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 – Warren LeGrice
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, creates the annual quiz, and has a general mandate to look at all flight safety-related issues.
Aircraft Maintenance & Operations – Clark Closkey
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 – Randy Kelley
The membership committee interviews new applicants and makes recommendations to the Board, and looks after things like the application process, member list etc. The club could also use help in keeping member pictures up to date. If you have the ability to handle pictures, and printing, please help.
Good and Welfare – Adrian Renkers
If you know of news about a club member worth sharing, let Adrian know.
Website – Mark Thibault
Mark administers the club’s website and Internet presence. He’s also involved in the club’s social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram. If you have skills in any of those areas, let him know.
Bar – Chris Palmer
Clubhouse Maintenance Committee – Devin Campbell, Warren LeGrice
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.
Audio-Visual – Dirk Sieber
The meeting room’s sound system is looked after by Bob Bryan. Dirk installed the new projector and looks after the connections.
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 – vacant
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:
AGM Dinner – Bob Bryan
Christmas Party – Vacant
Dutch Lunch – every Wednesday at noon in the clubhouse lounge. Everyone brings a bag lunch and comes.
First Flights For Kids – Mark Thibault
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 – Ed Boon
Wings and Wheels is held in May. Leading up to the event Ed Boon runs a committee of all those involved. Help is needed in many ways:
Grading access ramp, Filling holes in grassed area, Building stage, Cooking breakfast, Providing music, Liaising with other flying clubs and with car clubs, Arranging trophies, Marshalling aircraft, Parking cars and motorcycles, Fencing, Poster 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 any Sunday morning at 8:30am.
New Year’s Eve Party – Vacant
Pool and Darts Tournaments – Adrian & Barbara Renkers
TGIFs (every Friday evening) – Chris Palmer
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, pool, darts, 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 and Steve Stewart
The club would welcome help from anyone interested. We have 60 years of inconsistent archives, spread among members, former members, the clubhouse etc. We need someone to gather the club’s history in one place, organize and create a mini-museum of sorts.
Relationships with other Organizations
Airport Liaison – vacant
Liaise with other clubs – everyone
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, General Aviation Display. Contact the club Secretary or one of the following captains to find a place to volunteer at the airshow for the 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 – Ledell Kendell, Captain
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 – Bob Bryan, Captain.
The Broken Prop restaurant serves food at the club during airshow. Much help is needed in food preparation, cooking, serving, clean up, etc.
General Aviation Display Aircraft- Esther Schutte, Captain.
Placing and arranging general aviation display aircraft at airshow. Safety and security around the aircraft.
Fly-in Parking and Host – Ed Boon, Captain
Parking and hosting airshow fly-in patrons.