On Saturday November the 12th the Thomasville Amateur Radio Club again held their annual fish fry in Thomasville. Approximately 72 amateurs and their families gathered at the Morningside Methodist church annex to share in a fantastic meal and fellowship. The TARC hosts this yearly event to honor our military veterans and invites the whole amateur radio community to come join them in this special time of the year. The TARC also takes time to honor those of their group and their achievements. This year several very young and newly licensed folks received awards.
Several from the Valdosta and surrounding areas attended and greatly enjoyed the fellowship with those that they speak to over the air but do not have a chance to see in person too often. One reported that the Thomasville folks are very friendly, the food was super, and we have the chance to talk about amateur radio… what more can you ask for?
After the event was over this writer had a chance to interview TARC newsletter editor Buddy Peeples WD4CJI about what makes the TARC presently the leading amateur radio club in the region. Buddy responded by saying its simple we are a family organization and we strive to involve not only individual amateurs but also their families especially the children. The children are our future to be there to replace us as we grow older and to ensure the sustainability of the hobby. Buddy also shared that the core members of the club are not only committed to the ham club itself but each and everyone of them are truly good close friends who love to be around each other even outside of normal club activities.
So it sounds like the simple recipe for a truly successful amateur radio organization is number one the family unit and number two taking the time to hang out with and look out after each other. It sounds like the old saying “If you want friends then try being a friendly yourself” does have some relevance after all.
Make plans to attend the next TARC fish fry in November of 2012…