April 1st Meeting, Something for Everyone

Program: “YL’s, Facebook, and Field Day”
Tonight’s meeting features something for everyone. Instead of just one speaker and one topic, tonight’s format features 3 mini-meeting topics. This change of pace should result in a quick paced information filled evening for BARS members.

1. YL’s
First up will be Niece, KA1ULN, speaking about The Young Ladies’ Radio League (YLRL), Inc. Niece will describe what the YLRL is and what they do? Are there men in the YLRL? What is the purpose of the YLRL and how many members does it have? Is YLRL a worldwide organization? Does YLRL have a publication? Do they appear at all hamventions? How much is membership? Niece is an ARRL member and the YLRL District 1 Chairwoman.

2. Facebook
Next we welcome Jim, K1IR, who will demonstrate the BARS Facebook Group he created after seeing the Board discussion last month. The Board wanted to seek additional member input and this mini-talk is one way to do that. Jim will demonstrate what can be done and answer questions from members who may not be all that familiar with using Facebook.

3. Field Day
Finally, our third mini-topic of the evening shines the spot light on all of us. BARS needs a Field Day chair person now so we can have a planning session in May and a final plan ready in June. Do you want to volunteer? Last year, the members made this job easy. Everybody involved did something whether it was bring a radio, antenna, generator, food, beverages, or were operators. So the job of BARS FD chair puts one at the center of things but with lots of help. Lets talk about what kind of field day we want and where?

There are items of Business to be discussed.
1. The BOD met on Wednesday, March 18. In accordance with the BARS constitution K1TWF, BARS President, appointed Andy, KA1GTT, to fill the open BOD seat subject to member confirmation at the April meeting. This will be presented to the membership for discussion and approval.
2. K1TW has confirmed the following meeting dates with St. Michael’s Parish:
– April 1, May 6, and June 3.
3. BARS needs to appoint a Field Day Chair at this meeting if possible.
4. Refreshments and Break (Volunteers needed to help at future meetings)
5. Old Business
6. New Business

Tonight’s Approximate Schedule (time may vary):
7:00 PM Business Meeting
7:30 PM YLRL
7:50 PM Facebook
8:15 PM Break for Refreshments
8:30 PM Field Day Discussion
9:00 PM Adjourn (members may continue social interactions until 9:30 PM)

April 1st Meeting Location:
BARS meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. We are pleased to announce that at the March BARS meeting, the members confirmed continued use of St. Michael’s Parish Center, 90 Concord Road, Bedford MA 01730. Meeting dates have now been scheduled with the Parish for April, May and June.

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Where: St. Michael’s Parish Center, 90 Great Road, Bedford MA 01730
Room: 120 in the Parish Center

Vehicles should be parked in the main parking lot; there are also a few unrestricted spaces on the side of the Parish Center. No parking allowed behind the rectory. No cars allowed in the courtyard leading up the Parish Center entrance.

Other Conditions of use:
Often, staff is in the building working or other groups are meeting. The Parish requires BARS to maintain a respectful environment for all concerned. No smoking in the building; a smoking pole is available outside the front doors. Permission is granted to serve snack and non-alcoholic refreshments, provided BARS cleans up after itself.

Please see the sidebar on this web page for a map.

From Route 128/95 take Exit 31B.
Drive 3 miles.
Bear left at the fork in the road and follow Route 62 towards Concord.
Continue another 0.2 mile. The church is on the left.

From the North

Take Route 4 south towards Bedford.
About 500 feet after passing Minuteman VW, bear right at the fork in the road.
Follow Route 62 towards Concord.
Continue another 0.2 mile. The church is on the left.

The parking lot, the Rectory and the Parish Center are to the rear of the church, accessible via the driveway alongside the church. Note: The meeting is in the Parish Center behind the Church.

Come and Enjoy!

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