The meeting was called to order by President Chet Blake at approximately 6:30 with 11 members in attendance. Club Officers were introduced by the club President, Chet Blake:

  • President – Chet Blake
  • Vice President – Tim Shegrud
  • Secretary – Mark Weeks
  • Treasurer – Ron Swift
  • Safety Officer – Vince Bell – Out of Town
  • Field Manager – Jay Bell - Absent
  • Webmaster – Ron Rueter –Out of Town
  • Newsletter Editor – Ron Swift

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


VP – Night Fly event got rained on but still there was flying before the heavy rain and some after the rain down pour quit. Still it was a lot of fun. Boats and Floats event was fantastic weather both boats and planes with floats were present and went home as they came. Rebuilders contest tonight. Christmas Party is the next event, then the Freeze-in.

Treasurer – There is money still budgeted to give to our charity $500.00. There is still money in the field improvement funds. Proposed budget was presented to the membership and motion made to accept. Motion passed. Membership dues are set at $90.00 full membership, 45.00 family memberships and 25.00 students.

Secretary - The membership level at the present time is 36 members,

Safety Officer – Bryan Reightley reported for Vince and “all is good” no issues to report.

Newsletter Editor - Printed copies of the newsletter are available for anyone who wishes a hard copy.  Ron asks that if people take pictures to please send copies to him and Ron Rueter, for possible newsletter/website usage.

Field Manager – The field is really nice shape going into the winter months, the new gravel is making a difference with the water. The mower has been repaired and the bent blade has been replaced, a new set will be purchased.


We have been using the phrase “we are a work in progress” for a couple of years now and the results are showing. In large part(s) of Len and Brian Douma, Dart Sharp, Jay Bell and Mark Weeks. Let’s applaud the efforts of everyone involved and with special attention to the above.

Kenneth (Ken) Mowrey passed away on August 22, 2016. Ken was a Barnyard Buzzard member for many years and he will be missed. A card will be sent.

Jim Reynolds wife has a mishap and is healing Jim hopes to be able to make the lake event. We all wish them well.

Aug 27th was a bragging rights fun day with multi rotors and gliders. Just a couple of things to learn and try to compete with. It was quite an experience. Ron Rueter breezed thru the course first round but everyone and even Ron on his second round was shut down and complete the course without a crash. Either hitting the foam obstacle poles or the ground effect throwing things off made this a really tough event. It seems what we learned was that 50 feet or above ground effects do not have the same effect as 3 to 5 feet does. Windy weather kept all but a couple from sailplane flying.

Have you been to the field lately? WOW WOW WOM!!! Since last meeting there’s been an amazing amount of work done?  Len brought out his tractor and cut back the bank finishing Phase 1 of the project. He moved the dirt to the end of the north runway extending it whale making another 6 to 7 feet of parking area. Len and Brian spent about 8 hours of hard labor on this area. He returned on the 9th removing the large rocks and grading the North end making it ready for seed.  

September 10th, Dart Sharp, Steve Anderson, Vince Bell, Jay Bell, Mark Weeks and Robin Maas readied the parking area along with the pits with underlayment. Dart made the 45 min round trip to drop off load after load of gravel. He spent most of his day expertly laying down the gravel so not much in the way for raking was needed, all that manned the rakes and shovels really do thank him for his skills.  There was 111.23 TONS of gravel laid. Builders Sand and Gravel really came through for us giving Darts discount for materials and Truck time.

AMAZING hard work, input and determination to keep this club top notch! THANK YOU ALL!! Chet is (almost) excited to see it rain and how the work holds up.

Harbor Freight had carports on sale and Chet picked up another (We not have two) We will place it in the coming months as needed.

AMA leader pins still available for those who wish one, ask Ron Swift


We has our first ever multirotor-lympics. Small but a great learning tool for future Multirotor events and maybe even FPV races. It was not as easy as we all thought it would be.

There’s an AMAZING amount of hard work, input and determination to keep this Club top notch.

Christmas party was discussed, Bryan reported that the kitchen at the lodge is being remodeled and the lodge might not be available for us to use this year. Looking to having the party at Alfy’s or maybe at the Boy Scout lodge. More to come as we find out.

Jay has aluminum grating for the flight stations if and when we want to use them. They are in the barn at the north end.

Nominations for 2017 officers start tonight:

  • President:  Mark Weeks
  • Vice President: Tim Shegrud & Bryan Reightley
  • Secretary:  Chet Blake
  • Treasure:   Ron Swift
  • Safety Officer: Vince Bell & Don Bailey
  • Special Service award:  Dart Sharp & Brian  and Len Douma & Mark Weeks

ERMA is holding their auction Sunday November 6th and the Marysville Boys and Girls Club.

Program:  Motion to wave the entrance fee for tonight’s event made and seconded.

  • 1st place: Ron Swift- Cherokee. Many parts repaired photos showed lower fuse and wings needing much work.
  • 2nd place: Ted Becker – Slow Poke, added pull connectors and rebuild landing gear structure to support different gear.
  • Ron Swift also entered: PT40- wing repairs and new wing tips added.

All the work was nicely done and both should be complemented.  On to next year.

A motion was made and passed to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm

………Mark Weeks, Club Secretary