Meeting Minutes from the 4/3/2024 meeting

Meeting Minutes from the 4/3/2024 meeting.

President Eric Farry along with Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout as officers were present when the Meeting started at 7:01 PM at the clubhouse in Creswell. There were 14 Members and two guests in attendance. One guest was our own airport manager, Shelly Humble and the other was our speaker of the night Ray Beverly!

Bill Dewey and Pat Dodson along with several helpers prepared dinner, which consisted of Lasagna, French Bread, salads, Chips, Cookies, and a drink- for $8.00. It was even done and ready early this month!!Thanks guys!

President Eric Farry called the meeting to order. He asked Shelly Humble to give her report on Creswell Airport:

She reported that the FBI has made an arrest in the stolen avionics case that has plagued several airports (including Creswell). This person hit 15 different states and multiple airports on the east and west coast including Albany.

She also reported that the FAA will complete their Safety Check on the airport after the upgrade work next week. It was a 3-million-dollar project paid for mostly by the Federal Aviation Administration Grants. She hopes to have a ribbon cutting ceremony in May for this and the new wastewater treatment plant.

She has been approached by several people about an aircraft parts swap meet this summer. Details to be worked out before we will be given a schedule for this. She has also been formalizing a written Tie Down policy in order to better accommodate a fire base this coming season (should one be needed). She has 13 grants on her plate with 3 expected to be completed this year and 10 hoped for in 2025.

One of which, the (7-9) camera system, should be installed by the end of the month, with Douglas Fast Net and EPUD working to add redundant power and internet service with a new line that will run parallel to the freeway. Thanks Shelly- you are doing a great job!

Remember our next monthly breakfast will (as always) be on the 3rd Saturday of the month. We need members to help make the fixings. Walt Weischedel is bringing eggs. The next breakfast will be on April 20th, 2024, at the clubhouse starting at 9:00. Eggs, Bacon, Pancakes and Juice or Coffee for $8- a bargain!! See you there!

The checkbook balance at the beginning of the month is $1705.58.

Secretary Stout then noted that Dues are Due from everyone for 2024 ($25). If you are unable to attend a meeting to give him the dues, please mail them to:  EAA Chapter 31, 86277 Panorama Rd., Springfield, OR 97478.Our direct overhead is about $60/ month.

President Farry then asked our guest speaker, Ray Beverly, to speak about his experiences flying the B-52, T-38, and Cessna Citation 10 (and not to miss his RV-8!) He gave a VERY nice talk about his experiences flying and re-fueling the B-52 and the differences between it and the T-38 (a bunch!!) and an insight into flying for the rich and famous with NetJets. Thanks Ray- Wow, what a life!!  

After Ray’s presentation, the need for funds to help Jakin Messer through his check ride was discussed. He needs about $500 to fund this test. Chapter 1457 President Wally Anderson reached out to me to ask our members if they could help with this need. I received several donations at the meeting and would like to ask if anyone could send some money in ($20 to ??), it would be appreciated. Send it to the same address as the dues (see above) and just note that it is for Jakins’s check ride. Thanks!

The meeting ran a bit long thanks to Ray’s incredible talk, so the March EAA Video magazine was not shown.

Our own Doug Kindred has entered Hospice care and would like visitors on occasion. If you would like to visit him, please give him a call first. He is at (541) 687-0232 1657 Russet Dr. Eugene, OR  97401

There being no other business the meeting was adjourned by President Farry at 8:39PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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