Casa Grande RC Flyers Board And Membership Meeting Minutes
Minutes of Board Meeting on February 26, 2019
The board meeting of the Casa Grande RC Flyers was called to order at 11:10 AM by Alan Friedman, President, with the following board members in attendance: Ron St. Pierre, Vice President; Nancy Friedman, Secretary/Treasurer; Rodney Hexter and Win Koch, Members at Large.
With donations from Lowes and Home Deport, the board was able to replace and paint 10 tabletops. Thanks to Rodney, pavers were place around the toilet to provide a nice looking barrier to the water runoff from the airstrip and he also cleaned the support posts from 2 to 7 ft above the ground.
Alan thought the exposed legs of the pilot tables needed to have the spar varnish reapplied, plus apply the one gallon of color matched deck and concrete restorer to the tops of the pilots’ tables.
Since the striping machine was borrowed from Palm Creek, Alan will buy a striper for striping the airstrip and helicopter pad.
Minutes of last meeting sent by email were approved
Treasurer’s report also sent by email was approved with a comment on the budget numbers which had not been transferred to the budget yet.
Review and discuss use of sign in log
The waterproof box with sign in log has given us more information about the use of the field as far as number of people flying and time of day the field is being used. Alan will use the information from the log when meeting with the mayor this summer.
Fun Fly organizer
Woody had stated he would consider the position. We haven’t heard anymore about it. We should ask him again.
We have not heard anything from either high school concerning their STEAM fairs and one is this coming weekend. We also haven’t heard from the Maricopa 4-H either. However, we still may be requested to participate in the middle school summer program as we have done in the past two summers.
A motion was made and unanimously approved to keep the same officers for the coming year.
March Air Show
The March Air Show will be to benefit the Valley Humane Society. We are expecting a donation from Dianne Warren who is Alan’s cousin and loves animals. We will need to take picture of Alan giving check to the Valley Humane Society representatives.
Tony Quist will be representing Horizon Hobbies flying and presenting a seminar on the Spectrum transmitter.
Multiplex-Hi Tech has been asked to send a pilot, but as of yet, Alan not heard if one will be available. However, they did say they would send a prize or prizes.
Superstition Hobbies will fly and show their cars. Two Robson Ranch people have volunteered to race on the car track also.
Maurie will be able to give flying lessons. Ron and Rodney will give FPV flights.
Check out donated plane to be raffled
Ron will check the plane out
Alan has other items to be raffled. He also has a gift certificate from Sig manufacturing and is hoping for a donation from Multiplex.
Extra help needed for jobs
Sell Raffle Tickets and take in money for swap tables--Nancy
Sign in non-member flyers-Win as Safety Officer
Ron will take care of combat which will start at 10:45 AM
Alan will be responsible for directing the parking of Superstition Hobbies, Twisted Entrees, Humane Society, and swap meet vendors. Plus placement for Tony Quist’s Spectrum Transmitter at the car track tables. It was suggested cones be placed where Superstition Hobbies is to park to avoid others parking in Superstition Hobbies’ area.
Check toilet for cleanliness, dust, plus responsible for unlocking and locking for event. Whatever officer arrives first and leaves last will be responsible for this job.
Putting up all flags: American, AMA, & MAAC—Win and Rodney
Wipe down bleachers--Rodney
One to two people responsible for photography—Rodney for drone video and everyone else with phones.
Rotation of charities for next year with event dates
We will have Events November through March with the Valley Humane Society as our charity for Model Aviation Day which is November 9th. Our January charity will be Hospice Charitable Fund of Central Arizona and February may be the Boys and Girls Club if they wish to participate. The March Air Show will have the Casa Grande Food Bank as the charity.
The board approved unanimously, that labor for the varnishing of the pilot tables’ legs and the painting of the sunshade supports be hired out for a maximum of $300. Win will provide Alan with a name of a handyman who probably will be willing to do the work.
The one quote we have is for $7,600. Alan is also awaiting a quote from the company who is doing the Florence airstrip.
Date for next Board and General Meeting
The next board meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 7th, at 11 AM in the Robson Ranch Grill.
With the poor attendance at the last general meeting, it was decided to hold the meeting in February before the 2nd Saturday event. The meeting will be held at the Golden Corral on Tuesday, February 4th at 5 PM.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:05 PM.
Nancy Friedman, Secretary/Treasurer
Casa Grande RC Flyers
Minutes of the CG RC Flyers Board Meeting on March 15, 2018
The meeting was called to order by President Alan Friedman at 11:06 AM at the Robson Ranch Grill.
Minutes of the last Board meeting and email votes were sent out and approved unanimously.
Presentation of the Treasurer’s Report
Alan stated he has a meeting scheduled with the Mayor, City Manager, and Community Service Director on June 6th at 2 PM. He will update the group on the past years events and what we plan as improvements and events in the coming year. He will ask the group’s advice for obtaining a sea/shipping container, if electricity could be run across the road for charging stations, and for an update on resurfacing the road/airfield.
Alan stated he had requests for caps again, but would delay taking names until fall when he could get at least an order of 24 again.
Sun Shades are still on the Maricopa 4-H Club’s agenda according to Erik Schroeder. We hope to have a cost for the project sometime in August. It was voted we stay within our budgeted cost of $4,000.
Locking the bathroom after use. The board voted the rule to be: The last person at the field was to not only lock the gate, but to check to make sure the toilet is locked also. Ron will put a note/sign on the gate itself to remind people to check the toilet lock. Changing the combination on the toilet will be tabled until a problem is observed.
Nancy commented on the miscommunication with the AZ SciTech Festival and hoped next year we could participate if notified in a timely manner.
Guest landing fees were revisited per the request of the membership vote at the last General meeting.
The following rule was passed by a vote of 4:1. A member may bring/sponsor a guest(s) who can present a current AMA or MAAC membership card up to 3 times/calendar year. Non sponsored guests will still be required to show a current AMA/MAAC card and pay a $10 landing fee.
Moving a table for gas/nitro planes was tabled until next fall when help would be available to move the table.
Nancy then presented a Budget for the newly requested items from the membership with the figures she had heard tossed out at the General meeting for the shipping container and solar panels needed for a charging station. Win had one response so far concerning the shipping container cost which was $3,000. It was thought a cheaper container might be found, but not less than $1,500. Ron and Rodney thought the solar panels and batteries needed for a charging station might be less than $1000. Ron will look into the solar cost. Win will continue to research the cost of a shipping container. Resurfacing the runway was tabled until a shipping container and the recharging stations were purchased especially since we have the petromat runway. The board voted to spend a total of $4000 on the sunshades and if any money was left, it would go towards the shipping container. It was determined until a shipping container was obtained, solar or electric power would not be a priority.
After seeing the probable deficit which would occur if the newly requested items for the field were purchased, Nancy presented a survey she requested from AZ RC clubs. So far only 6 had responded. She added 5 more clubs with the information she could obtained from their clubs’ websites. After considering the dues requested and the facilities provided by the other clubs, the board voted unanimously to raise the renewal dues for next year to $50 when paid by 12/31/18. Initial membership fee or members not renewing by 12/31 will pay $60. Win suggested the survey be sent out to club members when announcing the fee increase.
Dates for meetings and events were determined as follows:
Board meeting will be Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11 AM, Robson Ranch House Grill
Annual General Meeting will be prior to Model Aviation Day (now scheduled at Golden Corral for Tuesday, December 4th, with dinner at 5 PM and meeting starting 6:00 PM)
Model Aviation Day will be Saturday, December 8, 2018 with the Casa Grande Food Bank being the charity for this event.
Annual Air Show will be Saturday, March 9, 2019 with the Valley Humane Society being the charity for this event.
Win suggested we put out a weatherproof box much like one finds at trailheads with a sign in log to help us assess the usage of the field. Placement was suggested by the first entry gate to the pilot’s stations. Win will research this topic.
Treasurer’s report to date as of 12/4/2017 was presented by Nancy Friedman, Treasurer. The 60% increase in the cost of port-a-potty maintenance and use by gun range participants was given as reasons for the lock on the port-a-potty. It was noted the 50/50 raffle would be drawn around noon on Saturday, December 9th rather than 12/15/2017.
The President, Alan Friedman, referred back to minutes of the last general meeting when it was suggested we get younger people involved in our club and that one way might be by getting more into drones and perhaps drone racing. In the past year the board has addressed these issues by putting up a drone racing course and presentations at various schools and a 4-H club.
Alan then asked Win Koch to give a short presentation about the drone racing course constructed by Rodney Hexter, Ron St. Pierre and himself. Nancy Friedman then listed the many school presentations and the involvement with the Maricopa 4-H club from whom we have acquired 5 youth members and their leader who is only is his forties.
The President’s report included not only the improvements mentioned in the Treasurer’s report, but also the improvements the city provided this summer which included widening the parking lot, grading the eroded areas along the ravine to the south of the runway, laying out telephone poles to delineate the parking area from the spectator chair/ walking area, and increasing the height of the earthen barrier. Also the Palm Creek Flying Club was thanked for all the tables, roller, and drag given to our club. These tables will now be used for swap meet tables which will be free to members and $10/table for non-members. Alan then addressed future projects to included sunshades, weather station, and possible runway resurfacing.
The Budget was then presented by Nancy Friedman noting the Board recommended sunshades and a weather station as top priorities with a possibility of some money left to staple down the petro runway material from Palm Creek Flyers, if their club still desired to donate it the Casa Grande RC Flyers. By a show of hands then attending, members agreed a weather station was a top priority followed by sunshades with some fix for the runway to make it more amenable to the landing of small wheeled planes as a third priority. Rodney Hexter volunteered to head up the weather station project. Alan would follow up with the 4-H club on the sunshades. Ron St. Pierre would get with Ron Penner about the petro material runway from Palm Creek.
Alan announced he was taking orders for club caps at a price of $15 and would need a minimum of 24 to place the order.
Win Koch was introduced as the Safety Officer and then explained his position and what was expected of club members for us to keep safe and comply with AMA and FAA rules. These guidelines and rules will be posted on the website and may be downloaded which Win suggested every member do.
Alan then asked for volunteers for the following:
Conduct Fun Fly Events
Help with drone race course and general airfield maintenance
A painting day in January. Brian Illston volunteered
A member with a gas leaf blower to be used before each main event. Brian Illston volunteered a generator so electric leaf blowers could be used.
Alan encouraged the use of car track especially on those windy days when one can’t fly.
It was announced the Club’s Trainer, a Super Cub which has been flown twice and never crashed, is now for sale as most instuctors are now using an Apprentice or mini Apprentice for fixed winged aircraft lessons. It comes with an extra battery and transmitter for $150. It will be at the Swap Meet on Saturday, December 9th.
An Introduction of the club’s instructors was done. The instructors and what they teach are listed below.
Jerry Linderman, Maurie Sumption, and Alan Friedman all teach Fixed Winged aircraft
Win Koch teaches both Fixed Winged aircraft and drones
Rodney Hexter teaches drones
Kandace Rawlings teaches primarily Helicopers and drones
Ron St. Pierre teaches all
The guidelines and limitations for teaching were reiterated. To cover the student who is not a member of the AMA and our AMA instructor, the instructor will complete the appropriate student forms per AMA guidelines. A student will be exempt from the $10 landing fee for up to 6 visits, but then must become a member of the AMA and our club.
No more new business was introduced.
Alan then stated everyone would get an AMA Gold Leader Club Pin since our club was awarded this status and is one of 200 in the nation.
Ken Orthner was given the Cactus Award which is only awarded to those having hit the Saguaro at the north end of the runway.
Nancy then presented the AMA’s Carl & Beth Goldberg Vital People Award to Maurie Sumption. This award is presented annually to “vital people in the background of the modeling movement whose efforts enhance the enjoyment of the hobby and whose accomplishment are seldom formally acknowledged”. A $200 check accompanied this award, but Maurie immediately donated to the club. The check was graciously accepted.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM
Respectively submitted by,
Nancy Friedman, Secretary/Treasurer
Casa Grande RC Flyers
Minutes for CG RC Flyers Board Meeting of 12/4/2017
The meeting was brought to order by President, Alan Friedman, at 11 AM with all board members in attendance. (Ron St. Pierre, Win Koch, Rodney Hexter, and Nancy Friedman)
The minutes of the last board meeting and email conversation and vote were approved.
The treasurer’s report was presented.
Two bills were accepted from Rodney for the drone course
Two budget proposals were discussed. An alternative budget was voted upon placing the sunshades and weather station as top priorities over resurfacing the runway. If the petro mesh material is donated by the Palm Creek Club we would still have approximately $1000 with which to have it stapled in place which would be either parallel to present runway or in an east-west direction at the north end of our present paved runway.
Rodney volunteered to collect money and hand out raffle tickets for 50/50, as well as, watch the table with any other items, such as Super Cub, for sale by the club, donations, and preordering club caps Nancy would be at the table for renewals. We will ask at the general meeting for 3-4 volunteers to relieve Rodney at the table.
The drawing date for 50/50 was changed to the end of Model Aeronautics Day which is Saturday, December 9th.
Drone racing course
A big thank you was given to Win for all the work he has done with writing up the club’s Drone Racing Rules. Rodney suggested a slight change be made to reflect Course Timing Systems, or compatible timing emitters, refers only to those drone pilots who wish to participate in US Drone Nationals competition. Expect for Rodney’s disclaimer, the rules were approved by the board unanimously.
Ron has donated the 100 multi colored soccer cones purchased last year for the course. It was thought another 50 may be needed, but the original hundred cones will be placed first before purchasing another 50. It was also noted multicolored cones were cheaper to purchase than single colored cones on Amazon.
As for maintenance of the field, volunteers will be requested at the general meeting. Win suggested we have a notice board placed on the fence next to the north side of the port-a-potty. He suggested notices and a laminated map of the drone course be posted there for pilots to see. Win and Rodney will be responsible for this project. A request will be made at the general meeting for someone with a gas blower to blow off the airstrip before major events. If no one has a blower, the board will consider purchasing one. A large sign was suggested for the table by the entry gate which would state: This is an AMA flying field for members only. Learn to fly free. See our website at casagrandercflyers.com. Alan was in charge of this project.
It was clarified that Win is the Safety Officer only and he will give a short explanation at the General Meeting of what he will do and the safety rules he expects club members to follow. Win has donated vests for the Safety Officer, Events Manager, and Parking director. He will also ask for volunteers for his Safety Crew. Rodney and Nancy have volunteered when they are not busy with other jobs at the field.
The club needs an Events Manager. Although Alan has taken the test and sent in the required $25 to be an Events Manager for the club to say the club has one presently, he would like someone else to take this position. Jerry Linderman has been a contest director, but unsure if he still would take on this job. Jerry will be asked. If he does not, we will explain the job and the discounted 50% AMA membership fee to see if anyone volunteers.
It was suggested and agreed that at our general meeting, the names of our instructors and what they prefer to teach be announced. Win Koch, Jerry Linderman, Ron St. Pierre, Maurie Sumption and Alan Friedman all teach fixed winged aircraft. Drones will be taught by Kandace Rawlings, Rodney Hexter, and Win Koch. Helicopter training can be done with Ron St. Pierre or Kandace Rawlings. The number of times a student can fly with a teacher before becoming an AMA and club member will also be reiterated. (number is six and instructor needs to register them with the AMA)
Encourage use of car track by members on windy days at general meeting. The car track can only be used by members of the AMA for insurance purposes. Please remember, children under the age of 19 can become free AMA members and do work for the club to acquire a free membership or pay the $25 youth membership fee. The youth, however, must be accompanied by an adult.
Painting day for PC tables. We will ask at the general meeting for a date in January and volunteers.
Club Caps. It was decided to obtain preorders for caps since the minimum is 24 at $15/cap. If a minimum order of 24 cannot be reached, an alternative source for the caps will be researched.
It was decided the club’s Super Cub trainer, extra battery, and transmitter should attempted to be sold for two months at the swap meets and on line. The asking price will be $150. If it doesn’t sell, a raffle will be held for two months before a drawing will be held.
A program presentation at the upcoming dinner meeting was voted down since we had so much on the agenda, but thought it would be good idea for another short dinner/meeting in March.
Add to email announcement how to park. Cars next to fence, trucks/SUVs on roadside of the parking lot.
Renewal and new member dues were recommended to be the same for 2019 by Ron and agreed to by the board.
A date for the next board meeting was set for 11 AM, on March 15, 2018, at the Robson Ranch Grill.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:45 PM
CG RC Flyers Board Meeting of 3/16/2017
Attendance: Rodney Hexter, Ron St. Pierre, Win Koch, Alan Friedman, and Nancy Friedman.
The meeting was start at 11:29 AM at the Robson Ranch Grill
Take Off and Go Grant
Alan applied for this $1,000 grant to purchase trainer airplanes (mini Apprentices), trainer transmitters, batteries, and a drone. The announcement of the grant is not due until the end of March. Alan has been sending all the press releases to the AMA concerning our recent presentations at CVHS Stem class, Maricopa 4-H club, Villago Middle School Science Night, and the AZ SciTech Festival
Flying Site Assistance Grant
Unable to apply since we requested/received a grant within 3 years (May of 2014)
Runway Surface Project
SW Slurry Seal, Inc. estimate was $9,730
SW Slurry Seal, Inc. estimate for PMM seal coat of 1400 sq. yds. was $6,720 with $1,450 for stripping extra.
No answer from the city as to when the top sealing coat would be able to be done.
Impact Asphalt estimate measured runway today at 270 ft x 43 ft. or 11,610 sq. ft. plus 15 ft. x 15 ft heli pad. The estimate was ~ $1890 for two coats of “Liquid Road” plus $150 for stripping coming to $2,040. It may be less if contractor deems only one coat is needed which would make the quote ~$300+ less.
Alan made a motion to accept this quote if it was within our budget range. Win seconded the motion and it was passed by a unanimous vote.
A request was made by Rodney for a financial report to be sent to Win as a new member of the board and also a budget be made for the coming year to be more transparent as a corporation board. A long range budget was also deemed necessary as we look to the future.
Nancy stated she would see that a copy of the financial report would be sent to Win and a budget be made and sent to all board members. She would also write up a treasurer’s report and look into what was needed for signatures to the checking account since one of the original officers has died and the other quit.
Rodney made a motion to have three signatures on the club’s checking account which would include: Alan Friedman, President; Ron St. Pierre, Vice-President, and Nancy Friedman, Secretary/Treasurer. It was seconded by Ron and accepted by a unanimous vote.
Work at field needed
Painting of legs on flight tables with weatherproofing
Need a price on weatherproofing which should be added to the budget
Field clean up
Stones on runway
Student membership, time line, flight training schedule
Nancy stated she is still waiting on the Maricopa 4-H club to give a definite timeline which will probably be after the County Fair. Last date given was after 3/20/17.
Other means of getting work done
A FOD (Foreign Object Damage) walk or Emu Parade was suggested at least monthly by both Win and Rodney. We all agreed this would be a great way to keep the Field and Runway cleaned up.
Nancy suggested if the student work for membership program did not materialize, we could offer the same for adult membership. It was seconded by Ron and approved unanimously by the board.
Other Old Business
There was no more old business
Increasing size of parking lot
A request was made of the city to extend the parking lot North to the next street culvert when appropriate equipment would be in the area.
No response as of yet
Schedule for next season 2017-2018
It was decided to keep the 2nd Saturday of each month from December to March as a Swap Meet and hopefully a fun fly if a Fun Fly Director can be found.
A December General Meeting should be scheduled the first or second week of December at the Golden Coral with a possible program and/or You Tube Video. A decision at this meeting can be made as how often future meeting should be held and with type of topics to be addressed.
The next Board meeting will be on Wednesday, 12/29/2017 at 11:30 AM at the Robson Ranch Grill over lunch.
Continue second Saturday as Swap Meets/Fun Flys
Volunteer to do Fun Fly Events
Possible person to ask is on a Ski vacation presently, but Ron will ask him when he returns.
Volunteer for Safety Officer
It was suggested, as officers, we should all try to enforce the rules when at the field
Win offered to obtain a Safety Officer’s vest and make a binder with information on what to do in case of an accident.
Win also offered to give a presentation at the next general meeting about the binder and a safety talk on Ground School Mission.
It was suggested an email be sent to all our registered instructors to see if a schedule could be worked out between them to teach on a regular basis. Ron also offered his skills as a helicopter instructor. An email will also go out to Kandace Rawling to request she be a helicopter instructor. Drone instructors will also be recruited.
Continue third Saturday as Car racing
Continue fourth Saturday as Helicopter/Drone Day
Expected impact, if any, of Palm Creek members
Need additions to field
A couple of tables may be available sometime between the 15th and 30th of April from Palm Creek. A truck and a couple of men would be needed to move the tables. Win offered his truck, but he will be leaving mid-April. Rodney was going to get a quote from U-haul if a truck was needed later.
Frequency of toilet cleaning
A wait and see approach was decided upon
Check with Jerry Linderman about design for pilot stations similar to those at Palm Creek
2018 renewal dues
Win made a motion for a 3 year membership to coincide with a 3 year AMA membership at a small discount rate to be to be a $5/yr discount=$15. It was seconded by Nancy with it being approved by 4 yes votes with one abstention. Alan made a motion to increase the renewal dues to $35/year, but the board thought $40 was a better choice with the money needed to resurface the runway and $40/year was voted as the renewal price of a membership, while keeping the initial membership dues at $50. The increase in fees would not affect the offer made to the members of the current Palm Creek club for 2018.
Weather station at airfield
An estimate of $1000 plus a yearly service fee was submitted. It was thought this item would be placed at the bottom of a wish list of items needed for the field with the following list in descending order of importance:
Sealing the runway and heli pad
Extra tables/pilot stations
Drone racing course
Other New Business
It was suggested by Ron we do a 50/50 email raffle at $10 a raffle ticket to make money to pay for our runway and heli pad sealing.
Rodney and Ron stated they would write something up to put on the website and to send out to members.
Money would be collect via cash, check, PayPal, and possibly direct deposit.
Respectively Submitted by,
Nancy Friedman, Secretary/Treasurer
Casa Grande RC Flyers
Minutes of the January 27, 2016 Board Meeting
The meeting started at 1:30 PM at Dunkin Donuts in Casa Grande.
In attendance were: Alan Friedman, Ron St. Pierre, Rodney Hexter, Arvin Van Ry*, and Nancy Friedman
*arrived at 2:05
A motion was made by Alan Friedman, President, to move Ron St. Pierre from the Secretary position to the Vice-President position, and to appoint Nancy Friedman to the Secretary/Treasurer position. The board in attendance approved these officers’ positions unanimously.
Second family membership for $25 initially, then $25/year was approved.
Youth membership for those 19 and under (age matching that of the AMA) was approved at $25 initially, then $25/year. A youth member must have an adult member with them when flying at the field. A youth member may obtain a free membership by working 2 hours at the field.
Approval for purchasing a battery pack charging station was given to Alan who will be responsible for said battery pack.
Since the city of Casa Grande has had a significant turnover in staff this past year, the answer to when the runway will be sealed is up in the air. Because of this state of limbo, Alan asked everyone to look into whom and how much it might cost to slurry seal our runway of 60 ft by 300 ft. Alan than would apply for the “Flying Site Assistant Grant” due March 1, 2017, to cover 10% of the cost for the slurry seal.
Grant application and awards were listed by Alan.
Take off and Grow*
Flying Site Assistant Grants
Leader Club Program
AMA Hall of Fame
AMA Scholarship Program
Carl Goldberg Award
*Alan has already applied for this grant
Alan noted an event manager position was a new position the AMA had established and was one now open for our club. Jerry Linderman is the club’s contest director and has been ill.
An Update on presentations was given by Nancy. Two presentations are scheduled to be given. One will be to the Maricopa 4H club and the other to the Casa Verde STEM class taught by John Morris.
Upon Arvin’s arrival, a discussion ensued about setting up an email account for the club. Arvin was requested to take on this job with input from Rodney.
It was requested Alan send a P and L sheet to all Board members via email. He stated he would do so upon returning home.
Arvin requested negative requirements be left out of the Casa Grande Dispatch. It was decided the only requirements which would be published would be “only AMA members could fly and the plane size was limited to 10 lbs.”
Rodney pointed out a student waiver was available with the AMA for registered instructors to use with their student pilots which would cover them for up to 60 consecutive days. Signing up at the field on one’s cell phone was discussed and suggested this be brought up in any class presentations given.
Arvin asked if a guest of a member could fly at the club’s field. The club’s rule was cited as the guest must be a member of the AMA and there would be a $5 fee each day of flying with the exception of AMA special events scheduled on the second Saturday of the month.
The next Board meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 16th, at the Robson Ranch Grill for lunch at 11:30 AM.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 PM.
Nancy Friedman, Secretary
Casa Grande RC Flyers
The minutes of the dinner meeting for the Casa Grande RC flyers club on December 15th 2016
The meeting started at 6 PM. Board members in attendance were Arvin Van Ry and Alan Friedman.
The first order of business was to ask how improve communication between members to increase attendance at the field. Many members did not want numerous emails, but wanted some means to communicate when everyone would be flying. Suggestions were: to make a closed Facebook page; a Yahoo group, or place a message board on the club's website. Jim Berk suggested the president talk to officers of the Twin Cities RC club to find out more about Yahoo groups. Other members objected to using Yahoo because of their recent security breach.
The discussion was then turned to what time of day would be the best to fly, in relationship to temperature, and which days. It was determined around 10 AM when it was warmer and the wind was less. The current Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday winter days seemed best with Saturday early after sunrise, in the summer.
The next topic was fun fly events. With little participation in the fun fly contests, the board suggested a raffle ticket be given to anybody who would attempt to fly in these events. That way anyone who attempted to fly would a chance to win a prize, even if they did not win the fun fly. It was also suggested by Jim Burke, the fun fly be divided into expertise divisions . However that suggestion was rejected due to the lack of participation.
Discussion was then turned to second Saturdays events which are open to the public. It was noted that very few people flew when the public was invited. Again a raffle ticket was suggested as an incentive to get pilots to fly. For every time a pilot would fly, they will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. Alan noted that manufactures and suppliers have donated a large number of prizes for or events this year.
Everyone thought it was great that Ron St Pierre was bringing his first person view goggles, plus bringing his buddy box to help teach people to fly, to the air show on March 11, 2017. Ron has provided free first person view flights at other of our Saturday events in the past and they proved very popular.
The next issue was how to get more new members since attrition and the Canadian dollar was causing the membership decrease. No one thought the cost of dues was the problem. It was requested of members living in communities to talk up the Casa Grande RC flyers whenever possible in their communities. Other suggestions were getting younger people involved since drone racing is popular among the younger generations. Apparently there are a few TV programs on drones. It was requested, once again of the members, to volunteer to get the youth involved. Both Rodney Hexter and Rick Lawrence volunteered for this committee.
Alan announced and requested volunteers for two vacant board slots. Those who would desire being on the board should contact Alan. Richard Rose has been out of town working in Hawaii and now in Chicago and asked to be replaced. Another vacancy has existed for a few months.
Alan requested all members to fly safe by announcing take off, landings and field crossings in a loud voice per AMA and field rules. Alan also asked members to not to fly over the tables or spectator areas. Those who do not follow these rules will be grounded for the day.
Alan asked for questions and they were as follows: Where can one buy parts close by in the area. Most members said they purchased items online. Also, oftentimes what someone might need could be available from Tom Trosper, who usually attends the second Saturday swap meets each month. The next question was inquiring if anyone was slope soaring or night flying in the area with the answer being no. Alan reminded everybody there were now two runways, the paved one and the chemically treated earthen one for those who wish to do belly landings, however due to the gravel between the two runways there would not be any crossover. Members were notified that the gate code will change on January 1st with an email going out to notify members of the new code. The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 PM.
Casa Grande RC Flyers Board Meeting Was held Thursday December 1st at 11:00 AM at Mi Amigo Ricardo's for our lunch meeting.
In attendance were Alan Friedman, Arvin Van Ry, and And Ron St. Pierre.
The first topic that was discussed was “Why do we not have more people flying out at the field and how can we improve that.
Alan said that when he sent out an email before he went out to fly on the designated fly days, he always had someone else out there. It was stated that flying at the field was also a social activity and it was more fun if others were there to talk to.
Alan said he could set up the Face Book site so people could announce their intentions to go out to the field and fly.
We also will bring up this subject at the general meeting on December 15, 2106.
It was decided in order to try and get more people flying at the at the fly in and swap meets the club would give out a raffle ticket each time someone flew and have a drawing at the end of the day for a prize.
Alan said he Knew Lee Ulinger and talked to him about joining the club and flying at our shows. Lee will promote our club and put on a flying show at one of our events.
The cost of joining the club was discussed. There was concern that the cost may be keeping some people from joining. We decided to bring this up at the general meeting after a treasure report.
It was decided that we would keep the same fee structure for the fun fly’s. That is the seller tables and flying on that day would be free as long as the flyer was AMA or Canadian equivalent. And we would continue to ask for a donation to a selected charity as admission to the event.
Ron said he would be willing to give free lesson at our March event rather than Virtual rides. After some thought he decided he could do both by putting a camera on the trainer airplane.
Ron St Pierre, Secretary
Board Meeting: March 29, 2016 the Robson Ranch Grill at 11:00 AM.
Members in attendance were.
Ron St. Pierre
Several topics were discussed.
The dates for next season events was disused
Casa Grande RC Flyers Coming Events for 2016 - 2017
April 1, 2016, Club Returns To Summer Flying Schedule
November 1, 2016: Club returns to winter flying days and hours.
November 12, 2016: First swap meet of the winter season at 9 AM.
November 12 2016: Club Celebrates National Model Aviation Day.
December 10, 2016: Swap Meet at Club Field, 9:00 AM - Noon.
January 6 - 8, 2017: AMA Expo, Ontario, CA.
January 14, 2017: Swap Meet at Club Field, 9:00 AM - Noon.
February 11, 2017: Swap Meet at Club Field, 9:00 AM - Noon.
March 11, 2017: Special Event - Air Show, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
April 1, 2017: Club Starts Summer Flying Schedule
1: A concern was voiced of our events conflicting with other nearby flying clubs events. After discussion about which clubs would be a concern and what we could do about that it was felt that by publicizing the schedule early it would help other Flying clubs Schedule their events. The schedule release would also help the food and Radio control vendors plan their next season.
2: The setting up of a general meeting was discussed. It was decided to continue using the meeting room at Golden Coral. The next General membership meeting will be held at Golden Coral on December 13th 2016.
3: The club fun flies were discussed. The total precipitation for last season was 17 Participants. It was noted that spectators like to watch the fun flies. Some ideas were proposed to increase participation. One was to award point for participation and then at the end of the season give out prizes to those who participated. Again we will look at contests that do not endanger the airplane. One event that the Palm Creek flying club had was where the contestant had to taxi down the runway and hit a bottle of wine. If they were able to hit the bottle they got the wine. We will discuss the continuation of the fun fly at the General meeting in December.
4: We discussed if and how we might get more of the McCartney road fliers to join the club. The advantages at McCartney road field are, they do not have a 10 Pound limit, the area for land and take off is larger and there are not obstructions close to the field. The disadvantage are that the runway is rough, there are not tables or Porta Potty and the dirt road to get to the field is very rough. No solid ideas for recruiting McCartney member were proposed. That will be carried over to the next meeting.
5: The fact that this summer the city is going to pave the road out to the field was discussed. The chance of getting the runway paved was mentioned. A motion was proposed, seconded and passed to allow the president of the club to use all money except for a $1000.00 hold back from the treasury to help cover the cost of paving the runway. It was felt by the board that the paving of the Road and the runway will help greatly in obtaining and keeping members.
6: A motion was put on the table to donate $250 each to two Casa Grande charities if funds were not need for the paving of the runway. The motion was seconded and passed.
The Meeting was adjourned at 12:10 PM
October 25, 2015 Board Meeting At Mi Amigo Richardo's
A board meeting of the Casa Grande RC flyers was held on Sunday, October 25 at 11 AM at the Mi Amigo Ricardo’s on Florence Boulevard in Casa Grande.
In attendance was:
Richard Rose, Ron St. Pierre, Alan Friedman, Arvin Van Ray, and Dennis Linsday.
Alan asked for volunteers to fill the vacant officer spots. The following is a list of volunteers
Richard Rose - Vice president
Ron St. Pierre - Secretary
Alan Friedman - President
Arvin Van Ray - Treasurer
Dennis Lindsay - Safety officer
There was a discussion how to get more people involved with the fun flies. Several ideas were discussed.
It was suggested that we had them later on in the morning so that the people would not still be at the selling tables.
It was suggested that maybe we could help coach the new flyers so they would feel more comfortable in the fun flies.
It was also suggested to make the fun flies extremely easy. Such as taking off and landing the closest to a spot. Or taking off and landing closest to a given time. Dennis volunteered to handle the next fun fly with the help of our Arvin.
The board talked about having a general membership meeting sometime in the near future. It was decided to put the meeting off until January or February. It was decided to continue holding the meetings at Golden Corral. Alan asked the board to think about what we could do at the upcoming general membership meeting and to report back any ideas. At that point the discussion was tabled.
Ron St. Pierre volunteered to put a sign up in the Palm Creek flying site to advertise the next event.
Ron St. Pierre volunteered to talk to Ron Penner when he returns about a flying demonstration in one of our events.
Alan Friedman asked if anyone knew who fixed the sticky gate. No one knew but we concluded that we were happy was fixed.
The portable toilet was brought up it because it was dirty on the inside with sand and leaves and stuff. Alan Friedman volunteered to call Casa Grande Rent A Can to have cleaned it up.
Alan reported that Scott’s pest-control of Casa Grande was very responsive to our weed problem on the runway. They came out and took care of a couple weeds that had popped up and did not charge.
Meeting adjourned 12:25
Casa Grande RC Flyers
A board meeting held March 28, 2015 at the Robson Ranch Pub restaurant at 11:00 am.
Members in attendance were.
Ron St. Pierre
Topics of dissuasion were.
1. The need to enlist 2 addition board members. One suggestion was Doug Winebarger Doug will be contacted by Arvin VanRy to see if Doug can be enlisted. The need for new board members will be part of the November general meeting.
2. The sun shade for the field. The cost of the shade at this time is more than the club can budget.
It was suggested to see if the club member considered this as a goal the club should pursue. If so we would have to have a focused revenue drive to generate the needed funds.
3. The club should look at having an event at the field such as other clubs are doing. The example being the fly in at the Mesa electric festival. If not some think like that, we could obtain volunteers to give demo flights out at the field at the scheduled swap meets. Ron Penner (sp) was suggested as a candidate for doing a demo flights.
4.The demise of the fun fly’s was discussed and the conclusion was that we had to many pilots that were new and were concerned about risking their airplane to such an event, or they were concerned about being in the spot light during the event. To help rectify this we could do some training on building and repair of aircraft. Have events where their aircraft are not in abnormal jeopardy.
5. We need to have a general meeting next winter some time in November. The reason we have not had one in a while is that we did not have an agenda that would draw in the members to attend. Ron St. Pierre volunteered to work with Alan Friedman in coming up with an agenda for a November meeting.
6 One of the reasons we go out to fly is for the comradery at the flying field. It was noted that when Alan sent out an email before Saturday more people show up at the field because they know someone else may be there. Alan said he could do that when he is around but would need to hand off that task when he is not in the area.
7. Our food vendor will not be back because he did not make any money doing the swap meets.
One suggestion was to see if we could invite one of the hotdog carts that are at some of the stores like Home Depot.
Ron & Alan to setup a November meeting.
Arvin VanRy to Contact someone about enlisting a board member.
Alan Friedman to send out Field email invites on the days he is going out to the field or handing off that responsibility to one of the other board members if he is out of the area.
Ron St. Pierre to contact Ron Penner to talk him in to a demo at our one of our Swap meets.
Alan Friedman to look into Hotdog cart at the next Swap Meet.
July 2014 Board Member Meeting At Robson Ranch Grill.
Now that our runway project is now complete, three of the four board members met in July, 2014 to discuss future plans for the club. We will be looking into the construction of sun shades over the table area. These will be the "sail" type of sun shades. if we can find a contractor and obtain the funding, we hope to complete that project for next summers use. We are also combining a monthly Fun Fly event along with our monthly Swap Meet starting in November 2014, on the second Saturday of each month, November - April. Our swap meets are now posted on the AMA web site and will be listed in the AMA magazine to insure maximum attendance. We also hope to attract area hobby shops to attend and sell their products to attendees at discounted prices during these events. Depending upon the turnout, we might also invite a food vendor to these monthly events.
The club long term goal is to work with the city and county government towards the goal of paving the access road to the club field. This would not only benefit the club but also the skeet and trap shooting range, the city police shooting range and the public shooting range. There is no timetable as yet towards the completion of this goal but we are hoping to get the issue on the agenda of the governmental agencies yet this year.
Finally please note that the completed projects and proposed projects require funding. We ask that you tell others about our club and ask them to join us. If they are new to the hobby, we offer 8 certified AMA flight instructors who provide free lessons. Their starter planes, such as the Supper Cub, can be purchased near by. Our dues will remain low at $40.00 the first year and $25.00 renewal. They can even join online and pay by credit card (for a $5.00 extra fee).
If you have any questions for the club's board of directors, send them to the following e-mail address and they will be forwarded to all the board members.CasaGrandeFlyer@aol.com
The Casa Grande RC Flyers is an Academy Of Model Aeronautics "Gold Level Leaders Club" located in Casa Grande, Arizona. A current AMA or MAAC membership is required to join the club and to use the field.