Date : 05 / 05 / 2017
Author : Phil Wait – VK2ASD
National Volunteer Week, May 8-14 is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous voluntary contributions being made throughout Australia. Its theme, ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’, reflects research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives. Volunteering Australia estimates that more than six million people are volunteers.
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has about 100 key volunteers and there are many more helping out, including those in radio clubs. Recently the WIA consulted with its 10 committees, and then with the membership, on a Charter for Volunteers. The aim of that document is to set out the expectations of the volunteer, and that of the WIA.
Volunteers contribute so much to the running of Amateur Radio, spending countless hours on delivering member services, which are mostly taken for granted. A little of the work being done by our volunteers can be read in the annual reports of committees for 2016 – these will shortly be provided to members.
The WIA Board of Directors are all volunteers who work hard for the membership throughout the year and prepare for the WIA annual general meeting in Hahndorf this month. Volunteers are the mainstay of the not-for-profit WIA through its operations and services in advocacy, education and support for the Amateur Radio community.
To all our volunteers who through dedication and support continue to make it happen – a very big thank you.