W7VO for ARRL NW Director Campaign

The ARRL Northwestern Division has a decision to make: stay with the status quo, or go in a new direction.

Over the last year the League has been plagued with controversy, member discontent, and the recent resignation of its CEO. The board attempted to silence a critic with a censure. Members have lost their voice, and there have been attempts to consolidate power. This internal strife has made it difficult for the League to do the work necessary to realize the goals of its aggressive strategic plan.

Change is needed — your voice needs to count!  We need to get the League back under the direction of its members, and ensure transparency. 

I am running for Director to help solve these problems, and get our League focused on the important work ahead to ensure a bright future for Amateur Radio.

My Amateur Radio core values:

·        Leadership: In third term as President of the Willamette Valley DX Club, and founder/trustee of the Columbia River DX Club. Recently retired from Director level management in high technology, where I focused on collaboration, strategic partnerships and plan execution.

·        Commitment:  ARRL member since first licensed in 1974. Life membership came soon after, knowing this hobby would be a lifelong passion.

·        Mentoring and Education: I focus on mentoring new hams at my HF multi-op contest station. ARRL Registered Trainer, Volunteer Examiner, and author/presenter.

·        Public Service: Served as an ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC), and currently as Deputy EC.  Spent time as EC entrenched with fire crews, and recently authored modules for Oregon’s ARES Amateur Radio Operator (ARO) certification program.

In short, I have the senior level management background, extensive ham radio experience, and passion to effectively represent our members, and I want to serve. In order to bring this message to the ARRL members in the Northwest Division there needs to be an extensive campaign to get the word out

I need your help! These donations will be used to "get the word out" to the several thousand ARRL members in our Division. This includes a website page,  collaterals (handouts), and e-mail/snail-mailings.

NOTE: Any leftover donations at the end of the campaign will be donated to the ARRL Mary Lou Brown Scholarship  Fund


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Michael Ritz 
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