Nov 24

EAA 31 Christmas Party 2018

EAA 31 Christmas Party 2018 FREE
Wednesday Dec 5th 6:00 PM Social hour, 6:30 PM Dinner. The price has been reduced to Zero – Nada – Zilch! $0.00 bucks, as long as you bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. EAA 31 Will provide prime roast beef and drinks.

DINNER: Bring a dish: A – H a Side dish, I – Q a salad and R -Z a dessert. If you have a favorite, feel free to choose any category. If you cannot bring a dish, put $10.00 per person in the meal kitty.

PARTY/WRAPPED GIFTS: (Aviation related if possible but not necessary) If you purchase something $15.00 or less – OR – If you have something useful (or a white elephant) around the house that you no longer need or want you can bring that (no $ limit). All who participate in the gift exchange will get a ticket. The fun will then commence! We may have some entertainment.

Please RSVP email by Dec 1st with how many in your party and what you are bringing. If you don’t RSVP – show up anyway, but we would prefer a head count.
Bring a friend – see you there.
Pres John

Nov 17


EAA 31 BREAKFAST This Morning reminder.
If you are one of those people that check your e-mail first thing in the morning, then this is for you. EAA 31 Breakfast is always on the 3rd Saturday of the month, but sometimes we need a little reminder. SO – Sat Nov 17th 9:00 AM we will have our usual Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, eggs, juice, coffee etc for only $8.00 bucks.
For those who DO NOT check their e-mail in the morning, and didn’t happen to remember that 3rd Sat is EAA 31 breakfast, especially if you missed the breakfast, I apologize for the late notice.
Bring a friend.
Pres John

Nov 15

Chapter 1457 Christmas Party Invitation

Alan asked me to distribute the invitation below to Chapter 31 members.  It mentions a map that I was not able to transfer to this post but Alan, John or I would be happy to give you directions if you need them. . . . . . VP Gary

Time again for the EAA Chapter 1457 + Friends Christmas Party.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec 8th.  Starts at 5:30 (NO EARLIER! or you’ll catch John in his shower outfit).  Thanks to John and Patti Stahr for volunteering their studio and hosting skills. Map below to 85194 Appletree Dr

Entree will be smoked Brisket, pulled Pork, Turkey and maybe some ribs.  Chapter will also provide dishes, flatware, cups and soda.
Everyone please bring a side dish, salad, or desert of your choice.  If you have a favorite wine or beer, feel free to bring some as well.
For those who would like to participate in the gift exchange, bring one to get one.  $15 max, aviation themed if possible, and don’t be surprised by any white elephants.
Finally, RSVP to me ( with number of people attending by the 23rd so we can arrange catering.
Hope to see you all there.  Fly safe!
Nov 14

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

Nov 05

EAA 31 Nov 2018 Meeting Notice

Wednesday Nov 7th 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Meeting.  Only $8.00 bucks.  We will be eating Ruthie Goodwife’s Scrumpdellieous Super Chili with corn bread ( I know I’m biased, but you won’t believe how good this stuff is!) along with drinks etc.

We will finalize plans for the December Christmas Party.

Our Speakers will be Todd Hamilton and Mike Anderson from Creswell School district. 

They will tell us about the district's plans for their aviation program and how
we may help in making the program a success. Please make an extra
effort to attend the meeting. This may be an area where Chapter 31 can
make a significant contribution to the future of the next generation
of pilots and other related professions.
Time permitting - Chapter Video Magazine
Bring a friend - see you there.
Pres John
Nov 01


For those of you who have visited my wife Sandy at the Creswell Rehabilitation Center or passed on your best wishes for her I sincerely thank you! I brought her home from the rehab center yesterday after first taking her for her first post-surgery checkup with her surgeon. He reported that she is doing very well with her recovery but still has a long way to go. She will have to use extra caution for the rest of her life as the possibility of a hip dislocation is now greater after the replacement. Flying with me in the RV is going to be a few months off due to the gyrations needed to get in and out of the airplane.

On another note, I apologize for screwing up the years for our elections! I, obviously, was sure it was time to reelect new officers. I hope no one rushed out and hired a campaign manager to help them run for the presidency!

I just received confirmation from Todd Hamilton and Mike Anderson from the Creswell School District that they will be at our next meeting to tell us about the district’s plans for their aviation program and how we may help in making the program a success. Please make an extra effort to attend the meeting. This may be an area where Chapter 31 can make a significant contribution to the future of the next generation of pilots and other related professions. President John and his wife Ruth have graciously offered to handle dinner. Sandy and I were on the books to do this one until her unfortunate accident.

VP Gary