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EAA Hosts Successful Chapter Leaders Academy

Dale Seitzer
Dale Seitzer, vice president of EAA Chapter 54 in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, speaks in front of a group during a breakout session at the second EAA Chapter Leaders Academy.

Chapter Leaders
Attendees at the second EAA Chapter Leaders Academy held in Oshkosh January 12-13.

January 16, 2008 — Nearly three-dozen EAA chapter leaders from throughout the country gathered in Oshkosh this past weekend for the second EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. The two-day conference followed up on the first academy weekend held in September, including a wide range of activities designed to bolster local efforts in a wide range of programs and activities. Workshops and smaller group sessions were held on recruitment and acquisition; chapter fund raising; engaging youth in aviation; chapter clubhouses/hangars; and other subjects.

"Response to the academy was once again just outstanding," said Ron Wagner, EAA field relation's manager and one of the weekend's organizers. "Attendees were thrilled for the opportunity to interact and share success stories - as well as challenges - with their counterparts from other chapters." Because many of the participants were recently elected chapter officers, Wagner noted that this event would "certainly help kick-start their new positions."

One participant, Mike Weeden, treasurer of EAA Chapter 431 in Brodhead, Wisconsin, commented, "This course has provided us with knowledge of the resources available and will foster more communication between EAA and the chapter."

Other weekend activities afforded opportunities for participants to become acquainted with EAA staff members who provide support throughout the year. Participants also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at EAA's AirVenture Museum and the Weeks Hangar, and were invited to a special screening of EAA's new "Spirit of Oshkosh" video narrated by Young Eagles Chairman, Harrison Ford. Each received a copy to share with their fellow chapter members back home. EAA President Tom Poberezny welcomed the group to Oshkosh on Friday evening before dinner at the Air Academy lodge.

Additional chapter academy sessions are scheduled for April 18-20; September 19-21; and January 23-25, 2009. If you would like to sign up for an upcoming session, please contact the EAA Chapter office at Chapters@eaa.org or call 920-426-4876. For questions, contact Wagner at rwagner@eaa.org or 920-426-6122.

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