AFC Volunteering Opportunities

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.  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 – Luciano Nisi, chairperson

A committee meets regularly. It wrote our Aircraft Operations manual, recommends currency requirements, creates the annual quiz, and has a general mandate to look at all flight safety-related issues.

Aircraft Maintenance & Operations – vacant, chairperson

Aircraft Committee – Brian Appaswamy, Duncan Poynton

Aircraft Cleaning – ad hoc

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 – Amar Sundher, chairperson

The 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.  This is a desperate need as new members are missing from the board in the clubhouse (sorry…).

Good and Welfare – Adrian Renkers

If you know of news about a club member worth sharing, let Adrian know.

Newsletter & Website – Mark Thibault, editor & webmaster.

Mark assembles and edits the newsletter, but needs people to contribute content.  Keep it coming!  He also administers the club’s website and Internet presence, including the club’s Facebook page.  If you have skills in any of those areas, let him know.

Bar – vacant

Help is always welcomed. One thing we are short of is members with ‘Serving it Right’ certification.  If you have it, let Murray know.

Clubhouse Maintenance & Cleaning – vacant

The club needs help from time to time with particular projects, e.g. painting, mounting stuff.  The club has a paid cleaning service that comes in once in a while but there is often a need for additional cleaning before and after meetings.  Grounds maintenance is also needed with help cutting grass and larger jobs like trimming hedges.

Audio-Visual – Dirk Sieber

The meeting room’s sound system is looked after by Bob. Dirk installed the new projector and looks after the connections.

TV, Phones and WiFi – Devin Campbell

Hangar Maintenance & Cleaning

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 & Socals

First Flights For Kids – Mark Thibault & Ron Becker, organisers

First Flights is 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 – Ed Boon, organiser

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 – Bob Robertson

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 newletter article afterwards. Others will follow – if the weather is ok.

TGIFs – vacant

Thanks goodness it’s Friday.  These events are held around 5pm each Friday night at the club where folks get together with appys for a few laughs and overall camaraderie.

Pool and Darts Contests – Adrian & Barbara Renkers

AGM Dinner – Bob Bryan

General Meeting Speakers & Presentations – ad hoc

In recent years, the Board helped to create an initial schedule of speakers for over a year. Actually making the schedule work is the responsibility of the VP. We always need good speakers. The Board and VP shouldn’t be the only ones to come up with ideas, make contact etc.

Bookkeeping and Hangar Rental Administration – Janet Martens, bookkeeper

Security – everyone

Everyone’s responsibility. Doors have been left open, alarms not set, things gone missing too often. The alarm system is looked after by Bevan Tomm. Locks and keys for the clubhouse are usually the domain of Larry Runnals.

Club History Archives – Millie Watson and Steve Stewart

The club would welcome help from anyone interested. We have 55 years of very inconsistent archives, spread among members, former members, the clubhouse etc.  We need someone to gather the club’s history in one place, organise and create a mini-museum of sorts.

Relationships with other Organisations

Airport Liaison – Steve Stewart

Steve Stewart usually attends the airport tenants meetings. And the club is part of the new aerospace cluster.

Airshow Liaison – Steve Stewart

This is partially done by those people we nominate to the airshow board.  But we have many other members directly involved in airshow issues.

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.

Airshow Campground – Randy Engh, organiser.

Always need people to help with registration, parking, trash collection, supervision etc. AFC revenue is directly linked to campground performance

Broken Prop Restaurant  – Bob Bryan, organiser.

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 –  vacant, organiser.

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