Greetings EAA 932 Chapter members!
I hope that everyone is working their way through this cold winter we are having. With all of the extreme weather and snow that we have had, it has been a bit of a challenge to get out and enjoy some good flying days. This past month was somewhat quiet around the airport, but active in terms of our EAA Chapter.
On February 4th, myself and EAA 932 Chapter Director Beth Rehm attended the annual Chicago Area EAA Chapter Leader Conference at Schaumburg Airport. Beth organized and ran this very productive meeting. We had lively conversation about our individual chapter activities, and some of the challenges and tribulations that we all have among our chapters. I enjoyed meeting and interacting with many of the chapter leaders from our surrounding airports.
During our February 10th Chapter Gathering, we hosted a very informative guest speaker from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). AOPA Great Lakes Ambassador Andy Miller did a great presentation entitled “General Aviation Update”. Due to poor weather, attendance at the meeting was light, but the discussion we had during and after Andy’s presentation was very engaging. I am hoping to have Andy return to one of our future gatherings. He does a great job presenting, and the AOPA compliments the EAA in many of its initiatives to protect and promote general aviation.
Our chapter board held our monthly business meeting on February 15th. Minutes from our meeting are available upon request from Chapter Secretary, Paul Sedlacek. Moving forward, the EAA 932 Board of Directors will have regular business meetings scheduled for the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Galt Airport FBO. Members at large are always welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend, and wish to provide input to our board, please feel free to call or email me at any time and I will bring your ideas to the table.
As March rolls around we will have a chapter gathering on Saturday March 10th. We have an interesting guest speaker coming from the Kelch Aviation Museum which is being developed at Brodhead Airport in Wisconsin. Mr. Pat Weeden will talk about the development of the museum. Come on out and join us for coffee, donut holes, hangar flying, and a neat program.
On March 24th, our EAA 932 Scholarship Committee will be holding a Game Show Night in the studio at Galt. This will be a fun and social night for everyone. See our website to RSVP and purchase tickets.
Finally, I would like to draw attention to our biggest event of the year coming up on June 16th. Mark your calendars for Barnstormer Day. This event is a lot of fun, and draws a lot of attendance from our local community and surrounding airports. It is also our largest fund raiser of the year. In order for it to run smooth, we will be needing volunteers to staff various parts of the event. Last year we served close to 500 pancake breakfasts at this event. Everyone that attended and worked at Barnstormer Day had a great time. In addition to telling your friends and family, if you know people with vintage airplanes or vintage cars, please have them join us! Please contact Paul Sedlacek at 847.254.7480 for more information.
Thanks to all of you for making Galt Airport a great place to be, and our EAA Chapter a great organization. I hope to see you at our upcoming chapter gathering, and the other events we have coming up. Stay tuned to this website for the latest information about EAA 932.
President’s Report – Arnie Quast