June 14, 2014 43 members and guests dined on grilled brats and hot dogs with potluck before President
White called the business meeting to order. Two short You Tube videos were shown. The first was how
not to design and build your own plane; actually it was a man in Africa attempting to fly his design.
Google: YouTube African aircraft first flight to view. The second was a lesson on teamwork and what a
dedicated group with a common goal can accomplish. Google: YouTube Bruno barn move to view.
Guests Chase Foster, Dixie Streetman and Chris and Joanne Frank were welcomed. Members sang
happy birthday to Rory Lozano. President White said it was great to see members Bob and Carol Coats
after Bob’s long hospital stay. The cooks were thanked for the delicious variety of potluck dishes.
A motion to approve the minutes as published was made by Henny Christensen, second by Lindall Baker
Treasurer David Johnson gave the financial report; motion to approve by Henny Christensen, second by
Bob Brantley and approved.
A crepe myrtle shrub was purchased after the May meeting with the intentions of planting it at the June
meeting. However, it needed attention sooner so it has been planted in honor of Marge Allen.
Photos were shown of members Clint Allen, Lindall Baker and Joyce, Berlin Batesel, Bob Brantley, John
Good, David Johnson, Tom White and Tom Young helping Mike Noonan remove the wing from his
aircraft preparing it to go to Caruthersville. Mike said they now have the avionics straightened out and
would like a couple of the members that helped take the wing off be there when it goes back on. Mike
thanked the members again that helped that day.
The City of Willow Springs has awarded the bid to replace the three place hangar and repair the
damaged one from the storm in April. Member Bob Bohemier’s plane has been stored in the EAA
hangar since the incident. President White said he and Bob discussed hangar rent and they decided
there would be no rent charged in lieu of all the work Bob did helping build the chapter hangar.
Open House 2014 will be September 13 (no rain date) with the American Legion Post providing the lunch
wagon; motion by Henny Christensen, second by Sue L’Hommedieu and approved. Cleta Sweeney asked
if we would be interested in a free drone demo that day. Cleta suggested as a fun fundraiser; we have
taste testing of desserts from our cookbooks. Members expressed interest in making dishes for the
event. Cleta has a vendor who has developed software and aerial applications for drones and would be
happy to demonstrate his product during our open house if we are interested. She will provide his web
address for us to check out.
Each year we receive Young Eagle credits. For 2013, we earned 17 credits for a total value of $85. We
can use those credits to assist sending a young person to EAA Air Academy summer camp, be
reimbursed for expenses during a Young Eagle rally or return the credits to EAA. Mike and Sharon
Vaughn have a grandson that would like to attend. A motion to apply our credits to his expenses was
made by Lisa Johnson, second by Tom Young and approved by members. Willow Springs will have their annual Friday,
4th of July parade at 10 am. They would like the EAA to participate with a patriotic float and or historical figures and
a flyover right before the parade. Several members expressed interest in the flyover. Following the parade we have a
nice meal with homemade ice cream, then fire the anvil, cannons and rockets all making for a traditional,
For several Ron White has knocked himself out smoking the brisket, ribs, ham and pork loin. He donates his
time and we reimburse him for the meat with donations from the jar. Last year there was only $21 in
the jar. President White calculated he spent over $200 and was really hurt by the lack of donations. He
was questioning whether anyone really appreciated the work involved. Bob Brantley made a motion to
have the chapter guarantee funds to cover the meat costs and to ask for $5 per person suggested
donation to offset that expense, second by Ron Hook and approved. No where could someone have a
meal like what is provided for $5 even with bringing potluck sides. Ron will need helpers; Benny Butler,
Jerry Pfister and John Good volunteered. Lindall Baker and Tom will make ice cream. There may be
fireworks that evening.
The July 12 meeting will be brats, hotdogs and potluck sides at 4 PM; motion by Lisa Johnson, second by
John Good and approved. FYI brats, hotdogs and buns for the meeting were under $19; when we have
grilled burgers it is closer to $100.
Thank you to David Johnson for cutting the grass. David and Lisa have a new to them airplane, a Cessna
150 two and one half weeks ago. It is available for rent for $80 wet through the LLC David set up. See
the Johnsons for details and the rental agreement.
Sandy Smith announced Levi Mahan, Summersville has received an $84,000 scholarship to the University
of Illinois, Carbondale with a major in aviation science. She said he was one of three that received the
scholarship, one from San Diego and the other one from Phoenix.
Sharon Vaughn invited everyone to the Missouri Pilots Association meeting, Thursday, June 19 at the
Vaughn’s hangar for their airport appreciation event. Joe Pestka,Javiation will speak about aviation
infrastructure and current legislation.
Congratulations to Ronnie Epps. He has soloed since the last meeting.
Bill Ghan said he highly recommends Walker Heating, Cabool (member Luke Walker’s dad). Bill said his
bid for replacing his heat pump was over $1,000 less than the other estimates.
If anyone is interested, Houston airport has new hangars for rent at $200 monthly. Also there is an
Aero-Commander for sale there; see Cody Ice or Carl Evertsen, Houston.
Motion to adjourn was made by Mike Noonan, second by Ed Walker and approved.