Meeting Minutes from the 11/7/2018 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 7th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with a great homemade Chili with corn bread, cupcakes and cookies courtesy of John and Ruth Kuehl. Thanks for a hearty and wonderful meal!!

The meeting started at 6:58PM with the pledge of allegiance lead by President John Kuehl. Vice President Gary Ludeke and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout were also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 24 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 17th. 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!

Secretary Stout noted that the check book balance is $3859.08 as of 11/01/2018

VP Gary then spoke about the new flying “club” that several members are putting together. Those members will probably include himself, Jerry Krause, Roger Welch, Bill Dewey, President John and David Dick. They will be purchasing a Zodiac 601 and they intend Gary to be the flight instructor, Bill to be the A+P and David to manage the group. They may just run it as a 4 share partnership, so “club” might be an overstatement at this time.

President John then called for volunteers for meeting presentations for the upcoming year. Several people raised their hands and we have most of the meeting dates covered. Please contact John with any meeting ideas you may have and we can add them to the calendar.

He then spoke about the upcoming Christmas Party to be held at the clubhouse on our normal meeting night in December (12/5/18). He will provide the roast beef and a few fixings. Those coming should bring a dish: A-H a Side dish, I-Q a Salad and R-Z a Dessert. Please feel free to choose any category you most prefer. Cost is $10/ meal, or $15 for the first person (if you are couple) if no side dish. Social Hour at 6:00, Dinner at 6:30 to 7:00. We would love to have a gift exchange also, so if possible, bring a $10 or less wrapped gift. All who bring gifts will get a ticket and the fun will commence!! Please send John a RSVP with how many you will have and what you are bringing. Email to

V.P. Gary then spoke about his efforts (and others) to begin the restoration of the Story Special aircraft down at the OAHS in Cottage Grove. He is having help from Mark Zalinski on the wings and encourages anyone interested in helping to join them in CG. Call Gary at 541-914-8605 for times and days. He also mentioned that past resident and now Head of WAAM restoration shop, Jacona Matson-Bell and Mark Baxter will be working on the final restoration to flying status of the Tex Rankin Great Lakes along with Tim Talen helping to restore the Wimpy and a Model A powered Pietenpole.

There being no further business, President John introduced our speakers for the night; Todd Hamilton, Mike Anderson and Janelle Saylor from South Lane School District and Creswell High School. Todd, Mike and Janelle talked about their efforts to involve the kids in aviation as a viable career path through either pilot school, A/P School or Drone training. He hoped they could work with our group on several projects that they could offer the kids, and perhaps have some of our members either teach or speak to these kids at various times. It is a great partnership with our Young Eagle program to interest kids in aviation and keep them excited to take the next steps to a very rewarding career. Thanks to them all!!

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:10PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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