America.  As a nation, we were born out of “Civil Disobedience”.  Throughout our history, that same attitude of “Don’t Tread on Me” has been a hallmark of our actions  and our commitment to the individual freedom we all enjoy.
The current crises we face is demanding that we do things that we are not used to.  Some states, like OH have declared “orders” demanding that we self-quarantine and employ “Social Distancing” to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  So far, there has not been a National order.
This is NOT the time for civil disobedience.  These are times that require us to consider our social responsibility and direct our actions accordingly.  I truly believe that we can slow the spread of the virus and save our friends and family a lot of angst and fear if we just do a few things on our own volition instead of waiting for more draconian orders from our government.
We know that our club members have a lot of questions and concerns with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are reaching out to share with you what we are doing.  We want you to know that your health and safety is top priority and we are taking the coronavirus outbreak very seriously.
PCARS is cancelling: Board Member Meetings, Regular Member Meetings, Special Interest Group meetings, Club-site Build Days, Club Site activities such as contesting and VE testing sessions until further notice. Please check the PCARS web site (www.portcars.org) for any updates.
When we do re-open the doors, our first activity will be a complete and thorough cleaning of our club facility.
You can get the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Ohio page at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/
We cannot stress enough that we are being proactive because your health and safety is our foremost priority. We will continue to monitor developments and evaluate the situation to support our club members as needs arise.
If you have any concerns or questions, please email me or one of the PCARS officers. You can find our e-mail addresses on the PCARS web site in the ‘Members’ area.
The Thursday evening nets on 2-meters will continue. Please check in via the repeater or from EchoLink. We encourage everyone to keep in touch via ham radio as much as possible.   Get on the Air!  (look for my next email with some special PCARS on air activities.)
We are privileged to serve you and thank you for your ongoing support of PCARS. I will be in contact with you on a regular basis to keep you informed of what PCARS will be doing as we pass through this time of disruption. God Bless you all, and please, stay safe.
73,
Tom -WB8LCD                                                                                                              PCARS President