George Race WB8BGY



George Race WB8BGY one of the finest ARRL Great Lakes Division Directors we have ever had -- Resigned August 20, 2002


The ARRL Letter Vol. 21, No. 29 July 26, 2002



George Race, WB8BGY, of Albion, Michigan, unexpectedly stepped down as Great Lakes Director during the ARRL Board of Directors meeting on July 20. Race, 66, had served on the Board for 12 years. Prior to that, he'd held numerous other field organization positions over the years, including several terms as Michigan Section Manager. Great Lakes Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA, was declared the new Great Lakes Division Director. Race said that while a Board vote to shift "Section News" from QST to the Web did play a small part in his decision to resign, it was not the primary factor and he harbors "no bad feelings" that the vote went the other way. "My wife Barb and I just decided we needed some time for ourselves," said Race, who resigned in a letter to ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, the Board secretary. "There's life beyond the League," Race added. Legendary within the ARRL field organization for his travels around the Great Lakes Division, Race said he's spent some 45,000 to 50,000 miles a year on the road on the League's behalf and "wore out three cars." "I've enjoyed so much working with the membership and with the Board," said Race, who is the technical services supervisor at Albion College, where he's worked for nearly 35 years. ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, has appointed Michigan Section Manager Dick Mondro, W8FQT, to be the new Great Lakes Vice Director. ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White approved the appointment of Debbie Kirkbride, KA8YKK, of Bay City to replace Mondro as Michigan SM. An Extra class licensee, Kirkbride served as an Assistant SM under Mondro and was Section Emergency Coordinator from 1997 until 2001.



 George Race WB8BGY - A Friend to all who have ever known him

George WB8BGY & Ron KF4UBX


George Race's Hamshack with Vintage Shure Microphone in Center




George Wilson W4OYI  (Seated) Surrounded by Friends


Ed Metzger, W9PRN, Past Director, Central Division, - Gary Johnston, KI4LA

George Race, WB8BGY Past Director Great Lakes Division- Marshall Quiat, AG0X,Past Director Rocky Mountain Division -

Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF -Bill is in the broadcast industry and currently does the weekly "Amateur Radio Newsline" that is heard throughout the States by thousands of Amateurs every week.

George Wilson. W4OYI served many positions in the ARRL, including Section Manager, Great Lakes Director, Vice President and President.  When in Washington defending our rights, he was stricken with a stroke thought to be fatal.  George credits the power of prayer by many friends around the world with saving his life.  

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