The meeting was called to order by the NEW 2017 President Mark Weeks at approximately 6:31 with 12 members and 1 guests in attendance.

Mr. Doug Hoff was the guest this evening.

Club Officers were introduced …

  • President – Mark Weeks
  • Vice President – Bryan Reightley
  • Secretary – Chet Blake
  • Treasurer – Ron Swift
  • Safety Officer – Don BAiley
  • Field Manager – Jay Bell - absent
  • Webmaster – Ron Rueter - absent
  • Newsletter Editor – Ron Swift

Mark called for additions or corrections to the minutes as published on the web/newsletter.  No corrections were mentioned.  The minutes were approved.


VP – Bryan reported that there were 22 participants at the Annual Freeze-In. # guests from Arlington Eagles and ERMA R/C.. Clubs.It was a ‘real’ Freeze_in with temps in the low 20’s. 2 burn barrels, pizza and hot coffee kept the participants warm.
It was a GREAT day at Hanners’ Memorial Field

Bryan announced the 2017 Event Schedule for the rest of the year…

    • April 22nd – Night Fly   
    • May 20th – Glider Event  Don Bailey CD
    • June 3rd – Floats & Boats
    • June 13th Business meeting – Builder’s Contest
    • July 22nd – Drones and/or FPV event
    • August 12th – Model Aviation Day Open house and Auction
    • August 26th – Fun Fly
    • Sept 16th – Floats & Boats
    • Oct 7th – Night Fly
    • Oct 10th Business Meeting – Rebuilder’s Contest
    • Dec 2nd – Christmas Party at the Camp newly remodeled Lodge 3:pm
    • Jan 6th 2018 – Annual Freeze-In

Treasurer – There is still $272.00 left from the 2016 field improvement budget transferred to 2017 Budget .

We are doing well as planned and look forward to picking up more members at or after the NW Model Hobby Expo, Jan 27, 28 & 29. Ron also mentioned that there was $25 in donations from the Freeze-In.

Secretary - The membership level at the present time is 38 but 2 members haven’t rejoined the AMA. Chet has sent reminders to them. Just as a reminder, You MUST belong to the AMA in order to be a member. We have 8 members paid for 2017.

Safety Officer – Don said that he was impressed with the Safety consciousness exhibited at the Freeze-In. Keep up the good work!

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.

The latest newsletter will be available at the NW Model Hobby Expo.

Field Manager – Nothing new to report


We held the 3rd annual Family and Friends Christmas party at the Camp Edwards Administration Building. We had 17 in attendance, a nice turn out and plenty for the facility we had. Once again, a very special thanks to the Camp Edwards Leaders and Rangers. Ron and Ron were sent pictures and if you have more please forward them on.

Ron and Chet presented the Sky Valley Food Bank our check for $500.00 and we received a really appreciative thank you from the staff and the Leadership there. A picture is out in the newsletter.

Ron Swift received a 15year Gold Leader Plaque, Badges and a letter from the AMA. This is a real accomplishment for any Club. We really stand out with this.  

Chet commented as he is leaving the Pres position that “There had been so much achieved that he couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Club and all the efforts made. His personal contributions were literally pale compared to the many members that made this club the best around. 3 years ago we visited a wet, marshy, couldn’t drive in soggy field with a relatively high water table. Look at where we are at now….WOW”!!

Bryan Reightley gave a recap of the last 3 years of the club fields and how we have arrived at our new home.  Thanks Bryan for all you have done to acquire this great facility.

Mark presented a summary of 2016 accomplishments 13 events lots of project completed. Thanks to all that participated.

Field is very wet, but parking and pit are in great shape. Mark and Chet were able to drive to south end of parking without any issues. It’s really is a nice change.

Floor opened up for new Nominations for 2017 officers

    President:  Mark Weeks

    Vice President: Tim Shegrud
    Bryan Reightley

    Secretary:  Chet Blake

    Treasure:   Ron Swift

    Safety Officer: Don Bailey
    Ted Becker

    Special Service award:  Jay Bell
    Dart Sharp
    Brian  and Len Douma
    Mark Weeks

    The Election results and 2017 Board members

    • President; Mark Weeks
    • Vice President: Bryan Reightly
    • Secretary; Chet Blake
    • Treasure; Ron Swift
    • Safety Officer: Don Bailey
    • Special Service Award; Mark Weeks

Chet thanked the club for “the opportunity” to serve and be part of the leadership of this chub. It’s been fun and rewarding seeing where we are today. Thank you to each and every Member, Executive Committee member, Field Manager, News Letter and Web site editors for your help, cooperation and guidance. They Club is headed in a solid direction and he’s excited to see what’s next in line. Thanks again!!”

Brett and Brenda Wilson along with Tyler Willard from DieHard Drone Racers shared information on types of drones, headseats etc. They also set up a small indoor demonstration with mini quads. They provided lots of information and only scratched the surface.

New Business

Last Sat., Jan 14th, Mark discovered that the side door to the barn had been shot at multiple times with what appeared to be hand gun caliber and 1 slug shot gun round.

Upon checking inside, he discovered that the refrigerator took the brunt of the bullets in the door and handle. After checking further he noticed that the electronics were hit and disabled. Bryan let Ranger Dave know as a precaution and a notice that something had occurred on Scout property.

This brought up ideas about security and possibly a motion light just as a precaution. More ideas and news to follow.

Ron asked the Club permission to use the fishnet material we use for safety fencing at the Expo to make a safety net for the drone activities. The Club agreed.

The Club will have a Club booth and a swap meet table. Ron will supply a Flight Simulator, Newsletters and membership forms.


Mark showed how the Spectrum DX 9 can wirelessly communicate with other Spectrum radios in trainer mode and not have to be wired. One of the beauties is that a switch can be flipped and not have to hold the trainer switch as before, and the instructor takes over by moving any stick or switch.

Ron showed the wired method and how to match up throws between Master and Slave radios. Nice job guys and Thanks!

Adjournment – 7:49

Respectfully Submitted by:
Chet Blake  BBMAC Secretary