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 in October. 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 Committee – Richard Bauch
The Flight Safety Committee (FSC) meets regularly. The FSC has recently updated the Flight Operations Manual into a new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) document, recommends currency requirements, and has a general mandate to look at all flight safety-related issues.
Aircraft Maintenance & Operations – Clark Closkey
Call Clark or Duncan to report any concerns or issues with the aircraft.
Aircraft Cleaning – vacant
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 Committee – Adrian Renkers
The membership committee interviews new applicants and makes recommendations to the Board, and looks after things like the application process, member list etc. Bevan has been keeping member gallery pictures up to date.
Good and Welfare – Adrian Renkers
If you know of news about a club member worth sharing, let Adrian know.
Website – Laurens Bosman
Laurens administers the club’s website and Internet presence. If you have skills in any of those areas, let him know. To have relevant content added to the website, contact the Secretary.
Facebook and Instagram – Lisa Robbie
Bar – Chris Palmer
Clubhouse Maintenance Committee – Dan Renaud
The club needs help from time to time with particular projects, e.g. cleaning, painting, mounting stuff. Currently, the club does not have a commercial Janitorial service. It is the responsibility of all members to leave the club better than you found it. Please take out the garbage when a can is nearing full and leave absolutely no food waste behind, even in the garbage cans.
Alarms/Access control – Bevan Tomm
Security is everyone’s responsibility. The alarm and access control systems are maintained and managed by Bevan.
Clubhouse Audio-Visual – Dan Renaud
Lawns, trees and hedges: – Vacant
A grounds maintenance person is needed for cutting grass and larger outdoor jobs like trimming edges. Ken McKeen does an excellent job pruning the trees in the front yard so we will just leave that to him.
TV, Telephone, Internet and Wifi – Devin Campbell
Hangar Maintenance & Cleaning – Ken Campbell
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 & Socials: Ledell Kendall
AGM Dinner – vacant
Christmas Party – Vacant
Dutch Lunch – every Wednesday at noon in the clubhouse lounge. Everyone brings a bag lunch.
First Flights For Kids – (This program is on hold)
First Flights is typically 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 Committee – vacant (secretary)
Wings and Wheels is held in the summertime in partnership with local vintage car clubs. Help is needed in many ways: Grading access ramp, Filling holes in grassed area, live music, Liaising with other flying clubs and with car clubs, trophies, marshalling aircraft, cars and motorcycles, fencing, and advertising.
Fly-outs – Ken Campbell
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 newsletter article afterwards. Others will follow if the weather is ok.
Sunday Morning Flyout (or drive -out if the weather is bad). Meet at the clubhouse every Sunday morning at 8:30am.
New Year’s Eve Party – vacant
Pool and Darts Tournaments – Adrian & Barbara Renkers
TGIFs (every Friday evening) – Chris Palmer, Ledell Kendall
Thanks Goodness It’s Friday! These events are held 5:30-9pm each Friday night at the clubhouse where folks get together with appys for a few laughs, a game of pool, darts, tall tales and good ole camaraderie.
General Meeting Speakers & Presentations – vacant
While the Vice President is responsible for arranging for speakers at the club’s general meetings, it’s important that members reach out to their contacts to find presenters. Please let the VP know if you have anyone in mind from which you think the club would like to hear.
Bookkeeping – Treasurer (Devin Campbell)
Hangars – Ken Campbell
Club History Archives – Millie Watson
The club would welcome help from anyone interested. We have 60+ years of inconsistent archives, spread among members, former members, and in the clubhouse etc. We need someone to gather the club’s history into one place, organize and create a mini-museum of sorts.
Relationships with other Organizations – all members
Airport Liaison – vacant
Liaise with other clubs – all members
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. Contact the club Secretary or one of the following captains to find a place to volunteer at the airshow for the AFC.
AFC-Airshow Operations Liaison – Bevan Tomm
This is partially done by those people we nominate to the airshow board. But we have many other members directly involved in airshow issues. Contact Bevan or one of the following to find a place to volunteer at the airshow for the AFC.
Airshow Campground – Devin Campbell, Ledell Kendall
Always need people to help with registration, parking, trash collection, night supervision, shuttle bus etc. AFC fundraising revenue is directly linked to campground performance.
Broken Prop Restaurant – vacant
The Broken Prop restaurant serves food at the club during airshow. Much help is needed in food preparation, cooking, serving, clean up, etc.
Fly-in Parking and Host – Laurens Bosman
Parking and hosting airshow fly-in patrons.