Great April BC ARES Meeting!!!

Hello, all!

KEØLMY here!

Wow! What a fun, interactive meeting for April! We covered a lot of topics and changes to the BC ARES.

April 2018

-Welcome Packets
-Phone tree/birthdays/members page
-Public outreach
-“Ham Scouts”
-ARC formation to support the BC ARES
-Member Spotlight
-Updates/Ideas for website
-ARRL Field Day
-VE list update
-Seeking AEC of Operations and AEC of Training
-FEMA training
-Tabletop exercise

I want to thank the members who attended the meeting today: KEØLMY, KEØLMZ, KCØOXO, WØYQG, WA5ICX, WØOES, and our newest member, KEØQAL! Also, thank you to future hams/members: Carolyn and Glenn! Thank you to KDØWXT for providing radio support before and during the meeting, as well!

We were able to run the Tabletop Exercise with this group and found some areas we can improve it! We had a conversation about the need to form a new amateur radio club to partner with the BC ARES for financial support and you’ll see more about that in the coming months! We have several ideas of new content for the website/FB page. The idea of a “Ham Scouts” Loyalty and Participation Program was met with immediate approval! Stay tuned for more information on that as we get it from conceptualization to actualization! The group approved the idea of reintroducing ARES to the school system through the STEM (or STEAM) program.

We need a few things from our members so records can be updated: birthday (month and day only), updated phone number, a picture of yourself (no one else in the picture, please!), if you are a volunteer examiner (what license level), if you are available for public outreach events, and if you are interested in an AEC position.

Our next BC ARES meeting will be on May 12, 2018, at the Benton County 911 Building. We hope to see you there!

Author: Samantha Henley

I serve as the Deputy Director of the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Emergency Coordinator for the BC ARES. I have completed FEMA's IS-100b, IS-120, IS-200b, IS-230, IS-235, IS-240b, IS-317, 700a, and 800b. I have also completed the ARRL EC-001 course and Tactical Storm Spotter training. I manage the website ( and Facebook page for the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency and for the BC ARES ( and FB @bentoncountyares). I recently completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training with Camden County, MO and I manage their FB page (@CamdenMoCERT). I serve as the net control for the Region A Healthcare monthly net and the BC ARES weekly net (on occasion). I obtained my General Class License (KEØLMY) in October 2017. You can learn more about me at AirSho and QRZ!