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I am running for ARRL Central Division Director. These past couple of years have shown the need for new ARRL leadership. Management needs to be more transparent and accountable. Because the ARRL is a member driven organization, we need to make sure we give you the members that voice and view in what we do.

On the local level, I am excited about focusing on membership as I see membership numbers on the decline. I want to make sure all hams are more embraced into this hobby; especially newly licensed hams. I know that the success of a ham's participation is a direct result of local clubs and ARES groups, so I want to make sure local clubs thrive. Iím confident that I, along with the Central Division ARRL Volunteers, can achieve this.

Iíve been licensed since 2006. I was very active in several local clubs as well as the Kenosha County ARES group. I was recently part of the Force of 50 that went to Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. I enjoy DXing and contesting, but feel that all aspects of this hobby should be well represented. Weíre all on the same team; our love of amateur radio. I was honored this year as ďAmateur of the YearĒ at Daytonís Hamvention. Iím an ARRL Life and Maxim member because I know the value they bring to help protect and promote this incredible hobby.

Iím the Controller for a conglomerate of 16 companies with an annual revenue of $60,000,000 and 300+ employees. Iím 1 of 6 in upper senior management. I attribute my business success to being very goal driven, organized, and a respected leader.

Please vote for me this October and letís make sure that the ARRL best represents its members and make the Central Division the best possible!

Valerie Hotzfeld ~ NV9L