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MISSION STATEMENT:

We will provide public service communications to individuals, organizations, and government agencies to save lives, prevent injuries, and give assistance wherever and whenever needed. 

 We will strive to establish a monitoring network of trained volunteer citizen-based communicators using any and all available means to deliver the message.


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REACT OBJECTIVES  

  1. To assist in any emergency by furnishing radio communications in cooperation with authorities and other volunteer organizations.
  2. To practice and encourage operating excellence through skilled communications techniques. 
  3. To maintain equipment at peak efficiency and operate in accordance with all government regulations.
  4. To advise the public on correct, effective use of CB Emergency Channel 9.

REACT COOPERATION  

Teams participate in their communities' disaster preparedness plans through cooperative agreements with the American National Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the National Weather Service. Full text of these agreements are available for reading below, by clicking on the appropriate icon for each agency. 

In addition, REACT International is a participating member of National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters). Many of our State Council organizations and local Teams are also members of their State or sub-state chapters of VOAD. 

REACT MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS  

  • Receive The REACTer magazine. 
  • Authorized to wear REACT apparel. 
  • Authorized to use REACT I.D. materials. 
  • Training materials. 
  • Insurance coverage (Group Liability,
  • Regional, national, and international activities. 

REACT LEADERSHIP  

Since 1962, REACT has been the leader in public service radio. We have earned the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Action Award. Now you can be part of our prestigious international organization.

JOIN REACT NOW  

More REACT volunteers are needed to ensure everyone gets help when needed. Every emergency call requires a monitor to succeed. It's as simple as that. For more information on how to join REACT, send e-mail to REACT International, Inc. at our headquarters in Suitland, Maryland (Just outside of Washington, DC). 

Or... click on over to our Electronic Publications [E-Pubs] download page.  You can download any of the documents and view them from your local hard drive.  Included is a very informative, yet informal guide with step-by-step instructions on "How to Start a REACT Team in 14 Simple Steps" and much, much more.  It contains step by step instructions for an experienced REACT member or team to help organize a new team, plus training guides/suggestions and some posters or signs to use as examples or for actual use. 

Even if you are not an experienced REACT member, but are seeking to start a team, the information has proven to be of value to you as well. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement of this document, please e-mail the document's author Lee Besing . A printed copy is available via US Mail thru REACT International at minimal cost.  


REACT International History
1962 thru present day.

The idea of using CB radio in an organized way for emergency communications was born in a Chicago snowstorm using the CB to get help for a young family broke down on an expressway with a very sick child.

On January 23, 1962, REACT's founder, Henry B. "Pete" Kreer, convinced Hallicrafters Company to sponsor the REACT program. The initial requirements for a Team was three members who agreed to monitor hours for CB emergencies and the first REACT colors were red and black. There were no dues or other requirements except to comply with federal and state regulations.

By 1964, it was determined that there was a need for a National CB Emergency Channel. REACT National Headquarters asked all REACT Teams to monitor the channel as a voluntary emergency channel. REACT was up to 800 Teams at this time.

In 1967, REACT led a movement to convince the FCC to designate channel 9 as the CB emergency channel.

In 1969, General Motors Research Labs assumed sponsorship of REACT and in the same year Jerry Reese came to REACT as Managing Director with Henry B. Kreer remaining with the title of Executive Director.

From 1970 to 1972, the Ohio REACT Emergency Network was formed, the same date that channel 9 became an official emergency channel under FCC rules. This network issued several reports to state and federal agencies to show the relationship between REACT and channel 9 as the emergency channel. This led to the later formation of the Ohio State REACT Council as a pattern for future Councils. REACT colors were changed to orange and black. The Red Cross agreement was reached and "Where Seconds Count" was produced. Dues were $1.00 per member with a $5.00 charter fee. All teams - new and existing - were issued a charter number. Teams chartered in 1970 are charter teams and designated with a "C" front of their numbers.

On April 24, 1973, NBC's Today Show televised an interview with Gerald Reese and Henry Kreer. Their talk about the REACT program over 220 affiliated stations created over 500 inquiries about the REACT program.

In 1975, REACT broke from GM and started as an independent organization. REACT International received not-for-profit status in Illinois.

In 1976, the first REACT National Convention was held at Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois. REACT's first Board of Directors was started in 1976 and REACT was represented at the first White House Conference on CB radio. REACT Month began in 1976 and was granted recognition as a fully tax exempt organization from the IRS. All teams were included under this group exemption. This enables REACT to receive tax deductible contributions.

In 1977, the REACT Convention was held at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. The American Trucking Association and REACT cosponsored the first REACT Safety Break Program. REACT was awarded a contract for the purpose of producing a training program for the NEAR (National Emergency Aid Radio) program for the National Highway Traffic Association. REACT Help Flags were introduced and the number of REACT Councils grew to 40.

In 1978, the 3rd Annual REACT International Convention was held at Baldwin Wallace College in Berio, Ohio. REACT membership was at 74,000 members and the CB boom was at it's peak. REACT members nominated the first Field Members to the REACT International Board of Directors and an agreement with the Special Olympics provided for local teams to furnish communications for events.

In 1979, the 4th Annual REACT International Convention was conducted at Penn State University Beaver Campus, Beaver, Pennsylvania, and had an attendance of 273 and dues were raised to $5.00 per member. The late 1970's brought declining membership and declining CB use.

In 1980, the REACT International Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Life Membership was introduced to REACT members, the Forum became and reality and advertising in the REACTer was taken for the first time. The first mail ballot from teams was held to elect the first Forum Officers.

In 1981, the International Convention was hosted by the lndiana REACT Council in Indianapolis, Indiana, and dues were increased to $7.00 per member. Peter Kreer was replaced by Gerald Reese as Executive Director. Convention rotation was approved (Western to Central to Eastern to Central, etc.)

In 1982, the REACT International Convention was held in Las Vegas where the President's Volunteer Action Award was received. REACT's 20th year was celebrated with the addition of more than 200 teams in REACT UK and participation in South Africa, Australia and other places around the world. At our 20th Anniversary as an organization, we could proudly and without qualification state that REACT was the most significant organization of its type anywhere in the world.

In 1983, the REACT International Convention was held in Wichita Kansas, and Sedgewick County REACT was the first team to host a Convention. At this time membership was 1,000 teams and 18,000 members.

In 1984, the REACT International Convention was held in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dues were increased to $10.00 per member. "CB Coalition Against Drunk Driving" was formed. The REACTer changed to white paper from newsprint. Liability insurance coverage was increased from $500,000 to $1 million. The team officer bonding insurance program was added. Eugene Goebel, a charter member of the Board of Directors since it was established in 1975, died. The Eugene Goebel Memorial Award Fund was started to recognize REACT members who give outstanding service. REACT joined GE Radio in supporting GE's proposal on the Personal Radio Service.

In 1985, the REACT International Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois. The "C" in REACT was changed from Citizens to Communications to reflect the expanding role of REACT. The senior citizen discounts for Life Membership were introduced and the minimum age for Life Members was set at 13. REACT Forum Task Groups were moved into the Board and Forum offices were discontinued.

In 1986, the REACT International Convention was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This was the first Convention ever held outside of the USA and was sponsored by the City of Calgary REACT. Gerald Reese resigned his position and Ron Mayes was hired as General Manager and REACT headquarters was moved to Wichita, Kansas. The REACTer changed from a newspaper form to magazine form. Some 34 teams and 500 members of the REACT United Kingdom Management Committee affiliated directly with REACT International. 1986 marked the first year since 1978 that REACT was in the "black" financially. REACT Australia was started. Dues were $10.00.

In 1987, REACT's 25th Anniversary International Convention was held in San Antonio, Texas. Team Topics newsletter was introduced to keep teams more informed. New major programs and developments such as the International symbol, Monitor CB 9 Road Sign, and "Getting Help by CB Radio" pamphlet were started.

In 1988, the REACT International Convention was held in Roanoke, Virginia, and hosted the largest attendance since 1984. A survey revealed that 99% of REACT teams remain active in monitoring channel 9, 29% of the teams and GMRS and 18% had amateur operators. The REACT Early Bird Renewal became the REACT Renewal Lottery to give more teams more chances to win prizes. Bobby Sherman, actor and singer, created the first-ever television Public Service Announcement for REACT.

In 1989, the REACT International Convention was held in Madison, Wisconsin. The Team Directory was published and distributed. Team bonding increased from $2,500 to $5,000. Sweden joined the REACT family with three teams and over 200 members. New programs introduced were: REACT Affinity Credit Club, REACT Amateur Radio club, and the REACT Affiliate Program.  The first European REACT Convention was held and hosted by Ipswich REACT #5009, Suffolk, UK. In attendance was Chris White, President and Chairman of the Board for REACT International. REACT Month was changed from November to May and the REACTer was made available to subscribers of Recording for the Blind."

In 1990, the REACT International Convention was held in Spokane, Washington. The election saw the first 3-way tie for two open Field Director positions. Winners were determined by a cut of the cards. Ron Mayes, General Manager, resigned his position and Deanne Earwood was hired as Office Manager to oversee the daily operations of REACT International Headquarters. Dues were $17.00.

In 1991, the REACT International Convention was held in Melbourne, Florida. Plans were made to bring the membership database "in-house" for economy and better control. Color photos were now available for the front page of the REACTer. The Training and Development Committee announced two new modules in training members on proper procedures of CB Monitoring and GMRS 40 new teams were recognized in 1991, the largest annual increase in several years.

In 1992, the 30th Anniversary REACT International Convention was held in Anderson, Indiana, and hosted by the Indiana REACT Council. The second publication of the Team Directory was issued with updated information in a smaller book.

In 1993, the REACT International Convention was hosted by Southwestem REACT and held in San Diego, California.

In 1994, the REACT International Convention was hosted by the New Jersey REACT Council and was held in Somerset, New Jersey. Dues were $21.

In 1995, the REACT International Convention is being hosted by Nebraska REACT and held in Omaha, Nebraska. REACT International expanded the "C" in our name to mean communications on the Internet also with a new address "react@wichita.fn.net". Teams started creating their own WEB pages and establishing their own presence on the Internet. Rose City (Windsor) REACT of Canada was the first Team to build and publish their own Home Web Page on the Internet. During the convention, a special event station was held on the Internet during that week. The first Internet Seminar for REACT was given with the help of a local Internet Provider and Amateur Radio Operator, Dale Botkins, President of Probe Technology. Electronic QSL cards were e-mailed to those who contacted REACT International at the convention during that week. Cobra Radio became an "Official Sponsor" of REACT, and Norm Goldberg from Cobra was appointed as Director at Large. Dues were $20.

In 1996, the REACT International Convention will be held in Silverdale, Washington. Dues will be $20 for Regular members, $18 for Family/Junior members.

In 1997, the REACT International Convention was held in Etobicoke (Toronto Area), Ontario, Canada.   Dues will be increased to $20 for Regular members, $18 for Family/Junior members.

In 1998, the REACT International Convention (July 20-23) was in Janesville, WI.  Dues will be $20 for Regular members, $18 for Family/Junior members.  The Opening Session started with the Flags being brought in by the Green Berets.  A special thanks to the speakers, the Wisconsin Council of REACT teams, Greenhills Consulting, and all of the volunteers that made this event possible.  This year, the RI Board of Directors moved our HQ offices to a new location in Suitland, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Our current address and contact info is:

REACT International, Inc.
5210 Auth Road, #403
Suitland, MD  20746  USA
PH:  301-316-2900
FX:  301-316-2903

Our old address and contact information in Wichita, KS was REACT International, Inc., P.O. Box 998, Wichita, KS  67201 (PH:  316-263-2100, FX:  316-263-2118).   

In 1999, the new office in Suitland, MD is unpacked and fully open for business.  Grand Island, NE was the host site of this year's REACT International Convention.  RI published a brand new web site under the direction of the Web Development Team.  

In 2000, the convention was held at Kissimee, FL. This was the first year that competition was held for websites, team brochures, and scrapbooks. Several Team members from the Trinidad/Tobago were able to attend.

In 2001, the convention was held in the country of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. While attendance from the USA and Canada was limited due to costs involved wth airline tickets and obtaining passports, the hospitality and experience was second to none. Their national TV stations (all of them) taped and broadcast live the 4 hours opening ceremony where national officials spoke kind words about REACT in that country. A new bill was passed legalizing the use of CB radio, based on the USA FCC rules with some modifications. Attendees were treated to in-home hospitality by several TT REACT members, including a birthday party for their son. We toured the island as a group, or in small private groups. All courtesy was extended, including the arranging to obtain ham radio reciprocal licenses for the USA hams who attended.

In 2002, the convention returned to the USA, being held in Des Moines, Iowa. Despite some last minute program scheduling problems, the convention was a success!

In 2003, the convention moved a bit further east to Evansville, Indiana, where we were treated to a paddle boat ride on the Ohio River, after having dinner on shore (for those with queasy stomachs). The host organized a photography contest for the junior members, where their photos and stories (about the convention) were published in the daily newsletter called "The Porthole". At this convention, it was decided to start holding conventions ever odd numbered year due to the rising cost of gasoline and travel expenses, in the hopes that this action would increase attendance at future conventions.

In 2004, the Board held a summer board meeting in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area near the DFW airport.

In 2005, the convention moved west, almost into the Pacific Ocean, as Crest REAC hosted the convention in Corona West, California (Near LA). The lead speaker was Gordon West.

In 2006, the Board held a summer board meeting in the St. Louis, Missouri near the airport. There was no increase in dues, and the team insurance fee was reduced by $1/member due to a decrease in insurance premiums.

In 2010, It was announced that REACT International was moved to 12144 Boyton Plank Road, Suite C, Dinwiddie, Virginia, USA 23841 with same telephone number as an economic move.

REACT International, Inc.
12144 Boydton Plank Road, Suite C
Dinwiddie, VA 23841
Voice: (301) 316-2900
Fax: (301) 685-3447
E-mail:
information@reactintl.org

Inquiries about REACT

 
 
 
Inquiries about REACT

As of June 1, 2012 AD REACT International is at their new home:
 

Headquarters

REACT International, Inc.
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 4250
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(866) 732-2899
(301) 316-2900
(800) 905-6788 / Fax
RI.HQ@REACTIntl.org

 

 

Mailing addresss:

REACT International, Inc.
PO Box 21064
Glendale, California 91221

Omaha Weather Forecast, NE

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Starting a Team

How to start a local team close to you. 

 

What?  You've looked at our team and council contact pages and haven't found a local team?  Well, there's only one way to solve this challenge ... START YOUR OWN TEAM!!  

No, don't click off this page ... at least not just yet.  We REALLY WANT you to JOIN REACT and have provided you with lots of information.  And, if there's not enough on this web site to get you started, then we'll throw in team / council assistance, absolutely free.  That's right, any team or council can provide assistance to simplify the process and get you started enjoying the benefits of REACT membership.  

BASICS OF STARTING YOUR OWN TEAM - 

  • You need a minimum of 3 members to start a local team.  
     
  • REACT Teams monitor CB 9.  This channel is used for emergencies and traveler's assistance.  Although we have many teams monitoring CB 9, there are still many locations that do not have coverage.  More teams are needed to "fill in" the gaps.  

  • REACT Teams frequently provide communications and other support at public service events, during emergencies, act as severe weather spotters, and provide other types of assistance.  Many teams also sponsor safety breaks to the public.  

  • REACT Teams are not just "CBers."  Many teams use also use GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), Amateur (Ham) Radio, and other types of communications.  Yes, many of us even use cell phones!!

  • REACT has a Memorandum of Understanding (or "MOU") with the  American Red Cross, NOAA Weather, ARRL and Salvation Army.  Many teams work closely with these agencies, as well as with emergency management, the news media, law enforcement, etc.  For many, REACT has been the only to answer!! 

  • REACT stands for Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams.  REACT is not a police or law enforcement organization.  We are a volunteer civilian organization providing communications as a public service.  

Would you like more information?   You can contact any team or council and attend a meeting, make a connection and get assistance in starting your own team.  Additionally, existing teams can provide hints on radio procedures and operations, helpful suggestions on equipment, and answers to any other questions you may have.  

Finally, we're just a phone call away and really want to help you get started.  Thinking about it won't help at all.  

Our organization is moving forward ... won't you come with us? 

So ... what are you waiting for?

 


Why REACT Needs You!

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Why REACT needs YOU!!

REACT still operates in teams.  If you're interested, every REACT  Team and Council is listed right here on this web site.  Any member from any team can point you in the right direction.  Our hope is that a team is located close to you.  However, we realize that won't always be the case.  But PLEASE, don't let that stop you.  It only take 3 people to start a REACT team.  

If you're still reading this ... REACT wants to thank you.  Please, get involved,  Join a team.  Help us make a difference in the future.  Truly, REACT needs YOU.

Do you remember when CB radio was really popular?  

Well ... maybe I'm already showing my age.  Nearly every "big rig" truck driver on the highways crossing North America had a CB radio installed in it.  You could get in your car, truck or van ... all by yourself or with the family, and travel to anywhere ... and never be alone.  Someone was ALWAYS on the other end of the CB radio.  All you had to do was "key the microphone" and talk.  

Traveling salespeople frequently installed a CB radio in their car.  Spending lots of time going from one city to the next, they often passed the time by asking "Break.  Is anyone out there?"  and almost as soon as they released the key on their microphone, someone would answer.  

Back then, lots of military people also had CB radios.  Some still do.  On Friday night or early Saturday morning, after they had "been secured" for the week-end, many military would "swoop" home for the week-end.  "Home" was sometimes a long, long way away from the base.  a CB radio was used to [1] stay awake during the late evening/early morning, [2] obtain information from "truckers" about any road closures or repairs, and [3] to obtain the location of "bears" [aka: police] as they were announced over the CB.  

People would talk for miles and miles ... passing the time, breaking the boredom, and sometimes, they talked just to stay awake.  Many highway patrols and state police agencies installed and monitored CB Channel 9 (emergency communications/motorist assistance only).   Cellular phones hadn't emerged on the scene yet, and CB radios were inexpensive, reliable, and easy-to-use.  Although the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] required all CB radio operators to have a license, many CBers just bought, installed and started talking on their radio.  

Behind the scenes, there was a group of volunteers who spent hundreds of hours each year just listening [we call it "monitoring" for anyone who needed help.  Sometimes, the "help" was just to find a particular location.  Sometimes, it was from a disabled motorist, who needed someone to call a tow truck or auto club for assistance.  Sometimes, monitors received calls regarding life-threatening situations that needed an immediate response.  

REACT has been "monitoring" the airways since 1962.  Since it's inception, REACT volunteers have been providing a range of radio-related services to the public.  It "used to be" that even in the remotest areas, when you never expected an answer, you would "key the microphone" of your CB radio and suddenly, you'd be surprised to hear some respond, "This is REACT.  May I help you?"  

Over the years, REACT has accumulated many stories and thousands of radio contacts from people, just like you, who got a flat tire, had [or wanted to report] an accident, or just simply needed directions after getting lost. 

Of course, times have changed.  CB radio is not nearly as popular as it was "back then."  But many people still have a CB radio in their car, truck or van.  Many of them never test or turn on their CB radio until they need it.  Another "nagging" problem is the language now heard on CB radio.  The profanity and "lewd" remarks are not only disgusting, they are a social embarrassment.  As licensing is no longer required and enforcement of the airways is non-existent, it will be a difficult challenge to "clean up the airways" so CB can once again be a responsible communications tool for those who need help, want to report problems or need roadside assistance.  

Have you listened to a CB radio lately?  Depending on your location, you can sometimes sit for hours and hear absolutely nothing!!  Many monitors occasionally "unsquelch" their radios to make sure it's working properly [and maybe just to "break the boredom"].  In other locations, Channel 9 is constantly victimized by "bleed over" from Channels 7-8 and 10-11 because users sometimes operate illegally with more power than is authorized by law.  Essentially, this "blocks" effective monitoring of Channel 9, because monitors -- being the human beings they are -- frequently turn the squelch knob a little "tighter" to reduce the unwanted, irritating interference.  The result:  weaker stations calling on Channel 9 are not heard because more powerful radios essentially "block" communications with the monitoring station.   

For experienced REACT monitors, however, this has always been a volunteer's "occupational hazard" and something most monitors have accepted.  It was true back then, and it's true today.  So why does REACT continue to monitor?  That question is very easy to answer.  

When you hear someone calling for help, you KNOW you have the training, the knowledge and the ability to INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME.  Just by simply "keying the microphone" you can touch someone's life.  The caller might be someone from outside the area, stranded wanting help.  They might be someone's wife, trying to get the children home, and need someone to change a flat tire.  It might be someone just involved in an accident and they need an emergency response.  

They appreciate the assistance from YOU.  When they talk, you'll HEAR it in their voice.  You hear it when they respond with, "Thank you, REACT monitor."  Yes, it's a really GOOD feeling.  

But ... REACT is not for everyone.  True, we're normal people, just like you.  But we all share a single quality that binds every REACTer, regardless of team, regardless of location ... that binds us together as a single voice.  It is that one, common denominator that has provided an "internal strength" to our organization and allowed it to overcome many challenges.  

Every REACTer has a sincere desire to GIVE, to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  It makes them feel good.  In some small way, they have made a difference.  To the lives they've touched, however, they've made a BIG difference.  

REACTers are everywhere.  Frequently, they do all the WRONG THINGS.  They don't advertise, they don't market, they don't promote the organization.  They don't do many of the things they should do ... especially when wanting new members.  But, they DO monitor, they DO call in stranded motorists, they DO report traffic accidents, and they DO assist with search and rescue operations, they DO assist law enforcement, and lots, lots, lots more.  Our Monitoring Reports are proof of their dedication and commitment to providing public service through communications.  

A lot has changed within REACT.  We have extended our range of communications and now include GMRS [General Mobile Radio Service] and Amateur radio bands.  We use cellular phones, electronic mail and many teams have web sites.

  

Vision-Mission-Values

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 The world is changing all around us.

To continue to thrive as an organization over the next ten years and beyond, we must look ahead, understand the trends and forces that will shape our organization in the future and move swiftly to prepare for what's to come.

We must get ready for tomorrow today.

That's what our 2020 Vision is all about. It creates a long-term destination for our organization and provides us with a "Roadmap" for winning together with our Member Teams

 

How To Form a New REACT Team with 14 Simple Steps ........

In this guide, we have covered such items as:

MAKING INITIAL CONTACT:
Suggestions on contacting local law enforcement and other helpful organizations.

SELECTING A MEETING LOCATION:
Suggestions on types of establishments which would be suitable locations for your first meetings, and possibly permanent Team meeting locations.

PUBLICIZING YOUR INTENTS:
Includes some sample posters or flyers, and some suggestions on different types of news media available and the techniques for dealing with each.

CONDUCTING THE INITIAL MEETINGS:
You only get one chance to make a good impression. How you conduct these initial meetings - for it will probably take more than one- may determine the success or failure of your attempt. Here are some recommendations on conducting these critical meetings.

EXPLAINING THE CHARTER APPLICATION PROCESS: Understanding the paperwork, may seem like a job for a board certified lawyer, but is rather simple once you understand it. Explaining the process is part of explaining why they should pay money to join an organization to do what they may have already been doing for free as private individuals.


FILLING OUT INDIVIDUAL MEMBER APPLICATIONS:
You may choose to use the rather comprehensive membership application form which is supplied with this guide, or you maychoose to simply record a person's name, address, and phone number. REACT International doesn't require all the information included on this membership form, but it can help your new team be more organized and professional appearing.

HANDLING THE FUNDS:
When you first collect the individual dues, and figure out how the charter application fee will be collected, you will probably not have the convenience of a local bank account.
This section deals with handling the funds, and being accountable for them.

ORGANIZING YOUR NEW TEAM:
This section includes such things as electing or appointing  the initial officers, selecting mailing addresses for official mail, and other administrative items as provided for in the Team's By-laws.

ESTABLISHING TEAM BY-LAWS & UNIFORM CODE:
One of the things whichdifferentiate a REACT Team from a radio club or a social organization, is the underlying  organizational rules governing the operation of the Team. A set of by-laws is required to govern the team, and a uniform code will enhance the new Team's public professional appearance. Suggested by-laws and a uniform code is supplied with this guide, but must be adapted for local use to include any legal requirements that there may be.

SETTING REGULAR MEETING DATES:
Tips on deciding what day and time to hold your next  meetings, plus determining which dates are most convenient for the new members. Some teams choose to meet in the evenings during the week, while others choose to meet on weekends.

TRAINING SCHEDULES:
Some suggested topics for training are given, and some training materials for such things as Monitoring, Traffic / Parking Control, and others are supplied. These are intended to supplement what is available from REACT International, not to replace them.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
This section discusses types of community events or activities the new team might want to get involved with to build their public reputation and image.

REACT's NON-PROFIT STATUS:
Often times, the importance of REACT International's nonprofit  status is not understood. More dangerously, the restrictions on the types of actions or activities, such as political, are ignored or unknown by the new members. This section deals with these subjects. None of the information included should be construed as legal advice, but rather, simple suggestions based upon the author's experience.

SUPPORT AFTER THE SALE:
Once a new team has been chartered, the organizer's work is just begun. Most new teams failing within the first year of their existence, do so because a proper framework was not established, and because they didn't have another team to help support them while they were first "learning to walk". This section emphasizes the need for "Support after the Sale" by the organizing REACT member, team, or council.

We hope that this guide and accompanying materials are of some use in helping begin some more new

REACT Teams in other parts of the US, and perhaps other countries. Those persons waiting for REACT

International to solve all of their local problems first, should consider that REACT International consistsof all the member teams and councils. All REACT International employees and board members cannot  accomplish anything without the support and cooperation of the local teams and councils. If themembership levels of REACT International are going to increase, it will be because someone started a  new team, or an existing team started publicizing their existence and attracting new members to help them grow.

We wish you the best of luck, and ask that you drop us a line once you have tried using these procedures and methods. If you find anything missing, or something that could add to the effectiveness of this document, we ask that you write it up and send it to the REACT International Office for inclusion in the next revision. We do not claim to have a monopoly on the only way of accomplishing this goal. This guide is not finished andmay never be, as long as other persons keep using it and making other suggestions.

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