From: RAC Headquarters
Date: April 30, 1999
Subject: RAC President Doherty Resigns
Patrick Doherty, VE3PD has resigned his position as President of
Radio Amateurs of Canada. He succeeded long-time President J. Farrell
Hopwood, VE7RD on Jan 1 this year. Like all other RAC Executive Officers
and Directors, the RAC President is an unpaid volunteer. Under the RAC
Constitution, First Vice President Doug Leach, VE3XK is Acting
President until a new President can be elected by the RAC Board of
During his four months in office, Mr Doherty brought about major
changes in the operation and management of the organization.
RAC, like many other national organizations, was faced with
decreasing membership and consequent falling revenues during 1998.
Mr. Doherty drastically cut RAC expenses in order to balance
the budget for 1999. Purchases of The Canadian Amateur magazine were
reduced to six issues per year from the previous eleven. A downsizing
and realignment of head office staff and rented office space along
with other cost-cutting measures have significantly reduced operating
expenses. Following a significant loss in 1998, the financial
situation is turning around. RAC membership also is now growing
again after a low at yearend.
President Doherty also reorganized the RAC management team to deal with
other changes in the Amateur Radio environment. He brought on board
Treasurer John Watson, VE3GTX and a new Vice President for Industrial
Liaison Don Rowed, VE3KII. Vice President Tim Ellam, VE6SH moved to
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, and Tim Ray, VE3XV took on the
task of RAC Honourary Counsel.
Sincere thanks for his contributions to RAC and best wishes for the
future are extended to Mr Doherty.
Doug Leach VE3XK
Radio Amateurs of Canada