|| Chapter 54 NEWS
Volume 43, Issue 6
will be held on
Time 7:00 pm Social
7:30 pm Program
Chapter House, Lake Elmo Airport, "B" Entrance, 1000 feet
South of the Rotating Beacon.
Speaker: Doug Weiler
Will talk about his adventures on educating kids.
|Treasurer’s Report: 5/21/2000
Building Fund $2,813.85
Check Acct $4,950.74
We sold the Pietnpol project for $1,000.00 profit, made $95.00 at the
Banquet (thanks Leif), made $39.00 on the Raffle (Thanks Leif), Sponsored
EAA Leadership Program (not yet repaid by EAA), Paid MN Secretary of State
$66.00 to re-establish our Chapter, paid out $109.41 to previous
Newsletter Editor, and spent $73..00 on new Newsletters
May was a busy month, Chapterwise. Chapter 54 hosted a Chapter Leadership
Conference, we had our annual Chapter banquet and there was the annual
Chapter Workparty Weekend at Oshkosh. The Leadership Conference, according
to Troy Toelle, from Headquarters, was very successful. About 66 people
attended including Bob Waldron, Dan Parker and Art Edhlund from our
Chapter. Some people came from Chapters as far away as Seattle, Michigan
and Iowa. The program lasted all day and was very well presented.
The annual Chapter banquet was very well attended. The dinner was good
and we all had a good time. The speaker for the evening was Chuck Larsen,
Executive Director of Resident Education Programs and of the EAA Air
Academy at Oshkosh. Chuck was a former member and former president of
Chapter 54. It was a very pleasant experience to visit with Chuck again
for quite a few of our older members who are friends of Chuck's.
The folks that went to the Workparty Weekend came back with good
reports on their experience at Oshkosh. All went well except for a broken
rib suffered by Jerry Sarracco. He is recuperating and seems to be getting
along quite well.
All of these activities could not have happened successfully without a
great deal of collective and individual effort. Jim Anderson was
volunteered to chair the Chapter Leadership Conference committee and did
an outstanding job of seeing to all of the major and minor details
involved in the organizing of such an important and complex event. There
was housing for the visitors, there were arrangements to be made for meals
and breaktimes, tables and chairs to be picked up, delivered and set up,
as well as white boards and a P.A. system to be taken care of. When it was
all over, everything had to be torn down and returned to its rightful
place. A lot of arranging and organizing and a lot of work! Thanks to Jim
and all of his committee members.
And now to the Banquet. What can I say? Leif Erickson, THANKS! What a
good job! Leif is the Director of Events in our Chapter and he accepted
the responsibility and did an outstanding job of coordinating all of the
major and minor details necessary in organizing a banquet. Arranging for a
restaurant, selecting the menu, soliciting the door prizes, collecting the
money, organizing the program and finding a speaker. This a long and time
consuming job that was well done. Great dinner! Great program! Great time
and really great door prizes Thanks Leif and committee!
I don't have a lot of information on the Workparty Weekend, but I have
attended several in the past and know what a good time they can be. Maybe
while Jerry is convalescing he will have time to write a report to be
published in a future newsletter. I think we have a number of members that
are unaware of the rewards and insights that are available through one of
these Workparty trips.
On Wednesday, June 7th, there will be a board meeting at the Chapter
House. The meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. The agenda will deal with
the upcoming Fly-in Pancake Breakfast. On Tuesday, May 30th, a meeting was
held at the Chapter House. Arrangements for the breakfast were discussed.
Leif is already doing a great job organizing things and he is going to
need a lot of people to help him. This year we have a wonderful
opportunity to make this the best
program we have ever had. With our very own brand new grille and a
tremendous effort by all involved, we can really have the most successful
event in the history of our Chapter. With a little help form God,
regarding the weather, there is nothing to hold us back except the lack of
The other thing on the agenda is an idea I have for a fund raiser. At
the Leadership Conference, someone from one of the Chapters in attendance
mentioned a raffle that was very successful. They built and raffled off
some pedal planes. I have already talked to Ed and he said he has a set of
plans and some ideas. We can discuss it further at the board meeting.
Again, let me express my gratitude to everyone involved in the
organizing and setting up and tearing down of all of our May activities. I
don't know all of the names and can't remember all of the details,
nevertheless, let me say THANK YOU! It takes a lot of effort and
volunteerism for any Chapter to be successful and there is very little
recognition for all the effort.
-- Bill Schanks
Dave Fiebiger reports that the Tax Bill passed, which means that
hangars will now be taxed at the 1.65 rate instead of the 2.4 rate, also
our hangars are now considered non-commercial.
|Chapter 54 Open House Lunch
Saturday June 10, 12:00 - 1:00
Deli Cold-Cuts and Cheese and Chips. $5.00. Everyone at LakeElmo is
Chapter Meeting Minutes
EAA Chapter 54
May 8, 2000
No meeting was held at the Banquet, but a good time was had by all.
EAA Chapter Leadership Conference
On May 5th, Dan Parker and Art Edhlund and Bob Waldron and more than
fifty members of EAA Chapters from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota,
Wisconsin, Michigan, and Washington, attended an all day conference at
Valter’s Aviation. The intent of this event, was to help make Chapters
stronger, more active, and better. The meeting was led by EAA’s Troy
Toelle and Brenda Anderson (both of Headquarters' Chapter Group). A
Chapter President from a Chapter in Michigan presented a lot of the
Time was spent showing how to find out what the Chapter should be
doing, how to get people to do it, and how to raise money to get it done.
Headquarters is concerned that many Chapters are faltering, are not
keeping good records, have dwindling memberships, and are not going to be
able to survive. Some time was spent polling the various Chapters
represented, for good ideas. Some Chapters own their own building, some
have raffles for thousands of dollars of prizes, most have pancake
breakfasts, some have food booths at other air-shows (similar to Anoka
Headquarters is concerned about the increasing average age of Chapter
members, there is no young blood. They are also concerned that there is
less ’Family’ involvement than there was in the early days when Paul
and Audrey started the EAA.
When asked for suggestions to change things, one participant suggested
that the EAA ask members if they would like to have their spouses name on
the mailing labels (similar to some other aviation organizations), and
Troy felt that that was a great idea, and took it back to Headquarters.
Troy also suggested that Chapters start doing it right away.
Troy wanted to know how many Chapters have swing sets, VCRs with kid’s
videos, picnic tables, and other things that might be ‘family’
The conference was well received. The facility was good, except that
Troy left the big hangar door open, and we had to stop occasionally for
people ‘running up’ at the end of runway 22. Troy felt that this
conferences was the best one that they have had (outside of Oshkosh), and
was very pleased.
The preparation of the hangar, setting up of the tables, getting rolls,
getting the box lunches, and clean up, was handled by Jim Anderson and a
number of Chapter 54 members.
- Bob Waldron
|FLYING START 2000
April 29, 2000 dawned CAVU, perfect for initiation of nine new ' Eagles.'
They gathered at the Chapter house to find out what we're all about, and
to try flying. Our new friends ranged in age from 17 to 59. The youngest
also qualified as a 'Young Eagle.' Thanks to Chapter volunteer pilots Gene
Frank, Paul Liedl, and Art Edhlund, all enjoyed their introductory flight.
Eight of them joined EAA on the spot. (Laura Huizenga's husband Kirk is
already a chapter 54 member.) All were prepared to attend our May chapter
meeting except the Annual Banquet replaced the regular meeting. They will
join us at the June meeting however. Please make them welcome, all are
seriously interested in some facet of general aviation. Their names are:
Nicholas Shanklin, Oakdale; David Mellgren, White Bear Lake; Kevin Buck,
St.Mary's Point; Rick Bise, Woodbury; Tony Weber, White Bear Lake;
Fernando Castro, St. Paul; Gale Havrilla, Oakdale; Jerome Ternowski,
The new format for Flying Start really worked. But that's not the end of
the story, Troy Toelle from EAA Chapters, informs me they are preparing an
assortment of formats for next year! Thanks to the volunteers, and a hardy
welcome to our new EAA ers.
A great time was had by more than two dozen people at the Potluck
supper on Friday Night. It was too blustery to do any flying, but
President Bill brought some of his famous potatoes and everybody else
brought some GREAT food, and there was plenty of hangar flying to make up
for the unpleasant weather.
If you missed this one, you will get another chance the Friday night
after the next meeting. Rae Kupferschmidt really knows how to throw a
great PotLuck supper.
|Work Party 2000
If you were not in Oshkosh on May 6th and 7th then you missed the
Chapter 54 annual Oshkosh WorkParty. You won’t get another chance ’til
next year. Here is what Jerry had to say:
I would like to let the chapter members know that all in all the trip
Oshkosh for work party went off just great. The following members
represented Chapter 54: Dave Feibiger, Dick Wicklund, Dale Rupp, Don
Black, Gill Leiter,
Wayne Asp & his two sons, Jerry Sarracco, Jim Olson and Rea Ann &
Al Kupferschmidt. We had a great time with a group of chapter members from
Escanaba, Michigan. All had the opportunity to visit the Museum on
night. I received a card from Vern Lichtenberg thanking Chapter 54 for
there volunteer effort. The card is on the bulletin board in the chapter
house. The weather was perfect and if I had not broke my rib, we would not
have had any
- - - - Jerry Sarracco
What's The Value of One Member?
By Dick Zander, EAA Chapter 782, Vancouver, WA
Ten faithful Members standing in a line,
One disliked the President, then there were nine.
Nine ambitious Members offered to work late,
One forgot his promise, then there were eight.
Eight creative Members had ideas good as heaven,
One lost enthusiasm, then there were seven.
Seven loyal Members got into a fix,
They quarreled over programs, then there were six.
Six Members remained with the spirit and drive,
One moved away, then there were five.
Five steadfast Members wished there were more,
One became indifferent, then there were four.
Four cheerful Members who never disagree,
'Til one complained of meetings, then there were three.
Three eager Members! What do they do?
One got discouraged, then there were two.
Two lonely Members, our rhyme is nearly done,
One jointed the Elks, then there was one.
One faithful Member was feeling rather blue,
Met with a neighbor, then there was two.
Two earnest Members, each enrolled one more,
Doubling their number, then there was four.
Four determined Members just couldn't wait,
'Til each won another, then there was eight.
Eight EXCITED Members signed up sixteen more,
In another six verses, there'll be a thousand twenty-four!
Pancake Breakfast Organizational Meeting
Present: Bill Shanks, Ed Peifer, Gary Miller, Jerry Sarracco, Nick
Stolley, Dave Fiebiger, Jess Black, Don Black, Dean Pelnar, Bill Shanks
Jr., Leif Erickson
Leif E. distributed folders to each committee chairperson present.
The folders contain a master task list for each committee. Chairpersons
were asked to record each task they perform that is not on the task
list. The goal will be to develop an accurate master task list for each
committee. Also chairpersons were asked to record dates, deadlines,
contacts, and phone numbers. These folders can then be passed on to new
committee chairs in following years.
2. Recruit Committee Chairs
Saturday Set-up – Dan Parker/Jim Anderson suggested
1st Shift Cooking/Serving – Jeff Hanson suggested
2nd Shift Cooking/Serving – Ed Peifer
Auto Parking – Gil Leiter confirmed
Aircraft Parking – Dave Fiebiger confirmed
Tear Down – Nick Stolley confirmed
Publicity – Gary Miller confirmed
Lead Chef – Bill Shanks confirmed
Food Preparation – Al Cashin suggested
Flight Safety and Operations – Jerry Sarracco confirmed
Logistics – Paul Anderson suggested
Finances – Bob Waldron suggested
Volunteer Coordinator – Scott Hutchinson confirmed
Leif will continue to recruit committee chairpersons.
3. Price - $5.00 per adult; $2.00 for children 12 and under; free
breakfasts for PIC, Fire Dept and National Guard members that exhibit.
4. Liability insurance is available from EAA free of charge. Leif E.
will contact Bob Mackey (spelling?) at EAA headquarters.
5. Ford Tri-Motor/DC3 – Due to expenses involved and lack of hanger
space it was decided we would not pursue an appearance by the Ford. In
the future, it was suggested that we contact the local Ford motor
dealers in the area for possible promotions.
The possibility of having two pancake breakfasts next year was
discussed. One in the spring or early summer and the other late summer,
after the Oshkosh convention
Gary Miller suggested that next year we get an earlier start on
The Chapter will donate $50 to the Lions Club for use of their tables
Chapter members were encouraged to ask their family members to
participate as committee volunteers. This, of course, depends on their
desire to help
Gary Miller suggested that we contact the parachute-jumping club from
Baldwin, WI about doing a jump during the morning. Gary will contact the
MAC for permission, as it may be necessary to temporarily close the
airport during the jump. Also a NOTAM may be required. Gary also
suggested contacting a hot-air balloon company about a static display
and the possibility of a launch at the close the event. Gary will check
with the MAC about permission for the lift-off. Gary further suggested a
glider landing. That would require a tow airplane be available to launch
the glider for its return trip back to its home airport. Gary will again
investigate and make arrangements with the MAC.
Gary Miller has posters and flyers printed for the event. Gary
suggested that any chapter members flying to other fly-in breakfasts
this summer bring and distribute our flyers.
Bill Shanks will contact the Jim Gannon from the Valley Cruisers
about displaying their street rods.
Gary Miller will contact Princeton Flight Service about having our
event included in their broadcast information.
Jerry Sarracco and Bill Shanks will investigate obtaining the
services of an air traffic controller for the morning. This may be
necessary if we have a large volume of airplane traffic as well as
parachute jumpers and a balloon launch.
Bob Donatelle will be contacted about a display from the radio
An aviation art vendor has contacted Leif Erickson about parking a
trailer and selling aviation art prints and paraphernalia at the
breakfast. The committee agreed to that provided a donation (no amount
specified) is made to the Chapter. Leif will contact the vendor.
Jerry Sarracco will establish aircraft parking areas and safety
procedures to be followed. It was pointed out that Anoka has a very good
plan for no propeller zones and aircraft parking during their Aviation
Days. The general public is separated from private aircraft parking
areas. Jerry will also arrange security for static aircraft displays.
For anyone requesting aircraft parking on blacktop instead of grass,
Ed Mayer’s old FBO location was suggested. However that would mean we
would have to provide ground transportation to and from there to Valters
Aviation. It was suggested that we encourage all incoming aircraft to
park on the grass in the designated parking areas. Jerry Sarracco will
also contact the MAC about cutting the grass prior to the event. This
should make aircraft parking easier.
Bill Shanks will contact the war birds and the Confederate Air Force
about setting up a static display and/or flyby.
Leif E will schedule the next meeting in June following the regular
EAA Chapter 54 Aviation Day Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
Lake Elmo Airport (21D) – North Entrance
August 13th, 2000 7:00 AM to Noon
We need your
to make this event a success!
All members of Chapter 54 are needed to:
Eat Eat Eat
Adults $5, Kids (under 12) $2, Bring lots of hungry people!
Promote Promote Promote
Bring your families, relatives, friends, neighbors, and anyone else
you can think of!
Bring you airplane (weather permitting) – Pictures needed for the
chapter web page
Volunteer Volunteer Volunteer
Volunteers needed for all jobs
Setup 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
1st Shift Cooking/Serving* 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM Saturday 10
2nd Shift Cooking/Serving* 9:00 AM – Noon
Auto Parking 7:00 AM – Noon
Aircraft Parking 7:00 AM – Noon
Tear Down Noon – 2:00
Our most critical need is for 1st and 2nd
shift cooking/serving, setup, and teardown help.
If you have already volunteered, see if you can get your spouse or
other family member to help out
Task leaders are requested to call the volunteers assigned to them
and to request more volunteers if you need them
Contact event chairperson to volunteer or if you have questions
- Leif Erickson at 651-439-5040
|Wanna Buy a Mustang?
Member Mark Holliday bought a Midget Mustang which was completed in the
70’s but was not flown. Mark says that the workmanship is good. Mark
wants the engine, and is willing to sell the complete airplane for
$6,500.00 without the engine. Mark likes the engine, cuz it is an o-200
with a fuel pump, and has a vacuum pump. Mark could also sell that engine.
Contact Mark at MarkH85@AOL.com, or at (651)770-3881. If you don’t
know what a Midget Mustang looks like, check with Al
Amsden or Dennis Hoffman
We still occupy the Chapter Building. Ed Mayer is in favor of allowing
us to stay, until he sells the building.
|CALENDAR of EVENTS
10 12:00 noon Chapter 54 Open House Lunch
10 International Young Eagles Day
12 EAA Chapter 54 Gathering 7:30pm at the Chapter House
16 Chapter 54 PotLuck supper at 6:30pm at the Chapter House
17 LEAA Hiway Cleanup 8:30am at Chapter House
|EAA Chapter 54 is located at 3275 Manning
Ave. N. Suite #7,
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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Chapter 54 gathers at 7:30pm, on the Second Monday of each month, at
Lake Elmo Airport, B Entrance.
President - FrBilly@EarthLink.net
Dan Parker 651-430-1532
Vice President - ParkerDc@quixnet.net
Wayne Asp 651-436-6868
Secretary - Wayne_Asp@HP.com
Bob Waldron 651-430-9178
Treasurer - rjWaldron@mmmpcc.org
Directors Class II
Gary Miller 651-774-0456
Publicity and Promotion
Leif Erickson 651-439-5040
Directors Class III
Art Edhlund 651-439-5912
Ed Peiffer 651-462-2517
Scott Hutchinson 651-777-1872
Young Eagles Coordinator
Al Kupferschmidt 651-777-9257
Bill Schanks 651-645-2420
Dale Rupp 651-653-1054
Bill Schanks 651-645-2420
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