Jan 16


We will have our first Chapter Breakfast of the year tomorrow, January 17, starting at 9:00 a.m. Members of the Oregon Antique and Aircraft Club (OACAC) will be attending our breakfast and then staying for the quarterly OACAC meeting in our clubhouse (beginning at 11:00). Please extend a hearty welcome to anyone you don’t recognize from the chapter! Everyone is welcome to stay on for the OACAC meeting. For those not familiar with this group you might find it’s one you might want to get involved with. OACAC sponsors the “Oregon Air Tour” held on even numbered years and a “Fly Out” to a single destination on the odd numbered years such as this one. Sandy and I have been members since 2008 and have really enjoyed the fun times we’ve had flying as a group to really neat places! By the way, you may think you won’t fit in if you don’t fly a “classic” or “antique” airplane. But that’s like thinking you won’t fit in to the EAA if you don’t have an experimental airplane. More than half the airplanes that participate in Air Tours and Fly Outs are newer production airplanes like Cessnas and Pipers and newer experimentals like RVs and Glasairs.

President Gary

Jan 14

Meeting Minutes from 1/7/2015 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, January 7th, 2015

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by our newest and most active members, Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There were Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, salad and homemade chili and brownies along with chips with a drink for only $5. Wow- you just wait until next time. We will have Pulled Pork!!

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by  V.P. John Kuehl (President Gary Ludeke was out with pneumonia!) and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout present.

There were 22 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests was our speaker for the night and Chapter 1457’s past President John Stahr.

VP Kuehl then read a recent letter to the editor that appeared in the Creswell Chronicle that was very negative about the airport and its residents. He proceeded to read a rebuttal letter to the editor by our own President Gary Ludeke that spoke very well of the airport and our group, and invited the offensive letter writer to have lunch with him and discuss it. He even offered him an airplane ride. We can only assume that the door would stay shut during the entire flight!!

Dave Heisley then spoke to the group and said that he would be happy to continue maintaining the grounds but that we need to remove the snow fence so that he doesn’t have to fight it each time. He also noted that the water will be turned off for a period of time in order to continue with his rights as water master to Chapter 31.

The members were asked if they could bring a list of tools that they may be able to loan out to fellow members when they need them. Pat Dotson has received a group of tools that were donated to Chapter 31 by Ron Rinaldi, and he will be assessing their value. We will offer them up for sale to the highest bidder next month using Pat’s appraisal as a fair market price.

Walt Weischedel asked if we could clean up the clubhouse and get rid of a bunch on unused furniture and fixtures. A complete list will be posted to the web site later.

Next Chapter breakfast is January 17th at the clubhouse. $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! Starts at 9:00 and runs to about 11:00 or so. This breakfast meeting will last a bit longer because the OACAC will be using the clubhouse for their meeting and will be coming for breakfast prior to the meeting. Virgil and Bridget Pratt have offered to oversee this breakfast, and we had a few hands go up offering to be of help. Come and bring your appetite!!

There being no other business, the meeting then hosted our speaker of the night, John Stahr, who gave us a very nice power point presentation of the artistic work he has accomplished in 2014. Needless to say, it was very entertaining and had a WOW factor!! Thanks John for helping out a sister chapter!!

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:25 pm
respectfully submitted, Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jan 07

Last Minute Meeting Reminder!

It has been suggested that we put out a meeting reminder on the day of the meeting for those who tend to forget such things. Well, it’s tonight at 6 for the BBQ and 7 for the meeting. We’ll have a Chapter Awards presentation and a presentation by John Stahr on what he’s been painting lately. I hope you all can make it!

President Gary

Jan 04


Computers and email sometimes want to make me pull out what little hair I have left! I just sent the post regarding John Stahr speaking at our upcoming meeting. I copied his email to that post which some of you may have gotten. It didn’t show up in the post notification that came to me! I found I could see it by going directly to our chapter website at www.eaa31.org. So, if it didn’t appear in my post you can, likewise, go directly to the site and probably see it. It has some colorful pictures of planes that John has painted.

President Gary

Jan 04

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting – Wednesday, January 7 – UPDATE!

I just received the timely email from John Stahr that is copied below. His free time is our gain! We’ll plan on having John as our featured speaker after the future planning part of the meeting. Thanks, John!

President Gary

Hey Gary, I find myself with a work week where I am not all committed or behind, I would like to attend the 31 meeting, and if you shy on some “meat and Potatoes” for the meeting, I have had some interesting big jobs over the last year I could do a presentation on that are at least aviation interesting if not downright colorful.

John Stahr
85194 Appletree Drive
Eugene, OR 97405
541-954-2085 cell
541-344-5585 studio
if you want, you could forward this to the 31 mailing list, as a “trailer”  for what I will talk about

Jan 04

Chapter 31 Meeting – Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year to all and welcome to 2015! Our first meeting of the year is this coming Wednesday, January 7. It looks like Virgil and Bridget Pratt, along with Sandy and me, will do the BBQ before the meeting. Remember: BBQ at 6:00, meeting at 7:00. I’d like to use this meeting to see where we’ve been last year and where we want to go this year with the Chapter. If I can figure out how to pull it together, we will also have an EAA Chapter Video. January is the time we also honor those who have served the Chapter during the preceding year. EAA headquarters has sent me the certificates and award pins for the eight persons who served in a capacity for which the EAA has awards. It is probably not possible, but it sure would be nice if everyone who is to receive an award could be present at the meeting. Therefore, this is extra special invitation to the following persons to attend: John Kuehl; Randy Stout; Dave Petersen; Ben Hallert; Keith Delaney; Alan Wieder and Wally Anderson. One piece of bad news: IT’S TIME TO PAY YOUR 2015 CHAPTER DUES!

President Gary

Nov 21


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


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

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