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It is that time of year to dig into the project closet for those projects and to downsize the shack in anticipation of the coming flood of new Christmas toys. I'm talking about the annual Show and Tell meeting and Silent Auction.
Bring those projects in, even if they are not quite finished, and let the rest of us ooo and aaa over them. Maybe even trade off some ideas. Just a short presentation, 10 or 15 minutes, will work well. Please be sure to drop Ron, WA6TQH, a short note to reserve your spot on the agenda.
There will be a silent auction - those items you want to move our of the shack and into someone else's shack. I suggest printing up a short description of the item, operational status, and a starting bid. There will be a table set up to put the items on near the entrance to the meeting room.
Meeting Location - HCESD 16 Admin – 18606 Stuebner Airline 77379. Hope to see you there!
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ALERT - Until further notice, the NARS 146.66 PL100 Repeater is off the air pending resolution of technical issues. We anticipate gaining access at the earliest possible time and resolving those issue, but until then, we recommend using the UHF repeaters on 444.375 PL100 (Kein) or PL103.5 (Galleria). Echolink/Allstar is also available on the Klein repeater. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and are working diligently to return the downtown repeater to the air as soon as possible. Updates when we have them. Check back here and on the w5nc groups.io reflector for updates.
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NARS has made the difficult decision to increase its annual membership dues for the first time in its history. While this was a difficult choice for the Board, it has become necessary to sustain the provision of our numerous services to the community. Over the years, prices on goods and services have risen, and we have faced these increases while maintaining our membership fees, despite enhancing our repeater system and other services to our members.
Effective January 2024, the dues will increase by $5.00 across the board. The new dues structure will be as follows:
- Individual Membership $25.00,
- Family Membership $30.00
- Student Membership $17.50.
We will continue to offer new licensees a $5.00 discount upon their initial sign-up.
Members who need to renew their membership before January 1 will pay the current dues, while those renewing after January 1 will see the increase. Membership terms run for one year from the day of joining, so many members will not experience the increase until sometime next year.
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As many of you are no doubt aware, NARS has been a Texas non-profit club for some time. But our sights were set higher than that. A dedicated group of officers and members has been working on obtaining 501(c)(3) certification from the IRS for some time.
Today, August 29, 2023, we were notified that as of May 15, 2023, we have been classified as a public charity by the IRS.
So what does this mean for us? The benefits of being tax-exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3) include the following:
- We can accept contributions and donations that are tax-deductible to the donor.
- We can apply for grants and other public or private allocations available only to IRS-recognized, 501(c)(3) organizations.
- We can apply for a sales tax exemption on items purchased for use by the organization.
- We have the public legitimacy of IRS recognition.
- We can get discounts on US Postal bulk-mail rates and other services.
We’re looking forward to being able to serve the community at a much higher level now because of both the recognition aspects of this and the ability to raise funds to better equip ourselves to provide critical services in times of need. Great job by the 501(c)(3) team!
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The NARS monthly meetings are held on the third Friday of each month at 7:30 P.M. at the Harris County Emergency Services Building located at HCESD 16 Admin Building, 18606 Stuebner Airline 77379. This move from our previous location at Klein VFD Station 16 is effective for the meeting on May 19 and all subsequent meetings.
Please utilize parking in front of the building. Do not go through the locked gate. There is ample parking available. Enter the building ONLY through the main front entrance. As always, please do not take reserved parking spaces or block driveways.
For members who wish to join us for dinner before the meeting, we meet at a local restaurant for dinner at 4:30, enjoy dinner and maybe a drink, then make the short 10 minute drive to the meeting on Stuebner Airline. The restaurant is posted to the W5NC group.
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