EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 10, No. 11 - November, 2008

Chapter Resources

: Calendar of Events
Speakers Bureau
: Chapter Locator
: Resource Forms
: Labels and Lists
: Promotional Materials
: Reference Papers
Contact the Chapter Office
: Email chapters@eaa.org
: Phone 920-426-4876
EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Schedule

: Jan. 23-25, 2009
: Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2009
: Mar. 27-29, 2009
: Sept. 18-20, 2009
: Oct. 16-18, 2009

: For reservations or more information: chapters@eaa.org  

EAA SportAir Workshops

November 14-16, 2008
Oshkosh, WI
ELSA Airplane Repair-Inspection

December 5-7, 2008
Lantana, FL
ELSA Airplane Repair-Inspection

For detailed information on SportAir Workshops, including cost, course descriptions and how to register, go to the web at: www.sportair.com/schedule.html or call 800-967-5746. 

Welcome to the November edition of EAA Chapter e-Gram.
Fall on the EAA GroundsAs hard as it is to believe, 2008 is beginning to draw to a close and the holiday season is just around the corner. Here in Oshkosh, the leaves have turned color, we've already seen the first snow flurries of the season, and birds are rapidly departing for points south.

It is also exciting time as many EAA chapters hold annual elections in the next few weeks. Selecting leaders for your chapter is important and, while the issues facing your chapter may not be as "hot" as those on the national level, putting the right people in the right roles makes it easier to keep your chapter moving forward and growing.

To outgoing chapter officers, we offer our sincere thanks for all your work to support your chapter. The success of a chapter, or any volunteer-run organization, is highly dependent on the individuals who step into leadership roles. Thank you for your efforts to support EAA on a local level.

For incoming officers, we'd like to remind you of the Chapter Leaders Academy sessions held in Oshkosh. The next Academy will be held January 23-25, 2009. Please consider attending; I promise it will be an informative weekend and, according to past attendees, you'll walk away with some new ideas to help your chapter reach even greater success in the years to come. Several other sessions are scheduled in 2009 so you have plenty of chances to attend. You can read more about our last academy session here.

This time of year also signals the start of the holiday banquet season. With that in mind, chapter recognition certificates and pins for officers and key volunteers will be in the mail in the next several weeks. You should have them in time for your banquet, but if you have any questions before then, give us a call or e-mail, chapters@eaa.org.

 - Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters

PS: To see some other fall photos from around the EAA campus, click here.

Chapter News
Hello! My name is Jenni Rosenow and I am the new insurance administrator at EAA headquarters. I have six years of experience working with insurance coverage and am excited to be part of such a passionate organization! I look forward to working with you and your chapter in the future. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's coverage, please contact me.

Phone: 920-426-6106
Toll Free: 800-236-4800 Ext. 6106
Fax: 920-426-6865
e-mail: jrosenow@eaa.org

Jenni Rosenow
Speaking of insurance, questions often arise about exactly what is covered by the EAA Chapter Insurance program. Working with EAA's Risk Manager, we've compiled a short frequently asked questions document that may help eliminate some questions. As always, don't hesitate to contact the chapter office or the insurance office for any specific insurance-related questions.
Recently, Patti Arthur, a member of the EAA Legal Advisory Council, brought some IRS rule changes to our attention that may impact chapters. Patti has prepared a document to help explain the changes and how to make sure your chapter is in compliance. Please share this with your treasurer or any others involved in your chapter's finances. By the way, Patti has been quietly assisting chapters with tax-related issues for many years and we want to publicly thank her for her efforts! RS RULE CHANGES MAY IMPACT CHAPTERS
Microsoft Photo Story 3 For Windows
Here's a free and easy way to share all those chapter photos that you take throughout the year. Each year during the social time (happy hour) of EAA Chapter 252's annual banquet we show a "photo story" featuring a selection of photos taken at various chapter events throughout the year. A photo story is a digital slideshow set to music. Sometimes we'll throw in some old photos as well of historical chapter events. All in all, it is a great way to remind the chapter about what activities the chapter held, provide some recognition to the volunteers, and gives people something to talk about. Microsoft Photo Story 3

The Photo Story 3 software does all the heavy lifting when it comes to arranging the photos, providing transitions, and adding the music. Anyone who is typical PC user can put together a great slideshow from existing digital photos in about 30 minutes.

What You'll Need:

  • A computer (PC)
  • An LCD projector (ask around if your chapter doesn't have one - most businesses have at least one)
  • A screen or wall area on which to project the pictures
  • Speakers (if you want a soundtrack that goes along with the photos). You may be able to set a microphone next to the PC to pick up the sound.

Download the software at Photos Story 3 for Windows from this link.

 - Charlie Becker, Treasurer, EAA Chapter 252

During the last EAA Chapter Leaders Academy, a question was asked of our Government Relations staff - "The airport director at the airport says he must charge our chapter full commercial rental rates for the Chapter Hanger. Is this true?"

Randy Hansen, EAA director of government relations, provides the answer: "The answer is yes…and no".  Read more

Our online calendar of events continues to grow. There are currently more than 1,300 events available to view and there's literally infinite room for more. Feel free to add any of your chapter's upcoming events to the calendar at www.EAA.org/calendar/.

And for your chapter websites, you can link directly to the calendar. Banner links are now available in a variety of sizes at www.EAA.org/calendar/banners.asp.

EAA Calendar of Events

We also have the latest version of the EAA logo for use on your websites, newsletters, and other official chapter materials. It can be accessed on the EAA website.
Several EAA chapter newsletters feature highlights from past issues of Sport Aviation. Remember the entire Sport Aviation archive (1953-2006) is now available online, providing access to more than 50 years of history, knowledge and information contained in 59,000-plus pages of EAA's flagship publication. Not only will the online archive provide endless hours of entertaining and educational reading, it also provides a helpful content resource for your EAA chapter newsletter editors. Read more or visit the archive now.  Read more or visit the archive now. EAA Sport Aviation Online
Young Eagles News
EAA multimedia journalist Brady Lane is in flight training in pursuit of his sport pilot ticket, and he's taking his video camera along to document the journey. He's already logged more than two hours of dual instruction with Jason Blair, executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors, and a NAFI Master CFI. We encourage everyone to follow along, watch his progress, and even post comments or questions on the interactive website. Visit www.eaa.org/wings/. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009
Recently the National Weather Service asked that we share the following information with our members:: "On November 5, 2008, the Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) will undergo some changes. You'll notice the addition of a time and date element and the forecast will now extend to 30-hours."  Read more or watch the PowerPoint slide show.
Planning for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 is already under way and continues on a daily basis. In response to your requests and feedback, many changes are being made to the convention site. You can read more about the planned highlights of AirVenture 2009 and site changes at these links: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009
EAA is looking for a member to serve on the EAA Ultralight and Light-Sport Aircraft Council. This group of volunteers helps EAA staff by providing advice and counsel on issues that relate to the ultralight and light-sport aircraft communities. Since its formation in 1991, the council it has been a key contributor in establishing programs and services offered by EAA to support the ultralight, and now, the light-sport aircraft communities. For more information, including an online application form, visit the EAA website.

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