Feb 06

Meeting Minutes from the 2-3-2016 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 3rd, 2016
The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by John and Ruth Kuehl. There was Lasagna, French bread, a huge salad, Pam Stouts’ homemade oatmeal-raisin cookies and a drink for only $5. Don’t miss the next great meal!!

The meeting as normal started with the pledge of allegiance, and an introduction of the guests in the audience. We hosted Alex Goodwin (mini-cub)

President John Kuehl started the chapter video magazine presentation at 6:55, and we were able to have a look at the new changes to the Child Protection program and how it affects the Young Eagle flights we give. Apparently, the EAA National is attempting to model their efforts after the Boy Scouts and CAP.

We stopped the video there and recognized Past President Gary Ludeke, who has reservations as to the clubs ability to staff our YE event as they are requesting. Alan Weider then mentioned that Jack Pelton has further clarified these rules to eliminate many of the problems that Gary was concerned about for the YE events, not the other activities that could be problematic. Since all the YE flyers are with a parent or guardian during the event, it eliminates many of the rules that require a certain number of vetted members per child (2 adults/10 kids 13 and under, 2 adults/40 kids over 13). After these discussions, we viewed the rest of the chapter video.

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:20 PM by President  John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. There were 24 members and guests in attendance. President John asked anyone in attendance who wanted an EAA calendar to come up to him after the meeting and buy one. He is out the $80 it costs for the calendars, and would like to recoup this cost.

Alan Weider then spoke about the RV-3 project. He had taken the wheel pants home and sanded off all the old paint and bondo. They were in bad shape, but are now ready for paint. He and Dave Eason will break the wings apart for storage and repair. The tail wheel still needs fabrication, and we need to align the cowling. It was suggested that we pop rivet these together, as this is a non-flying display aircraft.

Dave Eason then gave a quick “Shop Tricks” demonstration on how to sort out a box of mixed fasteners. His method is to take a flexible mat of plastic and lay that on the workbench first. He then dumps the entire contents of the box on the plastic, sorts for the fastener he needs, then picks up the plastic mat and curves it like a ½ funnel to pour the loose fasteners back into the box. Very slick! Thanks Dave!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, February 20th. Come out to the clubhouse in the AM and pay $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 10:30 or so. Bridget Pratt will not be there, so we need volunteers. Gary, Tom, Bill, Rod and Alan?  Will you coordinate getting the breakfast??

President John then spoke about his trip to Flabob, California to attend the EAA Chapter Leadership training. He noted the high points of this workshop focused on AEEE. Always-Entertaining-Educational-Enjoyable. Make it a “Can’t miss” function and expand to involve all the family and non-aviators. He said that successful chapters focus on: Name tags and welcoming new people, Business cards and banners (he ordered a $20 banner that is huge!!), Web Site an email, Facebook and E-Blasts of events.

He also noted that even though there are 190,000 EAA members, only 40,000 are members of a local chapter. He suggested that we all contact anyone who might be interested and let them know that they can have a 6 month free National EAA membership (with magazine!). He also suggested we think of other family activities that might interest the members and their families, such as a movie/popcorn night at the clubhouse. Thanks John for the time you spent learning how to make a successful chapter!!

He then suggested that we increase our efforts at fund raising. He suggested raising the price of breakfast, hold raffles, accept donation, sell hats and T shirts, have an airplane wash and even maybe a hangar dance. There was a brief discussion about the use of the funds, as the chapter has no big project that requires money at this time. Several people felt that the project (or dream) come first, along with the sponsor (or sparkplug) who will see it through, before we begin raising money in earnest. Walt Weischedel had a few ideas about a project that the club might want to start, and was willing to be that sparkplug, so we will discuss this at the next meeting in March.

John also wanted to open up the possibility that the club get 501-C-3 status with the IRS in order to accept donation that could be a tax write off. He will pursue this idea and report back. He also wanted anyone with speaker ideas, or meeting ideas to mention them to him. Gary Ludeke reported that the chapter had a Facebook page at one time, and will see about the details on reviving this activity.

There being no other business, we ran a short video on Spitfire 944’s crash and subsequent documentary film. It was great to see the old footage and to hear from the surviving pilot all about the aerial reconnaissance that was done from England during WW-II.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:24 PM
respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Feb 03

Meeting tonight!! 6:00 Dinner

Don’t forget the EAA meeting tonight at Creswell Airport!!

Drive or swim down and have dinner with us at 6:00

I heard something about lasagna and french bread!!

Jan 27

Feb 2016 Meeting Notice

Feb 2016 Meeting notice.
Well, I’m off to EAA Chapter 1, Flabob Field in Riverside (LA area) California to get some needed “Leadership Training”. I should be back the day before EAA Chapter 31 Feb 2016 meeting Wed 2/3/2016.
Among the items on the agenda that night will be:
(1) Monthly Chapter Video

(2) Gary Ludeke will report on the new “rules” for Young Eagle Flights and we will discuss same.

(3) We will see a fascinating video “Spitfire 944” about long range reconnaissance by an American pilot flying photo flights over Germany in WWII. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS.

(4) I will report on what I learned from my California trip. We will discuss how to grow Chapter 31 and make our meetings better.

Again Dinner at 6:00 PM Meeting at 7:00 PM
See you there.
John Kuehl Ch 31 president

Jan 27

Feb 2016 Meeting Notice

Feb 2016 meeting notice

Jan 22


You probably have received by now a letter from the EAA Young Eagles Office regarding the introduction of a “Youth Protection Policy and Program” for the Young Eagles Program. I am quite concerned and upset that EAA is implementing this program! I have taken the required on-line training and submitted my information for the required background check. However, while I may continue to fly Young Eagles, I will be resigning my position as Chapter Young Eagles Coordinator. I will make this official at our next chapter meeting. I don’t want the responsibility 0f assuring that the required “adult supervision” is in place at our July 4th (and other) YE events. If you haven’t gotten into this new mandate yet, you will see that EAA is requiring two trained adult supervisors on site for every 10 kids under 13 years of age that are present during the event. Two staff are required for every 24 kids over the age of 13. The way I see it, the only way we can be assured of complying with this requirement is to have the kids fill out the YE forms before they enter the event area or provide us with a birth certificate or other proof of age documentation. Based on the number of adult supervisors on site, we would probably have to restrict entry to a limited number of kids at any given time. Also, as most of you are aware, it is always an issue trying to get sufficient pilots and aircraft to fly the kids that we can attract at our July 4th event. Realize that, per this mandate if, for example, we were to have 40 kids under the age of 13 show up at the clubhouse (not an unrealistic assumption based on your past two years event) in a short period of time, we would need 8 trained adult supervisors circulating on site! This, obviously, is in addition to the pilots, aircraft loaders, etc that we need to safely fly the kids! Please, if you have any interest at all in the Young Eagles Program, come to the February meeting so we can try to sort this out! (John, please put this item on the February meeting agenda.) If you share my concern I also encourage you to contact the two people listed at the bottom of the subject letter. I will be forwarding the text of this post to them to let them know what I think of this mandate.

Gary Ludeke, Young Eagles Coordinator

Jan 17

EAA Chapter 31 Dues are Due now!!!

Hi to all EAA Chapter 31 members!
You may have forgotten but dues are due every year in January.

This post should clear up that confusion and (hopefully) direct you to send in your check for 2016

All members need to send in their (hard earned but well spent) $25 or bring it to the next meeting. We have only received about 15 of our 40+ members money so far this month. The address for sending the $25 check is:

EAA Chapter 31    86277 Panorama Rd.     Springfield, OR 97478.

Better yet, come to the meeting the first Wednesday of the Month at 6:00 for dinner and 7:00 for entertainment!

Want to be a Lifetime member of Chapter 31? Either save the Secretary/Treasurers life, or send in $1000. Believe it or not, we have about 8 Lifetime members of the club now ( and no – his life was never in any real danger)

Thanks again for belonging to the greatest bunch of aviation people in the world!!

Jan 07

Meeting Minutes for the 1-6-2016 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, January 6th, 2016

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by the wonderful Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There was elbow macaroni with meat sauce, French bread, salad and Bridget’s wonderful brownies and a drink for only $5. She is such a great cook; don’t miss the next meeting! It could be prime rib or cheese bakes, you just never know.

It seemed opportune to start the chapter video magazine presentation at 6:40, so we enjoyed that until the meeting began.

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by Past President Gary Ludeke, with President elect John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. There were 23 members and guests in attendance.

The meeting as normal started with the pledge of allegiance, and an introduction of the guests in the audience. We hosted Richard Dandrea from Roseburg and Mark Preston(?) from Creswell, with Richard becoming a member after the meeting! Welcome guys and I hope you enjoy the upcoming year as much as we enjoyed 2015

PP Gary then gave out the 2015 Chapter Service awards, and his newest creation, the “We couldn’t have done it without you!” awards. Jim Beale was presented on of these WCHDIWY awards for his help painting the runway markings, Tom Cunningham for his Parade efforts, Dave Eason for help on the RV-3 Project and Honor Garden, Ray Morse for help with the RV-3 project and Walt Weischedel for his building maintenance efforts and egg delivery. As a special award, Alan Weider was given the “MVP of Chapter 31” award. Thanks to all who made 2015 a great year. Remember, you get out of a group what you put in!

Past President Gary then spoke about the RV-3 project, with which he will stay involved after stepping down as President. Doug Kindred noted that due to our efforts to honor Dick VanGrunsven, their foundation has given $2500 to the Oregon Aviation Historical Society to help with the restoration of 3 more of their airplanes, in addition to all the materials they have provided us for our restoration. Thanks again Gary for being the Spark Plug for this worthy project.

In his final act, PP Gary also brought us his discussion with the City of Creswell administrators in his position as liaison with the airport commission. He said that they wanted to increase the number of people who enjoy Creswell during Airport Days. Although I am not sure what the final outcome of his discussions were, it appears that if we emphasize the Young Eagle day during the July 4th festivities, we will draw on the 14,000 people who are in Creswell for the Parade. Stay tuned for further news and planning for YE days in 2016

As his first act as new President, John Kuehl noted that we still need nominations for Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. He suggested that any who would be willing to serve in this capacity (and as President in 2 years as is our custom), please make this known now. Bill Johnson asked about the responsibilities, and seeming satisfied he could manage, put his name forward. The nominations were then moved to be closed, seconded and voted in affirmative. The election was then held, and Bill won by unanimous vote. Thanks Bill!!

The Secretary/Treasurer spot was again in total disarray, so by default Randy Stout will muddle through another year as Chapter Secretary/Treasurer. He suggested an audit of the books by the incoming President, and a very short term in Jail after the results are reported.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, January 16th. Come out to the clubhouse in the AM and pay $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 10:30 or so. Bridget Pratt said that she would not be there, so she asked again for volunteers. Gary, Tom, Bill, Rod and Alan will coordinate getting the breakfast going. Thanks to everyone who makes this special time a priority. Alan will get with Bridget to be sure that all the supplies we will need are in the fridge.

President John then asked if we could look into getting internet access for the clubhouse. At a cost of $720+- a year, it is not in our budget, but it was suggested that someone might allow us to use their cellular hot spot when we need access. Secretary Stout offered the use of his hot spot, so hopefully we have enough band width to use it effectively.

Pres John also noted that he will be traveling to Flabob, CA for the EAA Chapter Leadership meeting with hopes of becoming a better President and leader of the chapter. Thanks John for your efforts!!

There being no other business, President John then asked PP Gary to come forward and present his slides of his recent trip to Australia to visit various air museums and radio telescopes. Very interesting and fun to watch. Thanks Gary!

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:20 PM
respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jan 06


Just a reminder that tonight is our chapter BBQ and meeting. 6:00 BBQ and 7:00 meeting! Please try to make it if you can to welcome and support our new President, John Kuehl. We’ve got a number of things on the agenda that should be fun and interesting to all!

President Gary

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