Meeting Minutes from the 2/5/2020 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 5th, 2020

The dinner portion of the meeting started early at 5:45 PM hosted by John Kuehl with Pat Dodson and Rod Johnson helping. There were HUGE Hamburgers (c/o Bill Dewey), Hot Dogs, salad, chips, cookies for desert and a drink for only $8. Don’t miss their next great meal!! Thanks Bill, Pat Rod and John for the great help and Rod and Pat for cooking!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:58 PM by President Pat Dodson with V.P. Rod Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were10 members and guests in attendance. The special guest of the night was Shelly Humble, airport manager extraordinaire.

 Checkbook balance was $3197.73 as of the date of the meeting. He noted that dues are now due from all members- Send $25 directly to EAA Chapter 31- 86277 Panorama Rd. Springfield, OR  97478 if you can’t make the next meeting.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, February 15th. 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. Our volunteers for this breakfast are (hopefully) the same group as last time Tom, Bill, Rod, Pat and John, who will coordinate getting the breakfast ready to serve. Thanks in advance guys!

Shelly then gave a very informative talk about what’s happening at the airport, which is a bunch! The taxiway project is still ongoing (and hoping to finish by March), she has sent in many grant requests and has received confirmation on a few of them. She is hoping to get a grant for 3 generators with tanks and will know by May if this will happen. She noted that Louis Lyons memorial service would be held at the chapter clubhouse this Saturday. (and as a side note, past member Dave Oswalt, Dick Fronzak and Larry Davis’ wife also passed this last month or so) She mentioned that they have hired a new maintenance guy, Joel Newall (Sp?) and that the Eugene Ham Radio club is looking for a home.

She said that 3 people have expressed interest in building hangars on the last lot available, but they need to get the bids and make a decision on a septic system (possibly from Orenco in Sutherlin). The city will build a new set of hangars also on this last area available. They also will be installing a new $17,000 credit card machine at the gas pumps, with the majority of it paid for (hopefully) by the fuel supplier.

She also reminded everyone that there is an AED and tourniquet in the office in case we need to use it. She suggested we just break a window to enter the building if we have an emergency and the door is locked. She said that we can have the fire department come down and train us in the use of both. Also, a dog handler has asked for permission to use the clubhouse for training. John, Pat and Randy will meet with him before a decision will be made on this request.

After a warm thank you for the talk, President Pat asked for volunteers to bring forth ideas for upcoming meeting programs. Gary Ludeke said that he will show the progress on the new Zenith airplane that he is helping assemble in May. Dave Eason will have his son talk about the Airforce in April. Several other people have ideas but cannot put them together with a date at this time.

After some consideration, a decision was made to replace the lights in the clubhouse with LED bulbs. This is a bit more complicated than first thought because we are replacing HO bulbs and ballasts, which require replacing the end pieces on the fixture also. More research will be done before we spend money on this, but the budget is $350 to replace everything.

John Kuehl still would like the club to pay part or all of the costs to send Pat Dodson to the Leadership training class the EAA national does every year. Pat will consider this before we proceed.

It was noted that May is Flying Start month. Perhaps we can have our own Dorothy Schick come and give a talk. We need to advertise this event in order to get more people involved.

Secretary Stout will contact Ben Hallert and get the Web Site administration changed over to himself. Ben has been a great help for many years, but other obligation have taken him away from the club and he shouldn’t be imposed upon for the future. Thanks for everything you have done Ben!!

There being no other new or old business, Past President John then showed the Monthly Chapter Video.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:30PM
Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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