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Clubhouse Maintenance Party

I would like to thank everyone that came out on March 17 for our building party. We did a lot of work in the 5 hours that everyone was there. During the work party we cleaned up the garden in the front as well as trimmed the hedge around the side. I would like to thank the guys who pruned the trees in the front. Ken Mckeen climbed into the trees to get at some of the more difficult branches. We also redirected the gutter at the awning to drain into the downspout. A couple of the people there dug out around the damaged base boards and replaced the rotten wood with new treated wood. I would also like to thank Cory from Concept Plumbing for coming out and fixing the connections to the ice maker at no cost to the club. Warren LeGrice shampooed the carpets in the main lounge and cleaned all the furniture before putting it back. I would like to thank the following members and non members: Bevan Tomm, Richard Bauch and his son Cory with Concept Plumbing, Gerry Crapo, Ken Campbell, George Elder, Duncan Poynton, Ken McKeen, Chris Palmer, Warren LeGrice, Paul Monchaump, Jason White, Frank Gallas, Bob Byran, Colin McDonald, Clark Closkey, Liam Campbell, Sofie Campbell and everyone else who came that I did not mention.

– Devin Campbell, AFC Building Director

Saint Patrick’s Day Limerick Competition

There were only two entries to the competition this year, but both were original works, written especially for the event.

The runner-up, written by Steve Stewart was:

Doctor Palmer was a farmer
He looked like Willie Nelson.
He braided his hair.
He just didn’t care!
And sometimes he wore it with bells on.

The winner was written by Chris Palmer:

There was an ex-prezzie called Steve,
Thought composing a sort of reprieve,
He grew his hair long,
Like L van Beethoven,
But his playing made everyone leave.

Judging was by imaginary ‘clapometer’

First prize was a can on Guinness

Second prize was the sense that true art transcends the value of such fleeting material awards, and lasts longer – even longer than the head on Guinness.

President’s Column – March 2018

Well spring is here (I hope) and activities around the Club are moving into full swing.

To arrive at this point however, we had to endure some of the worst weather that I can remember, including a significant snowfall in March. Many thanks to Bevan Tomm and my nine-year old grandson for taking the initiative in clearing the taxi-ways and drains using a walk-behind snow-blower and shovels.

Undaunted by bad weather, other Club committees met. Your buildings committee had a work party and a planning session. The aircraft acquisition committee met and also went on field trips to evaluate potential replacements for HXT. Your constitution and by-law committee had their regular Wednesday meetings and wrapped up at the end of February. And the Club’s IMC club had their regular monthly meeting.

Your social committee put on a great kids’ Christmas party, the popular Robbie Burns day event was a hit, pool and darts tournaments are popular ongoing events and our Friday night socials have been well attended. All are encouraged to come out and take part.

There have been a couple of changes to the Board as we have had a resignation from Skylar, owing to personal and work commitments and from Ruth owing to personal and family commitments. The Board elected Clark Closkey to replace Skylar as director of flight safety. Clark is a past president, director, committee chair and currently chairs the constitution and by-law committee. The Board has yet to replace Ruth.

Your executive is working hard to replace HXT as was mandated by the membership. It has been a challenging task, but we will continue to endeavour to accomplish our goal as quickly as possible.

With the recent improvement in the weather, there will be ample opportunity for all members to become involved with the day to day operations, tasks and activities of the Flying Club. We reward our members for their participation in and contributions to the Flying Club by subsidising the flying rates. A trend presently exists wherein the same members volunteer their time to support the Club, doing the work year after year with little to no participation from our newer members. If this trend continues and it becomes necessary to hire trades and labour, it will be necessary to re-address the subsidy policy.

Air Show will be upon us soon and the various fund-raising activities sponsored by the Club will require volunteer help. If you are unsure as to how to volunteer, simply ask any senior member or any director and they will point you in the right direction. The Flying Club is a volunteer organization by nature and it is expected that members will come forward of their own accord. Besides, Air Show is always a lot of fun and it is a rewarding experience.

Ken Campbell
AFC President