The newly formed QCWA Youth Activities Standing Committee. There will be a couple of photos and a jpg file of a letter and a Word document letter from Tom Jose, VU2TO. Tom is one ambitious teenager!! He was first licensed at age 15, and the awards he has achieved are outstanding!! Visit QRZ.com and see for yourself.
Collin Pike, KJ4AXB, a recipient of a QCWA Scholarship, spoke to the QCWA members at the QCWA Forum at Hamvention - 2015. He told the members of his appreciation for QCWA sponsoring these scholarships to lessen the burden on his tuition fees.
As well, Tom Jose, VU2TO, also a recipient of a QCWA Scholarship, spoke to the QCWA members expressing his appreciation for QCWA's sponsorship of scholarships.
As well, the August 2015 QCWA Journal, page 7, has an article by Chair Carole Perry, WB2MGP, of QCWA's involvement at Hamvention - 2015.
To quote in part....
I had just accepted a directorship with the QCWA Board and was appointed to head up the Youth Activities committee. This was my 28th year moderating the Youth Forum, and I was proud to announce that QCWA was a cosponsor of the forum.s "Young Ham Lends a Hand" contest.
This year.s winner was Tom Jose, VU2TO, who traveled 38 hours with his escort Mr. S. Suri, VU2MY, founder and chairman emeritus of NIAR, to be a young presenter at the forum. The audience at the forum was delighted when 17-year-old Tom gave an outstanding presentation about his work with emergency communications in India. He then went on to win a Kenwood HT and was given $100 in cash by Charles Kirmuss, WØCBK, a member of my RCA Youth Activities committee. Young Tom is also a candidate who submitted an application to the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) for a QCWA Scholarship.
The co-sponsorship of QCWA with the Youth Forum was one of the Youth Initiatives I proposed at the QCWA Forum later in the day. Identifying with and supporting these youth efforts helps our organization to have a part in shaping the future to ensure well-trained and enthusiastic members in the future. Everyone agreed this was an important goal for us.
QCWA YOUTH ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE
Terms of Reference
The QCWA Youth Activities committee will study the feasibility of integrating youth into the rank and file of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA, Inc.). The youth in amateur radio today will be the successors in the long-term future of QCWA. The QCWA Board of Directors need to know and understand the need to undertake the study of these ideas now, and implement a program that will engage and embrace the youth into QCWA.
The suggested terms of reference are guidelines only to begin the study of and outlining how the QCWA can begin engaging and working with our youth in amateur radio. This is by no means an exhaustive list that could be added to these terms of reference.
1. To study and research how the QCWA Board may integrate a youth program within the QCWA.
2. To study and present ideas along these lines, with suggestions and proposals for the QCWA Boards' consideration.
3. Work with students and their parents, both currently licensed amateur radio operators, and those who wish to become licensed amateur radio operators, by providing them ways of finding a place in QCWA and vice versa.
4. Develop a plan for amateur radio youth to enhance their ability in seeking QCWA scholarship funding.
5. Develop a plan for amateur radio youth to provide presentations during the QCWA Annual Members meeting and Forum.
Chair - Carole Perry,WB2MGP
Member - Jeff Beals, WA4AW
Member - John Kludt, K4SQC
Member - Pete Varounis, NL7XM
Member - Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ - Western Canada ARISS Mentor
Member - Stan Reubenstein, WA6RNU - QCWA Member & Boy Scouts of America
Ex-officio - Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
It will take a little time to fully launch this program, but we are working on it! Thus far QCWA has sponsored the "Young Ham Lends A Hand" Contest for the first time ever at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. Just recently QCWA supported the first ever joint USA/Cuba T42US Dxpedition to promote and demonstrate 'amateur radio in action, to youth in Cuba'. Visit http://www.t42us.com/sponsors.html
Ken Oelke, VE6AFO