Meeting Minutes from the 11/6/2019 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 6th , 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by Bill Dewey. There were HUGE Hamburgers, Hot Dogs (big and small), salad, chips, cookies for desert and a drink for only $8. Don’t miss their next great meal!! Thanks Bill for the great help and Rod and Paul for cooking!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:45 PM by President John Kuehl with V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 12 members and guests in attendance. Checkbook balance was $4000.17 as of the date of the meeting.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 16th. 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. Our volunteers for this breakfast are (hopefully) the same group as last time Tom, Bill, Rod and John, who will coordinate getting the breakfast ready to serve. Thanks in advance guys!

Elections were then held for chapter officers for the next 2 years. Voted in as President was Pat Dodson, VP was Rod Johnson and Secretary/Treasurer was Randy Stout. President John Kuehl will become our Young Eagle chairman.

The Christmas party was the next topic. A cleaning party will happen at the clubhouse on 12/11 at 6:00. The party (which will also include chapter 1457 members) will be at the clubhouse on 12/14 and be catered by Hole in the Wall Bar-B-Que. It will be a potluck for deserts and side dishes, so be sure to bring something with you (if you can- just come if you can’t!!). There will not be a December meeting other than the Christmas party.

The clubhouse was used for a neighborhood gathering last month when rain forced them indoors, and cleaned nicely by Gary Ludeke.

There being no other business, President John introduced Neal Lange from the Oregon Department of Forestry- Aviation Division. Neal then presented a nice slide show of the history of aviation with the department from Jenny’s to Jets.

It was 1955 that they first used retardant to fight fires, as previously they had only used airplanes as spotters. A surplus B-29 was the first “bomber” they used for this purpose. They dropped boxes of retardant with proximity fuses that blew up close to the ground with around 11,000 gallons of water in them.

Next came PBY’s then CL-250’s. The early retardents’ were very slippery and created their own set of problems.

The ODF got out of owning any airplanes in 1965. They contract now for a DC-7 and AT802 and will be contracting for a DC-10, RJ-85, MD-87, C-130 and BAE-146 along with helicopters (UH-1H, A-Star B3, MD-902 explorer, B-206 Jet ranger).

In 1973 they began using infrared detection with a Mohawk and 1991 they began rappelling down to fires. They fly on average 900 hours of forest fire protection each year, although last year they flew 2000 in 90 days. They have a master agreement with the US Forest Service in order to coordinate their activities. He also presented several videos’ of air drops of retardant as they practiced last year before the season began.

Thanks Neal!! Very nice presentation!

President John suggested that the newest Chapter Video this month would be a bit of a letdown after such a nice presentation, so we passed on it.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:20PM
Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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