Presided over by Roger Rines, the BA-MARC Chapter held a long and lively meeting at the Omega Restaurant in Milpitas on 20 May. Our resident Hawaiian MARC tourist contributed much from his REACT background. He's a delight to have around! Great 1800 he rides, too!
Roger proposed that we formalize (as much as we ever will) at the September meeting. That brought up a stimulating discussion as to just what the Bay Area Chapter of MARC should be, do and represent. Upshot seems to me that we want to stay informal, yet take advantage of our technically experienced members' electronic skills, better learn
"parade" and slow speed motor control for foot and bike events, and become better communicators on our ham gear; be as professional but not as formally organized as our parent MARC. J.P. led the discussion on this important subject.
We also want to enjoy each other’s company in more social settings, like picnic rides and other purely recreational events. JP will also set up a contact "tree" for emergency type (short notice) events, so we can offer at least some services to "impulse" timed events. All "BA-MARCers" will provide J.P. contact info directly.
Warren will offer slow ride training for members; Larry will handle events coordination; Ralph will offer communications training for more efficient operations and Roger will provide the fearless "first in line" leadership he has contributed all along. There will, however, be more delegation to spread the workload.
Noting that expenses are rising, Roger asked for suggestions. Don came up with the winner - throw $20 each at the pot and do it again when the treasury starts to dry up.
BA-MARC members discussed how big we should grow. Some sentiment showed that a maximum size of 25 to 30 BA-MARC members is manageable. Thereafter, a new chapter or sub-chapter should be formed for geographic and event accessibility. Chapters in a general area can hold joint meetings and work together when an event's size warrants this. Otherwise each group works on its own, except for joint events and socials. We'll need some HQ input on this, as it's fundamental.
Frank, Don and Ralph will set Ralph's van up as a Net Control facility since BA-MARC will be the sole communications provider for some upcoming events, and we'll need a control station.
Roger has asked members to recap the meeting on the email. This is my take on the meeting. Great to see y'all again!