AFC Volunteering Opportunities

It’s my club.  How can I help?

The club’s success depends entirely on the contributions of its membership.  Without them, the club doesn’t exist.  There are many areas where members can help contribute to the club and all efforts are greatly appreciated; many hands make light work.

Here are some of the areas where you can help (in no particular order).  If you see someone’s name shown beside an item, feel free to contact them and offer some help if you feel you can contribute.

The Board – as elected at the AGM

The club elects new Board members every year at the AGM in October.  Consider running for a director role if you’re new.  Consider other positions if you’re ambitious, e.g. President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary.

New directors can benefit from experience with some of the things listed below if possible so if you can’t serve on the Board, consider volunteering on a committee.  Every effort counts.

Flight Safety Committee – Richard Bauch

The Flight Safety Committee (FSC) meets regularly.  The FSC has recently updated the Flight Operations Manual into a new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)  document, recommends currency requirements, and has a general mandate to look at all flight safety-related issues.

Aircraft Maintenance & Operations – Clark Closkey

Call Clark or Duncan to report any concerns or issues with the aircraft.

Aircraft Cleaning – vacant

All our pilots know of their responsibility to ensure the aircraft are left tidy and clean after their flights.  However, there is an additional need for periodic more thorough cleaning, particularly underneath the aircraft.  This is usually done on hangar cleaning days.

Membership Committee – Adrian Renkers

The membership committee interviews new applicants and makes recommendations to the Board, and looks after things like the application process, member list etc.  Bevan has been keeping member gallery pictures up to date.

Good and Welfare – Adrian Renkers

If you know of news about a club member worth sharing, let Adrian know.

Website – Laurens Bosman

Laurens administers the club’s website and Internet presence.  If you have skills in any of those areas, let him know.  To have relevant content added to the website, contact the Secretary.

Facebook and Instagram – Lisa Robbie

Bar – Chris Palmer

Clubhouse Maintenance Committee – Dan Renaud

The club needs help from time to time with particular projects, e.g. cleaning, painting, mounting stuff.  Currently, the club does not have a commercial Janitorial service.  It is the responsibility of all members to leave the club better than you found it.  Please take out the garbage when a can is nearing full and leave absolutely no food waste behind, even in the garbage cans.

Alarms/Access control – Bevan Tomm

Security is everyone’s responsibility. The alarm and access control systems are maintained and managed by Bevan.

Clubhouse Audio-Visual – Dan Renaud

Lawns, trees and hedges: – Vacant

A grounds maintenance person is needed for cutting grass and larger outdoor jobs like trimming edges.  Ken McKeen does an excellent job pruning the trees in the front yard so we will just leave that to him.

TV, Telephone, Internet and Wifi – Devin Campbell

Hangar Maintenance & Cleaning –  Ken Campbell

Things like stocking up supplies (cleaning fluids, towels) and general tidying up.  Hangar cleanup sessions are done at least once a year (usually Spring). But more often would be better.

Club Events & Socials: Ledell Kendall

AGM Dinner – vacant

Christmas Party – Vacant

Dutch Lunch – every Wednesday at noon in the clubhouse lounge.  Everyone brings a bag lunch.

First Flights For Kids – (This program is on hold)

First Flights is typically held in June.  Help is needed in the following areas: Volunteer pilots, Registration, Aircraft marshalling, Escorting kids, Volunteer Food, Fencing, Photographs.

Fly-in Wings and Wheels Committee – vacant (secretary)

Wings and Wheels is held in the summertime in partnership with local vintage car clubs.   Help is needed in many ways:  Grading access ramp, Filling holes in grassed area, live music, Liaising with other flying clubs and with car clubs, trophies, marshalling aircraft, cars and motorcycles, fencing, and advertising.

Fly-outs – Ken Campbell

Anyone can initiate a fly-out. The important things are to choose a destination and date, and book an aircraft, and to lead by example, i.e. participate, write newsletter article afterwards. Others will follow if the weather is ok.

Sunday Morning Flyout (or drive -out if the weather is bad).  Meet at the clubhouse every Sunday morning at 8:30am.

New Year’s Eve Party – vacant

Pool and Darts Tournaments – Adrian & Barbara Renkers

TGIFs (every Friday evening) – Chris Palmer, Ledell Kendall

Thanks Goodness It’s Friday!  These events are held 5:30-9pm each Friday night at the clubhouse where folks get together with appys for a few laughs, a game of pool, darts, tall tales and good ole camaraderie.

General Meeting Speakers & Presentations – vacant

While the Vice President is responsible for arranging for speakers at the club’s general meetings, it’s important that members reach out to their contacts to find presenters.  Please let the VP know if you have anyone in mind from which you think the club would like to hear.

Bookkeeping – Treasurer (Devin Campbell)

Hangars – Ken Campbell

Club History Archives – Millie Watson

The club would welcome help from anyone interested. We have 60+ years of inconsistent archives, spread among members, former members, and in the clubhouse etc.  We need someone to gather the club’s history into one place, organize and create a mini-museum of sorts.

Relationships with other Organizations – all members

Airport Liaison – vacant

Liaise with other clubs – all members

Everyone can do this to help make connections in the local aviation community.


The Abbotsford International Airshow is in August.  There are many volunteer opportunities beyond what the AFC is specifically responsible for such as Airshow Campground, Fly-in and Aircraft Camping.  Contact the club Secretary or one of the following captains to find a place to volunteer at the airshow for the AFC.

AFC-Airshow Operations Liaison – Bevan Tomm

This is partially done by those people we nominate to the airshow board.  But we have many other members directly involved in airshow issues.  Contact Bevan or one of the following to find a place to volunteer at the airshow for the AFC.

Airshow Campground – Devin Campbell, Ledell Kendall

Always need people to help with registration, parking, trash collection, night supervision, shuttle bus etc.  AFC fundraising revenue is directly linked to campground performance.

Broken Prop Restaurant  – vacant

The Broken Prop restaurant serves food at the club during airshow.  Much help is needed in food preparation, cooking, serving, clean up, etc.

Fly-in Parking and Host – Laurens Bosman

Parking and hosting airshow fly-in patrons.

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