Chapter 1218

Willow Springs, Missouri

Dec 2016

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.


Nov 2016

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.

 

Oct 2016

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.

Sept 2016

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.

Aug 2016

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Feb. 2016

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.

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.

Jan 2016

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.

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