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Celebration of Life for Ron Price

The celebration of life for Ron Price took place August 11 at the Bradner soccer field. The event was very well attended with about 200 people in attendance, of which 15 were representatives of the AFC. Steve Stewart in CGGMA and Paul Monchamp in his Grumman, did a nice Flypast. The Grumman’s smoke system was very effective. The family had put Ron’s C-150 FFWW on display. Nice touch.

President’s Column – August 2021

We are putting the finishing touches on the Airshow plans as the Club is responsible for the campground to be situated around the clubhouse.  We are hoping for good weather but the forecast is for rain on Friday and Saturday.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for airshow weather.  We are still looking for volunteers so if you haven’t already done so, please contact me with times you are able to help out.  My contact information is 604-308-6002.

Work around the clubhouse has been mostly completed. A new cooler and ice maker along with a new cabinet in the bar area have made a vast improvement over the old inefficient appliances

The SOP document is now posted on the website.  Take the time to become familiar with it.  I am very pleased with the document and am confident that it will be supported by our membership.

The new flying rates are now in effect.   Annual membership dues were to be paid by August 1st.  If they were not received by our office within the prescribed deadline, members are not in good standing.

Only two months remain in the current club year and it is time to think about getting involved on next year’s board.  Contact George Aung-Thin, Nominating Committee Chair, informing him of your willingness to serve on the board.

Until September, happy flying.  Stay safe.

Ken Funk
Abbotsford Flying Club

July 10 Cleanup Party

President Ken organized yet another clubhouse cleanup party.

At 0900 hrs sharp the work crew got treated to coffee and donuts, courtesy of Ken Funk. After that it was time to get serious and dismantle the decayed structure south of the Butch Merrick room. The remains were loaded on Chris Palmer’s pickup truck and carted off to the dump. President Ken gave the now exposed siding a thorough power washing. Next up was the old wood clad bar fridge and the ice maker. That fridge was already in use when I joined the club 40 years ago.

The 3 wheeled barbecue got its well deserved retirement too.

The following people provided the muscle for the cleanup:

Ken Funk
Ken Campbell
Devin Campbell
Chris Palmer
Adrian Renkers
Dan Renaud
George Elder and
Mike Garrett.

Mike just showed up and got recruited to lend his young muscles to help out. Mike has his private pilot’s license and is interested in joining our club.

Canada’s National Airshow Cairn – Update

This afternoon Steve Stewart added a new plaque to the Canada’s National Airshow Cairn outside the airport terminal.

You can read the text in the attached pictures.

Originally we wanted this as another brass plaque, but the estimate was over $500. So what we have is plastic, and I think it looks pretty good, and visually it is a fair match for the original rectangular brass plaque. It is attached using construction adhesive and steel pins. Perhaps the colours will fade long before 2070, but if they do, it can be replaced.

President’s Column – July 2021

President’s July 2021 News Letter

More good news regarding the easing of government health restrictions.  Masks are now optional.  It is nice to be able to see people’s faces again!  We can now look forward to in person club meetings and to resuming many of our regular club activities. The June board meeting was a dual zoom and in person event. We are hoping to make the July club meeting an in person meeting.  It has been a long time coming but we can now look to the future with optimism.

Another successful work party was held at the club house on Saturday, June 19th.  The two south facing doors off the pool room and the storage room were replaced.  Gutters along the front of the club house were cleaned.  The old rotting truck van was removed along with its contents.  Carpets were shampooed.  The overgrown shrubs taking over much of the rear of the clubhouse were removed.  Remaining to do is dismantling of the shed on the south side of the building.  The bar fridge and ice-maker are going to be replaced shortly.  We are well on the way to restoring the clubhouse to a more attractive facade.  My thanks to Ken Campbell, Ton Du Crocq, Adrian Renkers, Ken Bucholz, Chris Palmer, George Elder, Warren Le Grice, Devin Campbell, Sophia Campbell, Paul Monchamp, and  Bob Bryan for their dedication to the cleaning up of the clubhouse.

The SMS document is now ready to be submitted to the Safety Committee and the Board.  There was a slight delay in the editing of the document but is finally done.  Once reviewed, the document will be presented to the membership for ratification.  I am very pleased with the result and am confident that it will be supported by our membership.

The recent announcement of flying rate increases has stirred active discussion amongst the membership.  I would remind members that criticizing ideas is perfectly legitimate but engaging in personal attacks is unacceptable. Please be mindful of this as we move forward in the coming days.

Until September, happy flying.  Stay safe.

Ken Funk
Abbotsford Flying Club

June 19 Work Party Results

For June 19 president Ken had organized another cleanup work party for the club’s back yard. We thank the following members for their participation:

Ken Funk
Ken Campbell
Devin Campbell
Sophia Campbell
George Elder
Warren Legrice
Chris Palmer
Paul Monchamp
Ton DuCrocq
Bob Bryan
Ken Bucholz

Ken Funk’s son in law Perry Merasty performed the carpentry work for the replacement doors by the pool table and the back door of the storage area.

On June 18 Steve Stewart trimmed the cedars behind the clubhouse.

President Ken rented and operated a cherry picker to access the gutters for cleanup and power washing all areas that would have needed to be cleaned from the top of a ladder. Given the average age of our crew, Workers Compensation Board would have been proud of Ken’s decision making. We had to unfortunately take down Pita’s clematis plant, that had hidden the storage container for many years. That container has now been removed too. One more shanty needs to be taken down and then the back yard will look better than it has for decades.
Keep an eye out for a message marking the next work party.

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