The IARU R2 Executive Committee (EC) held its quarterly meeting on May 26 via Zoom. All Officers and Area Directors were in attendance, with the IARU Secretary and the R2 Assistant to the Treasurer also present.
President Ramon Santoyo XE1KK opened the meeting with a remembrance for Reinaldo Leandro YV5AM (SK), immediate past President. He spoke of his long service to amateur radio in the Americas and his contributions as part of the IARU delegation at 3 World Radio Conferences. A moment of silence was observed.
Major items before the Executive Committee included:
- Dave Sumner K1ZZ gave a report on recent IARU activities and items on the agenda of the upcoming Administrative Council meeting on June 8th.
- The current financial report and a discussion of the role of the Assistant to the Treasurer. Jay Bellows, K0QB had resigned as Treasurer and Director of Area B (ARRL). Mr. Rod Stafford W6ROD I the new ARRL international Affairs Vice President and will serve as Area B Director. The role of treasurer will be undertaken by Mr. Santoyo with the support of Mr. Bellows until the next officer elections at the 2022 General Assembly.
- The EC formally adopted the IARU branding policy. This includes that all regions and member societies use the same gold IARU logo to create a common unified identification of all IARU activities. In practical terms, this is the retirement of the red Region 2 logo in favour of the gold IARU logo. The EC set a deadline for all Member Societies that have not already changed to the gold logo, to do so by December 31, 2021.
- A new IARU Region 2 Awards Manager, Mr. Diego Salom LU8ADX has been appointed to take over the responsibilities previously done by Mr. Leandro YV5AM (SK).
- Other business included a discussion of the impacts of the pandemic on the 2022 General Assembly meeting planning. It is now clear that all future general meetings and workshops will need to be planned as either all virtual events or as a hybrid event with attendance both in-person and remotely. The EC concluded that it is too early to make any decisions about 2022 given the uncertain future of travel and infection controls throughout the world.
George Gorsline VE3YV
Secretary IARU R2
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