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!
the 2019 AFC pool tournament is well underway! Gerry, Hieu, Zoltan, Kevin, Chris, Carol, Robbie and Murray. All participants working hard to win their respective games! Good luck!
One advantage of flying club membership: Free fly tying lessons!
Courtesy of Adrian Renkers
The New Year’s dinner party that was organised by Clark Closkey was an overwhelming success.
The table centrepieces were made by Jeanette Campbell. We had real table cloths, courtesy of Leanne and Murray Webb.
44 steaks were served with salads, onions and more than 20 pounds of Jill Greystone’s mushrooms. There was also a great selection of desserts to choose from.
The dress code turned out to be an exercise in elegance. It looked more like a captain’s dinner on a cruise ship instead of a club function. Well done ladies and gentlemen.
Adrian did a head count at 1030 pm and out of 44 people, 42 were still there. It appeared that everyone had doubled up on their Geritol.
Happy new year!
Adrian, Ken and Chris
Adrian, Clark and Chris
Cheers from Clark!
Ton hard at work
Cheryl and Bevan
Didn’t see a thing, didn’t hear a thing, Didn’t say a thing!
Everyone get into the picture! Devin, Vanessa, Sophia and Liam
Dave Van Ember and Mary Ann from Chilliwack (Dave maintains Chris’ Yukon)
Clark with precious cargo!
Valerie at the mushroom station
Duncan and Chris
Jill prepping her wonderful mushrooms!
Ken the grillman
Ken and Clark
Tables are laid
Ladies hard at work; Barb, Jan and Linda
Man, Fire and Food!
Waiting for supper
The annual AFC Christmas lunch was once again held at Meadowlands Golf Course in Chilliwack. about 35 members and spouses attended and the meal was once again top-notch.
Hats off to Gerry Crapo for organising this once again. It is much appreciated!
On Saturday September 8, the club hosted a Hawaiian-themed pot-luck social. Member and chef Lorenzo Simion treated everyone to an awesome roasted pig, a process which began at 10:00 and was done by 18:00. There were many other tasty dishes brought in by members and their families to add to the main course.
Many thanks to all the people who helped make this event happen.
To credit Apple’s co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak, the simple formula below applies:
Happiness = Food, Fun and Friends
Well done, everyone!
Below are some pictures from the event. Click here for the full gallery.
Weather cooperated for a successful Wings & Wheels event at the club on Saturday May 26. Thanks to all the volunteers and participants whose efforts were greatly appreciated.
Volunteer help is needed, especially immediately at 8 am (was 7:30 last year) to get the car parking lines going. Also during the day assisting arrivals and departures. It is casual and easy to do, not an all day commitment. Contact Ed for details.
This event happens rain or shine. Food is purchased and we are fully committed.
Wings ‘n’ Wheels
Abbotsford Flying Club (CYXX)
Saturday May 26th 08:00 to 15:00
All welcome – Rain or Shine
Airplane, Car and Motorcycle awards
Grass area parking around clubhouse
Early arrivals and camping available Friday
Free and friendly event, no registration
Free coffee 08:00. Brunch 9:30 to 12:00 $8
Live music. Cash Draws, Awards 12:30
Ruth: 778.808.5887 , Ed: 604.538.3814
Click here for more event details.
TGIF’s Cinco de Mayo celebration was a huge hit. Last count was 50 attendees! Great variety of food, some people came in costume, pretty and colourful decorations, candy filled pinata for kids etc.
– Richard Bauch