on the table and solicited your participation to come up with additional objectives.  Do we have any add-on objectives?  Perhaps we have had some reportable results from the objectives I introduced.

Topic 4

Field Day Planning Matrix

Roles and Responsibilities.  Volunteers.  Leadership.  Goals.  Food,  Educational Activity.  Bonus Points.  Safety.  Food (mentioned twice because it is SO important).  Equipment,  Antennas,  Operators.  Did I mention Food?

Topic 5

Door Prize Process Improvement

You may have noticed that Andy Forsyth sometimes becomes overwhelmed with the logistics of everything he brings into and takes out of the meeting venue.  He is (I am) motivated to bring more organization to that process.  In that sense, I plan to create a Door Prize Shopping List.  If your name is drawn you can refer to the shopping list and tell me what you would like to receive as your Door Prize Reward.  I will commit to posting the Door Prize Shopping List on the Members Page of our website prior to the meeting.

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Club Business Continuity

I sometimes worry about who will take over essential functions in case any of our key-people meet their demise.  I would like to begin thinking about and acting upon what it means to have a business continuity program for our Club.  For starters, I would like to take everything I know about our club  processes and put it in a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnalls’ porch.  Only Really Old People who are Vibrantly Young At Heart will understand that cryptic reference.  Come to the February Meeting and I will explain it to the younger members. 

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What’s Left?

a.)  It was very nice to have four guests participate in our January meeting.  In anticipation that some or all may wish to join our club, let’s set aside a few minutes to exercise our membership formalities and welcome the successful applications into our club.
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  An ALARM CLOCK to help Andy stay on-time.  I do not want to wear out our welcome with the Hoss’s Team by running beyond their 9:00 p.m. closing time.  Someone remind me to set my alarm for 8:45 p.m. 
c.)  I will be fishing around to see how we feel about the possibility of an earlier starting time for our meeting.  If we commit to timely arrivals, ordering, and eating our meals could we advance the Meeting Start Time to 7:00 p.m. ?  In turn, that might also lead to a slightly earlier completion time of, let’s say 8:45 p.m.
d.)  Perhaps our Membership Secretary can provide a status report on 2019 Membership Renewals.
e.)  I will present feedback from our favorite English Teacher and her husband who responded to my question of why is it that English Teachers shudder whenever I say — “A good time was had by all.”


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday January 16, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township)

Arrive about 6:00pm for Dinner and Pre-Meeting Conversation.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

Topic 1

Annual Club Membership Renewal (in other words: Dues Payment)

First, let me express profound appreciation to Richard Johnson, N3EPY, who Volunteered to serve a Club Membership Secretary for 2019.  Thank you Richard.  CARC Membership and its benefits can be yours for a modest $10 annual dues payment covering the calendar year.  Richard Johnson will receive your dues money in exchange for a personalized Membership Card.  You have the power to make Richard’s job easy.  Exact Change is appreciated.   If you are not able to attend one of the early-2019 CARC Meetings in person, your annual dues payment can be mailed.  Address:  Andrew Forsyth, 5 Northern Dancer Drive, Dillsburg, PA  17019-9300.  

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Recap of the Holiday Brunch.  Continual Improvement for Next Year’s Event

I am seeking your feedback on the venue, the menu, the quality and quantity of the food and beverages, the service, the seating arrangements, the goodie bags, the Ladies Gifts, the Door Prizes — in short, every aspect of our Annual Event.  If you were starting with a Clean Slate what would you do the same, and what would you do differently?  It is your Club.  Speak up and help shape the future.

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How do we feel about Club Participation in the Winter Field Day Contest?

Individual participation is an option.  Group participation is an option.  The event takes place Saturday January 26 through Sunday January 27, 2019.  Without twisting any arms beyond the breaking point, let’s measure our interest level in this event.  On a scale of 1 to 10, where do we stand…?

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Hot Off The Press.  Brand New.  2019 Sticker Collection Booklets will be distributed.

Each person attending our January Meeting will receive one of the coveted CARC Sticker Collection Booklets, 2019 Edition.

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Feedback on the Shaffer Park Cabin Reservation for our Field Day 2019 Operations.

One of the most highly respected Members of our Club has the perennial duty of securing our reservation with the Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department.  Let’s see how that worked this year.  Mister Field Day — please take the floor and deliver your update.

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Club Objectives for 2019 

This is your Club President Andy Forsyth speaking.  The business world has taught me the value of  running a tight ship.  As a Club, we should have some objectives.  As Members of the Club, each person should have the opportunity to contribute toward the achievement of those objectives.   I will have a few objectives in mind.  Please come to the meeting prepared with your input regarding Club Objectives.


HOLIDAY BRUNCH:   Sunday December 9, 2018

Our annual Holiday Brunch will take place at the T J Rockwell’s Restaurant located at 896 West Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA.  This venue is located next door to the Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses.

Seating is at 11:00 am.   Please arrive a few minutes beforehand so that we can be seated together at the same time.

Topic 1

Full Menu Option

In prior years T J Rockwell’s offered their Dinner Menu as one of the dining options.  Pricing ranges from 69 cents for the World’s Smallest Sundae to $25.99 for a surf and turf selection.  There are many delicious options between those end points.  If you wish to preview the menu beforehand please visit www.TJRockwells.com

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Buffet Brunch Option

The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Brunch is available as one of the dining options.  Selections include Made-to-Order Omelets, Fresh Fruit, Smoked Sausage, Skillet Potatoes, Made-to-Order Waffles, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp, Carved Roast Beef, and the Dessert Tray.  The T J Rockwell web site mentions $17.95 as the price which includes a complimentary Mimosa cocktail.

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Goodie Bags

Andy Forsyth and a Duo of Volunteers intend to continue our annual tradition of providing each CARC Attendee and guests a Goodie Bag of things that make the holiday a little bit sweeter.  We have new Goodie Bag Coordinators this year.  Let’s see how they do.

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Something Nice for the Ladies 

Jeri Forsyth (Mrs. AF3I) has taken the first steps to continue our other annual tradition of providing something nice for our lady guests and our lady members.  

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Door Prize Raffle 

Andy Forsyth intends to continue our tradition of drawing a few names from a figurative hat and rewarding each lucky winner with some kind of treat.  Many of the door prize selections, and the overall quantity of prizes, occur on a whim as I see what the marketplace has to offer.  You can bet on some Matangos Chocolates being in the prize pool.  And my business friends at the winery will be represented in the prize pool.   I am not yet sure of which winery will earn my business this year — but it will a recognizable name in the Central PA marketplace.

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Planning 

The restaurant will set the same number of places at the table as Valli Hoski or I tell them we will have as guests.  An accurate head-count is the key to a pleasant dining experience.  Valli and I will communicate her needs to you and ask that you make a commitment that can be shared with the Restaurant Staff.  Lets’s go with Friday November 30. 2018 as the due date to submit your attendance commitment.  If you have not already signed-up, please E-mail Andy Forsyth at:   AF3I@RadioClub-CARC.com


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday November 14, 2018  One Week Early Due to Thanksgiving

COMPLETED    Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township.

Arrive about 6:00pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

Topic 1

Marketing Activity

Frank Mellott, Steve Hancock and perhaps others have been spreading the gospel of CARC to all who will listen.  Their audience typically involves people who have attended a Volunteer Exam session and passed their test.  I been working on a Marketing brochure that can be put into the hands of all these potential members.  I’ve also taken steps to package our Wooden Nickel Round TUITs in order to make a better first impression.  I expect to have samples of these materials for your review and comments.

Topic 2

Farmers Fair Fantastic Parade Recap

Harry Fasick K3EYL will present the topic.  The event ran on schedule Saturday Night October 20, 2018.  Volunteers on duty included Harry Fasick, Valli Hoski, Frank Mellott, Doug Good, Dave Hile, Sherry Morgan, and Andy Forsyth.   Everyone thought the torrential downpour, gale force winds, and what some observers are calling hail was a great way to end the evening.

Topic 3

Election of Officers for 2019

There were no self-expressions of interest and no nominations of new candidates for office other than a motion to request that the 2018 officers continue in their current roles for the upcoming year.  Our November meeting will formalize the selection of officers.

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Membership Secretary 2019 Volunteer Sought

I should have made this Topic #1 because without a Membership Secretary for 2019 our club will flounder.  I should have checked the entomology of that word, and some other words in this topic, because it really bugs me to use a word that means a “flat fish” when I intended something quite different.

The essence of the Membership Secretary position is to accept Dues Payments from the Members, issue a Membership Card to each paying member, keep accurate records of the payments received, turn over the payments to the Club Treasurer on a periodic basis, and give an occasional report of where we stand in terms of paid-up memberships.  Most of the work takes place in January, with a little spill-over into February.

If you are hesitant to volunteer for this Club Leadership Role because the duties and workload are a bit mysterious please express your concern and we will bring clarity to the matter.

Topic 5

Holiday Brunch Final Planning

Our Holiday Brunch has been planned for Sunday December 9, 2018 at the T J Rockwell’s Restaurant located at 896 West Grantham Road in Mechanicsburg, PA.   Our reservation time is 11:00am.  Valli Hoski and I will be fishing for your commitment so that an accurate head count can be provided to the Restaurant Staff.

Topic 6

Field Day 2019

As November  is our last meeting of 2018, and as the Cariisle Parks and Recreation Department will begin taking reservations for the Shaffer Park Cabin before our January meeting, therefore it is of utmost importance that we use the November Meeting to establish authority and responsibility for making the cabin reservation.

Topic 7

The Business Of Being a Club

I plan to share a few thoughts about whether or not we should take steps to more formally organize our Club as a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation and to seek an Exempt Organization 501 c 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.  I am sure there are PROs and CONs.  I will be seeking input from Club Members who have experience is such matters.


General Meeting Information

 

MEETING LOCATION

We almost always meet at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA (Upper Allen Township).  Perhaps you think of this location as being next door to the Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill Garden Center. 
The Events page will list the specific date, time and location of each upcoming meeting.

Mention RADIO CLUB MEETING at the entrance and you will be directed to our meeting room.

MEETING DATE AND TIME

If you would enjoy the Hoss-pitality arrive about 6:00pm for dinner (Dutch Treat).  The Hoss’s staff will take your order and then serve the food in the meeting room.  Soup, Salad Bar, Bread, and Desserts are in the main dining area.
 
We begin the business part of the meeting at 7:30pm and plan to finish before 9:00pm.

MEETING ELEMENTS

A typical meeting includes welcoming our guests, general announcements, recognition for jobs well-done , a segment that reminds me of Show & Tell, customary business topics, a ham-radio activity, and a door prize drawing. 

The meeting atmosphere tends to be light-hearted and tightly focused on the agenda.

 

COME TO OUR MEETING 
HAVE A GOOD TIME

You will meet other Ham Radio Operators and have ample opportunity to ask questions or seek advice.  There are many years of experience among our members.  Meeting attendance typically ranges from 12 to 20 persons. 

Members, Family, Guests, and Visitors are Welcome to attend.

Address Information for Events

Monthly Meeting Location

 

Hoss’s Restaurant

61 Gettysburg Pike

Mechanicsburg, PA

Holiday Brunch Venue

 

T J Rockwell’s Restaurant

896 West Grantham Road

Mechanicsburg, PA

Field Day 2019 Location

 

Shaffer Park

1549 Spring Road

Carlisle, PA

Thursday Morning Coffee Club

 

Caffe 101

On the lake-front

Boiling Springs, PA