I open this month’s newsletter with some sad news.
Last week our official Candy Man and unofficial club greeter, Fred Duffy, passed away. Fred was a welcoming member of our weekend crew over the last several years. 50-60 of our newest members thanked Fred for his approachability, and willingness to help a new guy out. Fred passed following a brief illness the morning of the 17th. He was where he wanted to be – At home with his loving Family. Freds son, Mike, has expressed his gratitude for the supportive texts, mails, and comments I have passed to him. Freds home life was very private and Mike said there will not be an open service per Freds wishes. The family will commemorate his life and their Mothers life together in private at a future date. We will miss Fred, and will do something to remember him on Veterans Day – November 11th. Mike will take a few weeks off, but we hope to see him back out at the field when affairs are in order.
As we approach the end of the calendar year we have finished up our monthly event series – Popwing races, Electroglide, and Multirotor FPV racing. If you would like to propose an event for next year, or run one of the current events, please let Jim or myself know.
I have been seeing quite a few damaged items stacked next to the garbage cans the last few weeks. Please, if you brought it to the field, and it is too big to fit into a can, please bring it out with you and dispose of it elsewhere. Do not leave it for the park folks to haul away. Also, the buckets of sand are for dumping over a battery fire, not a place to leave bad batteries for someone else to take care of.
We are less than 2 weeks away from the end of daylight savings time for 2017, have you been getting your night flyers ready?
Last week I opened nominations for the board of directors for 2018. There have been a few nominations, but I am still looking for some folks to step up and share your unique ideas while helping guide the club into the New Year. To reiterate what I said last week:
Any position currently occupied is open for competition. Specifically, positions we need filled for 2018 are:
President – I expect to step away from the seat, which will automatically make me chairman for up to 2 years.
Vice President – Jim plans to run for a member at large position. He will still be involved, but life priorities require that he concentrate on other activities.
Treasurer – Paul has decided to end his service to the club and devote some time to just flying and enjoying his membership.
Safety Officer – I am trying to convince Randy to take the position from either Jim or myself.
Secretary – I am also sweet talking Quan…
Also, the 3 at large positions are always open for competition, I would like our current folks in these positions to move up.
Nominations received so far:
Secretary – Ken Dresser
Members at large – Ken Dresser, Steve Neu, Carl Cox, Jim Bonnardel, and Tony Blackhurst.
I continue to enjoy reading the submissions from club members on their special projects, and anything else related to our activities they may have seen or done. Keep it up!
This month’s event on the 28th will be a new one, MAMBA BABY! HOW LOW CAN YOU GO!! Followed by the club meeting and lunch. This one should be a lot of fun.
Have a happy Halloween folks!