Nov 21

CHAPTER 31 & CHAPTER 1457 JOINT CHRISTMAS PARTY!!

To all Chapter members:  The information below was taken verbatim from John Stahr’s email to me regarding the upcoming party. Please try to attend, and bringing a guest is welcome and encouraged! This get together is the one time of the year that we can all have fun and celebrate together as EAA members. Please read the information carefully and note the date and starting time, location, pot luck item request, gift exchange plan and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, the request to RSVP to the email address listed with your main course dinner selections!  . . . . . President Gary

To: All Willamette Valley aviators and pilots and enthusiasts of cool aircraft….

Hello Gary and Mark, this can be sent out to the memberships of both chapters…this should pretty much cover it all…let me know if I have still left anything questionable…

Joint Eugene and Creswell Aviators Christmas Party!

Date: December 6th
Time: happy to be there hour starts around 5
lighting of the Yule grill at about 6
dinner for all starts cycling by the buffet table about 7
Where: John Stahr’s Aviation Art Studio and Pilot Cave
85194 Appletree Drive…by air…9 DME off the departure end of runway 16 from EUG
super short STOL required to land on the tree obscured driveway…don’t try it!
Send a request for driving there map with your RSVP dinner entree request – warning -Google Maps may get you lost on the wrong side of a fence.

Dinner plans….
The two EAA chapters are going to sponsor the entree for everyone’s dinner choices as well as soft drinks (BYO harder stuff – there will be coolers for your beer/wine). everyone coming will need to participate with their best potluck contribution (please, no chips!). if your last name begins with:
A-L please bring an appetizer or side dish
M-Z please bring a salad or dessert

Please RSVP!! So we will have enough food and soft drink, you must RSVP email to:
jstahr@stahrdesign.com. you can then make your choice of entree….
Casual drop in guests will have to settle for hot dogs (sans buns if we forget to buy them) so be sure to let us know what you’d like:
Grilled/marinated Chicken Breast
Grilled/marinated Root Beer Pork Chop
Baked Salmon with Dill and Lemon

The annual gift exchange…to participate, bring a well wrapped gift any aviator would love, no limits, but consider the value of what you may receive if you give well…bring one…get one!

Entertainment: Bring great stories and share….we will have any pertinent football game that happens to be on….so if the Ducks or Beavers or any other game of interest is on, we’ll have it on…otherwise we’ll have airplane videos and photos on the big screen…lots of laughing.

Feee raffle tickets for some hangar artwork from the studio, you must be present to win…

This will be a lot of fun, so we hope you can be there!

Nov 13

THE LAST BREAKFAST!

Well, you’re all familiar with “The Last Supper,” but now it’s time to experience “The Last Breakfast.” At least it’ll be the last breakfast prepared by Dave and Melinda Peterson! As you heard at the meeting, or should have seen in the meeting minutes, Dave and Melinda, after a long time of dedicated service, are retiring from the position of Chief Cooks! So please make a special effort to attend this breakfast in their honor, as well as to enjoy the good food and hangar flying. There will not be a breakfast (or a chapter meeting) during the month of December. A January breakfast will be dependent upon whether or not we can get members to step forward to take on this difficult but important task.

Stay turned for more info on the upcoming Chapter 31/1457 Christmas Party on Saturday, December 6 at John Stahr’s studio. So far, we know it will be a pot luck with the details being finalized shortly.

President Gary

Nov 12

League of Oregon Cities Meeting at Chapter Clubhouse

Any Chapter members planning to attend the subject meeting this Friday should let me know SOMETIME TODAY (WEDNESDAY). I need to give the organizers a head count for the catered lunch. You can email me at <arrow76r@centurytel.net> or call me at 541-895-2667. Just leave me a message if I’m not available.

President Gary

Nov 11

Meeting Minutes from the 11/05/2014 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 5th, 2014

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM (With Pulled Pork!!!).  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, salad and chips with a drink and dessert for only $5.

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by President Gary Ludeke with V.P. John Kuehl and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout present.

There were 20 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were past member Spencer Whitted, who has been living in Poland. He had been building a Volmer Sportsman before the move. Additionally, we hosted our speaker of the night, Dick Hyman, or “SuperJew” as was his call name during the war.

Gary asked Rusty Bartel to speak about his experience while attending the LSA Inspector/Repair person workshop at Mulino on October 3rd and 4th This workshop allowed him to certify his experimental LSA for flight each year. It was put on by Rainbow Aviation, a very professional group of teachers and repair people.

Dave Petersen then asked for the floor to announce that, after this month’s breakfast, he and his wife Melinda will no longer be the breakfast/lunch crew. He felt that he has reached the point of “no fun” and wants to step back until he feels the fun factor return to his work with the club. He will also stay over after the meeting to show anyone with an interest how to run the video projector and computer. He was given a round of applause for all his years of service, and thanked by every member. Like the true gentleman he is, he gave us 2 months to find a replacement instead of springing it on the club the week before. Thanks Dave from me personally and all of us in Chapter 31. You will be missed whenever you are not here!!

That being said, Gary needs to find a volunteer with a cooking talent for doing breakfasts and an occasional lunch this next year. Anyone with an interest and/or talent is asked to contact him on this matter.

Gary also noted that we will be meeting together with chapter 1457 for the Christmas party, this year to be held on December 6th at John Starr’s business Starr Design Studio. Also, there will not be a December Breakfast as is the norm for December.

Dave Eason then told the group that he has installed 3 of the “buy a brick” bricks and burned off the weeds in the Memorial area. Thanks Dave!!

Gary has offered the use of the clubhouse for the Oregon League of Small Cities to meet on November 14th. All EAA chapter 31 members are encouraged to attend from 11:00AM till 2:00PM. There will be a catered lunch.

Next Chapter breakfast is November 15th at the clubhouse. $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! Starts at 9:00 and runs to about 10:30 or so. Come and bring your appetite!!

There being no other business, the meeting then hosted our speaker of the night, Colonel Dick Hyman, Ret. AF, who recounted several stories (some of which were true he noted!!) of his adventures during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The group was held spellbound by this 90+ year old gentleman. The years have done little to dispel his energy, memory or ability to tell a great story!! He ended his career with over 8000 hours, of which 1600 were in combat. He flew P-38’s, P-51’s and an impressive array of jet fighters and bombers. We will truly be fortunate to have Dick come again and share more of his very interesting life. The time flew- we want another mission!!

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:35 pm
respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Oct 31

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting Notice – Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our next regularly scheduled chapter meeting is this coming Wednesday. As always, BBQ at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. Sandy and I will be out of town until late afternoon on Wednesday so she won’t be able to provide chili like she did for the last meeting. If there’s anybody else who wants to make chili or another side dish, please do so.

Our speaker this month is Creswell resident and City Council candidate Dick Heyman. Dick had a 32-year Air Force career and flew fighters in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam! While he says he didn’t particularly like to fly bombers, he flew the B-47 while assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the time between Korea and Vietnam. I’m sure we’ll all really enjoy his presentation!

This year’s EAA Christmas party will again be a combined event with Chapter 1457 in Eugene. John Stahr has again graciously offered to host the party at his studio. The party will be on Saturday evening, December 6. Spouses or significant others are invited and encouraged to attend. I’ll send more information as it becomes available but you can anticipate a pot luck format probably starting around 6:00 p.m.

President Gary

Oct 14

Chapter Breakfast – Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m.!

It’s that time again for our great Saturday morning breakfast! The current weather forecast is for a dry day so, MAYBE, we’ll get some fly-in traffic. If it’s not raining I’ll bring my open-cockpit RV-6A (probably the only one in existence) over for you to critique. If it does rain, you can still come over to my hangar and see it. After the meeting, I’ll convert it back to a closed configuration until next summer.

President Gary

Oct 09

Meeting Minutes from the 10/2/2014 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, October 2nd , 2014

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM (With Sandy Ludeke’s  now famous chili).  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, salad and chips with a drink and dessert for only $5. (*see more about the menu in the minutes)

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:03 PM by President Gary Ludeke with V.P. John Kuehl and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout present. Dave Petersen went home early not feeling well, but set up and cooked the dinner as he normally does. President Ludeke began by asking all to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

There were 23 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were Jim Walker, a nurse at the hospital with a real interest in aviation, Mike Tracey, a salesman at Roverson Ford and Diraya Torigian, EAA # 423423 who is doing a quick build project. We also had Bill Johnson join the group as our newest member. He is originally from Simi Valley , CA.

Pres. Ludeke then mentioned that the Creswell Cronicle did an article on the re-painting of the Creswell Airport mural (which is nearly complete). They also did an article on the “Buy a Brick” program, with Gary holding up a brick, but with an unfortunately worded T-shirt in the background. Ask him about it.

Gary suggested that everyone who hasn’t seen the fuselage for Tony’s new road-able airplane exit the building and check it out while we still had daylight. Tony had parked it up front of the clubhouse. Most of the folks in attendance did take a peak, and in about 15 minutes, the group was called back to order.

Gary also asked for a show of hands for those who will be attending the LSA Inspector/Repair person workshop at Mulino on October 3rd and 4th which will cost $375.  This workshop will allow you to certify your experimental LSA for flight each year. It is being put on by a very professional group of teachers and repair people. Several people raised their hands.

*Although Tom Cunningham had asked last month if we could vary the menu a bit month to month, Gary was not able to find a volunteer with a cooking talent for doing so this month. His wife’s Chili was a great treat, but he is hoping for a more radical change in the menu for next month. Anyone with an interest or talent are asked to contact him on this matter.

Randy gave an update on the “Buy a Brick” program. 2 people have purchased bricks and paid, and he was able to show the first bricks that are ready for installation. He asked Dave Eason if he would install them, and Dave agreed to get it done. He reminded the group that if we purchase 4 bricks at a time, we will not be charged the $19.95 fee for less than 4.

Next Chapter breakfast is October 18th (a special birthday for someone in the group) at the clubhouse. $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! Starts at 9:00 and runs to about 11:00 or so. Come and bring your appetite!!

There being no other business, the meeting then hosted our speaker of the night, Tony Horvath from Specialty Aero, who also brought in a guest to help with the presentation, Sean Van Hatten. They showed a nice group of aircraft parts that they manufacture at the North end of the airport and a new covering system that they are having some success with on the low airspeed birds. Very interesting look at his business and Sean did a good job helping Tony. Thanks to both of them!!

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:15 pm
respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Sep 26

October Meeting Notice

Well, our next meeting will soon be upon us as the first Wednesday of the month is also the first day of the month! Our guest speaker will be Tony Horvath, owner of Specialty Aero located at the north end of the Creswell Airport. As many of you know, Tony worked for Steve Wolfe until Steve moved to Florida. Tony does a lot of varied work in the aviation community. I’m anxious to hear more about the variety of projects he is, has been, or will be working on. Among the more notable endeavors that I am aware of is his work on aircraft being flown by one of America’s top airshow performers, Sean D. Tucker! He also had a heavy involvement in Trey Johnson’s “roadable airplane” project which was a highly modified Glastar Sportsman that was licensed both as an aircraft and as a street-legal motor vehicle.

One of our Creswell City Councilors, Jane Vincent, will also be our guest and will talk to us about her views regarding the future of our airport and how we can play a part in increasing it’s value to the community and the southern Willamette Valley.

There was a brief discussion at our last meeting regarding varying our BBQ dinners. I haven’t heard if anyone has contacted Dave Peterson regarding any changes or additions to our October menu. In the spirit of this idea, I believe I have talked my wife, Sandy, into trying her hand at a pot of chili to add to our burger and dogs menu. Take a chance and see how she does! As always, the BBQ begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting follows at 7 p.m.

President Gary

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