President Don Bailey called the meeting to order at 6:32pm

President Bailey introduced the club officers:

President – Don Bailey

Vice President – Vince Bell

Secretary – Mark Weeks

Treasurer – Vaughan Houger  -Unable to attend

Safety Officer – Dart Sharp

18 Club Members were in attendance 3 Guests-Tom Avirel, Dick Ovrid, and Doug Hoff were in attendance.

Motion to accept minutes as posted seconded and passed


Vice President – Vince reported that the Freeze-in scheduled for the 4th was moved to the 11th due to menacing weather reports.

Secretary – Mark reported we have 50 members at the beginning of the meeting, more to come.

Treasurer –  Vaughan sent word that our finances are in good shape.

Safety Officer –  Nothing new to report. Everyone is being safe.

Field Manager – Nothing new. Bryan and Jay not able to attend meeting

Newsletter Editor –always looking for new and event info for the newsletter.

Webmaster – Pics, news and comments are always wanted for the website.


Chet told a story about an older gentleman and shared history of the original homesteaders. His name Joe Buzzard Buzzards

Discussion came up about the absentee voting procedure. The new Board will work to update it. It also came up that when finalized it need to be in the By Laws to set the protocol.

The Final Round of nominations revealed no new nominees. Voting took place and the results are:

President – Don Bailey

Vice Pres – Vince Bell

Treasurer – Vaughan Houger

Secretary – Mark Weeks

Safety Officer – Dart Sharp

Special Service Award – Jim Stewart

After the voting, Mark said he’d get the check to the Sky Valley Food Bank as soon as possible.

Ron brought a signup sheet for the 2020 NWMH Expo at the Fairgrounds on Sat and Sun (Jan 25 & 26) and passed around. Mark and Chet were asked to assist with Contest Director duties.

Scott Curtis talked about different Combat Classes.

Mark thanked everyone for helping make his 3 years as President both enjoyable and rewarding. Mark was given a rousing hand for his hard work and guidance in his term as President.

Chet was thanked for his service as club secretary and all he has done.



The freeze in was moved to January 11th due to weather. As it turned out the day turned out pretty nice and some flying was done. That being said the 11th we will have it rain snow or shine.

NWMH Expo is January 25 and 26 with setup beginning on the 24th. A sign-up sheet was passed around to man our club booth.

The board met and has come up with our planned event schedule for 2020

Night Fly - April 18

Spring Clean-up - May 2nd

Glider Day - May 16th

Builders Contest (club Meeting night) June 10th

Boats and Floats - June 13th

Buzzards Auction - June 27th

Fun Fly – July 11th

Cars, FPV and Quads – Aug 1st

Combat event - September 12th

Fall Boats and Floats - September 26th

Rebuilders Contest (club Meeting night) - October 14th

Fall Night Fly - October 17th

Annual Christmas Party - December 12th

Freeze-in - January 2nd 2021

Don reported on some of the projects the board will be taking on

The Field Safety rules have not been updated since we moved to Hanner’s field so they will be reworked and presented to membership for approval in the upcoming months. One addition to safety rules that was discussed was posting on the frequency board a prohibition on 72mHz usage during the hours of the Floats-n-Boats event.

Another project will be revising the bylaws to clean them up and make current. Some areas that need attention will be absentee voting, there was some talk regarding how motions can be made from the membership. Very lively decision occurred. It was brought up that after changed are proposed all members will have a vote to approve or reject said changes.

It was decided that Plaques will be awarded to winners of contests and events in lieu of cash. Some events may have a small entry fee to help defer costs.

Field projects; car track finishing up, Crawler track planning and setting up, solar power for the container with battery charging station. Large cherry tree removal and much more.

 Show and Tell:

Fred shared his 1946 Sunspot and kit form the UK. He converted to electric power using a 3s 2650 battery. One special thing he pointed out was that the stabilizer was attached with rubber bands for ease of traveling. The huge plane only weighted in at 4lbs 2 oz.  Very nice job.

Ron Swift showed his flying wing from Hobby King it was a Tomahawk around 60.00 and maybe good for FPV flying. Ron did say that he needed to add a little thrust angle adjustment to keep in from diving into the ground but once that was done it fly’s like a dream.

Don Shared his Eflight Pitts S-1. He saw and flew Steve Andersons and just had to have one for his self.

Mike Small shared his Futuaba kit, an Acrostar 120 that his dad had purchased many years ago. Mike is looking forward it get his first build under his belt and see how she flys. He will be looking at the EXPO for a power plant to add.

Jim Stewart Shared a built-up wing that he has been working on. It looks really nice, Don had suggested some modifications last month and they really look nick. Jim also shared a 60’s or early 70’s Cox control line Warhalk that he found in a second hand store, He stole it for 30.00

PROGRAM -  Don brought in his Black Horse Fairchild Model 24 Argus  to share tricks when building large scale planes.  He also brought some tools that come in handy. He had long tweezers for reaching into places your hands won’t go and a pair of long Forceps. Also talked about the use of a plum bob for lining things up.  Thanks Don



Respectfully submitted by:

Mark Weeks

Club Secretary