The meeting was called to order by President Chet Blake at approximately 6:34pm with 14 members and 1 visitor, Gibb Spencer, in attendance. As the meeting coincided with Veteran’s Day, Chet personally thanked all the past and present veterans for their service.  Club Officers were introduced by the club President, Chet Blake:

  • President – Chet Blake
  • Vice President – Jim Reynolds
  • Secretary – Rick Hanners
  • Treasurer – Ron Swift
  • Safety Officer – Vince Bell
  • Field Manager – Jay Bell
  • Webmaster – Ron Rueter
  • Newsletter Editor – Ron Swift

Chet called for any additions or corrections to the minutes as published on the web/newsletter.  No corrections or additions to the minutes were brought up and a motion was made to accept the minutes.  The minutes were approved.


VP – A reminder to all club members that the Christmas Party will be on December 13th up at Camp Edwards.  For those interesting in possibly doing some boating at Lake Hughes, some brush has been whacked down and this revealed that the area would be useable but it will require some more equipment to take out some of the stronger vegetation.  The T dock did survive one of our recent wind storms and is still in place.  There appears to be an area where a private boat could be kept near it but it would require the removal of a log that is there.  In the swimming area there are any number of obstacles out in the water which like of limits the area for boats and float planes.  The shed was open with life vests and oars available for the boats that are there.

Treasurer – The club treasury stands at a healthy level.  Dues for 2015 have been collected from 2 members and there is still the money set aside for the purchase of some fill soil and so forth.

Secretary – The membership level at the present time is 29 paid members.

Safety Officer – The surrounding land around the field is getting boggier as the weather turns bad, members are urged to be caution if going out into the surrounding area around the runway.  We still need to get a first aid kit put up.  There is at least one in the barn but it needs it supplies refurbished.  In any case one should be hung up soon. It can be a new one or one with refurbished supplies.

Webmaster – Looking for any stories, articles, pictures and anything else of interest to put on the website.

Newsletter Editor - Printed copies of the newsletter are available for anyone who wishes a hard copy.  Also looking for any pictures, stories or articles for the newsletter.

Field Manager – The surrounding area is really wet, so boots should be used it you happen to go out into the area surrounding our field.  There are several sticks in the barn that can be used as a walking stick and ground probe to look for deep spots.  Mark Weeks reported that he picked up a $12 pair of thin stocking waders from Walmart.  Not the best but should be good to use at the field.  There is a soft spot developing near the pavilion tent probably coming off the hill and one up near the barn.  It might be good to get large concrete gravel, similar to what was put down on the road that was built at the Fern Bluff field, to put in the soft spots.  There are a couple of spots on the runway that are developing bog like conditions.  Bryan Reightley reported that there might be another free dump of gravel in the near future as the rangers were “owed” a second load similar to what was dumped by the barn on the road surface.


Christmas Party

The scout lodge has been booked for our Christmas party on December 13th and this was verified by Brian Reightley.  After some discussion a starting time of 3pm was agreed upon.

Clean Fill

The fill is available from a quarry about 3 – 4 miles north of the Lake Roesiger Road turn off but it still hasn’t been investigated as yet.  They most likely also have rock, so Jay Bell is going to investigate what they have.


AMA Cards

AMA cards for 2015 are now available when a member’s AMA dues for 2015 are paid.  As a reminder to all members, as of January 1st, 2015, a 2015 AMA card will be needed to fly at the field.

2015 Freeze – In

Ron Swift proposed that our first event of the year be our annual Freeze In on January 3rd.  Starting time would be about 10am, with pizza provided by the club and running till about 2pm.  A special patch would also be available for everyone who showed up.  The membership present, was all in agreement to have the event on January 3rd.

NW Expo Booth

Ron Swift made a motion to have a club booth at the upcoming NW Expo.  Cost would be $40.  A motion was made to have a booth at the NW Expo.  MOTION PASSED.

Sale Announcement

Chet Blake wanted to let people know that Galaxy Hobby is going to have a Secret Santa Sale on November 22nd.  Some good deals can usually be found at the sale.

2015 Board & Service Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2015 Officer positions and the Club Service Award were opened by President Chet Blake.  Chet also reminded the members that nominations will close at the December meeting, to be followed by the vote.  The nominations are as follows:

  • SAFETY OFFICER – Vince Bell
  • TREASURER – Ron Swift
  • SECRETARY – Mark Weeks
  • VICE PRESIDENT – John Rennert (Tentative)
  • PRESIDENT – Chet Blake
  • SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD – Bryan Reightley
  •                         Jay Bell
  •                         Mark Weeks

Lawn Sprinkler Heads

Jay Bell was asked if he had returned the borrowed sprinkler heads back to the scouts.  Jay reported that the sprinkler heads have all been placed back with their supplied bases but that the group of sprinklers has not been returned yet.  He will do so at his earliest opportunity.

Rebuilders Contest

There were two entries in the contest:

Eric Bell rebuilt an Aeroworks Edge 540 two different times.  When doing so he increased the strength of the airframe in areas that were not well supported.  Some of the rework was done using G10 fiberglass plate.

Vince Bell rebuilt a damaged 3D Models Big Foot.  An accident had basically ripped the motor mount and firewall off of the front of the plane.  Vince thought the repair was relatively easy, with some new parts added to replace damaged one.

A vote by the membership present, gave the nod to Eric Bell for his rebuild efforts.  Eric was given a $20 gift certificate.

Meeting adjourned at 7:29pm

Rick Hanners, Club Secretary