I won’t even pretend to call this a newsletter. More like some notes on a chapter notepad. Hopefully everyone who went to Oshkosh had a delightful time. I know I did as I spent the entire week up there this year. I walked every square inch of the airport, attended a number of forums, renewed yearly friendships and indulged in just a few drinks with several EAA friends from around the country. Both the opening and closing concerts were very entertaining and the Honor Flight that went round trip to DCA had a great sendoff and was warmly received upon arriving back on Friday night.
The AOPA tent had several good discussions most mornings, the Federal Pavilion was well stocked with reading material and some good speakers. Greg Feith, formerly from the NTSB being one of them. I also got to walk the line with a team of homebuilt judges for a day. While I didn’t get to actually judge, it was fun and a learning experience to observe them and ask questions where appropriate.
The Young Eagle dinner and awards presentation was in a word, EXCELLENT. The new Chairman, Sean Tucker is one bundle of energy. He talks from the heart and acts like your watching one of his aerobatic routines. With immense energy and gut wrenching, conversation. It truly was that good and included here are a few pictures of our chapter representatives that managed to attend that night. The next day, Dan and I were honored to meet and converse with Sean outside the Lycoming tent. Congratulations also to our friends at Aurora 579 for getting an award for flying their 16,000th Young Eagle. Way to go gang.We have our Hinckley breakfast coming up in September, on the 21st. A sign up sheet will be making the rounds at the meeting Sunday night, so please mark that date on your radar screens and sharpen your focus by showing up to help out. Hinckley is my favorite breakfast, despite the distance because it’s grass and it’s quaint as quaint can be. With the overage we had at Dekalb, it will be an easy money maker for us if Mother Nature cooperates. Setup will be on Saturday mid-morning and the breakdown immediately following breakfast. Steve Klopfenstein has been kind enough to offer to move the trailer both ways, but we still need someone who can move the sign behind theirvehicle a week or two prior.
After Hinckley, we have our new fundraiser actively being planned, which is the USO Hanger Dance Fundraiser, presented by EAA 241. Now, this is primary a USO fundraiser and it is only the first year, but going forward, As inaugural Chairperson, I hope it will be as much a regular event as our pancake breakfasts. Originally, I was hoping for 100-150 people. But now, I think it is entirely possible we can hit many, many more participants. Advertising is being spread everywhere, from park districts who are going to possibly bus people in, Chicago swing dancers and dancers from up and down the Fox Valley, Dekalb and Rockford. Military vehicles are being lined up, antique aircraft possibly being flown and hopefully, some local aircraft as well. Please put Saturday October 25th on your calendars. We won’t need much help, but there will be some quick setup on Friday the 24th and breakdowns involved immediately afterwards on Saturday night. Primarily it is a dance, but a lot of effort is being put into creating a 1940s atmosphere. There will also be a free one hour dance lesson, dance competition and a best dressed contest.
Finally, we need you and not just for the upcoming breakfast. A lot of people are pulling hard and all of us have limited time and resources of energy. Now is a great time to stand up and volunteer for positions that need to be filled. Website Editor, Secretary, Monthly Program Director, Newsletter Editor…Please step forward and we’ll find a place for you to stand and help.
Thanks for reading. I hope to see all of you Sunday evening.
Treasurer and Secretary Pro tempore
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