[REACT-LIST] Volunteer Enlistment

Charles Borger kb3juf at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 22:16:34 EST 2015


Wow! Never expected all this response!! I thank you all!

It's going to happen. Perhaps I'm just a bit impatient.

You WILL be hearing of our success here in the Poconos!!

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 9:27 PM, Stan AB3EM <ab3emqsl at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Charles,
>
> Hope you succeed. Let’s see if any of these ideas can work for you.
> There are many ways to do recruitment. Some work better than others given
> location and circumstances.
>
> 1) Make friends with your local media outlets, TV, radio, print and see if
> you can get an announcement about your startup. Having a date for an
> organizational meeting to be announced gives the announcement a specific
> purpose.  Also checkout free community bulletin boards, physical as well as
> the online variety.
>
> 2) Until you are a team, you can promote the proposed team using your
> personal FB and Twitter feeds.
>
> 3) Many states are moving away from the traditional Amateur Radio
> ARES/RACES structure and going to the Auxiliary Communication Service
> model. PA is one state that has done so and thanks to a fellow REACTer,
> REACT was written in to the plan up front. Check this out;
>
>
> http://www.pema.pa.gov/responseandrecovery/paauxiliarycommunications/Pages/ACS-Program-Overview.aspx#.Vnn9zHco7cs
>
> Check to see if your state EMA did not do the same thing. This is great
> news for REACT teams utilizing Part 90 and Part 95 radio service, EMA wants
> you!  No longer do state agencies want all their eggs in the Amateur ONLY
> basket.
>
> 4) You have to BE a team already but sights like
> http://www.volunteermatch.org/ allow you to create volunteer
> opportunities. The basic account is FREE and you can list several volunteer
> openings under your account. Then post those to your social media accounts.
>
> 5) Find out where and when your local Auxiliary Communication Service
> committee or group meets and go to the meeting. When you get a turn to
> speak, introduce yourself and tell them you are planning to start a REACT
> team. Tell them what radio bands, services, etc you plan to use (Part 97
> Amateur, Part 95 GMRS, FRS, MURS, CB, Part 90 business band). Member teams
> of REACT International, Inc. have the opportunity to use the itinerate Part
> 90 frequency on a temporary basis for an event, disaster or incident, etc.
>
> 6) Haven’t tried this one yet but we plan to. Look up HAMs by zipcode
> http://www.radioqth.net/ziplookup .  Then use the NTS system to send them
> each an invite/tease about your team via RadioGram.  I will have to report
> how this works unless someone else tries it 1st.
>
> 7) Our team has an annual holiday social and we invite the local HAM club
> members to stop by and say hello, enjoy some holiday snacks and cider.
> There is no cost and no commitment of length of time. Other teams have told
> me they have an annual picnic and do the same thing. You could also invite
> local elected officials and EMA staff to get a little friendlier.
>
> 8) Our team has one more trick up our sleeves. We do fund raising by
> recycling beverage cans, toner and ink cartridges and old computers. No one
> pays dues or insurance fees out of their pocket as long as they contribute
> to the fund raising effort in a meaningful way. We have been able to do
> this now for 3 or 4 years. We have no events where we receive any kind of
> donation so this is how we raise funds. Some teams are able to secure
> donations from served organizations once they are up and running.
>
> OK, I am sure that others have many more ideas. Jump on this topic with
> your recruitment successes.
>
> Stan AB3EM WQFD736
>
> Stan Walters, President
> York County REACT
> 717-235-7826
>
>
>
> *From:* Charles Borger <kb3juf at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, December 22, 2015 6:49 PM
> *To:* REACT-LIST at lists.reactintl.net
> *Subject:* [REACT-LIST] Volunteer Enlistment
>
> Starting a React Team here in the Poconos. Anyone have ideas to get
> additional candidates to volunteer for the team? I have three, including
> myself, but would like couple more to make sure to keep the charter.
>
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