Meeting Minutes 3/7/2018 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, March 7th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our new host Walt Weischedel providing a great Lasagna with French Bread, Green Salad, Ice Cream and cookies, and drinks for only $5! See you at the next dinner/meeting!! Thanks Walt!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:50 PM. President John Kuehl, V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 18 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, March 17th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Shelly Humble, our “humble” airport manager spoke to the group about the 100th anniversary of the air mail. It seems that Ron England will be flying his Fleet 2 (the same Fleet that Clyde Blakely flew for the 50th anniversary) during the event on May 16th. She hopes to schedule a weekend event also. She also spoke about several of the grants that she has been working on, and how 2 of them look to be funded. She mentioned that we will be getting new taxiways in July-August in the south of the field, which will be funded with an AIP grant. Thanks as always Shelly!

Bill Dewey noted that the flying club airplane (C-150) is done and ready to go. He parked it outside the clubhouse before the meeting for inspection. Now the flying club needs to finish organizing and begin to sign up members. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

Treasurer Stout then gave a quick treasurers report. (We have $3161.03 in the checkbook as of 2/28/2018). Please see him for a list of members who have not paid and lay $25 on him if your name is on the list. It’s the best $25 you will spend all year!

President John then told the group that the breakfasts and dinners will now be an $8 affair. We have broken even and lost a bit on several meals, so it is time. Our price has been $5 since 1991!!

Secretary Stout then spoke to the group about name tags. Everyone in attendance should have their name tag on, just to make sure we get to know each other better. From now on, anyone without a name tag (except for those who have not gotten one yet) prominently displayed will be charged $1. At the end of the year, the $1 fine jar will be given away at the Christmas party. Sound like fun!

With no other new or old business, Pres. John the introduce our speaker for the evening, Reiner Decher. He spoke about his childhood as the son of Siegfrid Decher (1912-1980), one of the pioneers in jet engine development along side of Hans Von Ohain on the Jumo oo4. His father was responsible for the “onion”, which is a jet engine part that allows it to function at high speed. Altogether, his father had dozens of patents for jet engine technology. He had a slide show of the many accomplishments of his father, and told a harrowing story of escape from Germany during operation “paper clip” as the Russians were about to capture the camp he was in. Reiner went on to become an engineer himself and worked for Sikorski, then research labs on rocket engines and eventually Boeing. He ended up teaching at UW for 33 years and retired in 2001. He is now training to be a dosent at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. A Big thank you to Reiner for taking the time to come to Creswell with this very nice presentation!

President John then decided not to present the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, as the time was getting late.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:37

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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