President’s Corner

by Scott Thompson
Chapter President

Lots of stuff going on with our chapter these days, so much so that I, frankly, have to admit that I’m not doing a great job of keeping up with some things. We are fortunate in our EAA chapter to have some great board members who consistently step up and jump in where some leadership is needed and I, for one, am extremely grateful for their participation.

A case in point is the very-shortly coming Airport Fun Day, to be held on Saturday, April 13. What started as an idea to promote the
May 4 Young Eagle Rally to families quickly mushroomed into, well, an Airport Fun Day. We have arranged for numerous family-friendly
activities in the hope that a good number of kids (and their parents) from our local communities will take a bit of time from their Saturday, otherwise filled with Little League and Soccer, and allow us to spotlight the appealing parts of aviation. We’ll have a variety of things going on so, please, bring your friends and family out to this event, to be held between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Another item that dropped on the calendar is the Hangar Work Day scheduled for Saturday, April 27. I feel the need to re-ignite the momentum we had underway last fall and finally get our hangar home finished and off the “to-do” list. We have a long list of projects that will get some attention that day, and we need some of our clever people who know how to build, fly, and talk airplanes to spend a couple of hours devoted to our hangar home. Please speak to a board member or just show up at 08:00 am on Saturday, April 27. Someone will hand you a hot cup of coffee, a donut, and a project to jump in to.

An exciting initiative that also sprang forth unexpectedly was the opportunity to form an EAA IMC Club. We have had discussions in past months and years about forming either a VMC or IMC club. The timing did not seem right then but recently board member Dan Masys received some specific information about forming an IMC Club and he has agreed to become the chapter facilitator.

From what I have read, Dan’s time commitment will not be great to run the IMC Club but the essential part of forming the Club is that he has volunteered to be the point person. Having a volunteer leader step up is vital for any organization such as ours because it is the bridge to success. Without people who step up and pitch in, little gets done. Our chapter always has the need for anybody and everybody to carry a small part of the load. Talk to me or any board member; we’ll plug you in.