May 05

Meeting Minutes for the 5/2/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, May 2nd, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our host Bill Dewey providing a great Chicken and Rice dish with salad and cookies for desert along with drinks for only $8! Thanks Bill!
Jim Origliosso has offered to handle the food for the next meeting. Wait for further notifications as to what we are sure to enjoy in a month! See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:00 PM. Sharp.
President John Kuehl, V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 22 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were Mark and Africa Shumaker and kids. They purchase Eugene Skydivers from Urban Moore. Also, David Dick from Cottage Grove. He is working on purchasing a Zenith 601CH. Welcome to everyone!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, May 19th . Come out to the clubhouse in the AM and pay $8 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Bill Dewey noted that their flying club airplane (a C-150) is now nearly done and ready to go. There is just a bit of paperwork left. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

Secretary Stout then reminded the group about name tags. Everyone in attendance should have their name tag on, just to make sure we get to know each other better. Everyone had one on this month except Darrell Durossette, who had one printed up for him. Good job everyone!!

President John then gave a nice slide presentation that was a distillation of his recent trip to Oshkosh for leadership training. He has come back with a lot of great ideas. The first of which is to paint “EAA 31” on the top of the clubhouse, visible from the air while in the pattern. He also wants us to have a lot better web site and begin posting on Facebook. And, he hopes to promote the flying club that is starting to form around the C-150. Hopefully all these projects can begin and bring us into the modern age of communication. Thanks John!

President John also noted that VP Gary Ludeke was one of the subjects of Lauran Paine Jr.’s column in the (May) issue of Sport Aviation. The subject was Young Eagle flights, and Gary and Randy Stout were both mentioned for the flights they had made with very special YE’s.

John then introduced Mark Shumaker again, who gave a nice presentation on skydiving as a sport and the equipment used. He said a nice parachute rig is about $6500, and includes a computer that would auto deploy an emergency ‘chute if you were unconscious and nearing the ground too quickly. Tandem jumps (your first ones) are $200, and solo jump are $25 up to 10,500ft. AGL He seems like a great neighbor and will be a nice addition to the Creswell Airport. Thanks Mark!

With no other new or old business, Pres. John asked our speaker Jim Origliosso to come up and give a presentation about the Angel Flight program. Jim is the area director for Angel Flight, and has flown upwards of 80 flights himself. They have been around for 34 years and received nearly 40 Million in donations for this worthy volunteer service. No pilots are paid for this work, which makes it even more amazing. They have about 1300 volunteer pilots whose qualifications are Private Certificate with 250 hours, Insurance, 50 Hrs. CC time. There are no emergency trips booked, only medical or special needs trips. Jim showed slides of some of his families he has helped, and it really is heartwarming to see their faces. Contact www.angelflightwest.org if you would like to join this worthy group.

President John then ran the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, which we all enjoyed. They noted that June 9th is Young Eagle day, so chapters who don’t have a set day should attempt to use that date. Our chapter 31 uses July 4th as our YE day. It also noted that the Chapter Award Applications need to be sent in as soon as possible.

As a final notice, there will be a 100th year celebration of the first air mail flight. Ron England and his Fleet 2 will “fly the mail” on May 16th at the Creswell airport at 3:00. Try to attend if you can.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:45PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Apr 07

Meeting Minutes for the 4/4/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, April 4th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our hosts John and Ruth Kuehl providing a great “fix your own hard or soft Taco” meal with all the trimmings and candy and/or Ice Cream for desert along with drinks for only $8! Thanks Ruth and John!! Bill Dewey has offered to handle the food for the next meeting. Wait for further notifications as to what we are sure to enjoy in a month! See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:55 PM. President John Kuehl, V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 19 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, April 21st. Come out to the clubhouse in the AM and pay $8 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal! President John will not be here as he is attending the leadership conference at EAA national on that date.

Bill Dewey noted that their flying club airplane (a C-150) is nearly done and ready to go. There is just a bit of paperwork left. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

Secretary Stout then reminded the group about name tags. Everyone in attendance should have their name tag on, just to make sure we get to know each other better. From now on, anyone without a name tag (except for those who have not gotten one yet) prominently displayed will be charged $1. At the end of the year, the $1 fine jar will be given away at the Christmas party. Sound like fun!

With no other new or old business, Pres. John introduced our speaker for the evening, Gary Ludeke. Gary gave a very thorough slide presentation about the various airspaces and their visibility, tower contact and cloud clearance requirements. It was a good refresher for all of us who will be getting their BFR’s in the near future. Thanks Gary!

We then watched a vintage “Andy Griffith Show” episode, where Aunt Bea learns to fly (a 172). Very nostalgic and entertaining.

President John then decided that there was enough time to present the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, which we all enjoyed.
There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:27
PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Feb 11

Meeting Minutes from the 2/7/2018 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 7th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our new host Walt Weischedel providing a wonderful Chicken Alfredo dinner with salad, French bread, sweet rolls and drinks for only $5! See you at the next dinner/meeting for Lasagna!! Thanks Walt!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:55 PM.
President John Kuehl, V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 24 members and guests in attendance. Cassandra from the Oregon Aviation Historical Society and her family were in attendance. Also, lapsed member Paul Buehler re-joined the club.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, February 17th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal! We will need one more egg turner!!

Bill Dewey noted that the flying club airplane (C-150) is done and ready to go. He parked it outside the clubhouse before the meeting for inspection. Now the flying club needs to finish organizing and begin to sign up members. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

President Kuehl began the program with a list of upcoming programs and a request for everyone to put on their thinking caps and find us another great speaker. Several people raised their hands and suggested names. John now has most of the 2018 meetings taken care of, but more programs are always welcome.

Treasurer Stout then gave a quick treasurers report. (We have $ 2670.69 in the checkbook as of 2/7/2018). Please see him for a list of members who have not paid and lay $25 on him if your name is on the list. It’s the best $25 you will spend all year!

With no other new or old business, Pres. John acknowledged Gary Ludeke to come forward and give his slide presentation on the display RV-3 that the club has just delivered to the OAHS. Gary noted (and showed) the condition of the parts as they were received (rough would be a kind word), and proceeded to show the work accomplished, both quickly and slowly. All the folks who helped were recognized and a group picture was taken of the guilty parties. The only thing left to do is reward the non-participants and this will be a “mission accomplished”. But in all seriousness, thanks from everyone in Chapter 31 and the OAHS for the hard work and great results. This airplane truly represents Oregon Aviation, EAA, and Dick VanGrunsven as a great example of Dick’s first airplane that started it all. Hopefully I will convince the President to post pictures of the re-build and the group pictures. Thanks everyone!!

President John then decided not to present the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, as the time was getting late.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:17 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jan 09

Meeting Minutes from the 1/3/2018 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, January 3rd, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our amazing hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt. We had a wonderful Lasagna with salad, French bread, Brownies and Apple Cake and drinks for only $5? See you at the next dinner/meeting for pulled pork!! Unfortunately, this will be the last meeting that Virgil and Bridget will be hosting, as they plan to retire in March. Thanks so much from everyone for all the wonderful meals you gave us during the past few years. You will be missed!!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:50 PM.
President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 14 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, January 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Bill Dewey noted that the flying club airplane (C-150) is done and ready to go. Now the flying club needs to finish organizing and begin to sign up members. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

President Kuehl began the program with a quick look back at all the programs that we enjoyed in 2017. He also noted that we flew 113 Young Eagles with 14 airplanes. He then gave out chapter service awards to several people who helped make 2017 a fun year! The MVP award went to the dynamic duo of Virgil and Bridge Pratt. Thanks again for all your wonderful meals!

Gary Ludeke also reported on a conversation he had with the Principle at Creswell High School about starting an aviation program there. Gary indicated his willingness to speak to groups of students, as a few other members will also. He is waiting on them now to confirm that they want this program.

He also gave an RV-3 update. The plane is now complete, and they have delivered it to the OAHS Museum in CG. There will be a formal acceptance ceremony this spring. The project pictures and struggles will be part of next months program in the clubhouse.

Other upcoming programs on the docket include: in March Reiner Decker will give a presentation on Jet engine development that he and his father worked on and Dave Eason will give an airspace review in April. It was agreed that Dr. Hansen would be a great speaker to explain (again) the Basic Med rules and how they are working after the first 8 months.

The matter of elections was then discussed. Gary Ludeke has agreed to be the VP for the next 2 years and help John as he remains President. The slate of officers was then presented to the group, moved to be accepted by Walt Weischedel and voted on. All officers were elected unanimously. Bill Dewey accepted the position of Quartermaster (to keep the pantry stocked for our breakfasts and dinners).

Treasurer Stout then gave a quick treasurers report. (We have $ 2730.69 in the checkbook as of 12/29/2017). He noted that we paid EAA national $570 for dues and insurance, and completed the clubhouse floor painting project (Thank again to the amazing John Kuehl for all this arduous work). The EPUD bill alone for the heat to cure the paint was $240!

With no other new or old business, Pres. John began to show a video on the Basler Aviation conversion of the DC-3 to a turbine powered hauler that takes its payload from 6500 lbs. to 11,000 lbs. and speed up to 240 knots. He also presented the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, which was appreciated by everyone.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:05 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Nov 08

Meeting Minutes from the 11/1/2017 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 1st , 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM without our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt but with John and Ruth Kuehl stepping up again. We had Chili Dogs with salad, chips, drinks and Brownies and cookies for desert for only $5? Thanks again to. See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:57 PM. President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 15 members and guests in attendance. The guests included J. Thorpe, who is hanging a new Superior engine on his Great Lakes. Also, past member Bob Severns (who has done 4 engine rebuilds this year) was also in attendance. Welcome to you both!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 18th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal! Hang around after the meal and we will clean and prep the floor for new paint. The plan is to paint it with rollers on the 19th at 2:30PM, but Walt Weischedel thought it may not be dry enough by then. John will assess the situation and report back after the cleaning.

President Kuehl asked an election committee report. Gary Ludeke has agreed to be the VP for the next 2 years and help John as he remains President. In the event that it becomes too much for John, Gary will step into the Presidency and John will step back into Vice Presidency. A creative way to solve the eternal leadership problem most clubs face yearly. Thanks to both of you for your service!!

Gary Ludeke gave an RV-3 update. The Wright Body Shop is now painting the airplane at cost. The club will write them a check for $500 to cover these costs. We still plan to completely assemble and deliver it to the OAHS Museum in CG this spring. It will be all white with some decals.

Walter Weischedel has put out mouse bait and it appears to be very effective.

It was noted that we should all go to WWW.atcnotforsale.com and register our opinion about keeping the ATC out of private hands.

The Christmas party was the next topic of conversation. Subject to not having a joint Christmas party with Chapter 1457 (which is not certain yet), the club decided to have the party at the clubhouse in Creswell on December 9th at 6:00PM. All the details (who brings what, cost, menu etc.) will be detailed in upcoming emails from John. This dinner will be in place of the normal December meeting.

Gary Ludeke also reported on a conversation he had with the Principle at Creswell High School (whose name I did not get) about starting an aviation program there. Gary indicated his willingness to speak to groups of students, as a few other members will also. More details on this as it develops.

Bill Dewey is beginning to hang the rebuilt engine on the flying clubs C-150, and the issue with torqueing the nuts on the mounting bracket.

With no other new or old business, Pres. John began to show various instruction videos about airplane maintenance and repair provided by EAA national. The effects of ACF-50 and CorrosionX were compared and highly recommended. The use of bonding brushes to keep connections free of contamination, the use of Grip Lock Ties, which are zip ties with a rubber/silicone liner and have a quick release for reuse. These topics along with Jobi Cell phone holders, Blue tooth triggers, Road Microphones, Light pads, Oliclip lens’, time lapse apps for the cell phone, how to build a hot wire tool, the types of tin snips available and how to use them and the Nord Lock Wedge washer were all viewed and appreciated.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:22 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Oct 18

Meeting Minutes for the October 4th, 2017 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, October 4th, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM without our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt but with John and Ruth Kuehl stepping up. We had sloppy joes with coleslaw, chips, drinks and Cookies for only $5? Thanks again to. See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:53 PM. President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 15 members and guests in attendance. The guests included Mark Solowinski, who is building a Wagabond; He lives in the area for 6 months and in Flagstaff for the rest of the year. The other guest was our speaker, Mike Pungercar.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, October 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. Thanks in advance for all the
guys who show up and cook the meal!

President Kuehl asked for volunteers for the election committee. He got hands from Gary Ludeke and Rod Johnson, and volunteered himself as a third.

Gary Ludeke gave an RV-3 update. Painting is still the biggest topic, with a local body shop (Wright Body) being asked if they can help. We still plan to deliver it to the OAHS Museum in CG this spring. It will be all white with some decals.

Walter Weischedel has put out mouse bait and it appears to be very effective.

Treasurer Stout gave a Financial Report noting that the club now has a balance of $3437

It was noted that we should all go to WWW.atcnotforsale.com and register our opinion about keeping the ATC out of private hands.

With no other new or old business, Pres. John turned the meeting over to our speaker, Mike Pungercar. Mike is the founder of the local Honor Flight program, with several hundred veterans having made the trip to DC to date, and has written a book “The Promise Kept” about his fathers’ exploits as a crew member on a B-17 flying from England to Europe during the bombing of the Nazi’s. He put on a very good picture presentation of the daily activities of these bomber crews and fighter pilots. No one in the audience came away less than impressed with the courage and strength that these crews displayed during this awful time. Thanks Mike!!

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:01 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Aug 11

Meeting Minutes from the 8/2/2017 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, August 2nd, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt. We had Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Potato and Mac Salad, Baked Beans and Cookies for only $5!! Thanks again to Bridget and Virgil Pratt for being our cooks and hosts. See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:59 PM. 102 Degrees in the clubhouse!!
President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present.

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 16 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, August 19th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Gary Ludeke gave an RV-3 update. Painting has begun with Alen Weider being chief painter. They have a deadline of September 23rd. to deliver it to the OAHS Museum in CG. It will be all white with some decals and displayed in the rafters of the museum.

Treasurer Stout gave a Financial Report noting that the club now has a balance of $3857 in part due to a nice contribution from the recent B-17 flight/tours that many of the members volunteered at.

Bill Dewey noted that the flying club (not affiliated with EAA Chapter 31) is now looking to major the C-150 engine of Rusty Bartel’s before proceeding with the purchase. It has a broken cam lifter. John Kuehl noted that he may have an engine they should look at before proceeding.

Tom Cunningham mentioned that the Stearman fly-in will be held at Cottage Grove on August 5th.

President John then began a presentation about “Practical Chemistry” and how to use it for aircraft work. A very informative handout was also passed around. Thanks John!!

The club then watched last months’ Chapter Video, as this months’ had not downloaded yet, and we did not show last month’s anyway.
There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:08 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasure

Jun 09

Meeting Minutes from the 6/7/2017 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, June 7th, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 5:55 PM with our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt. We had pulled pork, coleslaw and apple butter bars, brownies and a drink for only $5? Doesn’t get any better than that! Hopefully they will return again next month with another wonderful menu!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:58 PM. President John Kuehl, VP Bill Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 18 members and guests in attendance. Past member Richard Letsom’s son was a guest.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, June 17th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

President John spoke about the need for organization on the upcoming YE flying this July 4th. He has special T shirts for everyone to wear- just $8. He presented a slide show that broke down all the jobs for this event, and asked for volunteers for each position. Not sure he got all he needed so please come to breakfast to finalize the program. He will be calling folks to ask them to volunteer in the near future.

He also showed slides of his trip on the EAA’s B-17 when it came to town. A great trip that I am sure we all wish we could have made with him.

Airport Manager Shelly Humble then gave a nice update about all the happenings at the Creswell Airport. She noted that the new reader board sign ($22,500) is now working and visible from I-5. She is working on an advertising policy so that she can begin using that capability. She is trying to get a bigger flag for the airport (6×10’). Charter Spectrum is expected to finish trenching in new DSL/Phone lines and we should be able to use the airports WiFi connection soon.

She then reported on the just completed Airport Vision Committee report. During the last 6 months about 17 people in the community (users, residents, staff etc.) met under Dave Weinkaufs direction to come up with a vision of how the airport can look in the near, 5year and 10 year future. These findings will be presented to the Airport Commission and then the City Council for consideration and action.

Shelly turned to the upcoming YE event, and said that she is hoping to get a $500 sponsorship from the fuel company as we have had in the past. She also has 200 balsa wood airplanes to give out during the event.

She mentioned that Jim Orglioso has been trying to start a (for credit) Tech Program at the local High School. This program would allow the young men and women to build an airplane (RV-12??) and consider careers in aviation Tech or flying.

Tom Cunningham mentioned that the Oregon Aviation Historical Society will be having their annual Wings and Wheels event on the 24th of June.

President John then began the Chapter Video, which featured oil filter inspection techniques.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:28 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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