Nov 24

Greetings from New South Wales!

G’day to all! Sandy and I are leaving Parkes, NSW this morning for Temora and a, supposedly, world class warbird musem. Our flight to Auckland was good, our cruise from Auckland to Sydney was great, and our roadtrip so far (from Sydney to Parkes to Forbes to Parkes) has been great. We’re flying back from Sydney on December 1 so I should be at the meeting on Wednesday. The plan, as I remember it, is to use that meeting time to get the clubhouse in shape for the Christmas party. I hope all is going well in getting that event organized. I didn’t see a post for this month’s breakfast so I hope you had one and had a good turnout. See you in December.

President Gary

Nov 24

The meeting before the meeting

We WILL be having a meeting the 1st Wednesday Dec 2nd.

We’ll have a SHORT meeting.  Pledge & Chapter Video only.

The remaining time we’ll take advantage of all the brainpower and horsepower in the clubhouse to set up Tables, Chairs and Decorations for the Christmas Party with Chapter 1457 Saturday Dec 5th.


6:00 PM Wed Dec 2nd.  Dinner.  Bridget & Virgil are prepairing                     some great Lazagna.  Don’t miss it.

7:00 PM   Short Meeting

7:20 PM   Work party – Setup for Christmas Party with 1457

8:30 PM   We should be done.  Time to do last minute shopping                   for Dec 5th.

Nov 24

CH 31 & 1457 Christmas Party

EAA Chapters 31 & 1457      2015 Christmas Party

Who                 Chapter Members and guests

What                Prime Rib or Chicken Dinner

Where              Chapter 31 Clubhouse, Hobby Field, Creswell OR

When               Saturday December 5th  6:00 social hour

7:00 Dinner

Why                 Why Not  –  Have fun!

How Much       $5.00 per person

What to bring   A-H side dish;  I-P Salad;   Q-Z Salad

(yes you can jump lists if you make a great certain dish and it doesn’t fit your name)

If you are batching it and can’t bring a dish, just add $5 to the pot.


Gift exchange:         Bring up to a $7.00 wrapped gift

Auction:Bring either an unwrapped aviation related Christmas tree ornament – OR – any useful (or maybe not useful to your project) aviation item.

Any left over Prime Rib or Chicken will also be auctioned off.  Money raised from auction will be split between the 2 chapters.

RSVP John Kuehl <>

Number (yourself & number of Guests)

How many for Prime Rib

How many for Chicken.



Nov 12

Minutes from 11/4/2015 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 4th, 2015

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by the wonderful Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There was angel hair spaghetti 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 (she promised to cook the main courses for the Christmas dinner!!)

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Gary Ludeke, with Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. There were 17 members and guests in attendance.

The meeting as normal started with the pledge of allegiance, followed by a Creswell Chronical article showing our own Jim Beale with a paint stripping machine working on the Creswell runway. He explained that several of our guys (Bill Dewey, Jim Beale, Gary Ludeke, Tom Cunningham and Charlie Walker) helped with the stripping and were much appreciated by Shelly Humble.

President Gary noted that the water is off due to a coliform finding on a recent sample taken. Daves’ widow has been kind enough to allow us to continue with the water, and it is her wishes that the new owners do likewise. We will approach them with a plate of brownies and a smile and hope that they will be as neighborly as Dave. (P.S. The water has tested out Good, so it is back on for the Christmas dinner and all future events!!)

Gary noted that the club can order EAA Calendars, if we have the demand for at least 10 of them. A call for hands did not find such demand in attendance. We will try to assess interest with an email invitation to order if desired.

President Gary then spoke about the RV-3 project. Dave Eason is done with the engine mount (he found a bar stool that fit almost perfectly!) The project is moving along well, and Gary contacted Van’s for some help on the upcoming paint job. The response from Scott Reson was very good, with their help assured. We now need to determine where the plane will be painted, with Rusty Bartel, John Stahr and Kyle (in Steve Wolf’s old hangar) as possibilities. The final plan is make a presentation of the aircraft at the Oregon Aviation Historical Society with Van in attendance this summer.

Bill Dewey purchased a flag pole, and installed it (with lights) to fly all day and night. He will landscape the area with rocks (per his plan). He was thanked by all for making such a nice addition to the Honor Garden area. Bill also manned a booth at a Girl Scout event, hoping to interest them in EAA and the YE program. Alan Weider is coordinating with him to get his 10 YE’s this year. Thanks Bill and Alan!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 21st. 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 and Alan will coordinate getting the breakfast going. Thanks to everyone who makes this special time a priority.

Secretary Stout then 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 to him or another officer of the club. If you are going to nominate someone else, please ask them first if they would accept, and if so, feel free to bring their name forward at the next meeting. We will discuss the nominations in December, and (if any are found) a vote will be taken then.

The first duty of the incoming President (John Kuehl) will be to co-ordinate the Christmas party with Chapter 1457. To that end, it has been decided that we will have a joint Chapter 31 and 1457 party at the Creswell Clubhouse on December 5th at 6:00 for a social hour and 7:00 for the meal. The meal will consist of Prime Rib and Chicken, which will be provided for by the 2 Chapters, and the balance to be Pot Luck from the members. Names starting from A-H will bring a Side dish, I-P will bring a salad and Q-Z will bring a dessert. Yes, you can jump lists if you make a certain great dish and it doesn’t fit you name. Cost will be $5 (to defray the main dish cost), and a Pot Luck item. If you are batching it and can’t bring an item, just add another $5 to the pot. (And don’t everyone batch it!!) See you there!!

It was noted by Frenchy that the Oregon Air and Space Museum at the Eugene airport will be having a big band fund raiser on 11/8 at 4:00PM. (Sorry these minutes came after the event!)

There being no other business, Gary presented the EAA National chapter newsletter video that had a nice segment on Glider acrobatics.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:05?? Pm (I had to leave before the video)
respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout

Nov 03


Just a quick reminder regarding tomorrow’s meeting – Spagetti & salad at 6:00 p.m. – Meeting at 7:00 p.m. WE WILL NOT HAVE WATER IN THE CLUBHOUSE TOMORROW! I talked with Bridget and she said it will not be a problem for her. She will just do the spagetti at home. The only issues will be: 1) THERE WILL BE NO COFFEE. JUST SODA POP AND BOTTLED WATER. and 2) THE POTTY WILL BE INOPERATIVE SO IF YOU NEED TO GO YOU HAVE TO HIDE BEHIND THE CLUBHOUSE OR GO TO THE FBO. The Christmas party is set for Saturday, December 5 and we need to discuss the specific. We will be hosting the party at the clubhouse. Also, it’s worth the trip to the meeting just to see the RV-3 with its new propeller mount! I won’t say much about it but I saw it today and it involves “Grandma’s bar stool!”

President Gary

Oct 30


First off, I’d like to thank Bill Dewey for coming forward to work the Young Eagles table at the Community Center on Halloween afternoon! The old adage “If you need something done ask a busy man” holds true again! It looks like I should have everything in order for my departure to New Zealand on Thursday so I’m planning to be at the meeting. We need to make plans for the Christmas party in December. For those who are members of both Chapter 31 and 1457, please confirm that we are inviting Chapter 1457 to join us at our clubhouse for a joint Christmas party. As in the past, the plan would be for the chapters to share equally in the cost for the dinner’s main course(s) and the remainder of the food to be brought pot luck style. We also need to discuss the next steps for the RV-3 project. Van’s Aircraft is going to help us with the cost of primer and paint but we need to determine how we’ll get the actual painting done. We still need someone to take on the minor repair work on the wings. I believe that the few dents can be filled with body putty and they’ll be ready for priming and painting. Since Bill Dewey is working the YE table, he may have a list of kids who want Young Eagles rides. If the number is not too great, my thought would be for those members who want to fly YE’s can take names from the list, contact those kids/parents, and set up the flights at the convenience of the pilot and YE. I’ll also bring the latest Chapter Video for us to watch at the end of the meeting. This meeting will also be a good chance to discuss nominations for Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer as well as any other issues that members want to bring up. I hope to see you all on Wednesday!

President Gary

Oct 29


I got a call from Shelley Humble today advising me that there will be a Halloween Girl Scout activity in the Creswell Community Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this coming Saturday, October 31. She asked if EAA could send one or more volunteers to run a Young Eagles table at the event to explain the program to youngsters and parents, hand out Young Eagles brochures and create a sign-up list for kids wanting rides that we could give over the next couple of months. I would love to do it but I have a previously scheduled commitment that conflicts with this time. Would someone PLEASE come forward to take this on? It’s a great opportunity for the chapter to continue spreading the word about aviation and the Young Eagle program. If you can do it, PLEASE let Shelley know ASAP by calling her at 541-953-9197 (cell). If you would, please also call me just so I know that we’re going to be able to do it. If you don’t know how to get into the clubhouse and find the brochures let me know. My number is 541-914-8605.

President Gary

Oct 14


This Saturday, October 17, is the date for our next Chapter 31 clubhouse breakfast. Those who volunteered to help should show up around 8:00 to get things in gear. Food will be served from around 09:00 to around 10:30 depending on demand. There’s some light rain in the forecast so we might not have any fly-in attendees but, hopefully, we’ll get a bunch of drive in people. The local sports car club people are planning to attend in mass but that also is dependent upon the weather. Let’s hope for the best. However many show up, the food will be good and the hangar flying will be great!

President Gary

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