On Nov 8, 2014, at 10:37 AM, Thomas Burgan wrote:
I write to you airborne creating this as I deadhead from ORD to CVG on Delta Airlines. I always seem to be moving and always seem to be typing these days.
It’s doubtful I’ll be attending this month’s meeting on Monday night. Sorry to miss it as we have a repeat speaker Jim Cunningham, invited by Jack Bennett, who will be discussing
his new book. Jim was going to fly in, but I now understand he’ll be driving instead from Bloomington Normal. A short bio introduction on Jim is pasted below.
Jim Cunningham first took the controls of an airplane in April of 1986 while a student at NIU when chapter 241 member Dr. Jack Bennett tuned to him and said “Would you like to fly?” The moments that followed in Dr. Bennett’s Cherokee changed Jim’s life; he earned his private pilot rating at DeKalb in November, 1986. Today Jim serves on the faculty of Illinois State University. After an 11 year break in flying to finish college, then save up for grad school, then go to grad school, then pay off grad school, etc. Jim returned to flying and turned into an airport bum, earning a bunch of ratings and becoming a part time CFI. Jim most recently earned his seaplane rating, the last rating that he can afford, so he’s pretty much done with that. He started building a Sonex in December of 2003, which he has a variety of excuses for not being anywhere close to completing. He has written articles for the USAF’s Airpower Journal and a variety of aviation publications. Much to the annoyance of his peers at work, both of his books (which count as publications in the publish-or-perish world of higher education) are aviation biographies and not about boring academic library subjects. His biography on John Monnett was published in 2007, and the biography on air race pilot Bill Brennand of Oshkosh was published in 2011. He is currently researching Steve Wittman’s raceplane Chief Oshkosh/Buster, which will be the focus of his next book. He will talk about how this seemingly easy project has become more interesting (e.g. conspiracy theories) and complicated than he ever imagined.
The meeting will be held upstairs in the meeting room because of the incoming Polar Vortex and for ease of projector viewing. So if you show up a little bit early, lend a hand and grab a few chairs from downstairs please. Pizza will be served and our new “Cooler King” for beverages is Dwain Adkins, so thank you Dwain for stepping up and taking over for me on that task. Wes Lundsberg, aka “Pizza King” will be grabbing the pizzas… I hope.
I have a save the date for all of you in January. Our Holiday Gala is scheduled for Saturday night, January 24th at Sorrento’s http://www.sorrentosranch.com/ same as in years past. Doors open at 6:30, with dinner served at 7:00 and we are scheduled to be UPSTAIRS this year for a change of pace. No pricing has been agreed upon just yet, but it is safe to say it will be much like last year’s party. If you’d like to head up a Holiday Gala Committee, please feel free to take the reigns from me this year. It only involves taking money at the door and checking off a list of attendees and coordination of the year in review pictures that we play on screen and any door prizes we can drum up for the door raffle to make it a little bit more fun. This is a social evening where we all simply get together and enjoy good company and excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere.
One last item from my desk, is a quick post action report for you military guys about the USO Hanger Dance presented by EAA Chapter 241 on October 25th. As the Chairman of this dance, with my Co-Chair being a dance partner of mine, Sharon Leach, I am delighted to tell you that we raised $1,000.00 for the O’Hare USO. We had 165 paid dancers, a full hanger with every table and chair being used at one point, an excellent band, great participation in the best dressed contest and it is safe to say a good time was had by all. Tom Cleveland was indispensable in getting this inaugural event off of the ground… so to speak. We are so lucky to have such a great working relationship with our DTMA Airport Manager. Thanks Tom!! I had many, many positive comments and thoughts of let’s do it again next year, so stay tuned. No decision has been made just yet, but it is safe to say, this could quite possibly become our 5th yearly event behind our already successful two pancake breakfasts and two Young Eagle events. The cause is a good one and going forward could could create some invaluable positive exposure for our chapter and the airport. Here are two links for photos if you’d like to view some of the action and yes, the flag is THAT big at 25’x40′ and was graciously supplied by the St Charles American Legion Post 342, with thanks to John Westphall. A lot of people came together and contributed time and talent to make this event such a great success. My thanks to every one of you, be they chapter members, dancers, musicians, line boys, photographers, etc., etc, etc.
Here is a photo of my Co-Chair Sharon Leach and Kevin Greene, head of Tri-City Swing in St Charles who was indispensable in his assistance as well.
EAA 241, in cooperation with DTMA sponsored the Shriners Navajo parade float again this year, if any of you managed to catch a glimpse of that worthy cause driving down the street in the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival parade.
That is all I have for this November Notepad. My best to everyone for a Happy Thanksgiving wherever you may be this year. Surround yourself with the ones you love, be they family, friends or both.
Get some last minute flying in before we go IFR for the winter and stay warm on Monday night with our inbound Polar Vortex.
Secretary Pro tempore/Treasurer
630/272-3122 (cell 24/7)
630/272-3122 (cell 24/7)