President Mark Weeks called the meeting to order at 6:30ish PM

President Weeks introduced the club officers:

President – Mark Weeks

Vice President – Vince Bell

Secretary – Chet Blake

Treasurer – Vaughan Houger

Safety Officer – Don Bailey

17 Club Members were in attendance –  No Guests were in attendance.

Motion to accept minutes as posted, 2nd and passed.


Vice President – Vince reported that we had the Christmas Party on Dec 7 at Camp Pigott Lodge. The Party was lightly attended but enjoyed by those present. Many Thanks to the Scouts for the generous offer to use the Lodge. Freeze In will be Sat, Jan 4, 2020.

Secretary – Chet reported with the latest application and dues from Larry Correa and Skylar Weiskind we now have 48 members which includes Family and Jr members.

Treasurer –Vaughan reported that finances are in good shape.

Safety Officer – Don said nothing new to report. All seems to be going well on the Safety front.

Field Manager – Bryan said that both Jay and he have been really tied up with their prospective life issues and not much happening lately. Jay wants to get the mower to his house for winter maintenance. Bryan will be getting the Porta Potties pumped out before the Freeze In.

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

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


Mark asked Vaughan to review the 2020 budget. Dues will remain at $90. Motion was made to accept the new budget, 2nd and passed.

Discussion came up about including ARFs in the Builder’s Contest. Conclusion was that ARFs should be allowed but modifications from original build has to be made to allow entry.

Meeting Night Change. After reviewing with Alfy’s Manager as to what they could work with and be the most consistent is Wednesday nights. Motion was made, 2nd and passed to move the meeting to the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

2nd round of Executive Board nominees are

Pres. - Don Bailey, V. Pres – Vince Bell, Ron Swift, Secretary – Mark Weeks, Treasurer – Vaughan Houger, Safety Officer – Dart Sharp, Special Service Award – Jim Stewart, Bryan Reightley, Steve Anderson. The final round of nominations and membership voting will be at the Dec 11 meeting.

Mark brought up existing needs for work parties. Cutting down the large cherry tree, Removing Awning covers for winter (completed Sat 11/23), Steps on driver’s stand at car track.

Motion was made, 2nd and passes to get gift cards for the Camp rangers, Dave and Don.

Discussion about charity gift to the Sky Valley Food Bank brought much debate. A motion was made to give the total proceeds ($271) from the Charity Auction to the food bank, 2nd and narrowly passed. Mark will get a check from Vaughan and present to the food bank.


Chet told a story about an older gentleman named Steve that stopped by the Pigott Lodge the night of the Christmas Party. Steve mentioned how nice it was to see Buzzards Field in use again and how good it looked and cared for. Steve again said it was nice to see Buzzards at the field once again and wanted to know if we (Club) or a member was related. Chet said “We ARE the Buzzards” which he replied how nice it is to have family back in the area… Now it’s really confusing. Turns out that the original owner of the T Bar H ranch was a Mr. Joe Buzzard as confirmed by Ranger Dave and said he homesteaded the area and his house was on the property that the Scout Craft Cabin sets now. Steve also mentioned that the barn is shown dimensionally on a land plat in 1893 and an original picture of the barn is dated 1913. Steve mentioned the painted plaques with horses names in the barn stable area were made by the students and he ran the Horsemanship activity until it was abandoned. He also was a Camp Brinkley Ranger for a while. It’s interesting we’ve been there almost 5 years and never knew the original owner was a Buzzard!!

Discussion came up about the proxy Voting procedure. The new Regime will work to stream line 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 asked if anyone thought that different airplane classes in the Combat event would be significant or possibly get more involvement. We could have the Combat plane (Gremlin and the like) class and then open class like Avistar, Trainer type, Fighter planes, Electric and others. More to be discussed in the next few meetings.

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.


Don brought his newly build Sig 29er which was built from a rubber band powered kit. He used the motor, electronics and servos from the Flyzone Albatross he had bought at last years Expo. He covered it with Jap tissue and coated with one coat of nitrate and top coat of butyrate light dope. It’s powered with a160 mAh 1S battery.

ADJOURNMENT    7:23 pm.

Respectfully Submitted by Chet Blake  BBMAC Secretary