Nov 24

Greetings from New South Wales!

G’day to all! Sandy and I are leaving Parkes, NSW this morning for Temora and a, supposedly, world class warbird musem. Our flight to Auckland was good, our cruise from Auckland to Sydney was great, and our roadtrip so far (from Sydney to Parkes to Forbes to Parkes) has been great. We’re flying back from Sydney on December 1 so I should be at the meeting on Wednesday. The plan, as I remember it, is to use that meeting time to get the clubhouse in shape for the Christmas party. I hope all is going well in getting that event organized. I didn’t see a post for this month’s breakfast so I hope you had one and had a good turnout. See you in December.

President Gary

Nov 24

The meeting before the meeting

We WILL be having a meeting the 1st Wednesday Dec 2nd.

We’ll have a SHORT meeting.  Pledge & Chapter Video only.

The remaining time we’ll take advantage of all the brainpower and horsepower in the clubhouse to set up Tables, Chairs and Decorations for the Christmas Party with Chapter 1457 Saturday Dec 5th.


6:00 PM Wed Dec 2nd.  Dinner.  Bridget & Virgil are prepairing                     some great Lazagna.  Don’t miss it.

7:00 PM   Short Meeting

7:20 PM   Work party – Setup for Christmas Party with 1457

8:30 PM   We should be done.  Time to do last minute shopping                   for Dec 5th.

Nov 24

CH 31 & 1457 Christmas Party

EAA Chapters 31 & 1457      2015 Christmas Party

Who                 Chapter Members and guests

What                Prime Rib or Chicken Dinner

Where              Chapter 31 Clubhouse, Hobby Field, Creswell OR

When               Saturday December 5th  6:00 social hour

7:00 Dinner

Why                 Why Not  –  Have fun!

How Much       $5.00 per person

What to bring   A-H side dish;  I-P Salad;   Q-Z Salad

(yes you can jump lists if you make a great certain dish and it doesn’t fit your name)

If you are batching it and can’t bring a dish, just add $5 to the pot.


Gift exchange:         Bring up to a $7.00 wrapped gift

Auction:Bring either an unwrapped aviation related Christmas tree ornament – OR – any useful (or maybe not useful to your project) aviation item.

Any left over Prime Rib or Chicken will also be auctioned off.  Money raised from auction will be split between the 2 chapters.

RSVP John Kuehl <>

Number (yourself & number of Guests)

How many for Prime Rib

How many for Chicken.



Nov 12

Minutes from 11/4/2015 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 4th, 2015

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by the wonderful Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There was angel hair spaghetti with meat sauce, French bread, salad and Bridget’s wonderful brownies and a drink for only $5. She is such a great cook; don’t miss the next meeting (she promised to cook the main courses for the Christmas dinner!!)

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Gary Ludeke, with Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. There were 17 members and guests in attendance.

The meeting as normal started with the pledge of allegiance, followed by a Creswell Chronical article showing our own Jim Beale with a paint stripping machine working on the Creswell runway. He explained that several of our guys (Bill Dewey, Jim Beale, Gary Ludeke, Tom Cunningham and Charlie Walker) helped with the stripping and were much appreciated by Shelly Humble.

President Gary noted that the water is off due to a coliform finding on a recent sample taken. Daves’ widow has been kind enough to allow us to continue with the water, and it is her wishes that the new owners do likewise. We will approach them with a plate of brownies and a smile and hope that they will be as neighborly as Dave. (P.S. The water has tested out Good, so it is back on for the Christmas dinner and all future events!!)

Gary noted that the club can order EAA Calendars, if we have the demand for at least 10 of them. A call for hands did not find such demand in attendance. We will try to assess interest with an email invitation to order if desired.

President Gary then spoke about the RV-3 project. Dave Eason is done with the engine mount (he found a bar stool that fit almost perfectly!) The project is moving along well, and Gary contacted Van’s for some help on the upcoming paint job. The response from Scott Reson was very good, with their help assured. We now need to determine where the plane will be painted, with Rusty Bartel, John Stahr and Kyle (in Steve Wolf’s old hangar) as possibilities. The final plan is make a presentation of the aircraft at the Oregon Aviation Historical Society with Van in attendance this summer.

Bill Dewey purchased a flag pole, and installed it (with lights) to fly all day and night. He will landscape the area with rocks (per his plan). He was thanked by all for making such a nice addition to the Honor Garden area. Bill also manned a booth at a Girl Scout event, hoping to interest them in EAA and the YE program. Alan Weider is coordinating with him to get his 10 YE’s this year. Thanks Bill and Alan!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 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. Bridget Pratt said that she would not be there, so she asked again for volunteers. Gary, Tom, Bill and Alan will coordinate getting the breakfast going. Thanks to everyone who makes this special time a priority.

Secretary Stout then noted that we still need nominations for Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. He suggested that any who would be willing to serve in this capacity (and as President in 2 years as is our custom), please make this known to him or another officer of the club. If you are going to nominate someone else, please ask them first if they would accept, and if so, feel free to bring their name forward at the next meeting. We will discuss the nominations in December, and (if any are found) a vote will be taken then.

The first duty of the incoming President (John Kuehl) will be to co-ordinate the Christmas party with Chapter 1457. To that end, it has been decided that we will have a joint Chapter 31 and 1457 party at the Creswell Clubhouse on December 5th at 6:00 for a social hour and 7:00 for the meal. The meal will consist of Prime Rib and Chicken, which will be provided for by the 2 Chapters, and the balance to be Pot Luck from the members. Names starting from A-H will bring a Side dish, I-P will bring a salad and Q-Z will bring a dessert. Yes, you can jump lists if you make a certain great dish and it doesn’t fit you name. Cost will be $5 (to defray the main dish cost), and a Pot Luck item. If you are batching it and can’t bring an item, just add another $5 to the pot. (And don’t everyone batch it!!) See you there!!

It was noted by Frenchy that the Oregon Air and Space Museum at the Eugene airport will be having a big band fund raiser on 11/8 at 4:00PM. (Sorry these minutes came after the event!)

There being no other business, Gary presented the EAA National chapter newsletter video that had a nice segment on Glider acrobatics.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:05?? Pm (I had to leave before the video)
respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout

Nov 03


Just a quick reminder regarding tomorrow’s meeting – Spagetti & salad at 6:00 p.m. – Meeting at 7:00 p.m. WE WILL NOT HAVE WATER IN THE CLUBHOUSE TOMORROW! I talked with Bridget and she said it will not be a problem for her. She will just do the spagetti at home. The only issues will be: 1) THERE WILL BE NO COFFEE. JUST SODA POP AND BOTTLED WATER. and 2) THE POTTY WILL BE INOPERATIVE SO IF YOU NEED TO GO YOU HAVE TO HIDE BEHIND THE CLUBHOUSE OR GO TO THE FBO. The Christmas party is set for Saturday, December 5 and we need to discuss the specific. We will be hosting the party at the clubhouse. Also, it’s worth the trip to the meeting just to see the RV-3 with its new propeller mount! I won’t say much about it but I saw it today and it involves “Grandma’s bar stool!”

President Gary