President’s Column – June 2021

Good news has finally arrived!  The easing of Provincial Health regulations, regarding people meeting, have been relaxed to where we can once again get together in person.  Pilots requiring a check ride to fly club aircraft can now do so with a flight instructor.  We are moving towards in-person meetings as well.  Meetings of 10 people or less are allowed if seated and able to socially distance.  The board is planning on holding their next meeting in person at the clubhouse.  It has been a long time coming but we can now look to the future with optimism.  Our thanks to our members for being patient during the past year.  Let’s enjoy, once again, the many opportunities the club has to offer.

A successful work party was held at the clubhouse on Sunday, May 30th.  Front door bushes trimmed, outside walls and back deck were pressure washed, inside windows and blinds cleaned and the grass was mowed. I would like to publicly thank the following members for their generous contribution to the club:  Ken Campbell, Ton Du Crocq, Adrian and Barbara Renkers, Greg Reeder, Chris Palmer, Clark Closkey, Duncan Poynton, Pat Ulicki, Chris Hibbert, Dan and Virginia Renault and Devin Campbell.

The board appointed Warren Le Grice to the board at their May 26th meeting.  Warren brings a strong background of knowledge and experience to the board and we welcome his appointment. He will assume the position of Vice-chair of the Safety Committee sharing this responsibility with John Palmer.  Warren has also agreed to take over the responsibility of clubhouse maintenance as it has been neglected over the past year.  We are grateful for his willingness to serve the club.

The committee responsible for the creation of an SMS document is ready to submit it to the Safety Committee and the Board by June 11th.  Once reviewed, the document will be presented to the membership for ratification.  I would like to recognize Warren Le Grice, Clark Closkey and Randy Kelly for their dedication and hard work towards completing this ambitious undertaking.  It required many hours of behind the scenes work to accomplish this task. 

Until next month, enjoy the better weather and happy flying.  Stay safe.

Ken Funk
Abbotsford Flying Club

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