Chapter 1218

Willow Springs, Missouri

May 13th, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

May 13, 2017 EAA Chapter 1218 Executive Board Meeting President Tom White, Vice President Tom Young and Secretary Phyllis White present The June 10 gathering will be a FAA Safety Meeting.  Breakfast will be served 8-9 with the FAA presentation  to follow. The Springfield/Branson National Airport will host a ceremony to unveil the Jenny plaque June 14, 11 AM.  All members and friends are invited to attend. The Fly-In/Camp-out is scheduled for June 2-4.  Live music around the fire pit is scheduled for Friday evening.  Breakfast will be served both Saturday and Sunday.  There will be a fish fry on Saturday evening rain or shine.  Mike Vaughn has someone that will fry the fish and potatoes.  Members are encouraged to contact Tom White to volunteer for various duties throughout the weekend.  Call 417 252-0332. This week, President White received a phone call from the daughter of Lil Lulu's builder.  (Lil Lulu is the Starduster Too donated to the chapter by Kent Clotfelter.)  She sent a couple of newspaper articles and a nice note which will be posted on the chapter website.  This morning before the gathering Tom received a phone call from the person that purchased Lil Lulu from the builder and later sold it to Kent. 

March 2016 Gathering

By Phyllis White:

EAA Chapter 1218 Executive Board meeting March 11, 2017 and Announcements

Present were Benny Butler, Tom Young, Tom and Phyllis White, Berlin Batesel and Ron White.

The next chapter gathering will be April 8, noon potluck.

It is about time to start mowing. President White will ask for volunteers during lunch.

A tentative date of June 2-4, 2017 has been set for our first camp-out fly-in. That date may change due to the airport maintenance schedule. Ideas discussed include pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday, fish fry and bluegrass Saturday possibly at a fly out destination (Mike Vaughn volunteered Mountain View), bonfire and hot dog roast, lawn games, STOL competitions, bus tour to the area mills, etc. Member ideas are welcome and appreciated. President White suggests we asking area businesses for cash donations as sponsors. ABM (Benny & Cheryl Butler) and Young's Produce will each donate $100. We would only suggest donations from campers for meals.

Thirty five members attended the Italian potluck lunch. Several members volunteered for mowing. More will be needed later.

John Bailey said Bailey's would donate some fuel if we could get someone in with a T6 or such.

The chapter video magazine was viewed. Several found the hints for home builder's segment really informative.

 

February 2017 Gathering

February 11, 2017 Pancake breakfast followed by three hours of FAA safety seminars.

Short executive board meeting followed: attending, David Johnson, Tom Young, Phyllis White and Tom White.
 
The March 11 gathering will be noon Italian potluck with chocolate desserts since we were unable to have our annual Valentine meal in February.
 
According to Kent at Springfield-Branson National Airport, the Jenny plaque has been ordered. No date set yet for the ceremony.
 
Approved hangar reservation May 27th for Phyllis White, 50th class reunion.
 
No date has been set for the campout due to scheduling airport resurfacing.

A movie Sunday afternoon has been scheduled for February 19, 2 PM. Sully will be shown. Bring your popcorn! The chapter is also purchasing “Living in the Age of Airplanes” narrated by Harrison Ford to be shown at a later date.
 

December 2016 Minutes

December 10, 2016 Executive Board Meeting prior to the Christmas gathering.
The minutes have been sent by mail or email to members. The treasurer's report is posted on the bulletin board by the coffee maker.

The January 2017 gathering will be crock pots at noon. The February 2017 gathering will be pancake breakfast 8-9 am followed by FAA safety presentations by Fred Harms and Phil Dixon. The safety seminars are scheduled from 9am until 1:30 pm. Hopefully members will be able to fly with an available instructor directly afterwards and complete their Wings.

The Craftsman mower has been sold to Ronnie Epps. The trail mower will be advertised for $600.

President White would like to schedule a camp out for May or June to generate traffic at 1h5. An evening fish fry, bonfire, STOL competitions, etc. could be planned. Area businesses could be contacted for donations.

The EAA chapter president at Moberly has been in contact with all Missouri chapters to pursue building a Zenith during the Missouri State Fair. Several chapter members have expressed interest. There are lots of questions to be answered before any definite plans will be made.

Announcements made during the gathering:

President White thanked the cooks for the great Christmas meal.

Chapter dues are now due; $20.00.

President White thanked several chapter members that participated in the Boy Scout Merit Badge University held December 3rd. Thirteen scouts received their aviation merit badge. Chapter members are required to have completed the youth protection program and background check before participating. December 18, 1-3:30 is a drop-in 50th anniversary celebration for members Mike and Diana Pace. It will be held at the new Holiday Inn, West Plains; no gifts but cards are welcome.

There are some local American Legion members that should be EAA chapter members. In order to spark their interest, the Legion Christmas party/meal will be held Tuesday evening. All Christmas decorations need to stay up until after Tuesday.

Posted on the bulletin board is a duty list for before and after each meeting.

Gene Smith, Valley Engineering, Rolla has passed away. Many area pilots have used his prop service over the years.

November 2016 Gathering 

November 5, 2016 Prior to the chapter gathering, executive board members Tom White, Tom Young, Phyllis White and Benny Butler met. Any chapter members interested are welcome to attend.

The minutes have been published and the treasurer's report will be posted near the coffee pot for members to view. Chapter dues will be due at the next meeting. They are $20.

Bob and Kate Bohemier have donated aircraft parts with a value of $2500.00. Kent and Bonnie Clotfelter have donated their Starduster project and other aircraft parts. Thanks to the Bohemiers and Clotfeleters.

New name tags will be handed out at the door. Members may donate to the jar as reimbursement. There will be a box on the counter to deposit name tags as members leave if they wish to leave them.

The Springfield/Branson National Airport plans to dedicate the Jenny the last of November. (We have been notified the plaque manufacturer will not have it ready in November. A later date is planned.)

The Christmas gathering will be held December 10, meal to be served at 4PM. Come early to visit. A traditional meal is planned with a set menu. The chapter will purchase a turkey and ham for Phyllis to prepare. Phyllis will contact members for specific side dishes and desserts.

 

October 2016 Meeting Minutes

October 1, 2016 Following the open house/pancake breakfast, twenty two members and two guests attended the annual business meeting. President White thanked the breakfast cooks, Mike White for bush hogging the area, John Bailey for weed eating the area and Tom Young for cutting the grass using the new chapter mower. Member Chuck Sandford was “checked out” on the mower and received a Bad Boy mower ball cap.

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Benny Butler. Treasurer David Johnson had not received the bank statement prior to meeting day therefore there was no official report. He did report the mower expense and $60 in the donation jar at the September meeting. In the future instead of a verbal treasurer's report, it will be posted near the door for members to view while in line for meals.

As discussed at the chapter leaders academy attended by Tom and Phyllis White, meetings going forward will be gatherings not business meetings. Each chapter was given a three ring binder manual with guidance for all areas of chapter business. Jack Pelton spoke to the group and answered questions for over an hour. Everyday chapter business will be conducted during executive board meetings and may be attended by any members interested. Time permitting, the business meeting will be an hour before the chapter monthly gathering. Gatherings will allow time to talk airplanes, have aviation programs and have fun. Charlie Becker empathized the need for chapter members to wear name tags and make guests feel welcome by taking the time to introduce yourself. It was suggested to have a “greeter” near the entrance.

A motion to purchase name tags for national members was made by Phyllis White, second by Mike Ennis and approved. Members are encouraged to make a jar donation to offset the cost of their name tag. A sign up sheet was passed around. President White said instead of asking for volunteers for hangar duties, he will post a sign up sheet with details of what needs to be completed before and after a gathering.

A motion to accept the slate of officers was made by Bill Ghan, second by Glenda Ennis and approved.  David Johnson announced this would be his last year as treasurer. He told himself in the beginning he would hold the office no more than five years. He encouraged chapter members to begin considering who would be a good candidate at the next election, October, 2017. He also said he felt officer continuity is a good thing and hoped the other officers would not all decide 2017 was the last for all of them.

The November gathering will be Italian potluck at noon followed by a painting demonstration at 12:45 by Phil Schmidt, aviation watercolor artist from Lees Summit. Members are encouraged to invite any artists or art teachers that might be interested.

The MPA poker run will be October 8, 10-2 P.M. The City of Willow Springs has donated a $50 fuel certificate. A motion to donate a $50 fuel certificate and two cookbooks from the chapter was made by Tom Young, second by Mike Ennis and approved.

David Johnson reported the EAA Biplane needs a few things if someone has parts to spare. Needed is a starter motor, wheel pants and prop spinner.

A motion to adjourn was made by Tom Young, second by Glenda Ennis and approved.

 

September 2016 Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2016
Eighteen members enjoyed noon potluck and viewed the monthly video magazine before the meeting was called to order by President Tom White. The cooks were thanked especially John Smith and Ron Weldon for providing the fried chicken.

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Benny Butler and approved. Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Clint Allen, second by Chuck Sandford and approved.

A volunteer is needed for the October mowing. Ron Weldon and Chuck Sandford will try to help. John Bailey mowed in August with assistance from Tom White and Mike White. Members discussed whether members might be more receptive to mow if the chapter had a larger, reliable mower. Some members have quite a drive to haul their own mower over. Mike Ennis said there should be some on sale now. Ron Weldon and John Smith both said one should be at least 60 inch cut. Benny Butler will check prices at Hirsch Feed and Tom White will check with Lynch Equipment. Also, if the concrete benches were rearranged, some trimming would be eliminated.

The nominating committee announced the slate of officers; same as last year except Benny Butler as member at large. The election will take place during the annual meeting October 1 immediately after the pancake breakfast fly-in/drive-in.

The November meeting will be the 5th with noon Italian potluck. Following lunch, aviation watercolor artist Phil Schmidt will give a demonstration. President White was contacted by an teacher in northern Mississippi hoping to find a chapter to shuttle two hundred children's coats part of the way to a South Dakota reservation. Her husband, a member of the local EAA chapter planned to fly the coats this far as a general aviation awareness and EAA awareness. Members agreed it would be expensive; no members volunteered.

When Charlie Becker visited the chapter last year, he noted members were not wearing name tags. Members discussed whether the chapter should purchase name tags for all national members. Phyllis White will check pricing and availability and report at the annual meeting.

October 8 will be the MPA poker run. Next Saturday the MPA meeting will be at Sue L'Hommedieu and Larry Johnson's hangar, Ava at 2 PM.

Chase Foster passed his written exam for his private pilot's certificate with 82%. Flight training starts the following Monday.

Phyllis and Tom White will be attending the EAA chapter leadership academy September 21- 23 in Oshkosh.

A motion to adjourn was made by Benny Butler, second by John Smith and approved.

August 2016 Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2016 Forty four members and guests enjoyed the smoked meat provided by Ron White and sides provided by members.
Following lunch, FAA Representative Phil Dixon presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to Lyn Ahrnsbrak. The award is given to pilots with fifty years accident free. Lyn is a charter member of the chapter and the first chapter president. A big thank you was extended to Phil and to Sharon Vaughn for submitting the application. Phil then led a safety seminar on transition training and third class medical which qualified for WINGS credit. Twenty eight were in attendance for the seminar and chapter meeting.                                                                                                                           President White said he had a proxy motion by Henny Christensen to approve the minutes, ha, ha. Actual motion to approve by Lisa Johnson, second by Christie Jordan and approved. Treasurer David Johnson presented the financial report; motion to approve by Tom Young, second by Jerry Pfister and approved.                                                                                                                                              The July mowing crew of Ragan Callahan and Tom White were thanked. John Bailey has volunteered for August. Tom Young and Tom White will each mow half the month of September.
President White appointed a nominating committee comprised of Mike and Glenda Ennis and Cheryl Butler. They will announce a slate of officers at the September meeting and voting will occur during the October meeting. All current officers have agreed to continue except with a new member at large: Benny Butler. Call one of these committee members if you would like to run for office. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.
The annual open house scheduled for September 10 has been moved to October 1 due to delays scheduling the runway resurfacing. October 1 open house will simply be Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast. More details to follow.
President White would like to have a monthly breakfast for area aviators. After the breakfasts ceased at Ron White's hangar the aviation community enthusiasm has gone down hill. Tom Young, Mike White and Robert Palmer are willing to help if a breakfast schedule is worked out. That led to the discussion of how to get younger people interested and involved in aviation. One of our scholarship recipients, Jeremy Myers is returning to the Ozarks. We hope after he is settled in Ava, he will be part of the aviation community. Mike Pace noted “younger” could mean those 40-50 year old empty-nesters. Ray Fine suggested spend time “hangar flying”. Attending career days at area schools was also suggested. Secretary White noted attendance at the chapter presidents reception during Air Venture 2016 had mostly grey hair and sixty plus. There were few chapter presidents under forty.
Mike Vaughn announced a fish fry at their hangar next Saturday as part of the MPA chapter meeting. Representative Jason Smith will be there and perhaps Representative Robert Ross.
The September 10th meeting will be noon potluck.
Air Venture 2016 was attended by Tom and Connie Young. Tom spoke about the B17 ride. President Tom White and spouse, Phyllis also attended and found it very enjoyable. The chapter presidents reception was hosted by Edsel Ford III and EAA CEO Jack Pelton. Air Venture was extremely well organized, easy to maneuver with all the trams and of great interest. Perhaps again next year! Berlin Batesel observed after attending for several years, there is no trash to speak of and if you set something down it stays there. That is something to be proud of with an attendance of nearly 600,000.  A motion to adjourn was made by Tom Young, second by Benny Butler and approved by members.

 

July 2016 Meeting Minutes.

July 9th, 2016  Thirty-four members and guest enjoyed burgers, brats before viewing the chapter video magazine.

President White called the meeting to order.  Cliff Kinkade and James Wiley were thanked for grilling.  A motion to approve the minutes was made by Tom Young, seconded by John Bailey and approved.  There was no treasurer's report.

The June mowers, Johns Good and Ron White were thanked.  Ragan Callahan volunteered for July but is out of town.  President White will try to finish the month.  John Bailey will mow in August.

John Bailey reported Wendell is recuperating after his hear attack and two stints.  His meds are not allowing him to sleep well.

Secretary Phyllis White read a note from Brian Weiler, Springfield-Branson National Airport.  They are thrilled to proudly display the Jenny in the terminal.  Several families admire it and have their photo taken there.  A dedication ceremony will be announced later.

The Mansfield Mirror published an article about the Jenny replica build and Bill Ghan.  Sharon Vaughn also did an article in the Summersville Beacon.

President White recently received a call from Mike Borich, a MSU journalism professor requesting information on the Wright Flyer replica.  He is planning an article and had several questions about the build and flying it.

Jim Davis the cancer survivor pilot from Arkansas that flew cancer patients in all lower 48 states plans to attend our open house to sell his books.

Ron White with the help of John Good and Benny Butler provided excellent smoked meat for the 4th of July.

Berlin Batesel reported there is still no date for the airport resurfacing.  There is still the possibility it will happen during the time frame for our open house.  Watercolor artist Phil Schmidt plans to attend it if it is on the 10th, but will not be available on any other weekend in September.  A committee to plan a possible Sept. 10th open house are Johns Bailey, David Johnson, Tom and Phyllis White.

The Jonesboro, Arkansas chapter recently suffered a great loss.  Their chapter member Floyd Vuncannon was killed in an accident with his helicopter on their field.  President White and Phyllis stopped by the momorial meal to express condolences from our chapter.  Floyd had attended our open house in the past.

Quite a few tree limbs came down in the wind storm Wednesday.  Ron and Tom White hauled away three trailer loads of brush. 

President White and Phyllis will be attending the chapter president's reception this year during Air Venture.  It is hosted by Edsel Ford III and Jack Pelton.

The August 13 noon meeting will be smoked meat from the 4th with members bringing sides and desserts. An FAA safety meeting is planned with a Master Pilot Award presentation to chapter charter member Lynn Ahrnsbrak.  President White will set a time limit for the safety meeting to avoid running too long.

A motion to adjourn was made by Bob Coats, second by Mike Vaughn and approved. 

May 2016 Meeting Minutes

May 14, 2016 Thirty eight members dined on the Mexican themed potluck lunch.  The May Chapter Video Magazine was viewed. The business meeting was called to order by President Tom White.  The cooks were thanked for the delicious meal.


A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved by members..


Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report.  A motion to approve was made by Henny Christensen, second by Ron Weldon and approved.  Former MPA State President Micky Pinkston passed away recently.  Memorials to the Jerry Smith Scholarship Fund were requested.  Micky was Jerry's mother.


President White thanked Tom Young for caring for the grounds for the first half of May.  Ragan Callahan will have the second half.  John Good volunteered for June.


The Jenny was moved successfully to the Springfield-Branson National Airport.  The donation check is expected within the next two weeks.  A dedication will be held later in the year.


Glenda Ennis said she likes how pilots network.  Her son and daughter were looking for a place to live with airport access near Springfield.  They now have an apartment at Gimlin and are being well cared for by the pilots on the field.   


Recently President White received a phone inquiry from an A & P regarding the owner of a Tomahawk. The man had a galley proof for a Sony ad showing Sue L'Hommedieu's plane.  She brought in the framed and matted picture for everyone to see.


Several members are planning to attend the MPA state convention which is the same time as our June chapter meeting.  A motion to not have a meeting was made by Henny Christensen, second by Ron Hook and approved.  The July 9 meeting will be 4 PM cookout with potluck sides provided by members; motion by Lisa Johnson, second by Bob Brantley and approved.


4th of July plans were discussed.  It will be a full day of celebrating with the red, white and blue, apple pie, ice cream and watermelon.  Ron White will do smoked meat for lunch.    Everyone is to bring sides and desserts.


Ron Weldon announced that the Ava airport will get a tear out and resurface next year.  There will be a taxiway from the hangars.


Open house is scheduled for September 10.  Berlin Batesel reported the airport is scheduled for a seal the first of September.  It may be necessary to change our open house date.  A motion to have the executive board determine if a date change is necessary was made by Bill Ghan, second by Tom Young and approved. 


Bob Brantley asked if anyone was interested in having a representative from Glock as a speaker.  Members agreed it was not of interest to the chapter.  A motion to adjourn was made by John Good, second by Bob Brantley and approved.

 

April 2016 Meeting Minutes

April 9, 2016

Fifty five members and guests enjoyed potluck lunch followed by the FAA Safety presentation Surprise, Surprise: pilot judgment and human factors by Phil Dixon and Steve Long. The presentation qualified for the FAA Wings Program.

A short business meeting was called to order by President White. The cooks were thanked for the potluck meal. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Tom Young and approved. Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report. $20 annual dues were due January 1, 2016. A motion to approve the report was made by Henny Christensen, second by Jim Vokac and approved.

EAA is offering complimentary six month national membership to individuals that have never been national members. See David Johnson or President White to sign up.

Springfield-Branson National Airport has scheduled the Jenny move for Monday, May 9th. Members are encouraged to assist in the move and placement. The Pascoe biplane fuselage has been primed.

The Youth Protection Policy and Program online training and background check is due May 1, 2016. The summer mowing schedule was discussed. President White and Phyllis will continue for the month of April, Tom Young the first half of May and Ragan Callahan the second half.

The open house is scheduled for September 10th however sealing the runway is now scheduled for the last of August or first of September. We may have to change our open house date. The May 14 meeting will be noon, Mexican potluck; motion by Henny Christensen, second by Lisa Johnson and approved. Mike Vaughn announced Mountain View now has fuel available for $3.75.

A motion to adjourn was made by Tom Young, second by Ron Hook and approved.

 

March 2016 Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2016

Thirty-nine members and guests enjoyed potluck lunch prior to watching the Chapter Video Magazine. The chapter meeting was called to order by President Tom White. The cooks were thanked for the meal. President White said for the first time there was a complaint about the food. Eric Legler's son said there were not enough deviled eggs. Lisa Johnson told him if he would come back she would see to it that he would get

enough eggs. A reminder: donate to the jar on the food table.

 

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Ron Hook, second by Lisa Johnson and approved. Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Bob Brantley, second by Ron Hook and approved. Dues are now overdue.

 

The Jenny has been washed and is about ready to be moved to Springfield. One more workday should finish prep. On Monday workdays coming up, yard prep needs to be added to the to-do list. Which brings up the spring question, who will volunteer to mow?  Volunteers so far are Rory Lozano, Ragan Callahan, Cliff Kinkade, Sonny McMurtery, Robert Palmer and Tom White.

 

The Youth Protection Policy has been simplified. President White thanked the members that have completed the training and background check.

The April 9th meeting will be noon potluck followed by Phil Dixon, FAA, St. Louis with a safety presentation. Subject to be announced later.

 

Joanne Bailey Russel announced events coming up at the Star Theatre. The play Aladdin is coming next weekend, Bluegrass on the first Saturday of each month and a free movie on April 1st, 6:30 pm, Shirley Temple in The Little Princess.

 

Rory Lozano reminded members his flight simulator is a good way to keep your skills sharp when you can't be out there flying. The program also offers aircraft design. Visit xplane.com.

 

Phyllis White asked if there was any objections to using the hangar for her 49th class reunion on May 28. There were no comments.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Bob Brantley, second by Lindall Baker and approved.

 

February 2016 Meeting Minutes

Forty eight members enjoyed Italian themed potluck and chocolate dessert luncheon beforeviewing the chapter video magazine. The business meeting was called to order by PresidentTom White. Some faces we have not seen much of were present including Troy Witte, JimLane and Wayne Dake.

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second byLindall Baker and approved by members.Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report. Dues are due. A motion to approve was made by Henny Christensen, second by Ron Hook and approved.

Tony Fuller, Cabool is now giving flight instruction. His business is Flying Cow Aviation, 417254-4404. 

After discussion, a tentative date for the open house has been established. 2016 will be ourtenth anniversary of our dedication. By establish a date early, we will have a better chance ofobtaining a speaker such as Jack Pelton or someone else from Oshkosh. The date will beSeptember 10.

Preparations continue on the Jenny project. Delivery to Springfield National Airport should bein March or April.  Berlin Batesel reported the Pascoe biplane is progressing. Sheet metal work continues. Aftereverything is torn down one more time, it will be ready for the red/cream paint scheme.

The February edition of Sport Aviation, page 74 mentions a Sonerai II built by a class at UW, Stout in the 70s. Our own Bill Ghan was the instructor for that project and many more.

The new Youth Protection Program was discussed at length. To participate in a Young EagleRally and Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Day the training and background check must becompleted by May 1, 2016.   Members are encouraged to join national, consider becoming a future chapter officer and participate in chapter events. Secretary Phyllis White will send an email with the link to the program and training.

The March 12 meeting will be a noon potluck with the business meeting to follow; motion byTom Young, second by Henny Christensen and approved.  Phil Dixon, St Louis FSDO would like to conduct a FAA Safety seminar for our May 14meeting, Details to follow. (Following the meeting, Phil has asked to move the safetyseminar to April 9.)

Photos of the Baxley, Georgia pilot's lounge/terminal were shown. Georgia tax dollars providemany small communities with funds to build modern facilities complete with sleeping quarters,lounge area, kitchen, conference room, computer room and more.

 

January 2016 Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2016

Twenty seven members enjoyed crock pot potluck lunch followed by the chapter video magazine.  The business meeting was called to order by President Tom White.  The cooks were thanked for providing the delicious meal.  Ragan Callahan and his Air-Evac crew was thanked for their participation in the Boy Scout Merit Badge University.  We are proud he is a member of our chapter. Justin Mitchell,owner of Colton's Steak House, West Plains has purchased a Cherokee 165 and is taking flight lessons.

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Lindall Baker and approved. Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report.  A motion to approve the report was made by Ron Hook, second by Tom Young and approved by members.  Dues are due.  A sample Jenny invoice was left with the Springfield Branson National Airport  for approval prior to delivery.  The plan is to move the Jenny early spring.  Volunteers will be needed.

The Pascoe plane is progressing, workdays are on Mondays.  Berlin Batesel said they have removed the wings again.  The next time they go on it will be for the last time.  President White thanked those working on Mondays.  The bulk of the chapter's income is a result of those workers building and repairing planes preparing them for sale.

The February 13 meeting will be noon Italian and chocolate, motion by Sue L'Hommedieu, second by Ron Hook and approved by members. Secretary Phyllis White suggests at the next meeting a date should be set for the 2016 open house so that planning may begin. A motion to adjourn was made by Mike Noonan, second by Benny Butler and approved by members.

December 2015 Meeting Minutes

For our annual Christmas dinner on December 12, 2015, 53 members and guests dined on turkey, ham and all the trimmings. The cooks were thanked for providing the great meal.

The business meeting was called to order by President Tom White. A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved. Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved by members. Annual chapter dues are due January 1, 2016.

Former chapter president Charlie Ward, Houston has donated his ultralight to the chapter. It was severely damaged in a tornado years ago. Millie Tausworthe has relocated to Mountain Grove. James Wiley thanked the chapter for the caring, generosity and support during the loss of his wife Pat. Don Nevels suffered a stroke early November but is making great progress.

The Springfield/Branson National Airport has agreed to purchase the Jenny project for $10,000. The chapter will reimburse Clint Allen $5,000. Moving day will be within the next 90 days. Volunteers are needed for the move.

After much discussion, observations of pet urine on the meeting room floor and comments from members, the executive board has made the decision to no longer allow pets in the chapter building. Pets on the grounds must abide by the city ordinance 205.290; no pets running at large. They must be on a leash.

On Saturday, December 5, another successful Boy Scout Merit Badge University washeld in the hangar. Members Benny Butler, Jim Vokac, Tom White, Phyllis White and Tom Young presented the required criteria to six area scouts. The highlight of the day was when member Ragan Callahan flew in with his Air Evac crew giving the scouts the opportunity to be up close to a working helicopter. Ragan and crew gave a brief overview of their duties. Each scout was also given an Air Evac pin.

The January 9, 2016 meeting will be a crock pot meal at noon; motion by Lisa Johnson, second by Kent Clotfelter and approved.

David Johnson reported the biplane project needs some parts. Sean Sweeney said he had an extra spinner.

The annual service award certificates and pins were presented to Tom White, President, Tom Young, Vice President, Phyllis White, Secretary, David Johnson, Treasurer, Lisa Johnson, Web Editor, Lindall Baker, Young Eagle Coordinator, Ron Hook, Flight Advisor and Clint Allen and Berlin Batesel, Tech Counselor.

Motion to adjourn was made by Benny Butler, second by Tom Young and approved.

Merry Christmas to all.

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2015 

Forty-one members and guests enjoyed the Mexican themed potluck before President White called the meeting to order.  Guests were welcomed, the cooks thanked and Hannah Ennis was acknowledged for receiving her private pilot’s license.
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Henny Christensen, second by Ron Hook and approved by members present.
Treasurer David Johnson presented the financial report; motion to approve was made by Henny Christensen, second by Joanne Bailey Russell and approved.
Member Doc Openshaw was given the Phil Schmidt watercolor raffled during the open house.  He also won a $100 fuel certificate from John Bailey, Bailey Chevy and GMC.
Charter chapter member James Wiley lost his wife Pat on November 2. Our condolences are extended to James and the family.
The latest issue of Sport Aviation Gone West column listed charter member Robert Harshman, Wasola, MO.  He passed away on August 31 but there was no local death notice.  A private burial was held at the Veteran’s Cemetery, Springfield.
Bill Ghan and Clint Allen met with the Springfield Branson National Airport regarding the Jenny project.  The purchase has to be approved by their board but they do not foresee any problem as long as the Jenny is purchased from a 501c3 charitable organization.  President White said the agreement approved by the chapter executive members is Clint will sign the Jenny over to the chapter.  The chapter will receive $10,000 from the airport and in turn give Clint $5,000 to offset a portion of his expenses.  Clint would like a video continuous loop listing the names of the members who helped with the building project, the building of the Jenny and the test flights.  Clint said when we work together, we can do a lot.
The next meeting will be our traditional Christmas dinner on December 12, 4PM.  Secretary White will plan the set menu, bake a turkey and ham provided by the chapter and members will bring the assigned sides and desserts.  A motion to approve the above was made by Bob Brantley, second by Sean Sweeney and approved by members.
A thank you from the MPA for the poker run fuel prize was read by Secretary White.
Bill Ghan displayed the hand tooled leather seat back for the Pascoe Bi-plane. It looks great, good work Bill.  David Johnson reminded members workdays are on Monday and all are welcome.
Joanne Bailey Russell and Jane Bailey had several announcements of upcoming local events but all have now passed.  
A motion to adjourn was made by Joanne Bailey Russell, second by Henny Christensen and approved.

October 2015 Meeting Minutes

 

October 8, 2015

Thirty-seven members and two guests enjoyed noon potluck chili and soup before the meeting was called to order by President Tom White. The cooks were thanked for the delicious variety of food prepared. New member in attendance James Schneider, Rolla, said he runs the wind tunnel at the Missouri University of Science and Technology if chapter members are interested in how students use it a tour could be arranged. Our guests were two pilots from Plano, Texas that had flown a corporate party in to one on the area hunting camps. Cleta Sweeney met them at the West Plains Airport and invited them to our meeting.

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved. David Johnson reported the $200 donation made by Sonny McMurtrey was missed in the September meeting minutes.

David Johnson gave the financial report. Donations during the open house included Phyl Howard in honor of Clint Allen and the Jenny project, John Bailey for fuel raffles, Phil Schmidt for the watercolor print raffle, Millie Tausworthe for the aviation related items donated to sell and to Ron White and John Good for the biplane shelves for raffle. A motion to approve was made by Henny Christensen, second by Ron Weldon and approved by members.

The open house was a huge success. Attendance was super, the chapter made money, the American Legion post made money, the One Week Wonder arrived as scheduled and the weather cooperated to allow so many aircraft to come in.

Charter chapter member Clint Allen was presented with the Spirit of Aviation award by President White for designing, building and flying the Jenny, NX2729J. In attendance were charter members James Wiley and Fred Kalhoefer. Clint said it would not have been possible without the members help. Henny has videos of the project for all members.

The MPA poker run is scheduled for October 17. John Bailey has donated $100 in fuel for the event. A motion for the chapter to donate $50 fuel for the low card drawn at Willow Springs was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Ron Hook and approved. Lisa and David Johnson have donated a honey basket as a Willow Springs prize also. Berlin Batesel will check with city hall about also making a fuel donation. The West Plains airport has donated two fifteen gallon fuel certificates. Sharon Vaughn said of the eight airports, so far Thayer is the only without a volunteer to hand out cards. Ron Weldon suggested maybe another airport instead of Thayer next time.

The annual election of officers took place with the same slate as last year except Clint Allen as Member at Large. With no nominations from the floor, a motion to accept the slate as presented was made by Benny Butler, second by Ron Weldon and approved. During the annual meeting, any major chapter decision is to be made at that time. President White suggests members think about for next year what would become of the chapter assets if the chapter dissolved. What other not for profit entity would members want to receive them. Also the chapter lease is due for renewal.

The November meeting is held on the first Saturday of the month due to the start of deer season. The November 7 meeting will be noon Mexican themed potluck or soup/chili, motion by Benny Butler, second by John Smith and approved.

A motion to adjourn was made by Benny Butler, second by John Smith and approved by members.

September 19th, 2015 Meeting Minutes

September 19, 2015 

By Phyllis White
Following a very successful open house/fly-in 33 members and special guests attended the business meeting.  Guests included Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Chapters and Kyle Voltz, EAA Chapters Administrator who flew in the One Week Wonder. Also present were watercolor artist Phil Schmidt and Joe McNeal, Ava Flying Club. President White thanked everyone for the extra efforts to make the fly-in a success, including mowing by Wendell Bailey, Ron Weldon and Ron White and workday crew members Hal Carter, Cheryl Butler, Tom Young, Jerry Pfister, Rory Lozano, John Good and Tom and Phyllis White.  The safety seminar presented by Tom Young was well attended.  A big thank you was given to Tom for stepping in to conduct the seminar.  Thanks to the American Legion Post lunch booth, the chapter members did not have to provide the noon meal.  Millie Tausworthe donated several of Jim’s aviation related items to do with as we choose.  Several items were sold for a total of $185.  John Bailey donated $100 aviation fuel to be raffled.  Phil Schmidt donated a matted and framed watercolor also raffled.  During the open house Charlie Becker presented the chapter with a new banner.  Charlie also presented Lisa Johnson with the National Chapter Web Editor 2015 award.  President White presented our Jerry L. Smith Aviation Scholarship to member Ronnie Epps. See the website for many photos and videos of the open house.  Clint Allen gave the Jenny the first official flight.  New member and friend of Clint’s Phyl Howard donated $100 to the chapter in honor of Clint and the Jenny.  
A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Mike Vaughn, second by Lindall Baker and approved by members present.
Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Tom Young, second by Benny Butler and approved.
President White reminded members the October meeting is the annual business meeting and to vote on any issues you must be a member of national.  One issue is what would become of the chapter assets if the chapter dissolves.  As a 501c3, advance arrangement could be made for the assets to be turned over to another local 501c3 charitable organization.  The October 10 meeting will be noon; soup/chili potluck and sides. (Motion by Benny Butler, second by Lisa Johnson and approved.)
Charlie Becker spoke about some of the One Week Wonder components and about the Raspberry pi based ADS-B which will give you traffic and weather for less than$120.  You make it yourself in a couple of hours. An article on the subject by Tom Charpentier is available.  Charlie commended us on our amazing chapter hangar, one of the most impressive hangar facilities he has visited.  He said Paul Poberezney would be thrilled if he had visited our chapter and seen what we have done.  Secretary Phyllis White asked if there was a possibility of our chapter hosting a Sport Air builder’s workshop.  We do not actually match the criteria but since Charlie has seen our facility, maybe it could happen.  He said it would be possible if we did a single one such as sheet metal or fabric covering.  He and Kyle will make note to follow thru on that for us.  
A motion to adjourn was made by Benny Butler, second by John Good and approved.  Final after open house cleanup followed. 

 

August 2015 Meeting Minutes

By Secretary Phyllis White.
August 8, 2015 

Following the biscuits and gravy fly-in breakfast, thirty one members were present for the business meeting called to order by President Tom White.  The cooks were thanked for making the homemade biscuits and gravy, sausage and scrambled eggs.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for anyone to fly in.
 
A motion to accept the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Jerry Pfister and approved.  Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Henny Christensen, second by Bill Ghan and approved.  President White noted the chapter has a new to us Craftsman mower purchased or $325 including a grass catcher.
Ron White was thanked for mowing in July.  Phill Knott volunteered to mow in August.

Tom Young reported the open house plans are coming together.  Charlie Becker and The One Week Wonder is expected during the afternoon.  Ron Hook showed the items in the survival kit raffle backpack.  There is a recommended list on the chapter website.  President White said fall is coming; keep warmer clothes in the plane and some bottled water.  Clint Allen said he feels the most important survival kit items are a mirror, smoke bomb and rope.  The scholarship will be awarded during the open house.  Jim Vokac will set up the vertigo chair for the children’s activity area.  Lisa Johnson will be presented with the EAA Web Editor award at that time also.  A spruce up workday will be scheduled prior to open house.  There will be a short business meeting following the open house.  
Berlin Batesel reported the EAA Biplane is coming along, the plans have been checked and corrections made.  The fuselage has been straightened, rear empennage rebuilt and the landing gear rebuilt.  After a couple more workdays, the fuselage will be ready to cover and more hands will be needed.
 
Chase Foster soloed on Monday.  Sean Sweeney’s One Design project is complete.  He has a few issues to tweak.  There are pictures on the chapter website.  Thank you to Andy Goans for power washing the apron.  He plans to also do the sidewalk before open house. 

Clint Allen announced the slate of officers remain the same as last year except he will be member at large.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor during the annual chapter meeting in October.  He said the Jenny will fly soon then will be taken to the Walnut Ridge Museum.  He will sell the Jabaru engine from the Jenny.
 
Sandy Smith has listed her home and hangar.  It is on Trade A Plane for $1.2 million.
A motion to adjourn was made by Scott Dinwiddie, second by Cliff Kinkade and approved.  The executive committee will meet with the scholarship applicants following the meeting.

 

July 2015 Meeting Minutes

By Secretary Phyllis White.

July 11, 2015, over one hundred were served during the Fly-In Pancake Breakfast and U.L. Chapter 115 Norfolk, Jim Davis, Passion Flights for Life flew local cancer victim Logan Welch.  Jim, a four time cancer survivor is flying cancer patients and victims in all lower 48 states to raise cancer awareness.  Our chapter was chosen to locate someone for Missouri, his 29th state.  He spoke briefly before our business meeting was called to order.  Jim said “if you are dying, don’t stop living and get an annual physical”.  He is an inspiration and you may follow his blog at http://flyinggeminpurplepassion.blogspot.com/2015_07_01_archive.html.

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Tom Young, second by Lisa Johnson and approved. Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report.  A $100 memorial donation from the chapter was made to the Jerry L. Smith Scholarship Fund in memory of Mark, Amy, Tanner and Elle Openshaw.  Motion to approve was made by Ron Hook, second by Benny Butler and approved by members present.  President White clarified an expense for roses.  He and Phyllis White planted them in front to the pilot’s lounge to replace the perennials that did not make it through the winter.  Joyce Breesawitz was thanked for pulling the weeds and spreading mulch also in front of the pilot’s lounge.  She plans to work on the Jerry L. Smith Parkway berm next.  President White thanked the cooks for all the hard work putting on a breakfast.  The traffic was great, $280 was raised and around twenty airplanes came in. 

V.P. Tom Young reported plans for the open house scheduled for September 19 are progressing.   Kent Nichols and Sean Sweeney volunteered to assist with the spot landing contest.  Highlights include Brian Morgan, FAAST Team will conduct a Wings Credit Safety Meeting during the morning and Charlie Becker with the One Week Wonder will arrive in the afternoon.   Aviation watercolor artist Phil Schmidt will have a display. 

President White appointed a nominating committee; Benny Butler and Clint Allen.  Officers present are willing to continue for the next year unless someone would like to volunteer as replacements.  The annual meeting will be held in October.

Congratulations to our chapter web editor Lisa Johnson.  She has been chosen as the 2015 EAA Web Editor.  The award will be presented during Air Venture 2015.

The August 8th meeting will be one more fly-in breakfast 8-10 AM.  This time President White will made homemade biscuits and gravy.  Also served will be sausage patties, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  Volunteers and cooks are needed.

As membership chairman for the Missouri Pilot’s Association South Central Chapter, President White was awarded the recruiter of the year during the annual convention.  The south central chapter was the only chapter with growth during the past year.

Lionel Smith is writing his third book “His Wind Beneath My Wings III” and has asked any pilots that have ever flown with him and would like to share any of their experiences with him and how it has affected their life, to please do so. He would also like group pictures.  He also plans to attend the August meeting.

John Bailey introduced guest Dwayne Nabors, Pomona.  He is a CFI but not actively flying at this time.  John also said Airport Manager Berlin Batesel attended the city council meeting.  The airport has their support.  Ron Weldon thanked the White family for their aviation support for the area.
A motion to adjourn was made by Tom Young, second by Benny Butler and approved.

 

June 2015 Meeting Minutes

6-13-2015
Following the pancake breakfast, twenty-six members welcomed guests Wayne Dake, Mountain Grove, Jim Mourick, Mountain View and Dale Riden, West Plains.  Even with the unstable weather, the pancake breakfast was successful; $240 collected in the donation jar and five aircraft in attendance.  


A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Lindall Baker and approved.  Treasurer David Johnson’s financial report was approved; motion by Ron Hook, second by Jerry Pfister and approved.  Ron White presented the chapter with $300 from the Willow Springs High School Class of 55 to the scholarship fund.  Ron cooked for his class on May 24th and used the chapter meeting room for the function.  Phyllis White, Class of 67 also used the hangar and donated $35 to the scholarship fund.


President White extended a big thank you to Mike Ennis for the use of the man-lift during our recent workday, to   Lindall and Joyce who picked it up in Eminence and delivered it to Mountain View when finished, to Lindall for working from the man-lift to repair the storm damaged gutters, to Mike White, White Industries for donating the replacement braces for the gutters and to Joyce Breesawitz, Hal Carter, Bill Ghan, John Good, David Johnson, Rory Lozano, Jerry Pfister and Tom Young for the mowing and weed removal.


Words cannot express our sadness over the loss of Doc and Linda Openshaw’s son Mark and family in the aviation accident at their home near Huggins.  President White reminded members of the information on handling the media gleaned from the leadership conference he and Phyllis attended at Oshkosh.  Per EAA Communications Director, if in a situation with the media, give them about fifteen seconds; do not speculate on what occurred.  He suggested using the quote “our hearts and prayers go out to the victims” and leave the investigation to the authorities.

Members Ron White and Lindall Baker attended Jack Richardson’s recent auction.  Ron purchase thousands of rivets, bolts, photo button equipment and supplies and donated to the chapter.  Lindall purchased his shop crane to donate to the chapter.  Lindall also personally purchased Jack’s logbooks and plans to create a shadow box to display them.  It is great to have some of Jack’s things as keepsakes.  Clint Allen mentioned that he has taken some of Jack’s WWII things to the museum at Walnut Ridge.  It looks like five chapter members are planning a visit to Air Venture 2015.

Tom Young reported the 2015 Open House/Fly-In date has been changed to September 19 to accommodate an appearance by Charlie Becker with the “One Week Wonder” Zenith 750 built at Air Venture 2014.  Also attending may be the EAA Staff built Zenith 750 and perhaps another plane from the Zenith factory at Mexico, Missouri.  Tom said we are planning the theme to be “Safe and Sound Aviation Saturday”; more event plans will be announced later.  If you need a chapter shirt, Lynn Bentele has donated their shirts back to the chapter.

Saturday, June 6 Chapter #437, Jonesboro held their annual fly-in.  President White and Phyllis stopped by on the way home from another function.  It appeared it had been well attended.  The chapter president, vice president and secretary all made us feel welcome.  (BTW, when introduced to the chapter president by the vice president, he said we were the most active chapter he knew of in the Midwest!)  We had hoped to speak to Jim Davis, author of flyinggeminpurplepassion.blogspot.com.  He is an EAA member and four time cancer survivor from Mountain Home, Arkansas that has set a goal of flying his purple Zenith 750 to all lower forty eight states and everywhere he lands he plans to give a ride to a cancer victim.  He flew into Jonesboro on Friday after flying into twenty seven eastern states but was so exhausted, he did not make a public appearance.  Checking his blog later we discovered he had been placed in the hospital.  But, Jay Carter, Cotter, Arkansas flew in for out pancake breakfast and said Jim was home, doing well and planning his western leg of his journey.  It would be great to have him speak at a chapter meeting in the future.  Lisa Johnson has a link on the chapter website to his blog so members may follow his inspirational trip.

Ron White has volunteered to smoke meat for our 4th of July celebration.  Members and guests are  asked to bring complimentary side dishes, salads and desserts.  Homemade ice cream will also be made and hopefully Ronnie Epps will make his great apple pie.  More plans are in the works, some are the same as last year, just watch for e-mails with details.  

Yesterday, in anticipation of aircraft coming for our pancake breakfast and using the dirty pilot’s lounge, Joyce Breesawitz, Lisa Johnson and Phyllis White cleaned the building.  Earlier in the week, President White and Phyllis replaced the perennials in front of the pilot’s lounge that did not survive the winter with knock out roses. The shrubs and trees along Jerry L. Smith Way were also given a manicure.  Members are welcome to pull weeds along there any time.  Also yesterday, members David and Lisa Johnson and President White filled in for Mike Vaughn assisting Jim Joliff with Howell Valley School’s aviation field trip to the West Plains Regional Airport.  There were eighty students ranging from K-8 grade.  The students were broken into groups and four stations were set up.  Also assisting was Airport manager Jack Bowman, Harley Besher and Floyd Deidiker.  

Sandy Smith has announced her home and hangar are for sale.  She plans to advertise in Trade A Plane.  

The July 11 meeting will be preceded by another pancake breakfast 8-10 AM; motion by Ed Walker, second by Tom Young and approved.  Volunteers are needed to scramble eggs, flip pancakes and serve.  Fuel will be $4.90 for the day.

Berlin Batesel announced the Pascoe bi-plane workday has been changed to 9 AM Tuesdays.  Bill Ghan and John Good have volunteered to cover the tail feathers.  All members are welcome to assist.
Don Nevel’s Pitts photos are on the chapter website (gallery page).  Check out the great paint job with the checkerboard and red, white and blue fan.  Bill Ghan thinks the biplane needs a paint job similar.  Benny mentioned he has a friend that does vehicle graphics.  He thinks that would be a great way to cover an aircraft.  Member Kent Nichols has a graphics business in Salem.  He does excellent work.  Check out photos on his Facebook page Kent Nichols signs.

Ron Hook asked members to contact their congressman regarding the Pilots Bill of Rights.  It is in committee now and they do not think it is going to pass.  He encourages all members to contact their congressional representatives.  A simple, easy way to do that is click on the announcements link on our chapter website to contact our area congressmen.  http://1218.eaachapter.org/  When you click it, you should be connected to your area congressman.  David Johnson said he had just read that the prediction is only a five percent chance of passing at this time.  Contact your congressman to make a difference.  Lindall Baker said the response he received from Roy Blunt was rather neutral.  Roy has a lot of influence. 

A motion to adjourn was made by Ron White, second by Benny Butler and approved. 

 

May 2015 Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2015 
Thirty-nine members and guests enjoyed Mexican themed potluck at noon.  The chapter video magazine was viewed before President Tom White called the business meeting to order.
Scott Dinwiddie was congratulated for obtaining his private pilot’s license recently.  Scott said his daughter now has 10 hours toward obtaining her ticket.  Tom White gave her a Young Eagle ride last year and she was hooked.   A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Ron Hook and approved by members.  Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion by Ron Hook, second by John Good and approved by members present.  There are sufficient funds in the Jerry L. Smith Scholarship Fund to award another $2500 scholarship.

A workday to repair some winter weather damage and grounds work will be Tuesday, May 12 at noon.  Volunteers are Lindall Baker, David Johnson, Hal Carter, Bill Ghan, John Good, Cliff Kinkade, Rory Lozano, Ron White and Tom Young.  We will borrow a man lift to reach the guttering and exterior light.
We have mowed three times; now we need someone for the rest of May.  Lindall Baker and Joyce Breesawitz volunteered.

Tom Young reported that Open House is scheduled for September 12, “Aviation Safe and Sound Saturday”.  Plans include paper airplane building for kids, pilot spot landing contest, Legion lunch wagon, and Ron Hook is making survival kits to raffle.   We should make a profit on them.
Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Chapters wants to set a date for the One Week Wonder.  He may try to come during Zenith, Mexico, MO open house June 18 or on a meeting date.  We could possibly work it in with a pancake breakfast on another Saturday.  Mike Vaughn asked if our Open House was out of the question for him to come then. Charlie’s note said he would like to set it up in conjunction with Mexico, MO or another date.  President White will call Charlie next week to confirm plans.  

 Lindall Baker suggests having a monthly pancake breakfast to give the airport exposure, more involvement in the pilot community and to attract new members.  John Bailey said we need to be a friendly airport.  When Ron, Tom and Mike prepared breakfast the pilot community really enjoyed it, but they had no time off.  Volunteers will be needed to accomplish a successful event.  Members John Bailey, Wendell Bailey, Lindall Baker, Kent Clotfelter, Bill Ghan, John Good, David Johnson, Rory Lozano, Ron White, Tom and Phyllis White and Tom Young said they would be interested in helping.  It will not take all volunteers each time.  After some discussion, the first breakfast will be in conjunction with the June 13 meeting.  Pancake breakfast will be 8-10 AM with the business meeting to follow.  The chapter will provide the food and ask for donations to cover the cost; motion by Wendell Bailey, second by Ron Weldon and approved by members.  We will evaluate after three months. 

Phyllis White would like to use the hangar for a 48th class reunion on May 23.  There was no objection.  The chapter usually receives $35 for each use.

Joanne Bailey Russell announced that member Jack Richardson will have an auction, planned date is May 18.  Jack had a lot of aviation tools and airplane parts.  President White and a couple of other American Legion members visited Jack last week.  President White told him he would bring him some Sport Aviation magazines and he seemed to still relate to aviation and he still has his sense of humor.  He remains in the Willow Care dementia unit.

Ava Summer Fest will be May 23.  Last year the airport was a big participant with food and airplane rides.  After checking with members of the Ava Flying Club and the Summer Fest website, the festivities do not include the airport.  Ron Weldon said last year was very successful but for some reason another group got involved and they are not ready this year.  Ron said we would not have to worry about flying Young Eagles that day.  He also said he would like to have some airport festivities later in the summer with Young Eagle rides and member volunteers.

Mike Vaughn announced the MPA will have a fish fry, Thursday, May 21st, 6 P.M at the Vaughn’s hangar, Mountain View.  Guests welcome.

Rory Lozano said he is making progress with the flight simulator.  He will show members how to utilize it.

A motion to adjourn was made by John Good, second by Clint Allen and approved.

 

April 2015 Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2015

Forty-three members enjoyed brats and potluck before the meeting was called to order by President Tom White. Cliff Kinkade was thanked for being our grill master and the cooks were thanked for the great potluck sides provided for lunch.

Member Scott Dinwiddie now has his private pilot’s license. The website looks great thanks to Lisa Johnson’s hard work. Send any news to her for timely publication.

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved. Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report. $65 was raised for the scholarship fund by the Wright Bear raffle. Member Hal Carter won the raffle and gave the bear to Ragan Callahan’s daughter. Motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by Henny Christensen, second by Ron Hook and approved. The scholarship fund now has enough to award another $2500.00 scholarship. Applications may be mailed to the chapter hangar address.

We need more member commitment before trying to schedule a Young Eagle rally. Ragan Callahan, Ron Weldon and Tom Young volunteered to be added to the pilot list. New ground crew volunteers are Cheryl Butler, Joyce Breesawitz, David and Lisa Johnson, John Good, Kent Clotfelter, Sue L’Hommedieu, Jerry Pfister and Ed Walker.

Plans are to start up the Pascoe biplane project soon. At first welding and adjustments to the plan will only require 2-3 members. Later on members are encouraged to assist with fabric, stringing cables, etc. A work schedule has not been established yet. More info will follow.

The building has some winter snow/ice related damage that will require a man-lift. A workday will be scheduled when the man-lift is available. Volunteers are Lindall Baker, Berlin Batesel, Cheryl Butler, Hal Carter, David Johnson, Jerry Pfister and Rory Lozano. The air compressor motor also will need to be worked on. Following the meeting Berlin Batesel will need help removing the damaged motor to send for repair.

Tom Young, open house committee chairman reported the team members will get together after the chapter meeting to work on setting the date, theme, etc.

It is mowing season again. Lindall Baker, David Johnson, Cliff Kinkade, Rory Lozano and Ron White volunteered. Perhaps each person could take a month unless there are so many volunteers it would work out to a couple of weeks at a time. Ron Weldon said he would volunteer also when available. Berlin Batesel will roll the field. After Memorial Day when the hay has been cut we may decide to mow the sod runway. Willow Springs is the only area airport for practicing sod landings. Volunteers are welcome to use the chapter mower and trail mower or bring their own.

There will be no time for the chapter video magazine due to the aviation apps comparison presentation by Lindall Baker.

A motion was made by Benny Butler, second by Tom Young for the May 9 meeting to be Mexican themed potluck at 4 PM. Joanne Bailey Russell announced Jack Richardson’s son will be holding an auction May 10.If the chapter is interested in any aircraft parts, tools to contact them prior to the auction. Jack had been working on photo buttons of the Young Eagle pilots to give after a flight. Hopefully those will be located. Jack is in Willow Care.

Joanne also reported there will be no fireworks at Pomona July 4th.She said Eleven Point may continue with their display for Willow Springs. Jane Bailey asked that the chapter have a presence during the 4th of July parade, whether it is with a float or finding someone to portray the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart and any other aviation related characters. She also announced the Star Theater will be presenting a free monthly movie beginning May 1, 6:30 PM. The Outlaw, directed by Howard Hughes will be shown. It was Jane Russell’s first movie. One future movie will be a silent movie. They are always looking for movie suggestions. Perhaps an aviation related movie will be in the future.

Rory Lozano thanked Henny Christensen and Phyllis White for the donations to the simulator. He now has a new video card and a second monitor.

Following the business meeting, Lindall Baker gave his presentation on comparing aviation apps. A copy of his findings was emailed to members following the meeting and can be found on the chapter website under Member Articles.

 

March 2015 Meeting Minutes

March 14, 2015 

Thirty-nine members and guests had potluck lunch before the meeting was called to order by President White. A portion of the chapter video magazine was shown.

The cooks were thanked. President White remarked that he thought the Irish potluck served in March was the reason for low attendance but once again attendance is low and no Irish meal. New state directories/maps are available. Thelma Batesel is home following knee replacement surgery. The Wright Flyer bear will be raffled next month. President White is extremely grateful that his son Jamie is safely home from Kuwait.

A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Benny Butler and approved.

Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report. We now have enough in the Jerry L. Smith Scholarship Fund to award another scholarship!

Open House chairman Tom Young was absent so there was report.

Young Eagle Coordinator Lindall Baker asked what pilots would be available to fly Young Eagles during the upcoming months. Requirements include carrying $100,000 passenger liability per passenger which EAA will bump to one million during a Young Eagle event when EAA receives the proper event insurance request paperwork prior to the event. Pilots must also be a current EAA national member, hold a pilot certificate, valid medical certificate, be current in the aircraft, have a current flight review and the airplane must be in airworthy condition. Pilots Larry Johnson, Lindall Baker and Tom White will be available to fly Young Eagles. David Johnson said he would provide an attractive rental rate to anyone using his 150 during a Young Eagle rally.

Lisa Johnson is doing a great job keeping the new website updated. There is a link to the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. All members are encouraged to contact their congressman through the link. You do not need to be a pilot to send your sentiments to congress.

Member projects: Lindall Baker’s Murphy Rebel is moving along. Berlin Batesel’s Luscombe is about ready to fly again. Ron Hook has the left wing and fuselage ¾ finished. Clint Allen purchased a 310. He said 3 people could travel 1000 miles at $500 per person in it. Mike Noonan is still signing checks to Caruthersville. Wendell Bailey said he is unable to open his hangar door to his 182. He has owned it since 1972 and now is unable to locate the logbooks.

The April 11 meeting will be noon brats and potluck; motion by Henny, second by Lisa. Lindall Baker will give a short software overview program on ADS-B in and out.

Jane Bailey reminded members the 4th of July, 2015 is on a Saturday and urged members to participate in the annual parade.

A motion to adjourn was made by Lindall Baker, second by Mike Noonan and approved. 

 

February 2015 Meeting Minutes

February 14, 2015 
Forty- nine members and guests enjoyed the sweetheart’s lunch of Italian potluck and chocolate desserts.  The chapter video magazine was viewed.
President White called the meeting to order.  The cooks were thanked for the delicious meal.  
A motion to approve the minutes was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved.  
 Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve was made by Henny Christensen, second by Ron Hook and approved. With the recent memorial contributions for Pauline Plummer, Sandy Smith’s mother and Eva White, Ron and Tom White’s mother, we are close to being able to award another Jerry L. Smith Aviation Scholarship.
On behalf of the White family, President White thanked the members for the cards, flowers and kind notes.   Mike and Sharon Vaughn also expressed the same sentiments following the loss of Mike’s mother Fern.  Henny Christensen said four chapter members recently lost a parent and the chapter did not send flowers.  She made a motion to transfer $25 from the chapter to the scholarship fund in each instance of loss since January 1, 2015.  Going forward the $25 contribution will be for the loss of a member, member parent, spouse or, child.  A second was made by Tom Young and approved by members present.

 New web master Lisa Johnson displayed some pages from the new chapter website.  Members are encouraged to register in the member’s only section.  Once registered, you may submit a profile photo, your bio, etc. The new site is very user friendly.  Lisa has added several sections of interest including chapter projects, member projects, photo gallery, and calendar of events, scholarship information, and much more.  If you have suggestions she may be contacted at ozark.mountain.lisa@gmail.com   Phyllis White suggested adding a classified section for aviation related items for sale or wanted to buy such as Tom Young’s house and hangar for sale at Gimlin.   Check it out at http://www.1218eaachapter.org/    Thank you Lisa for spending so much time and doing such an outstanding job.  
 
The annual National Biplane Fly-In will be held June 4-7 at Junction City, Kansas.  Check the announcements section of our website for a link to the fly-in.
President White asked if members were interested in having an open house again this year.  Our first was the dedication in 2006 and he and wife Phyllis will be turning over the planning for the next one to others.  He suggested members Henny Christensen, Ron Hook, David and Lisa Johnson, and Tom Young as committee chairman set a date early and begin making preliminary plans.  Other members present that showed interest in the chapter continuing with an open house were Cliff Kinkade, Jerry Pfister, Jim Vokac and Ed Walker.

The March 14, 2015 meeting will be general potluck lunch at noon with the business meeting to follow.
Chapter flight advisor Ron Hook gave a short but very informative presentation on the silent killer carbon monoxide poisoning.  Symptoms include foggy thinking, drowsiness, nausea and headache.  The December 2014 issue of Sport Aviation has a good article on the subject.  He showed a good carbon monoxide tester, the CO-EXPERTS 2015 by Aeromedix, retails for about $149-199 and may be mounted anywhere on the panel. He feels the paper detectors are worthless. He also suggested all members should have a first aid kit and a survival kit readily accessible to the pilot and passengers.  A list of suggested items may be found on the chapter website under member articles/flight safety.  Henny Christensen suggested we obtain a tester as a raffle item for open house.     
Henny was thanked for converting the aviation vhs tapes donated by former member Al Grant to DVDs.

Lindall Baker spoke about the FAA’s ADS-B correction stating that experimental aircraft do not have to have a TSO device.  What was required for about $2400 will now be available for $800 on sale.
A motion to adjourn was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Henny Christensen.  Several members remained after cleanup to view the video provided by Henny “60° North at 500 feet.

 

January 2015 Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2015
Forty-six members and guests enjoyed the noon crock pot potluck meal and viewed the chapter video magazine before President White called the business meeting to order.   The cooks were thanked for the delicious variety of dishes.  Guests and members were welcomed.  It was good to see the Baileys and Openshaws who have not been with us lately.  New members Mike and Glenda Ennis and their son James Ennis were welcomed.  James received his pilot’s license in August with only 21 days from solo to check ride. Also joining the chapter were Carl Risner who came with Fred Kalhoefer, Chris Patillo, Clint Allen’s neighbor and Chuck Sandford.  Chuck has been to meetings in years past with Bill Newton.  He is building a Mustang II.

Members Sandy Smith and Ann Hook recently lost their mother and Joan Bailey Russell her daughter.  Our condolences are extended to them and their families.  A thank you card was received from the Robert Jones family for our participation in the Boy Scouts Merit Badge University.  Sean Sweeney’s One Design has been certified.  Now, it will be disassembled and moved to the hangar in West Plains and be painted.  Sue L’Hommedieu visited recently with charter member Lynn Ahrnsbrak.  He is doing well.  She also talked to Bill Newton and reported he is still actively flying.  Congratulations to member Mike Pace on his nomination to the state Highway commission.
 
Old business:
A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Jerry Pfister and approved.
Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Henny Christensen, Lindall Baker second.  The gun raffle netted $700 since Ron White donated the rifle.  It is time for annual chapter membership dues ($20.00).

New business:
Member Wendell Bailey spoke about S.O.A.R. (Southern Ozarks Alliance for Rural Development) which covers a ten county area with the lowest income and least education.  Mike Ennis and Sharon Vaughn are also members.  They have been working on accessible, high quality vocational education in such fields as robotics, advanced manufacturing, mig/tig welding and other twenty first century fields.  The February 14 meeting will be noon, sweetheart’s lunch with Italian potluck with an emphasis on chocolate for desserts, motion by Henny Christensen, second by Bob Brantley.

Safety note:
President White and Ron Hook were discussing the silent killer (carbon monoxide in the cockpit) article in Sport Aviation.  This time of year, be more aware.  There are detectors available for $99 that works well.  There was discussion about the reliability of the little cards available.  President White joked the 170 has enough fresh air coming through with all the air leaks, no chance of carbon monoxide.  Also keep in mind when flying in colder weather, remember a heavy coat or blanket and a safety kit in case of an emergency landing that may cause you to spend a cold night with your downed airplane.

Motion to adjourn was made by Ed Walker, second by Benny Butler and approved.

 

December 2014 Meeting Minutes

 Written by Secretary Phyllis White

December 13, 2014
Fifty-nine members and guests participated in the traditional Christmas meal. The November chapter video magazine was shown. The segments were of interest and enjoyed by all in attendance.
President White called the meeting to order. The cooks were thanked for the excellent meal.
A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved by members.
David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Henny Christensen, second by Tom Young and approved by members. 2015 dues are now being collected. President White expressed thanks once again for the chapter’s $500 travel expense donation toward the EAA Leadership Academy attended by Tom and Phyllis White. Several topics covered that weekend will be presented to the chapter in the coming months. We expect The One Week Wonder to visit the chapter sometime during 2015.
A thank you “for letting us provide food during your open house” note from the American Legion Post was read.
Twelve Boy Scouts received their aviation merit badge Saturday, December 6 during the merit badge university. Chapter members instructing were Lindall Baker, Joyce Breesawitz, David & Lisa Johnson, John Good, Jim Vokac and Tom & Phyllis White.
Winner of the gun raffle was Johnnie White, formerly of Jonesboro and owner of Stoney Point Farm, Willow Springs (formerly owned by Bill and Mary Marx). He was one of the first to purchase tickets. Just to be clear, he is not related to any chapter 1218 members. Ron White announced he was donating the gun therefore all ticket sales went to the Jerry L. Smith Aviation Scholarship Fund. Phyllis White said if in the future we want to sell raffle tickets at any area Wal-Mart, we must get our name in months in advance. We were not able to get in Wal-Mart but she was able to sell tickets during the American Legion Veteran’s Day luncheon. Also Ron Weldon took tickets at the last meeting and sold several out of town.
The well crafted airplane bookshelves built by Ron White and John Good were not raffled during the open house 2014. It has been decided to save them for open house 2015.
Annual chapter national award certificates and pins were presented to Chapter President Tom White, Vice President Lindall Baker, Secretary Phyllis White, Treasurer David Johnson, Young Eagle Coordinator Lisa Johnson, Flight Advisor Ron Hook and Technical Counselor Berlin Batesel.
A motion was made by Lisa Johnson, second by Ron Hook to have chili, soup and crock pot dishes at noon for our next meeting January 10, 2015.
A motion to adjourn was made by Mike Noonan, second by Benny Butler and approved by members.

 

October 2014 Meeting Minutes

 Written by Secretary Phyllis White

2014-October Meeting Minutes

October 25, 2014 meeting postponed from October 11. 

Twenty-nine members and one guest dined at noon before President Tom White called the annual meeting to order.
Photos from the recent EAA Leadership Academy attended by Tom and Phyllis White were shown including a photo of the Home Builders Hall of Fame plaque with Bill Ghan’s name on it. The October video magazine was shown including the STOL competition at Air Venture featuring Bobby Breeden. Ron Weldon said he had visited with Breeden at a Gaston’s gathering. The cooks were thanked for lunch. Member Chuck Hiett is recovering from an auto accident the first of the month.
A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker and approved by members present. Secretary Phyllis White gave the financial report in the absence of Treasurer David Johnson. A motion to approve as reported was made by Henny Christensen, second by Don Nevels and approved. We have sold enough rifle raffle tickets to pay for it but need to sell more for a profit for the scholarship. President White asked for volunteers to sell tickets in front of a Wal-Mart or local grocer. Bill Ghan volunteered to sell at Mountain Grove Wal-Mart on November 8th. There were no other volunteers.
The annual meeting is the election of officers. President White read the slate of officers and asked for nominations from the floor. There were none. Ed Walker made a motion to elect the slate as read by acclimation, second by Bob Coats and approved by members. Henny Christensen said we need to have a group photo of the officers at the next meeting.
Some of the information gleaned from the leadership academy was covered. The head of public relations, Dick Knapinski spoke regarding media coverage of an incident. He cautioned chapters if there is an incident, to not say a lot. The news media wants about a 9-12 second clip and he suggests we say “our hearts and prayers go the families involved for the loss and we will leave it up to the authorities to determine what happened”. We will have his complete presentation at a future meeting. We are on the list for the One Week Wonder (Zenith 750) which will be touring this coming year. They plan to go to Mexico, MO of course and hopefully w will be their next stop. Of the chapters represented, 1218 is doing a lot of things right. More info from the academy will be shared at future meetings.
The FAA ruling 90-116 regarding the second pilot in an experimental during the first ten hours was discussed. Ron Hook said that also allows for instruction.
Secretary White read an e-mail from Ben Rushing, Louisiana that purchased the Hiperbipe from the chapter. He and his wife are planning to be in the area next weekend and hope to see some members at the airport.
Due to the late October meeting, members voted to skip a November meeting; motion by Mike Noonan, second by Ed Walker and approved by members. The next meeting will be the holiday meal, December 13th, 2PM. Secretary White will contact members with a set menu for items to bring.
Rory Lozano said he had been dealing with difficult people where he works. The contrast between them and coming to chapter meetings where everyone is pleasant and wanting to accomplish something working together, makes him appreciate us.
A motion to adjourn was made by Ed Walker, second by John Smith and approved by members.

 

Contact Us:

 Chapter: EAA 1218

 President: Thomas White

 Phone: 417-233-1218

 Address: 810 Bryan Street, Willow Springs, MO 65793-3475

 Location: South Central Missouri, USA

 Email:  eaachapter1218@gmail.com

 

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