EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 11, No. 10 - November 2009

Chapter Resources

: Calendar of Events
Speakers Bureau
: Chapter Locator
: Resource Forms
: Labels and Lists
: Promotional Materials
: Reference Papers
: Online Insurance Form
Contact the Chapter Office
: Email chapters@eaa.org
: Phone 920-426-4876
EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Schedule
: Jan. 22-24, 2010
: Feb. 26-28, 2010
: Mar. 26-28, 2010
: Sept. 17-19, 2010
: Oct. 15-17, 2010

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

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Welcome to the November edition of EAA Chapter e-Gram
As hard as it is to believe, 2009 is beginning to draw to a close and the holiday season is just around the corner. While the calendar is in conflict with the unseasonably warm weather we've experienced in Oshkosh recently, there are a few other signs that winter will soon be upon us. Pioneer Airport is buttoned up for the winter, the Ford Tri-Motor is tucked away for maintenance and the B-17 will return in a few more weeks from its annual tour. While our maintenance crews ready the aircraft for another season, our Aircraft Operations team is already planning the schedules for 2010. We extend a sincere thank you to the chapters that hosted a B-17 or Tri-Motor tour stop this year. The tours have been successful and we hope to be able to bring our flying fleet to an airport near you soon.
November also marks election month. Many chapters are in the process of selecting their leadership for the upcoming year. To the outgoing officers, we offer our gratitude for all your work in support of your chapter. The success of a chapter, or any volunteer-run organization, is dependent on the individuals who step into leadership roles. Thank you.

For incoming officers, we extend our congratulations as you begin a leadership role. EAA headquarters has resources available to help you in your new role. One of the best ways we can assist you and your chapter is through the Chapter Leaders Academy. The next session will be held January 22-24, 2010, with additional sessions in February and March. 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.

As we've read in your newsletters, numerous annual banquets will be held in the next few weeks. The chapter recognition materials are being prepared and should be in the mail by the end of next week (November 20). You should have them in time for your banquet, but if you have any questions before then, give us a call or send an e-mail to chapters@eaa.org.

Steve Buss, EAA Chapter Manager

Chapter News


A chapter treasurer's role has always been important, but as the Internal Revenue Service places increasing scrutiny on not-for-profit and non-profit groups, that role takes on even greater importance. To help chapter treasurers keep up with the changes in IRS regulations, EAA will host a special "webinar" on Wednesday evening, December 2, 2009, at 7 p.m. CST. Patti Arthur, who serves on the EAA Legal Advisory Council, will host this online session. Patti has long been an advocate for chapters and has assisted many in filing for 501 (c)3 status (non-profit). She has also helped other chapters with tax-related questions and concerns.
Webinar for Chapters
We encourage all chapter treasurers to join the online session. All you need is a reliable internet connection to participate. The technology is simple and we'll help walk you through it. Details on how to participate will be sent directly to chapter treasurers next week.

In addition, Patti has also written a brief paper on recordkeeping for state agencies. It is recommended reading for chapter treasurers and presidents.



This month we head to the Seattle area and feature EAA Chapter 1440's newsletter, the Evergreen Aviator. The newsletter includes some great flying adventures and photos. From the Northwest, we head to Tennessee and EAA Chapter 863 and the Aviator in Lebanon. They have a busy schedule coming up and their annual "Warm Wings" coat drive. You'll also enjoy photos from the chapter's Fall Classic fly-in. 
Here's a great tip suggested by two members, Paul Dowgewicz, EAA Chapter 1310 (East Windsor, Conn.) and Bill Irving, Chapter 272 (Duluth, Minn.). Google Voice can provide chapters with the option of having a chapter telephone number without the expense of a physical phone line. Google Voice
Google Voice is an Internet-based phone forwarding service. Google Voice gives you a separate phone number which you can give out as if it is your regular phone number. You can then change your settings to have calls forward to any other phone number.

For example, you could establish a chapter phone number through Google Voice. When someone calls that number, you can set the service to forward the call to another number, like the president's home. It can also go directly to voice mail and then the system will send an SMS message or an email whenever you get a voice mail message. You can check the voice mail from the Web or from your phone. Google Voice is free except for international calls and currently available in the US only. For more details, visit the Google website.

In January 2010, the new EAA Sport Aviation magazine launches with a new look and feel, re-tooled content, and other new and exciting changes to better serve EAA's diverse membership of builders, restorers, pilots, and enthusiasts. EAA's flagship publication incorporates many of the findings received from our extensive member surveys.

This new direction also marks the end of Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine. Content from that publication will be incorporated into the new Sport Aviation, plus a new sport pilot/ultralight e-newsletter, Light Plane World, is in development with a planned launch in January. Click here for more details and frequently asked questions about these important changes.

EAA Sport Aviation
Looking for a unique way to bring the community to your doorstep? Tom Chudy, of EAA Chapter 1365 (Mauston, Wis.), sent us the following idea:

"Community is our chapter's theme - it has been since day one. Between Young Eagles and our annual fly-in, many people enjoy our chapter's activities and actually know where the airport is located! It makes it harder for them to say 'no' when it comes time for expansion or improvements.

"Our Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly 'After 5' program, which is a gathering of area business people. Hosting this kind of event at the airport provides another opportunity to talk about the benefits the airport provides and answer questions concerning the airport. It's working for our community!"

Many cities host similar networking events. Check with your Chamber of Commerce or other civic/service organization to see if your chapter and airport can host one of these community gatherings.

One of the lessons we have learned through the Chapter Leaders Academy is chapters that plan their programs in advance and publicize them to their members often have greater membership and attendance at meetings. Another key is to vary the topic from month to month, balancing education, aviation, and social events. Jim Smith, EAA Chapter 1246 (McKinney, Texas), recently forwarded a listing of program and activity suggestions he gleaned from the calendar of events. There are many more, but as you begin planning for 2010, here are some effective "thought-starters": Chapter Programs
  • Bring a Friend Night - Ask members to bring a friend to the monthly meeting. Have a special drawing for a nice (expensive) gift for both the member and his/her friend.
  • Builder's Nights - Take time to view other members airplanes during the construction process, learn building techniques.
  • Annual Fall Family Picnic - Many chapters hold an annual banquet, but a picnic, especially in fall, might be a nice way to involve the entire family.
  • Field Trips - Tour local aircraft-related companies, FAA control tower, aviation museums.
  • The Event Squadron - Members meet at the local airport and fly out to various aviation events as a group. This is also an opportunity to invite those without airplanes, or visitors to share a ride.
  • 1st Saturday Coffee and Donuts - Sponsored by a different member every month in their hangar.
  • 2nd Saturday Dawn Patrol - An early morning fly-out for breakfast.

There are many more ideas, so feel free to share your chapter's best program or activity. We'll continue the discussion on Oshkosh365.

Here are a few links you might find useful from the chapter website:
Each summer, the EAA Chapter Office recognizes outstanding volunteers in several areas. Awards include the Major Achievement awards and recognition of the top chapter newsletters and websites. The Young Eagles office also presents awards during AirVenture each year. Read more about this year's recipients.

Nominations for the 2010 awards will open after the first of the year, but now is a good time to start thinking about deserving volunteers in your chapter and begin preparing a nomination package.

Chapter Awards
Each year EAA is pleased to offer chapters the opportunity to purchase the EAA World of Flight Calendar at specially discounted prices. The calendars make an excellent gift for your fellow aviators or simply to enjoy yourself. Information packages containing the details of this year's calendar order offer were recently mailed. Your chapter president should have the information for your chapter's next meeting. World of Flight Calendar
Don't delay in placing your order as calendar supplies are limited! For pricing information or more details, contact us at chapters@eaa.org, or call 920-426-4876.  
EAA welcomed 24 leaders representing 16 chapters to EAA headquarters in Oshkosh for another productive Chapter Leaders Academy, October 23-25. Participants arrived from British Columbia, Ontario, California, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. These sessions provide opportunities for members to share their success stories, learn from one another's experiences, and get better acquainted with EAA staff members. Read more Chapter Leaders Workshop
EAA maintains a list, by state, of both amateur-built and light-sport aircraft Designated Airworthiness Representatives (DARs). You can find the listing on the Sport Pilot web site. These lists provide one-stop referral of all the DARs in your area. To find the listing go to http://www.sportpilot.org/resources/dar.html then select either Special Light-Sport Aircraft DARs; Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft DARs; or Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft DARs. DAR
A suggestion from our recent Chapter Leaders Academy came from Penny Bowman, EAA Chapter 106 (greater Boston area). The chapter takes surplus copies of the magazine to area doctor's offices. But before they leave them, they put a label on the magazine with meeting and contact information, so anyone who is interested knows how to contact the chapter.
Many of you are familiar with EAA Radio, which provides live coverage from the flightline during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. This year the radio staff dedicated a segment of time each day to feature an EAA chapter. Since the week goes by so quickly, we'll share the "Chapter a Day" segments with you in the next few issues of Chapter e-gram. This month, it's EAA Chapter 59, of Waco, Texas. The interview (runtime: 11:58) features Chapter 59 director John Botsford discussing the chapter's successful recruiting efforts. Listen to the interview. Chapter a day
Jeff Skiles, Young Eagles co-chairman and First Officer of US Airways Flight 1549, will be the keynote speaker at EAA's 7th Annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet scheduled for Friday, December 18, at the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The dinner celebrates the 106th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful powered flight on December 17, 1903. Tickets are $35 per person for EAA members and can be obtained at EAA's secure website. For more information call 920-426-6880. Cocktails and a cash bar will be open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.

Jeff Skiles
Mark Schaible from Sonex Aircraft, LLC, recently told us that they have produced a new version of their company DVD video entitled "The Sonex Story." The new DVD features new footage, superb editing, and detailed information about the company's products. Sonex Aircraft would like to put a free copy in every EAA chapter library. To request a copy, send an e-mail to sales@sonexaircraft.com, and don't forget to include your EAA chapter's mailing address. Sonex DVD

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