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AFC Darts Tourney 2021

AFC Darts Tourney 2021


*************   Time to sign up for the AFC 2021 Darts Tourney  **********

Our ever-popular AFC Darts Tournament is back –  and will start in September.

A sign-up sheet, for teams of two people, will be posted in the clubhouse prior to the September General Meeting.

Barbara Renkers will once again bring her exceptional skills to the task of drawing up the schedule of games, and we ask that you all sign up early to allow her time to do this.

The games will begin on Friday September 17th, during the regular TGIF.

The games will be played according to the established rules, and all skill levels are encouraged to participate.

This startup timeline will hopefully have the tournament winding up by early/mid Nov., ensuring Dec. is free and open for any Xmas/New Year plans/events.

Any and all post Covid concerns/protocols will be observed: such as .. wipes available for ‘shared’ darts / wearing of masks optional for those desiring to do so / social distancing considerations, elbow bumps in lieu of ‘high fives’, etc.

July 11 Flyout to Victoria

After 17 months of hibernation the AFC clambered out of its cave for a very well attended flight to Victoria. We had 7 planes participating. Both club planes, Clark’s Cherokee, Dan’s Sonex, Bevan’s RV7A, Devin in the Kitfox and Kevin in his Glastar. The weather was CAVOK.  The Victoria terminal controller was very busy, talking on both the inner and outer frequencies. No opportunity for in cockpit intercom chatter. We were given 500 ft incremental descent clearances and sometimes vectors. For me this was the busiest ever flight into Victoria. Having a two person crew was very helpful. Nobody got yelled at. We walked to Mary’s Blue Moon Cafe for outside seating. We learned that long-time waiter Daniel had retired.

The return flight to CYXX was uneventful. Job well done by everyone. Looking forward to the next flyout to Powell River. Gather at the clubhouse at 0830 hrs.

-Adrian Renkers

June 19 Work Party Results

For June 19 president Ken had organized another cleanup work party for the club’s back yard. We thank the following members for their participation:

Ken Funk
Ken Campbell
Devin Campbell
Sophia Campbell
George Elder
Warren Legrice
Chris Palmer
Paul Monchamp
Ton DuCrocq
Bob Bryan
Ken Bucholz

Ken Funk’s son in law Perry Merasty performed the carpentry work for the replacement doors by the pool table and the back door of the storage area.

On June 18 Steve Stewart trimmed the cedars behind the clubhouse.

President Ken rented and operated a cherry picker to access the gutters for cleanup and power washing all areas that would have needed to be cleaned from the top of a ladder. Given the average age of our crew, Workers Compensation Board would have been proud of Ken’s decision making. We had to unfortunately take down Pita’s clematis plant, that had hidden the storage container for many years. That container has now been removed too. One more shanty needs to be taken down and then the back yard will look better than it has for decades.
Keep an eye out for a message marking the next work party.

Robbie Burns night at the AFC

On January 24, 2020, we gathered for a festive evening to celebrate the life of the charismatic Scottish poet and romantic lyricist, Robert Burns, who was born on January 25th, 1759.

Several club members wore appropriate Scottish attire and the Scotch Whiskey was flowing generously to lighten up the spirts.

We were treated to a Bag Piper, Stu McIntosh, from Cascade Aerospace, who was on hand to “pipe in” the Haggis. The Address to the Haggis was read with great expression and flair by Chris Palmer. Shortly thereafter, the Haggis was served with “neeps and tatties” (Turnips and mashed potatoes), gravy and other edible goodies.

For the pleasure of the ladies present, Dianne Beaton later read poems written by the flamboyant lover, Robbie Burns.

We were entertained later in the evening with The Bag piper, Stu McIntosh, and our own Highland dancer, none other than Bobbie Lacroix. It was quite an enjoyable evening shared by many club members and guests.

Wings and Wheels 2019

Dear Wings and Wheels Volunteers,

I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you – this year our Wings and Wheels event went off quite well!  Despite the rain and the fact that the “Fly-In” was more of a “Taxi-In” your high spirits, welcoming hearts and “can-do” attitudes turned it into a fun, cozy and smooth-running event!  We provided a safe and secure place for the wings and the wheels, a hearty breakfast for fifty three guests and some enchanting entertainment.

There are just too many people to mention – and I’m terrible at remembering, so please forgive any of my memory lapses.  Firstly, I’d like to express a special thank you to Ed Boon.  Despite wanting to hand off the Wings and Wheels event two years ago, he’s put in a great effort and made things work.  We had lots of great help from Ruth, Steve, Mark and Lorenzo on the preparation and setup in the weeks leading up to the event.  Holes were filled, fences erected, stages set up, critical equipment secured – not to mention the planning, marketing and other thinking that went into the endeavor.  On the day before Wings and Wheels there was a huge set up effort.  During the event itself, one of my secret activities (while the eggs are cooking away) is to step back and observe the hum of activity that goes on while we’re hosting an event.  It’s spectacular!  I saw Murray, Jan, Barb and Val buzzing away in the kitchen and the dining area.  Clark was handing out sausages with Val helping.  Murray presided over the settings, making sure that condiments, juices and syrup kept flowing.  Meanwhile, in the kitchens, Bob ran the cooking operation with an eagle eye and a ready laugh to keep people encouraged.  Bob Leroux and Adrian were everywhere, snapping photos and documenting the action!  The hardcore troopers, Aug and Kevin were out on the field directing the vehicles and aircraft into position – it was cold and wet work on this rainy May day!  Inside, Dirk and his wife Susan took money, sold tickets and kept a tally on incoming customers.  I heard many positive comments from the Mayor and his graceful wife, Velma about the caliber of our club – in particular it’s members; they said we represent the spirit of welcome and adventure that embodies the Abbotsford Community.

Pictures of the event can bee seen on the AFC Facebook page here.


Overall it was a great day – and it was thanks to the skill, dedication and hard work put on by our volunteers.  Thanks to you all!

Robbie Burns Day 2019

Celebration of Robbie Burns Day at the Abbotsford Flying Club. The Haggis arrived preceded by the pipes of Stu McIntosh and the ode delivered by Jason White.
Much good fun and whiskey was had!

Stu McIntosh piping in the Haggis

Jason delivering the Ode to a Haggis

Chris Palmer and the Haggis

Chris Palmer and the Haggis with lots of Whiskey!

Chris and Ken with the Haggis

Chris and piper Stu with the Haggis