EAA Chapter 25

A Community of Aviation Enthusiasts in the Twin Cities

Cleared for Takeoff – September 2005

Filed under: Cleared for Takeoff — admin at 9:25 pm on Sunday, September 11, 2005

by Pat Halligan, Chapter 25 President

from On Final September 2005

Some of you may have heard the news, but for those of you who haven’t, I’m going to give up the chapter presidency at the end of the year. It really has been a great ride these past three years, but I think it is time for a change. In this issue and the next few monthly newsletters I’ll try and thank everyone involved in helping me make this a great organization.

When Jeff Coffey and I get together we still laugh at some of our early chapter adventures. Like our first B.O.D. meeting when the only subject was pull tabs and whether they would work as a fund raiser. Or planning to host our first award banquet and realizing neither one of us had been to one. The list goes on, but trust me, I’ll treasure all the memories forever. Thanks Jeff, for being my right hand man my first two years in office.

The awards banquet is sneaking up on us faster than ever. I firmly believe our guest speaker, Kenneth Wofford, is going to entertain our female guests as well as our male members. Also, I don’t think you’ll get too many more chances to hear one of the original Tuskegee Airmen tell their story. We have some nice door prizes and some good silent auction items lined up. We could always use more door prizes, so if you think you could take a “letter” about Chapter 25 to some local businesses and get them to donate a gift certificate, oil change, bottle of wine, or…? let me know. It would be along the lines of what the local high schools do for their senior class party, except for the bottle of wine.

Keep in mind that if you have someone who is not a chapter member, but would like to come to our banquet to hear our guest speaker, you can certainly get them a ticket. You need to get hold of Ron Oehler and purchase your ticket(s) soon as I’ll be sending in a final head count before long. Please don’t delay.

Since the raffle/fund raiser drawing is held during the banquet, you need to get your tickets and money to Jon Cumpton ASAP. Remember all tickets must be accounted for – whether sold or unsold. Speaking of Jon, did you hear that he passed his instrument check ride last Tuesday in their Cirrus. Thanks Jon, for being my V.P. this past year and helping me get a lot of things done.

Last month’s chapter meeting really turned out neat. We started the meeting by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and I want to thank Lou Martin for donating an American flag. We had six or seven new guests checking us out (I think four or five joined) and we had two vendors with tables set up displaying their goods – SteinAir and Aviation Awards. With nice weather and good food, it was great to see a large number of members enjoying themselves at the hangar. If you know anyone who would make a good monthly guest speaker, let me know and by all means keep bringing new guests. With new faces at each meeting, please go out of your way to introduce yourself to a stranger. Show some Minnesota nice. Thanks.

I need your input on what you would like to see the chapter do next with some of our money. We could insulate a wall (or two) or make a down payment on a very light jet. Send me an e-mail or talk to me at the hangar. I hate to leave too much money in the account for the next President, because when Frank Hanish handed me the checkbook he said “Here is the checkbook, but there is no money in the account, good luck”. In all seriousness though, Thanks for all your help Frank, you really did give me a great group of guys that were pointed in the right direction.

I want to thank the members who stepped forward last year and enabled the chapter to pay off the hangar loan with an interest free loan, thus saving the chapter a couple thousand dollars. When I took over as president we owed 30k, last summer it was down to 16k and when I leave office it will be 10k. Thanks for being so generous.

Only three more newsletter columns, but who’s counting. Pat

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