December meeting and Christmas dinner

We will have our Christmas dinner at the December meeting (Dec 14th), 7PM at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  RSVP by sending a message on the email  list (menu bar at the top of this page).

Please consider bringing a donation for Toys for Tots–a new un-opened toy.

Donations will also be collected for the Lawrence Humane Society (food, other supplies, or money).



One response to “December meeting and Christmas dinner

  1. Richard Johnson

    Okay, Boys and Girls.. Get the emails heated up. There is a bill coming up (proposed) in State House of Representatives, that states one cannot drive while holding a wireless device to their ears. Now, this won’t affect those using mics, unless one has to hold the mic to their ear (like with a handheld). HOWEVER it will affect those using handitalks in their vehicle as a mobile radio. We need to write, write, write, call, call, call your respective Representative to have them veto this, OR change the language, to exclude Amateur Radio personnel. This would affect mainly those with ARES and RACES in time of emergencies. This bill is a bit ambiguously written, as it does exclude those using it for emergencies, but the language I feel pertains to PAID employees of state, and local Gov’t. Raise you voices before it is too late. Here is the language of the bill:
    Session of 2017HOUSE BILL No. 2010By Representative Ruiz1-5AN ACT regulating traffic; concerning the operation of a motor vehicle; providing penalties for the use of a wireless communication device; amending K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 8-15,111 and repealing the existing section.Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:Section 1. K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 8-15,111 is hereby amended to read as follows: 8-15,111. (a) As used in this section:(1) “Wireless communication device” means any wireless electronic communication device that provides for voice or data communication between two or more parties, including, but not limited to, a mobile or cellular telephone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant that sends or receives messages, an audio-video player that sends or receives messages or a laptop computer. “Wireless communication device” does not include a device which is voice-operated and which allows the user to send or receive a text based communication without the use of either hand, except to activate or deactivate a feature or function.(2) “Write, send or read a written communication” means using a wireless communication device to manually type, send or read a written communication, including, but not limited to, a text message, instant message or electronic mail.(b) Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d), no person shall operate a motor vehicle on a public road or highway while: (1) Holding a wireless communication device to the person’s ear; or (2) using a wireless communications device to write, send or read a written communication.(c) The provisions of subsection (b) shall not apply to:(1) A law enforcement officer or emergency service personnel acting within the course and scope of the law enforcement officer’s or emergency service personnel’s employment;(2) a motor vehicle stopped off the regular traveled portion of the roadway;(3) a person who reads, selects or enters a telephone number or name in a wireless communications device for the purpose of making or receiving a phone call;(4) a person who receives an emergency, traffic or weather alert message.
    HB 2010 2(5) a person receiving a message related to the operation or navigation of the motor vehicle.(d) The provisions of subsection (b) shall not prohibit a person from using a wireless communications device while operating a moving motor vehicle to:(1) Report current or ongoing illegal activity to law enforcement;(2) prevent imminent injury to a person or property; or(3) relay information between transit or for-hire operator and the operator’s dispatcher, in which the device is permanently affixed to the motor vehicle; or(4) summon medical or other emergency assistance.(e) From and after the effective date of this act and prior to January 1, 2011, a law enforcement officer shall issue a warning citation to anyone violating subsection (b).(f) This section shall be part of and supplemental to the uniform act regulating traffic on highways.Sec. 2. K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 8-15,111 is hereby repealed.Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.
    Thanks in advance. Richard Johnson, K0RCJ, McPherson, Ks State Gov’t Liason

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