Vol. 11, No. 4 - April 2009
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Spring is in the air. One day
it's 60 and sunny, the next we are shoveling out from
under a new pile of snow. Ah, Wisconsin. But despite the
frequent weather swings, the days are getting longer and
AirVenture planning is picking up. As I'm sure you've read
over the past few months, there are plenty of changes
coming to the AirVenture site this year.
You can find out more by
Taylor's blog. By the way, the Chapter House will be
easy to find. We're just north of the new control tower.
Come see us this summer.
This week also marks the
start of the 2009 B17 tour. Aluminum Overcast
leaves Oshkosh this week for its first stop in Chino,
California. The airplane will stop at a number of EAA
chapters out west before it returns to Oshkosh for
As I read chapter
newsletters each month, it is common to see the pleas of
newsletter editors asking members for articles or photos
they can use. I can sympathize with them this month. In
March, we had so much material for Chapter E-gram it was
hard to include everything. This month? Well, let's say I
had to work a bit harder. But it does remind me of a
special tip for newsletter editors: We've started an
e-mail list to send you the latest news releases from HQ.
That way you should always have some new EAA news to help
round out your newsletter. If you'd like to be on the
list, drop me an e-mail.
And for everyone else, if you come across any interesting
aviation news make sure you send a news tip to your
editor. They will appreciate it.
In this edition of Chapter
E-Gram, we feature chapter newsletters from EAA 555
and EAA 501; information about your chapter's next meeting
program; some interesting articles from other newsletters
you can share; this month's special offer for chapter
members; news about a special chapter event at Sun 'n Fun;
As always, if you have any
tips or stories to share, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve Buss,
NEW DVD FOR CHAPTER
You can give your chapter's
program chair a month off very soon. The Chapter Leaders
Academy sessions have been a great learning experience for
both participants and staff. The groups have come up with
some great ideas, including one you'll see this month.
Knowing that it is sometimes hard to find a good program
for your meeting, we'll try to fill the gap. A new DVD
will be sent to all chapter presidents showing some of the
latest news from EAA HQ. Of course AirVenture and the many
site changes will be discussed and Tom Poberezny has a
special message for all chapters. Depending on your
program needs, you can either play the entire program
(approximately 35 minutes) or break it up into segments.
We've tried to make it as flexible as possible. Since this
is the first time out of the box, we're eager to hear from
you about how to improve the DVD as well as any
suggestions for additional content. Our goal is to produce
two such DVDs per year, in the spring and fall.
'N FUN CHAPTER SOCIAL
year nearly 200 chapter leaders and members joined us
for an ice cream social at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in
Lakeland, Florida. We had such a good time we're doing
it again! Join us right after the air show on Tuesday
evening, April 21, in the EAA Publications tent,
located just south of Cessna's large outdoor exhibit.
The event is open to all chapter members, so stop by and
enjoy some ice cream and camaraderie. Tom Poberezny will
have a short presentation discussing the current state
of the organization and EAA’s future. Tom will also
have a special announcement of interest to all chapter
EAA CHAPTER AWARD
Chapter presidents have
received an information packet for the 2009 Chapter Award
Nominations. This is an excellent opportunity to nominate
those chapter members who have gone the extra mile
throughout the year and beyond for the betterment of the
chapter, EAA, and the recreational aviation community. EAA
encourages your chapter to submit nominations to recognize
these important members. Recipients selected for the
awards will be honored at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this
The packet included the
award overview, instructions, and nomination forms for the
- EAA Major Achievement
- EAA Newsletter Editor
- EAA Web Editor Award
- EAA Young Eagles Awards
Please note that the
Newsletter Editor Award nomination requires copies of the
March, April, and May newsletters to be submitted along
with the nomination form. The forms can also be downloaded
from the web here. So don’t wait - nominations are
due May 31 - get your chapter’s nominations in today!
FROM THE FOUNDER, PAUL
EAA's founder Paul Poberezny
remains very active and enjoys reading your chapter
newsletters. He was recently corresponding with EAA
Chapter 14 (San Diego, California.) and felt it would be
valuable to share what the chapter is doing to take an
active role in their airport's development. As Paul
writes, "For years it has been my recommendation that
our chapters work closely to establish a working
relationship with the local airport manager, the
fixed-base operator, and elected officials. True, it will
take some effort on behalf of the chapter presidents and
their officers in making the time and commitment that
would benefit not only the chapters, but aviation in the
local community. With the aviation climate changing
politically, as well as government involvement relative to
the operation of all aircraft, it is imperative that we as
EAA leaders and members become more involved."
Please take a minute to
read Paul's letter and pass the message along in an
upcoming newsletter. (WORD
This month we feature two
chapter newsletters: The Triple Nickel from EAA
Chapter 555, of Los Cruces, New Mexico - This
newsletter features some good reports on chapter
activities, a World War II first-person account, and a
great article on air traffic control.
From the desert southwest,
we head to Lincoln Park, New Jersey to catch up with
Chapter 501. Their
newsletter features a great article about the first
flight of a new Glastar. (Congratulations, Jonathan Macy!)
STILL TIME TO INCLUDE YOUR
CHAPTER IN THE FOUNDERS' WING
continues on construction of the EAA Founders' Wing, a
major project under way in the EAA AirVenture Museum.
The Founders' Wing seeks to preserve the history and
culture of EAA from its earliest days through today,
utilizing Paul and Audrey Poberezny's extensive personal
collection of EAA historical artifacts. Since EAA
chapters have played such an important role in the
organization's growth and development, we are inviting
all chapters to donate items that can be used to create
the EAA Chapters Display in the Founders' Wing.
Suggested items include patches (historic or current),
pins, small posters/flyers, or photos. (Please identify
people shown on submitted photos.)
Items should be
relatively flat and measure no larger than 11x17 inches.
Submitted items will be considered for display, and
anything not used will become part of the permanent
collection. (Note: items cannot be returned.)
Please send your
contributions to Ron Twellman, P. O. Box 3086, Oshkosh,
WI 54903-3086. If you have questions about what types of
items might be appropriate, please contact Ron at email@example.com.
Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2009. The Founders'
Wing is scheduled to be open in time for EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2009, and will host the Chapter Leader's
Breakfast that week, on Saturday, August 1. Learn
more about the Founders' Wing project.
EAA CHAPTERS IN THE NEWS
We receive hundreds of
newsletters each month from EAA chapters, and it's
always interesting to learn about what's happening at
the grassroots level. Oftentimes we come across some
excellent articles and tips to share, which you can
repurpose for your own newsletters. (When reprinting,
please credit the original source.) For the list of
previously featured articles, click
This month we feature two
articles we hope you'll share with your members. First,
Mark Hissey, President of EAA Chapter 36 (Hagerstown,
Maryland) shares some thoughts on spring flying (WORD | PDF).
Next up, a short story about an "interesting"
first flight experience from Jack Prock from EAA Chapter
526 (Auburn, California). His article reminds us that we
pilots have only chance to make a good first impression
on our rookie passengers, be they Young Eagles or
"older" eagles. (WORD | PDF)
CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY
past weekend, 24 chapter leaders from as far away as
Florida, Texas, Washington, and Arizona arrived on the EAA
Headquarters for the final session of the winter/spring
This is the eighth group
to participate in the Academy in the past 18 months.
Nearly 200 chapter leaders representing more than 125
chapters have participated and have provided
overwhelmingly positive reviews of the weekend.
With the approach of the
busy flying season, we’ll take a break in the schedule
and pick up in September.
The Chapter Leaders
Academy is available free of charge to any interested
chapter leader. Sessions begin with dinner on Friday
evening and continue through mid-day on Sunday.
Discussion topics include membership recruitment and
fund raising, EAA programs and services, and other topic
discussions generated through input from participants.
Accommodations are in the EAA Air Academy Lodge and are
included at no charge along with meals. The only cost is
transportation to Oshkosh.
For more information on
the fall sessions (September 18-20 and October 23-25) or
to reserve a spot, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFER FOR EAA CHAPTERS
members will receive 25 percent off the regular
non-member price on select book and video combos from
EAA's How-To series.
- F09626 -
Painting Book and VHS Combo - Reg. $29.99, members
- F15246 - Welding Book and DVD Combo - Reg.
$29.99, members $22.49
- F11619 - Basic Aircraft Woodworking VHS
Video/EAA Wood Building Techniques Book Combo - Reg.
$17.99, members $13
(The special offer is
valid through April 30, 2009 for phone orders only - not
available for online orders. Call 800-564-6322)
Feel free to include this
special offer in your newsletters or on your
FINANCIAL SEMINAR OFFERED AT SUN 'N FUN
that these are challenging financial times, EAA's Donor
Relations Department is hosting a focused financial
seminar during Sun 'n Fun on Wednesday afternoon, April
22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Terrace Hotel in downtown
Vaughn Henry, the
nationally respected founder of Henry & Associates,
Gift and Estate Planning Services, will present a
75-minute discussion called, "Staying Optimistic
and Opportunistic Despite Turbulent Financial
Times," followed by a free reception. Seminar
content will focus on the current changing financial
environment and how to take advantage of today's chaos;
regaining control of your estate and your financial
strategies; and setting goals for your team of advisors.
With more than 30 years
of experience, Henry specializes in "zero estate
tax" planning and business successions with an
underlying focus on tax efficient philanthropy. While he
is a Commercial rated pilot, Mr. Henry is not affiliated
with EAA, and his presentation is offered without charge
as a benefit of EAA membership.
information or to RSVP, please contact Eric Von at email@example.com