Joe Reinemann, KØJCR, receives his badge and certificate as the DEC for the newly created South Central District from SEC Dan Anderson, KDØASX. Joe will coordinate ARES activities for 10 south central Minnesota counties.
ALBERTVILLE, MN -- Jerry Vandervort, WD0GUF, has stepped down as District 2 EC for northeast Minnesota. He has been DEC since 1986.
"To me it's a bittersweet occasion," said Dan Anderson, KD0ASX, Minnesota Section Emergency Coordinator, in a recent email to Jerry. "You have served long, well and very admirably in these several years as District 2 DEC. Certainly your depth of knowledge and leadership skills will be missed. You have done great things for your district and they haven't gone unnoticed. I adminre you for sticking with it these many years, through the ups and the downs. I will miss working with you.
"Meanwhile, your successor will be the perfect person to continue the work you started," said Anderson, who appointed Doug Nelson, AA0AW, former St. Louis South EC, to the DEC position this past week. "Doug is very thoughtful, very intelligent, and driven to perform for St. Louis South, and I'm expecting him to carry that passion, talent, and skill in his DEC duties.
"So today, I honor you (Jerry) for the ham that you are and what you've done for Amateur Emergency Communications in northeastern Minnesota. A job well done, sir. Thank you for your many years of service."
We are very happy to announce that as of Jan. 1, 2015 there will be a new District in Minnesota Section ARES. We are restructuring southern Minnesota and creating a South Central District, which will be made up of current District 1 counties of Blue Earth, Faribault, LeSeuer, Nicollet, and Waseca; and the current District 5 counties of Brown, Martin, McLeod, Sibley, and Watonwan.
No other ARES districts are affected by this change. All other districts will keep their same counties.
This change comes in part to better align our districts with the state’s interoperable communications radio regions, which except for south central Minnesota also align with the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) regions. Another reason is to better align with the expectations and goals of the American Red Cross in southern Minnesota Mankato is home to the ARC regional chapter for south central and southwest Minnesota.
Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, District 1 EC-Western Counties, has been appointed to the new position of South Central DEC effective immediately. He is very excited about the appointment and although he doesn’t have a district until the first of the year he may be reaching out to the ECs in his new district very soon.
Along with the addition of the new District also comes name changes for all. We are getting away from the numbering system and moving toward simple names:
Southeast District – Bill Osler
Metro District – Ann Foster
Northeast District – Jerry Vandevort
Northwest District – Mike Heiler
Central District – Kevin Dirks
Southwest District – Arl Weinrebe
South Central District – Joe Reinemann