K4AC Submits A Motion For Reapportionment That Is Adopted By The Board

K4AC Submits A Motion For Reapportionment That Is Adopted By The Board

Announcement Date: January 16, 2016

Two of the three E&E Directors that disqualified K4AC represent the smallest Division and the third smallest Division; the third represents the tenth smallest Division. The Director making an ethics complaint against K4AC is from the second smallest Division.

Also note that the four votes against disqualification of K4AC are from the three largest Divisions and the fifth largest Division.

To understand why Reapportionment is critically needed, look at where the current Officers come from:

President > Delta Division (#5 Smallest)
1st VP > Dakota Division (#1 Smallest)
2nd VP > Rocky Mountain Division (#4 Smallest)
International VP > Dakota Division (#1 Smallest)

The following is the motion that was passed. K4AC was elected as the Group 5 (3 largest Divisions) representative and then selected by the other four Committee members to be the Chair of the Reapportionment Committee.

WHEREAS, the current Division boundary lines were established many decades ago and populations of amateurs have changed;

WHEREAS, the largest Division has close to five times the number of members of the smallest Division;

THEREFORE, the Board of Directors seeks an equitable means by which the members may be represented and hereby creates the Reapportionment Committee which shall consist of five members selected immediately following the passage of this motion using the following process:

The Fifteen Divisions are divided into five groups based upon the member population:

Group 1: Dakota, Hudson, and Midwest
Group 2: Rocky Mountain, Delta, and New England
Group 3: Central, Pacific, and Northwestern
Group 4: Great Lakes, West Gulf, and Roanoke
Group 5: Southwestern, Atlantic, and Southeastern

The three Directors from each Group will choose one from among themselves to serve on the Reapportionment Committee. Where a Director in the Group has been elected to an Officer position, the Vice Director for that Division shall participate in the selection process in that Director’s stead and is eligible to be selected as the representative for that Group.

The five representatives selected by the five Groups will then select a Chairperson for the Reapportionment Committee.

The committee shall explore at minimum these possible means of reapportionment:

1. Realigning Division Boundaries,
2. Decreasing the Number of Divisions,
3. Increasing the Number of Divisions,
4. Weighting a Director’s Vote Based Upon the Number of Members They Represent,

and any other means they may determine.

Once the committee has reached its final list of possible means of reapportionment a preliminary report will be issued to the Board and then the membership will be solicited for their comments.

The committee shall make its report to the entire Board of Directors no later than the January 2017 Board of Directors Meeting. The following information for each possible means of reapportionment shall be included in the report:

1. The relative level of support by the membership for that means of reapportionment
2. Potential positive and negative outcomes, both at the Division level and national level, created by that means of reapportionment
3. Potential issues with implementing that means of reapportionment
4. A chart for that means of reapportionment indicating the weight of a member’s representation relative to members in other Divisions
5. A process and estimated timeline for implementing that means of reapportionment
6. An estimated cost for implementing that means of reapportionment (i.e. cost of elections if required, etc.)

The Reapportionment Committee may hold committee deliberations and votes independent of the times established for meetings of the Board of Directors or its standing committees.

The Reapportionment Committee shall conduct its work, to the greatest extent feasible using electronic means. In-person meetings are to be held only if the need for one overrides the cost consideration of the meeting. In-person meetings may be held in a manner that minimizes extra expense, such as in conjunction with meetings of the ARRL Board of Directors, or standing Board committee meetings at which one or more members of the committee would otherwise attend.