EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 11, No. 11 -December 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 


Welcome to the December Edition of EAA Chapter e-Gram
Well, just like that, winter has descended upon EAA headquarters. If you tried to contact us on Wednesday (December 9) you may have had trouble and we apologize. Wisconsin, and the Oshkosh area, was hammered by a major winter storm and many people were snowed in. As I write this, there are about 10 inches of snow on the ground and a bit more to come, plus the wind is expected to pick up overnight to near white-out conditions. (And yes, for those of you in the warmer climates, on days like today, I too wonder why we live here!) But despite the nasty conditions, we'll be shoveled out by morning and ready for a white Christmas in a few weeks. AirVenture Museum lobby

Many chapters have completed their elections for the coming year. We look forward to working with your newly elected and re-elected officers in the coming year. The annual renewal packages are being prepared and will be in the mail next week. Two things to note: The renewal package will go to your 2009 chapter president; and we have been able to keep the insurance rates from increasing again this year - the third consecutive year without an increase! This is due in part to your diligence in hosting safe chapter events. Keep up the good work!

As we close out 2009 and look forward to the New Year, we thank each of you for your enthusiasm and support of your chapter. May you, your family, and friends enjoy a safe and wonderful holiday season.

Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters

Chapter News


Recently Paul Poberezny sent a personal letter to all EAA Chapter presidents. He also wanted to share his message with all Chapter e-Gram readers, so click here to read Paul's letter and enjoy this photo taken this past summer at the dedication of the Founders' Wing.



On December 2, we hosted our first "webinar" for EAA chapters. The topic was "Information for Chapter Treasurers," including the changes in IRS regulations governing not-for-profit and non-profit organizations. More than 125 people logged on to the webinar, hosted by our resident expert Patti Arthur, who also serves on the EAA Legal Advisory Council. Patti has long been an advocate for chapters and has assisted many of them in filing for 501 (c) 3 status (non-profit). She has also helped other chapters with tax-related questions and concerns.

While the webinar was a tremendous success, we had some technical glitches in our attempt to record it for others. However, we do have Patti's PowerPoint slides along with a recording of her forum at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Much of the webinar's content was similar to the forum, so many of the same issues covered last week, were also discussed during Patti's previous forum.


The links to all of this information are available on the chapter resource page at EAA.org. Click here for the direct link.
With the 2010 chapter election season winding down, we're experiencing increased interest in our upcoming Chapter Leaders Academy weekends. These sessions are extremely valuable for any chapter officer, and we encourage your chapter to consider participating. Past attendees have been overwhelmingly positive in their reviews and would recommend attendance to other chapter members. As in the past, we'll cover your expenses once you arrive in Oshkosh-food, lodging, and transportation. You'll be responsible for the travel expenses to Oshkosh, but don't let that stop you. If travel is an issue, let us know and we may be able to assist you.

Chapter Leaders workshop

There are still a few spots remaining in the January 22-24 session is, but it's filling up fast. If you or someone in your chapter is interested, please contact us at chapters@eaa.org. If January does not fit your schedule, there are two other sessions scheduled this winter; February 26-28 and March 26-28. Learn more here.
Annual report As mentioned above, the renewal packages will be mailed next week. Included with the renewal paperwork is a copy of the Annual Report to Chapters. It highlights some of our accomplishments during the past year and looks ahead to next year. You can read the complete report here.
Here's a friendly reminder to make use of your EAA Calendar of Events, which our surveys show is one of the top five most visited pages on the EAA website. Pilots and aviation enthusiasts use the calendar quite a bit when looking for things to do or places to fly. So how can you help? The calendar is only as good as the content. Please have someone (or a committee) responsible for posting your events on the calendar. We encourage you to post all of your chapter's events - from monthly meetings to your annual fly-ins and Young Eagles rallies. You can also spread the word by reminding others at your airport to post their aviation-related events to the calendar. It is easy to post an event and you don't have to be an EAA member to make use of the calendar. Visit the website for more information.
EAA Chapter Service Awards are provided annually to all chapter officers and volunteers. They include a certificate and pin recognizing those who have served your chapter this past year. The packages have all been mailed, so your chapter should have received the awards by now. If your awards package has yet to arrive, or if changes or corrections are necessary, please contact us as soon as possible at chapters@eaa.org. Thank you again for your leadership during 2009.

Chapter service awards

As the planning cycle for next year begins, remember there's a great tool to help you plan your meetings, fly-ins, or banquets: the EAA Speakers Bureau. New and improved based on your comments and suggestions, the online speakers bureau provides more refined and useful searches with new search screens based on the popular and easy-to-use EAA Calendar of Events. You can also search for a speaker by radius, subject, or speaker's name.

We currently have more than 500 registered speakers…but more are needed! Nearly every chapter has had outstanding speakers visit their meetings or banquets, so we strongly encourage you to ask them to register as a speaker so their presentations can be shared with others. And don't forget the people in your chapter who have interesting stories to share.

Speakers Bureau

This month's selection caught the eye of EAA Founder Paul Poberezny. He highlighted a nice article about getting ready for winter in EAA Chapter 35's (San Antonio, Texas) newsletter. Chapter member Oscar Zuniga has some thoughts on winter preparations. By the way, Paul (and several of us on staff) still reads all the newsletters that are sent to EAA headquarters, so keep them coming! Read the newsletter here.
Chapter 512 Many of you are familiar with EAA Radio, which provides live coverage from the flight line during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. This year the radio staff dedicated a segment 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 512, of Placerville, California. The interview features Chapter 512 President Kay Morgan discussing the chapter's annual ground school along with other activities. Listen to the interview here.
Is there an extraordinary tech counselor in your chapter? Or a pilot whose accomplishments and dedication to aeronautics have "flown under the radar"? Perhaps they may be appropriate recipients for two annual awards presented annually at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the Tony Bingelis Award and the Spirit of Flight award.

The Bingelis award honors the memory of Tony Bingelis, EAA's highly regarded homebuilding authority, author, and columnist in EAA Sport Aviation. Created in 2002, the award recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the encouragement of aircraft projects for fellow EAA members, the promotion of safety, and for maintaining the values of EAA. A nominee must have been an active and current EAA technical counselor for five consecutive years.

Download the nomination form here. Read about the 2009 Tony Bingelis Award winner here.

The Spirit of Flight Award was established in 1997 by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and Scaled Composites to recognize an EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development, or flight-testing. They promote air safety by presenting a pilot's opinion, strengthening the influence of the test pilot on aeronautical progress, and continuously evaluating the adequacy of flight equipment.

Download the nomination form here.

If you have any questions, please call the EAA Safety Programs Office at 888-322-4636, ext. 6864. The deadline for both award nominations is February 1, 2010.

This was a question raised at the October Chapter Leaders Academy and at about the same time a discussion popped up on Oshkosh365. So what does your chapter do with the extra issues of the magazine? How might you be able to use them to increase your chapter's membership? Join the discussion here. EAA Sport Aviation
How can you get the word out about your next meeting or event and do it for free? Why not try Craig's List? You can post a free listing in the groups section. It is a great way to reach out beyond the EAA "family." You never know who may discover your chapter.
Next month, the new EAA Sport Aviation magazine will arrive in your mailbox 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. The extensive redesign and content upgrade of EAA's flagship publication incorporates many of the findings received from our extensive member surveys. Click here for more details and frequently asked questions about these important changes.

This new direction also marks the end of EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine. Content from that publication will be incorporated into the new Sport Aviation, plus we have a new sport pilot/ultralight e-newsletter, Light Plane World, which debuted last week. Take a look here.


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