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September Meeting - Gilbert Airpark (SC45) - 9/15/19

Dave Gardner Making a Presentation on His 3000-Mile Cross Country in an Ercoupe
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     Our chapter met on Sunday, September 15th, 2019 again at Ron Angerman's hangar at Gilbert International Airpark (SC45) beginning at 1:00pm EDT. Everyone enjoyed a great meal of chicken tenders, potato salad, baked & green beans, various other side dishes and delicious desserts and beverages. We had a great turnout with 42 members and guests and several members flew in.

     President, Randy Berry, began the business meeting just before 2:00pm. He again thanked Ron Angerman for hosting our meeting yet a 7th time in as many months, and members gave Ron a rousing round of applause. Randy also thanked members and guests and elaborated on their individual contributions for our lunch today, and they received applause as well. Regarding old business, the minutes from our August 18th, 2019 meeting were approved as written. In the absence of treasurer, Libby Berry, secretary, Kevin Wallace gave the financial report which indicates that our treasury is still very healthy and growing. We briefly discussed the SCBC breakfast and fly-in at Laurens County Airport (KLUX) this morning, and also the Triple Tree Fly-in at Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00) the week of September 2nd-8th. Unforunately, Hurricane Dorian kept attendance down most of the week at Triple Tree, but Saturday was well attended. Randy commented on one of the seminars which featured Ron Straus, Elvis Presley's personal pilot from 1975 until his death in 1977.

     Under new business, we briefly discussed the prospect of forming a VMC or IMC club for our chapter. Anyone interested should contact VP, Larry Phibin, who is coordinating that effort. We further decided that our next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 20th at Dave and Tammy Gardner's Buckeye Farms near Williston, SC. We plan to have something quick and simple, like hamburgers and hotdogs, for lunch. Look for further information coming up on the EVENTS page of this website later. Randy also reminded everyone of the upcoming Allendale "Black Tie" Fly-in at Allendale Municipal Airport (KAQX) from 11:00am until 3:00pm on Saturday, September 21st, 2019. They sponsor a nice fly-in with a meal and some nice prizes for attendees. Randy also reminded everyone that our TTF/GIA fly-in will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at Gilbert International Airpark (SC45) from 10:00am until 3:00pm. The "bad weather" date for the event will be the following Saturday, November 9th, 2019. We plan to offer a full meal on a donation basis for pilots and guests. This fly-in is primarily for EAA  and airpark members, aviators, and their guests and not generally open to the public, although no one with a genuine interest in aviation will be turned away.

    The highlight of our meeting today was a presentation by Dave Gardner on his 3000 mile cross country trip from Centralia, Washington to his home near Williston, SC in July, 2019. He made the trip to retrieve and deliver Jim Streeter's newly purchased Ercoupe. Dave came across some treacherous country on the trip and had some great experiences along the way. Our congratuations to Dave on a successful journey, making it back home safely, and giving us this computer enhanced presentation complete with photos on a big screen. Dave delivered the plane to Jim Streeter and gave him the keys at Lexington County Airport (6J0) a few days later. Dave and Jim plan to visit John's Island soon so that Dave can say that he again made a "coast to coast" trip. He's a true aviator.

     For more photos from Eddie Price, click on Terry's photo at the top of this page.

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