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Please read the statement on our COVID-19 precautions below

     Our chapter was forced to cancel a number of meetings in 2020, and again in 2021, due to conditions and restrictions forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor McMaster and SCDHEC have provided COVID-19 guidance to all South Carolinians regarding restrictions during the pandemic.  EAA has also provided guidance to EAA chapters. Click here to view that EAA guidance. Fortunately, the governor's orders have not been overly restrictive thus far. Most SC businesses and organizations can now open/operate as long as certain PRECAUTIONS are taken. Consequently, we will do our best to abide by those precautions. The Governor's Executive Orders are full of legal terms and hard to follow, but SCDHEC has published a simplified list of recommended precautions on their website. Click here to see view the SCDHEC guidelines. Here's where you can find the CDC guidelines. Those guidelines are constantly changing, so please keep abreast of them.

     As you know, COVID-19 is a very serious disease, so your attendance at this meeting is ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY. If you are fearful of catching the virus, then we'll understand if you decide not to come.
If you are sick in any way, we request that you please DO NOT COME. If you have any type of underlying health condition(s), we suggest that you consider whether or not you really should come. However, if you are tired of being stuck at home, this is an excellent opportunity to socialize with your like-minded aviation friends. If you do come, I am requesting that you bring and wear a MASK, AT LEAST THROUGH THE SERVING LINE. Also, it's very important to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING and WASH YOUR HANDS often. Those safety measures are intended as much, if not moreso, for the protection of others as for yourself. At least 6 feet is the recommended social distance between individuals.

     Thank you all for for your cooperation and understanding of our predicament during these challenging times. It's the only way we can reasonably and safely resume our chapter activities. State and local regulations are constantly changing, so if there are further restrictions, we may have to curtail our chapter meetings.

Next Meeting - Gilbert International Airpark (SC45) - June 20th, 2021 - 12:00 to 4:00pm EDT

John & Joyce Pipkin in Alaska. Click thumbnail for larger photo.

     Our next chapter meeting is planned for Sunday, June 20th, 2021 from 12:00pm until 4:00pm EDT at Ron Angerman's hangar at Gilbert International Airpark (SC45). Here's the general agenda for the meeting. Obviously, specific times may vary.

                                                              TIME                               ACTIVITY
                                                  12:00pm - 1:00pm: Members and guests start arriving, socializing & setting up food
                                                   1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch is served.
                                                    2:00pm - 2:30pm: Business, information, discussions
                                                    2:30pm - 3:00pm: Presentation ( If any)
                                                    3:00pm - 4:00pm: Members & guests depart; possible VMC meeting

     We'll start our meeting today around 2:00pm with a welcome to everyone, appropriate thank you's,  and introduction of guests, We'll view the June EAA video magazine, which is about 7 miuntes long. Then, we'll discuss whether or not to hold two key events this year: (1) a chapter fly-in, and/or (2) a Young Eagles event. Come prepared to give your views both pro and con. After the discussions, we'll take a vote on whether to have either, both, or neither of them. We'll also handle any other business which may arise.

     We are again honored to have guest speaker and pilot extraordinaire, John Pipkin, who will give us another interesting presentation on his and Joyce's flying adventures.  As previously mentioned, John is an ATP and CFII with multiple aircraft ratings with long and varied flight experience. He currently flies Gulfstream aircraft for two companies, often flies the Lexington County Sheriff's helicopter, and recently test flew the Atlanta Falcons jet. He also flies his own personal Aeronca Champ aircraft out of Gaston Airport (2SC8) when he has time. Back in April, John and Joyce Pipkin gave us very interesting presentations on Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and Education Equals Hope (e=h) They also told us about their harrowing experience shortly after arriving in Haiti, where they personally witnessed the devastating 7.0 magnitude Haiti earthquake of January 12th, 2010 in which hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives, were injured, or lost their homes.

     Today, John and Joyce will show us about a 30-minute video on one of their adventures in and around Mount Denali in Alaska. Mount Denali,  previously known as Mount McKinley, is the tallest mountain in North America with a peak elevation of 20,310 feet. John's mission there was to fly climbers into the Mount Denali base camp at about 7,000' elevation for a company named the "Denali Flyers". John even mentioned that they might present us with a personal opportunity for an Alaskan adventure of our own. John may be called on a business mission at any time, so if he is called away at the last minute, Joyce will give us the presentation. So, come socialize with like-minded aviators, and cool off a bit, at least mentally, on a warm June day with a presentation about adventures in snow covered Alaska.

     I sent the shirt/cap order for ALL of your shirts and caps to the provider on June 9th, so if you ordered either one, they will hopefully be ready for pick up at THIS June 20th meeting. The lady there said that she thinks she can have them all ready by Friday, June 18th, so I plan to pick them up then. Some of you have already sent in your payments, but If you have not paid yet, please come prepared to do so at the June 20th meeting. I've ordered some extra caps, so if you did not specifically order one, but want one, you'll have the opportunity to do so until they are gone.

     Incidentally, we'll need two volunteers to cook the hamburgers and hotdogs at today's meeting, so let me know if YOU are a willing to serve as chef for a day, and you can impress your friends with your culinary abilities   If you can bring something for today's luncheon, let Randy know, and he'll post it below.

Lunch Menu

 (6/14/21 Update: Kim & Eddie Brennan have volunteered to grill the burgers and hotdogs.
The luncheon is shaping up to be another feast :-)

Hamburgers (60), Hotdogs (50), Buns - Randy & Libby Berry
Chili (for hotdogs) - Libby & Randy Berry
Baked Beans - Debbie & Larry Philbin
Tomato, Lettuce, Onion (for burgers) - Libby & Randy Berry
Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise - Linda & Jim Matthews
Relish, Onions, Tomatoes,  pickles, potato chips - Kim and Eddie Brennan
Cheese (for burgers & hot dogs)) - Debbie Philbin
Sour Kraut & Relish (for hot dogs) - Jim Streeter

Coleslaw - Debra & Dave Hardy
Macaroni Salad - Donna Flanagan
Potato Chips (Lots) - Jim Streeter
Banana Pudding - Libby & Randy Berry
Cherry Cobber - Debbie & Larry Philbin
A Dessert - Debra & Dave Hardy
Pecan Pie - Chris & Kelly Kelley

Tea (diet sweet, 1 gallon) - Libby & Randy Berry
Tea (unsweetened) & Diet Coke - Debbie & Larry Philbin
Tea (sweet, decaf) - Linda & Jim Matthews
Tea - Chris & Kelly Kelley
Coke (1 liter) - Debra & Dave Hardy
Ice (40 lbs) - Randy & Libby Berry

Tea & Beverages - Anyone Else?
More Desserts - Anyone Else?
Other Food items (e.g. potato salad, casseroles) - Anyone Else?

Bowls, Plates, Plasticware, Serving Utensils, Paper Towels - Debbie, Libby, Angela, Others

Green - Volunteered to provide
Gray - Unconfirmed, but probably

Red - Need volunteers

Interesting Sites

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Upcoming Aviation Events

All chapter meeting dates are on Sunday, unless otherwise noted.
All chapter activities, dates, times and locations are tentative and subject to change.
Date(s) Description Time(s) Location Click for More
Click Red Arrow at Right See "Breakfast Club" Schedule 9am - Noon Click Red Arrow at Right for
Dates & Locations
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June 20, 2021 Next TTF Meeting 12pm - 4pm Gilbert International Airpark (SC45), Ron's Hangar Right Arrow
July 26 - August 1, 2021 AirVenture 2021 All Day Each Day Wittman Regional AIrport (KOSH) Right Arrow
September 20-26, 2021 Triple Tree GA Fly-n Daylight Hours Each Day Triple Tree Aerodrome Right Arrow
October 2-8, 2021 Nall in the Fall Daylight Hours Each Day Triple Tree Aerodrome Right Arrow
See the Triple Tree Website Triple Tree Aerodrome Events constantly changing due to COVID-19. Click the red arrow to check their website ( Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00) Right Arrow
Black = Aviation Event

Green = Planned Chapter Meeting
Brown = Holiday (or) Other Event
Light Gray = Already Held