|Posted on November 18, 2018 at 11:55 PM|
A regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 was held on Nov. 17th at the Greeley Airport conference room. Ron Bland presided. Ron announced that our new club President will be Jim Zarlengo, and the membership heartily welcomed him into this office. He will take over in January 2019.
The club’s holiday season dinner will be on Jan. 12, 2019, at the Cattlemen’s Restaurant. Look for an email on the details soon.
2019 will be an important year to the airport as it is will be the 75th year since opening. The club plans an activity like an airport day, to be in early June. It could be patterned after the Longmont airport day or similar. More to be announced on this later.
Ron briefed the membership on changes happening on the airport, with new hangers, new paving, growth of airport businesses, etc.
Theo Magi, a recent EAA Chapter 1117 flight lessons scholarship winner, spoke to the club about his progress and experiences in attaining his private pilot license as well as his present endeavor of studying, and doing more flight training at Aims flight school. He reported that he was the first person that had a flight lesson in the school’s new Archer aircraft. He shared about his love of flying with the members, a group that well understood his joy and interest in this endeavor.
Tom B. showed a video about the EAA’s James Ray Aviation Scholarship. This EAA scholarship is administered through the various chapters to prospects who are 16 to 19 years of age and it can be worth up to $10,000.00 per student. It is for the expense of earning a private pilot certificate. A million dollars is handed out each year. The chapter and the prospective student both have to apply, and there are many aspects to consider. The application period starts Jan. 1st, and should be completed in Feb. The first round of awards will be announced in the March to April timeframe.
The membership discussed the possibilities, and if we wanted to participate in this program. The general feeling of the membership was that we should not miss an opportunity like this to support our community/aviation students, thus a motion was put forth to apply for this program. The motion was seconded and voted on, with all members present in favor. The executive committee, and the scholarship committee, will be working on a coordinated narrative about our club’s history of, and efforts for, supporting youth programs, offering Oshkosh training programs, giving scholarships etc. Clubs are scored partially on their record of support. More to come on this later.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:45. Truman Sager, Secy.