Feb 13

Saturday Breakfast

EAA chapter 31 will be serving our Saturday breakfast this weekend, February 17th at 9:00am at the chapter clubhouse located at the south end of the Creswell airport. On the menu is scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, juice and coffee. Please come and enjoy good food and conversation. Cost is only $8.00 per plate.

Feb 12

Meeting Minutes from the 2/7/2024 meeting

Meeting Minutes from the 2/7/2024 meeting.

President Eric Farry and Vice President Gary Ludeke along with Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout as officers were present when the Meeting started at 7:03 PM at the clubhouse in Creswell. There were 13 Members and one guest in attendance. Our guest was our own airport manager, Shelly Humble. Welcome!!

Bill Dewey with several helpers prepared dinner, which consisted of Lasagna, French Bread, salads, Chips, Cookies, and a drink- for $8.00. Thats a bargain!!Thanks guys!

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

She spoke about the Ice Storm damage that they are continuing to deal with. Generators came on as planned and the airport was one of the few sites in Creswell that had power. They did run though about 350 gallons of Diesel. AWOS did crash during the storm but is up and running now.

Some folks gave her a hard time about not using the airport as a warming shelter, which she had to remind them that it was in no way usable for that at this time. She also noted the new Web Site that is about to go live. Also, the FAA has given a notice of “No Deficiencies” for the airport upgrading.

 She is working to complete 5 CORE grants which include EOC Operations Center, two security gates, other gates and runway lights and tree removal on the end of 34. She is also working on an ARPA grant for the new wastewater treatment plant and was hoping to break ground this spring on the new north taxiways. As she mentioned before, there needs to be an FAA Approved Site evaluation (environmental study) done on potential Salmon impacts of these taxiways. She has received approval for the grant for resiliency with 2 lighted crosses, 4 barricades, 2 balloon lights, and an auto keypad for the gates. Water and Sewer for the North Hangars are due to be connected soon.

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 February 17th, 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 $1510.72.

Gary Ludeke was then asked to take the floor and discuss the results of the “Build and Fly” RC model build that the club purchased early last year. He and Pat Dodson along with members of the South Lane RC Model club hosted 9 students from Creswell High School, who met for the first time on January 10th from 2:00 to 5:00 at the clubhouse. Much was learned and much was taught during this time. The Later January meeting was cancelled due to no power at the clubhouse, but subsequent Wednesday sessions have been held. They plan to begin work on the fuselage during the next session.

Bill Dewey then spoke about the brick project. The original plan was to replace the bricks that were in the picnic area with blank bricks and move the engraved bricks to the flagpole area. He will ask for approval from Shelly Humble on this project, along with a weather window to make a final decision on the location and to begin replacement of these bricks. Thanks Bill!

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

Pat Dodson then rose to speak about the problems he has been having with his Hummel Bird project. The spark plug spark seems to be intermittent, and he is not sure how to fix this issue. Dave Eason related that several A+P businesses have a pressure spark plug tester with bead blaster. Pat is going to find one of these and try to determine why the sparks are failing.

There being no other business the meeting was adjourned by President Farry at 8:11PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Feb 05

February 2024 meeting

EAA chapter 31 will be having our next meeting this Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:00pm at the chapter club house at the south end of Creswell airport. We will be serving dinner at 6:00pm and the cost will be $8.00 per plate.

Jan 04

Meeting Minutes from the 1/3/2024 meeting

Meeting Minutes from the 1/03/2024 meeting.

President Eric Farry and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout as officers were present when the Meeting started at 7:04 PM at the clubhouse in Creswell. There were 15 Members and one guest in attendance. Our guest was our own airport manager, Shelly Humble. Welcome!!

President Eric Farry, past President Rod Johnson and Bill Dewey prepared dinner, which consisted of Lasagna, French Bread, salads, Chips, Cookies, and a drink- for $8.00. Thats a bargain!!Thanks guys!

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

She is trying to get a camera solution purchased as soon as possible, made more urgent by the break in that occurred in the last week of December. She is working to complete 5 CORE grants which include EOC Operations Center, two security gates, other gates and runway lights and tree removal on the end of thirty-four. She is also working on an ARPA grant for the new wastewater treatment plant and was hoping to break ground this spring on the new north taxiways. As she mentioned before, there needs to be an FAA Approved Site evaluation (environmental study) done on potential Salmon impacts of these taxiways. Ham Radio projects and AIP Match grants and balloon lights were also mentioned. Water and Sewer for the North Hangars are due to be connected soon.

Thanks, Shelly, for all your work on the Grants, and please do not retire! We and the whole Creswell Community need you and your experience at the Airport!

President Farry then opened to floor for nominations for officers for the next 2 years. Gary Ludeke was nominated for Vice President (to become President in 2 years) and Randy Stout was nominated to Secretary/Treasurer (his 32nd year!). There being no other nominations, the floor was closed, and a vote was taken to elect the slate of officers as presented. A show of hands indicated that all candidates were elected unanimously. Past President Rod Johnson was thanked for his 2 years of leadership. Thanks everyone for your service!

Remember our next monthly breakfast will 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 January 20th, 2024, at the clubhouse starting at 9:00. Eggs, Bacon, Pancakes and Juice or Coffee for $8- a bargain!! See you there!

Christmas Party!! We all had a wonderful time, with forty-two people from both clubs enjoying the holiday together at the beautifully decorated Clubhouse. Each club made about $175 from dinner tickets and raffle tickets. Thanks to everyone who helped decorate and take down the decorations. Looking forward to next year!

The checkbook balance at the beginning of the year is $1190.72.

The yearly recognition of chapter members was the next order of business, and certificates and pins were given out to the various members who took these positions. Thanks everyone!

Gary Ludeke was then asked to take the floor and discuss the plans for the “Build and Fly” RC model build that the club purchased early last year. He and Pat Dodson along with Jenny Collins, Principle at Creswell High have received applications from 7 High Schools students, who will meet for the first time on January 10th at 2:00 to 5:00 at the clubhouse.

Gary will be checking with EAA National about YE insurance for this project, along with YE money the club may have to spend. It was noted that volunteers will need to have background checks (a bit different than the EAA Risk). We really appreciate Gary, Pat and Jennie being here to get the ball rolling on this YE project!!

Bill Dewey then spoke about the brick project. The original plan was to replace the bricks that were in the picnic area with blank bricks and move the engraved bricks to the flagpole area. We are waiting for approval from Shelly Humble on this project, along with a weather window to make a final decision on the location and to begin replacement of these bricks.

Secretary Stout then noted that 1) Dues are Due from everyone for 2024 ($25), (2) He asked Shelly if should could provide a chain and combo padlock for our gate by the road, (3) He asked when she felt that the gravel pile outside the door might be gone (Soon she hoped, as they are using it around the airport as quickly as possible).

There being no other business the meeting was adjourned by President Farry at 8:10PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Dec 30

January 2024 Meeting

EAA chapter 31 will be having our first meeting of the year this coming Wednesday, January 3rd at 7:00pm. We are meeting in the chapter club house at the south end of the Creswell airport.

We will be serving dinner at 6:00pm and the cost will be $8.00per meal.


EAA build and fly program

On Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 2:00 pm we will kick off the subject program to give participants the opportunity to build and fly a radio-controlled model airplane. The activity will take place in the EAA clubhouse at the south end of the Creswell Airport.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2024 during our regular monthly meeting we will discuss what must be accomplished by everyone to get ready for the kick off meeting. If you have any interest whatsoever in helping out on this new exciting program please attend the meeting! The last word I received from Creswell High School is that we have seven students interested in the program. At the meeting we’ll not only discuss how to handle the program, but what we should do temporarily with the Super Cub project in the clubhouse. Depending on how much room we feel we’ll need for the Young Eagles program we’ll have to decide if we want to move some.

Also, we will be needing to elect and install new club officers for 2024-2025.

Dec 13

Saturday breakfast

EAA chapter 31 will be having our Saturday breakfast this coming weekend, December 16th at 9:00am in the chapter club house at the south end of the Creswell airport.

We will be serving scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, juice and coffee. Cost is $8.00 per plate.

We hope to see you there.

Dec 06

Christmas Party tonight

A last reminder that we are having our 2023 Christmas party tonight, December 6th, at 6:00pm at the EAA chapter 31 club house located at the south end of the Creswell airport.

If you have anything that you are willing to donate to the club, please bring it for a raffle (no obligation).

Also, if you have any Christmas music on a thumb drive that you are willing to bring, please bring it so we have some Christmas music.

Nov 28

Christmas Party work session

We will be having a clean up and decorating work session this weekend, Saturday December 2nd at the chapter club house located at the south end of the Creswell airport. We will be meeting at 9:00am and if we have enough people, it shouldn’t take too long.

If you haven’t already done so and plan to attend the Christmas party of December 6th, please let Randy Stout know (or myself) so we can get a semi accurate head count.

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