Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all SEFSD members. “Christmas is the season of joy, of gift-giving, and of families united.” “Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.” “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” “Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance—each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon. “
This has been a great year for our club. We did a lot this year in all the fun we have had. I am looking forward to the T-28 races and our Electric Glide which follows the T-28 races the following weekend in our upcoming year. Our monthly meetings have had a great turnout with members coming down to the field this past year. I do look forward to the upcoming year and the fun will continue. Thanks to Jim B, we will have a calendar with all the events happening in year 2023.
I would also like to remind everyone to renew your membership and most of all, don’t forget to get your tickets for the Banquet on Jan 13, 2023.
This will be a fun event that we have planned for our members, so be sure to get your tickets for they will sell out fast! As it stands now, we have 55 tickets sold, so only 45 tickets remain, so better get them quick! Remember our event at the Air and Space Museum starts at 6:00pm. With your purchase of the ticket, you can enter the Museum anytime during the day and stay inside when the museum closes. You just won’t be able to enter where we will have our party. That opens at 6pm. Also, when you sign in, make sure you get your photo taken by Frank at the Spirit of Saint Louis. Our Catering will be done by Lisa Bender, and I think we all know how that is going to taste. If you missed last year’s banquet, well all I can say is, don’t miss out on this years, you won’t be disappointed.
We have a lot to give away this year for both our wonderful better halves and for us pilots. We have some really nice aircraft to give away. Your ticket puts you in the running for a gift. Our wives will have their own set of tickets and, thanks to Steve Manganelli’s wonderful wife, she has put together a great selection of goodies! I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our banquet on January 13, 2023. Event starts at 6pm.
As a note to just remind everyone about a few items at the field. We need to remember to lock the bathroom after every use. I know some like to leave it unlock but let’s not do that. Our last lock was lost including the hasp bar as well. We also need to lock the gate when we are the last to leave the field. This past year someone was locked in at the field and they literally cut the bar by the lock and were able to open and leave. If you are the last one to leave, and you see someone else, please just go over to them and let them know that if they choose to stay, they will be locked in. So just a friendly reminder to be courteous and advise them of the situation when you leave.
I also have another item to talk about and that is calling out your intentions. Taking off, Low flyby and Landings. If you’re in the middle of the pits you just might hear someone at the west end calling, “take off”. However, if you’re at the east end and someone is at the west end saying take off, it is very difficult to hear. So please, gasp extra air and yell it out in a loud voice call out your intentions. Thank You members
And last, I have a few Inspiring Christmas quotes for you all:
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
“I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence, and just about everything that goes along with Christmas.”
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!