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This is what happened at the Meetings of the Membership, of EAA Chapter 172.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS: January, 2008 
 
  2007-2008 EVENTS  
                            2007 Breakfast  Fly-in   2007 Wrens Fall Fly-in   2007 Cold-Cuts Fly-in  2007 Wrens O.B. Brown Fly-in     2008 Spring Breakfast Fly-in  2008 Fish-Fry Fly-in  2008 Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in   2008 Cold-Cuts Fly-in  Wrens Fall Fly-in 2008     Boshears Fly-in 2008    Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in 2008 
 

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PASSINGS

Sue Rayburn

Katherine Crisara Douglas

Carolyn B. Youngblood

George R. Trotter, Jr.



December, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 6, 2008
EAA 172 Christmas Party

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious turkey prepared by Dennis Allen. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. Nearly 100 people were in attendance. Eight aircraft flew in. At 12:32 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate.  The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the short business meeting at 1:03 PM. Steve Thompson moved and Ed Christian seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed.  The Treasurer, Don Bush, said that the accounts were in order and that there was $347 in the Kitty today. Sheila welcomed the visitors and guests. She also welcomed new members Joe and Cindy Britt. Sheila also thanked those who had worked on the meal preparations earlier in the day as well as on the past Thursday when they prepared the clubhouse and decorated it for the Christmas festivities. These included Dennis & Fay Allen,  Don Bush, Edward Christian, Mary Hembree, Maureen & Bob Rhodes, Kenny Smith, Steve Thompson, and Tom Whisnant. Sheila also thanked those who brought gifts for the Medical College of Georgia children.
  
Old Business: President Connell passed out EAA certificates and medallions to the officers and directors in which EAA president Tom Poberezny thanked them for “Dedicated service within your Chapter . . . in recognition of your service and assistance to foster the growth of recreational aviation through Chapter activities.”
   
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the first social gathering for the new year would be on January 22nd at the Village Deli across from Daniel Field. Secretary John Magnan had the new calendar for 2008. The membership approved it. The calendar is now on the EAA 172 Website at  jcmservices.net/calendar.htm.
  
Sheila announced that she had chosen the 2008 EAA 172 member of the year -- Freeman Newman. She awarded him the $50 that goes along with this honor. We had the election for officers of EAA 172 for 2009.  By acclamation the officers for 2008 were re-elected for 2009 - - President: Sheila Connell; Vice-President: Freeman Newman; Secretary: John Magnan; Treasurer: Don Bush.
  
Program: We were treated to some melodious Seasonal music by Greg Connell on the guitar and Everett Parks on the harmonica. At 1:32 PM Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved.



CHRISTMAS AT BALLARD’S
   
A number of club members were at Gerald Ballard’s Christmas Party on December 20th in his hangar at the Twin Lakes airpark. There was a large crowd of pilots there for this Toys for Tots event. Plenty of food was available. One of the club members was lucky enough to win the cash drawing.

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November, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 8, 2008
Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in

It was a sunny, though breezy day. About 100 members and visitors as well as 35 aircraft were at the fly-in held at the Millen, Georgia, airport. Included among the aircraft were 14 RVs from RV6s to RV9s, eight Cessnas from a C120 to a C185, a J3 Cub,  a Piper Arrow, a Barron, a Maule, a Jungster, a Stinson 10B-3, a Kolb Firestar, a Quicksilver GT-500, a Titan, a CH601, a Pulsar III, and an Eagle III. At 12:25 PM Pierre Smith gave the invocation for the meal. The Club President, Sheila Connell, had a short business meeting at 12:30 PM. It was moved and seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed.  Sheila welcomed the visiting pilots and aircraft who had flown in. She thanked the youths from the Broken Shackle youth home for preparing the meal. She also thanked Thurmon Kent, a member and also the manager of the Millen airport, for all the hours and days of preparation made on the airport grounds. She also thanked Edwin and Diana Brock for all their preparation work. Then  everyone lined up for the Low Country Boil meal prepared by the youths from the Broken Shackle Ranch. There was plenty of food, enough for seconds. After the meal six of the youths from the Broken Shackle Ranch had first plane flights as Young Eagles. Sid Brown, the Young Eagles coordinator, arranged the Young Eagles event. The new Young Eagles were flown by Dennis Allen in his Cessna 172.

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October, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 11,  2008
Fall Breakfast Fly-in

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the eggs, biscuits, sausage patties, and grits prepared by Steve Thompson who was assisted by other club members.  The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. Only 49 attended the breakfast and only two aircraft flew in: Billie Couch's Cessna 185 and visitor Ron Awad's Dominator gyroplane. This was because the sky was overcast and it was raining. Nearly 20 of those present were visitors from the Wrens Fall Fly-in. At 9:06 AM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 9:53 AM. She welcomed new members Rod Williams from Louisville, Georgia, and Rod & Diane King from Hephzibah, Georgia. She also welcomed those who had driven in (one flew) from the Wrens Fall Fly-in. Steve Thompson moved and Charlie Connell seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. The Treasurer, Don Bush, said that the accounts were in order. There was $263 in the Kitty. There was also $2050 in the Al Patton Scholarship Fund. The membership approved the financial report. Sheila thanked Steve Thompson for preparing the excellent breakfast.  She also thanked those who helped out on the Thursday Work Day: Fay Allen, Bruce Cameron, Ben Covington, and Charlie Connell. Sheila recognized the member of the month, Keith Goff.
  
Old Business: We discussed the upcoming Boshears Skyfest/Fly-in (October 18-19). Sheila said that there would be a volunteer’s party on Saturday evening, October 18th, in the Chairman’s Tent at Daniel Field. Sid Brown said that he and Freeman Newman had obtained some nice plaques for the awards. He said that they still needed judges for the aircraft. To qualify, an aircraft judge must have built or restored an aircraft.
  
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be at the Chop House Restaurant in Augusta Mall on October 23rd. This would be the last club eat-out this year because of all the holiday parties etc. coming up.
  
The members discussed the date for the EAA 172 Christmas party. President Connell suggested the first Saturday of December (December 6). The membership approved. Dennis Allen volunteered to cook the turkeys. Mary Hembree would work on the decorations. Sheila said that the EAA 172 officer elections would also be on December 6th.
 
Sheila brought up the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in at the Millen airport on November 8th.  She received a report from Sid Brown about having the youths from the Broken Shackle Ranch prepare the Low Country Boil. It seems that the minimum needed by the Broken Shackle Ranch would be the cost of food for 150 people. There was a possibility that we would only have 100 people. We had discussed a $7 charge for the food, but that would not cover the cost. Sid Brown and Pierre Smith talked about the value of having the youths from the Broken Shackle Ranch prepare the food. Pierre said having them cook the food would be a good investment since the funds go toward the youth home. After more discussion Steve Thompson moved and Charlie Connell seconded having the per-person donation set at $10 so that all the expenses would be covered. The motion was approved.

Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 9:53 AM.

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September, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 13,  2008

Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious meal of peeled shrimp prepared in Chinese fashion, brought in by Ralph and Polly Powell. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. At 12:32 PM member Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 12:58 PM. There were 55 members and guests. Seven aircraft flew in. We welcomed new members Philip Blanchard, Blythe Dant, and Rick Dant. Sheila welcomed guests T.R. Parris from EAA 232 in Columbia, SC, Ron & Peri Hansen from Missouri, and Eric Cope from California. Eric, a Boeing 767 captain, bought Steve Thompson's Luscombe and was going to fly it back to his home in Calaveras County, California. Eric gave an interesting talk about the famous story written by Mark Twain  -- "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" Freeman Newman moved and Richard Fender seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. The Treasurer, Don Bush, said that the accounts were in order. There was $286 in the Kitty. The membership approved the financial report. Sheila thanked Keith Goff for his donation of lights for the clubhouse. She also thanked those who helped out on the Thursday Work Day: Ed Christian, Charlie Connell, and Steve Thompson. Sheila acknowledged the member of the month, Gerald Ballard. Sheila thanked Ralph and Polly Powell for obtaining the shrimp.
   
Old Business: We discussed the upcoming Boshears Skyfest/Fly-in (October 18-19). Sheila passed out lists for those who wanted to help on the flight line, history tent, EAA 172 information table, and food trailer. Secretary John Magnan had a list for those who would be helping on the people movers.  .
   
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be at the Boll Weevil Café & Sweetery in Augusta since the Palmetto House in North Augusta had burned down.
   
President Connell said that the EAA 224 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) clubhouse had been destroyed by Hurricane Gustav. She asked members if they would send some money to that Chapter to help them out. After some discussion John Magnan moved and Charlie Connell seconded the donation of $250 to EAA 224. The motion passed unanimously.
 
Sheila said that Freeman Newman had other commitments and would not be able to prepare the fly-in breakfast on October 11th. Steve Thompson volunteered to be in charge of the breakfast.
    
Program: Dr. Jowers gave an interesting talk about the air medical changes affecting those younger than 40.
 
Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 1:23 PM.

*Note: you can download the complete Mark Twain’s Jumping Frog of Calaveras County at Jumping Frog.  
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August, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 9,  2008

Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious meal, a SURPRISE entrée consisting of delicious smoked chicken obtained from Country Boys Cooking in Waynesboro by Ralph and Polly Powell. It had been prepared by Bill and Carolyn Boyce at Country Boys. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. We had 54 members, family, and guests in attendance. Ten aircraft flew in. We welcomed three new club members: Rufus Barton, Keith Goff, and Roger Whitaker. At 12:27 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 12:57 PM. Secretary John Magnan corrected the July meeting minutes saying that it was Al Patton, not Steve Thompson, who provided the video. Richard Fender moved and Don Bush seconded that the minutes for the last meeting, as amended,  should be approved. The motion passed.  Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $336 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order. The membership approved the financial report.  Sheila thanked Ralph and Polly Powell for obtaining the smoked chicken.. Sheila acknowledged the Member of the Month, Don Bush. Sheila welcomed the guests to the meeting. Among these were Nelda, Kayla, and Dylan Floyd, Erika Chase, Alan Tanner, and Steven Dixon. She also thanked those who helped out on the prior Thursday Work Day. Sheila said that there was an article on the EAA Young Eagles Website about Douglas Holland who took his first airplane flight as a Young Eagle when Larry Garner was Young Eagles Coordinator. Douglas obtained a degree in aerospace engineering at Embry Riddle and joined the U.S. Air Force. He now flies an AC-130 gunship as an electronic warfare officer.
  
Old Business: At the last meeting President Connell had tabled the decision of where to have the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in. Three places were mentioned: Louisville, Millen, and the Pea Patch. Sheila brought up the issue again. Don Murphy said that he would like it at the Pea Patch. Others said that there was not enough room at the Pea Patch. Sheila said that Pierre Smith had some hesitancy about having it at Louisville. Sid Brown said that Pierre just did not want to do it all himself. Don Bush said it would be good to return it to Millen since that is where Keith Brock had it from the start. Sheila said that Ed and Diana Brock said that we could use the hangar at Millen but there was a lot of bird droppings on the hangar floor. Sheila also said that Thurmon Kent, the airport manager, said that he would get the grass cut and also obtain soft drinks from the city. Ray Trenter volunteered to pressure wash the hangar floor. The membership voted: The Pea Patch received 0 votes; Louisville received 3 votes; Millen received the rest of the votes so the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in will be at Millen on November 8th. Sid Brown volunteered to check with the management of the Broken Shackle Ranch about reasonable costs for providing the low-country boil meal.
  
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be at California Dreaming Restaurant, 3241 Washington Rd., in  Augusta, on August 28.
  
President Connell asked members to propose a name for the EAA 172 newsletter. The members suggested these names: Pea Scoop, Wings & Tailfeathers, A Wing & A Prayer, Wings 'N Things, Flaps & Rudders, The Log, Flight Lines, Pea Patch Post, and Broken Ten. The members approved Pea Patch Post, which had been suggested by Al Newman. Al won $25 for suggesting the winning entry.
 
Between the last meeting and this one, Sheila Connell, assisted by Secretary John Magnan, had mailed out requests for funds for a Scholarship in the name of Al Patton. The scholarship would be awarded at the 2008 Boshears SkyFest for flight training provided by Augusta Aviation. A number of members had contributed as a result of the mailing. Sheila said that anyone who wants to contribute should send the funds to club treasurer Don Bush.
 
For the next meeting Betty Trenter volunteered to provide pickled shrimp.
 
Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 1:33 PM.

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 July, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 12,  2008
The Cold Cuts Fly-in
Before the meeting we enjoyed delicious Sub sandwiches. During the meal we were treated with fresh-made ice cream churned by Sid Brown. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. We had about fifty members & family, and ten guests. At 12:28 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate.  The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 1:06 PM.  Steve Thompson moved and Richard Fender seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Sheila thanked VP Freeman Newman for obtaining the Sub sandwiches. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $295 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order. The membership approved the financial report. Sheila acknowledged the Member of the Month, Ralph Powell, who is one of the founding fathers of EAA 172 and the Pea Patch Corporation. Sheila welcomed the guests to the meeting. Among these were Ron Kerr who came in his Cessna 172 and Tony Creed from the MCG Flying Club.  President Connell thanked Sid Brown and his family for preparing the delicious fresh ice cream.  She also thanked those who helped out on the prior Thursday Work Day. Sheila welcomed new member Bill Farley, a Methodist preacher who flies an Aeronca 7AC. She also reminded everyone about Don Gay’s birthday coming up on July 22nd. She said Don would appreciate calls and cards since, because of his chemotherapy, he is unable to do much traveling. She also said that Cale Odom, George & Marolyn’s son, would appreciate calls since he had recently lost his left leg in a boating accident. Sheila gave the club’s condolences upon the passing of Katherine Douglas on July 10th.
  
Old Business: Everyone welcomed the return of Charlie Connell to the Pea Patch. Earlier in the day Sheila had said that Charlie would not be able to be at the meeting. But, with a leg brace and crutches, Charlie was able to make it to the meeting. Charlie is recovering from a severe injury to his knee.
  
Pierre Smith introduced some of the guests who had flown or driven to the Louisville airport for RV transition training. These were Steve Anderson, who is building an RV7A; Carl Bell who is also building an RV7A; and, Rafael Lopez who has an RV8A.

New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be at  Carrabba's Italian Grill,  2832 Washington Rd., in  Augusta, on July 24th.
  
President Connell discussed an article that was in a recent e-mail from EAA headquarters. The article, indicated that EAA HQ had been contacted by three dissatisfied members: “All three noted that they didn't feel welcome in their local chapter. Each had joined EAA to be more involved in aviation on a local level. One said the chapter made ‘sport fliers’ feel like ‘second-class citizens.’ One said he flies a ‘Challenger Two and felt the chapter members make fun of pilots who fly small aircraft.’ The third said he ‘found the chapter very unwelcoming and felt you had to be part of the 'in' crowd to participate.’" The article went on to say “The most successful EAA chapters have embraced all areas of General Aviation. Yes, some chapters are more builder-oriented; others concentrate on flying activities and others are more social. But each has recognized the benefits of being diverse.” Sheila said that she does not think that our chapter is like those mentioned in the e-mail article. She wants everyone to feel welcome here no matter what kind of aircraft they fly or what their flying interests are.
 
Members discussed the location of the upcoming Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in. Last year it was at the Louisville airport. In prior years it had been at the Millen airport. Pierre Smith, who hosted the event at the Louisville airport, said that it was perhaps too large. Member Thurmon Kent handles the Millen airport. He was not at the meeting. Secretary John Magnan took a straw poll about which location the members think should be used for the Keith Brock Fly-in, including using the Pea Patch. Sixteen voted for the Pea Patch; nine for Louisville, and two for Millen. Sheila said that we would table the issue, obtain more information, and vote on it at the next meeting.  
 
Program:  We enjoyed a fine DVD video provided by Steve Thompson.  It showed EAA 172 members and their activities in years past at the old Pea Patch. Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. Don Bush seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 1:42 PM.


Katherine Crisara Douglas

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Katherine Crisara Douglas, 89, wife of the late Albert Walter Douglas. Mrs. Douglas was a native of Cortland, NY, and had been a resident of Augusta for the past 11 years. She retired as a teacher for Chatham Township School System after 35 years. She was a member of the Italian American Club, the Garden Club, the EAA Chapter #172 and very active in Teacher organizations. She was a member of St. Mary on-the-Hill Catholic Church. Family members include her son: Bruce Crisara Douglas of Augusta; daughter: Jenifer Lynn Douglas of Augusta; granddaughter: Crisara Douglas Hunt and husband Marc of Atlanta, and brothers: Raymond Crisara of Austin, TX and Robert Crisara of Woodbury, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 14, 2008, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary on-the-Hill Catholic Church with Rev. Jerry Ragan celebrant. Interment followed in Westover Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904 or to a charity of choice. The family received friends on July 13th from 6:00 until 8:00 at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

EAA 172 President Sheila Connell wrote "Prior to the death of her husband, Al Douglas, Mrs. Douglas was a very active member of our chapter - always willing to lend a hand in the kitchen during regular meetings and at the Boshears air shows.  I'm sure Bruce, her son, and an EAA 172 member, would appreciate all condolences."



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 June, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 14,  2008
Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious Barbecue which Ralph and Polly Powell obtained from Country Boys in Waynesboro. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Those at the Thursday Work Day had decorated the tables appropriately for Flag Day. At 12:25 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. More than 60 members, family, and guests attended the meeting. About ten aircraft flew in. Club President Sheila Connell started the business meeting at 1:00 PM. Don Bush moved and Richard Fender seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Sheila thanked Ralph and Polly Powell for obtaining the BBQ. Sheila welcomed the guests to the meeting. Among them was Jim Kiloh, who flew from Texas but is originally from Scotland, here for his RV transitional training by Pierre Smith. Also visiting was Don Murphy’s grandson, Shawn Mealing, who is an F/A 18 pilot based in Beaufort, SC. Shawn said that at times he flies in our local Bulldog MOA. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $296 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order. John Magnan moved and Jim McBurney seconded that the treasurer’s report should be approved. The motion passed. Sheila also thanked those who helped out on the prior Thursday Work Day. Among those workers were Ben Covington, Freeman Newman, Al Patton, and George & Frances Weiss. She also thanked John Magnan for obtaining the DVD/video player at such as reasonable cost ($51). Sheila gave the club’s condolences upon the passing of Sue Rayburn on June 4th.
  
Old Business: Al Newman commented that the June newsletter was the best he had seen in a long time. Sheila thanked those who gave input into that newsletter, including the Editor, Al Patton, Steve Thompson, and John Magnan. She said that she has sent in a nomination to EAA for Newsletter Editor Al Patton to receive an award for the newsletter.

New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be at the Monterrey Mexican Restaurant in Evans, Georgia, on June  26th.
 
Sheila said that the next meeting (July 12) would be the cold-cuts fly-in. She asked who would handle obtaining the food. After some discussion V.P. Freeman Newman volunteered. He would obtain the meats, perhaps submarine sandwiches. He would also get any bread, lettuce, and anything else that might be needed.
  
Program:  We enjoyed a fine DVD video from EAA national headquarters. The title was “Spirit of Aviation” and it was narrated by Harrison Ford. It was a preview for Oshkosh AirVenture© 2008. It also had videos from previous EAA national fly-ins from the very first one. Before the video members were asked who have been to the EAA national convention in the past. About 20 members raised their hands. Then the members were asked who was going this year. Two raised their hands.
 
Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. Rick Revels seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 1:31 PM. After the meeting some of the members watched video clips from the Oshkosh DVD. These clips included the first EAA convention. That one was at the Wright-Curtiss (now Timmerman [MWC]) Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Then the convention was in Rockford, Illinois, before moving in 1969 to its current location, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After the meeting Dennis Allen borrowed the DVD. It is available for any of the club members.
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Virginia Sue Burke Rayburn          

Virginia Sue Burke Rayburn, formerly of Greensboro, Georgia, passed away on June 4, 2008.
 
Sue was born in Wrens, Georgia, May 22, 1941, to Mildred Jernigan Burke and the late Roy F. Burke Sr. She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1959 and attended GSCW in Milledgeville, Georgia. She has lived in Blythe, Ga., for the past 10 years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Roy F. Burke Jr. and a brother-in-law, D.J. Epps.
  
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Rayburn Sr.; a son, Ken Rayburn, Jr. and wife, Valerie, of Hephzibah, Georgia; two daughters, Laura Mahrt and husband, Steve, of LaGrande, Oregon, and Jenny Combs and husband, James, of Hillsboro, Oregon; a granddaughter, Kayla Rayburn of Hephzibah; a sister, Jane Burke Epps of Greensboro; her mother, Mildred Burke of Boswell Parker Nursing Home, Greensboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.
  
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro. DeLoach Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2546 Ga. Hwy. 88, Hephzibah, GA. 30815, 706-592-5000, was in charge of arrangements.
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Sue Rayburn was very active in EAA 172 up to mid 2003 when she started to have difficulties with balance and walking. Before that time she always helped out with the Aerospouses at the meals and various fly-ins. Sue was honored at the 2002 Christmas Party in Ballard's hangar. She also received recognition as an "EAA 172 member who best exemplified the spirit of EAA 172" in 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2000.



 May, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 10,  2008
Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious spaghetti meal prepared by Rich Gabor and Don Murphy. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. More than 60 members, family, and guests attended the meeting. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 12:58 PM. Secretary John Magnan corrected the minutes from the last meeting saying that at the last meeting Don Bush may have been “moved” by the minutes but he was only making a motion that the April minutes should be approved and was not getting emotional about the prior meeting’s minutes. Don Bush moved and David Owings  seconded that the minutes for the last meeting, as amended,  should be approved. The motion passed. Sheila thanked Don Murphy and Rich Gabor for preparing the spaghetti. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $273 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order. Sheila thanked the Wrens Airport Group for the work they did putting on the Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in. She also thanked Maureen Rhodes, Betty Berning, Bernie Loyer, Joyce Newman, Polly Powell, and Steve Thompson  for handling the concession trailer at the fly-in. Sheila also thanked those who helped out on the prior Thursday Work Day. Those who helped included Charlie Connell, Ben Covington, Al Patton, and George and Frances Weiss. Sheila said that the food at the next month’s meeting would be barbecue, perhaps from the same place where Ralph Powell got the barbecue in the past.
  
Old Business: Sheila said that for past work days one of the club workers paid for everyone’s lunch for that day. Perhaps in the future the club should pay for the lunch for those who show up (and work) on the Work Day. John Magnan moved and Don Bush seconded that the club should pay for the lunch for the Work Day workers. The motion passed.

Sid Brown thanked those who flew the Young Eagles, and some parents, at the fly-in. Those pilots were Dennis Allen, Bill Couch, and Steve Thompson.
 
Sheila remarked that Boshears Skyfest will be more of a fly-in than it has been the past few years. At the April meeting Sid Brown and Freeman Newman had volunteered to handle the fly-in aspects of the event which takes place October 18-19.
 
Jim McBurney thanked the club for giving him the $200 donation check at the March meeting . The money helped defray some of the costs of repairing the bullet hole damages on his Zenith CH-801. The gunfire damage had been done in January.
 
Joyce Newman, who had volunteered to make a photo album about the club’s activities, passed the new album around to the group.
 
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be at the French Market Grill on May 22nd.
  
John Magnan asked who was going to the Lumberton fly-in May 16-18. He said that the Lumberton fly-in people wanted that event to replace Sun’n Fun which seems to have lost sight of its grass-roots origins. Four or five people raised their hands.
 
David Owings moved that the business meeting adjourn. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 1:13 PM. We then sat back to enjoy the meeting program.
 
Program: Jason Vallier and Robbie Stephens from Air BP Lubricants gave a fine program about aviation oil. As part of the program they donated oil to the club. Sheila set up a raffle for the oil. Don Bush and one of Al and Joyce Newman’s granddaughters won the oil.
 
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The 2008 Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in
April 25-26, 2008
    We had great weather for the 2008 Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in!  The fly-in began with blue skies, the air filled with sounds of engines, and each face, young and old alike, smiling with enjoyment. We had many aircraft in which ranged from light planes such as a Challenger I, Quicksilver, and Titans, to larger ones such as an Aeronca, Taylorcraft, Stinson, Cessna 172s, a Cessna 185, RV-6s, an RV-8, and a couple of twin engine Beechcraft Barons. Perhaps more aircraft came on Friday than Saturday, attracted by the news of the barbecue, baked potatoes, and beans prepared by Sid Brown, with assistance from his wife, Cathy, and his children. Many EAA 172 club members were at the Friday evening meal along with visiting pilots and tractor owners. Club members brought side dishes and desserts.  Our Young Eagle pilots, Dennis
Allen, Bill Couch, and Steve Thompson,  flew nearly thirty youngsters. In addition they flew a number of parents.
     There were tractors of all types in the antique tractor area - Farmalls, John Deeres, and a 1937Allis Chalmer. In addition there was the huge antique Wrens flour mill engine. All who saw it stood fascinated as the giant 55 hp. Fairbanks-Morse engine roared and hummed, belts and gears turning. Nearly 300 people visited the Wrens airport during the two days of the event. During Saturday the EAA 172 concessions trailer  provided food. Maureen Rhodes, Steve Thompson, Bernie Loyer, Joyce Newman, Betty Berning, and Polly Powell handled the concessions trailer. Also, there was plenty of boiled peanuts available along with fresh-churned ice cream created by an antique ice cream maker. Secretary John Magnan managed the fly-in including all the early preparations as well as the layout of the event. Sid Brown organized the tractor show and also took care of setting up the Young Eagles flights. Sid handled these tasks extremely well. Of course Sid and his wife and children, along with Rick Revels, prepared the Friday evening meal. Sid and Rick also spent much time boiling peanuts.  In preparation for the fly-in John Magnan did much mowing and field preparation. More mowing, and weed eater operations, were done by Sid and Benjamin Brown along with John Sligar and Philip (the foot-launched Powered Paraglider owner) and his wife, Janie. In the early morning Terry Stout handled air operations. Charlie Connell took over this task later in the morning. The event was safe, no accidents or incidents. But, just in case, we had a Wrens Fire Department fire engine as well as an EMT unit in place on the field.


 April, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 5,  2008
The Spring Breakfast Fly-in
 
There was heavy rain all morning so no aircraft flew in. Not many club members were at the meeting so everyone had plenty to eat. Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the eggs, bacon, sausage patties, and grits prepared by club V.P. Freeman Newman who was assisted by other club members.  The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. At 9:23 AM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the short business meeting at 9:47 AM. Don Bush moved and Sid Brown seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Sheila thanked Freeman Newman for preparing the breakfast.  She also thanked Joyce Newman for the Amish bread we had at the meal. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $170 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order. John Magnan moved and Jim McBurney seconded the acceptance of the financial report. The motion passed. Sheila thanked those who helped out on the prior Thursday preparing the clubhouse for the Breakfast Fly-in. Those who helped included Charlie Connell, Steve Thompson, and Earl Hildebrant.
  
Old Business: Sheila said that Frank Christian had commented at the last meeting that someone should put the EAA 172 photos in an album. Joyce Newman volunteered to do that.

Steve Thompson remarked that men who use the men’s restroom at the clubhouse should try to keep it somewhat tidy and do things such as empty the wastebasket if it is full of trash.
 
Secretary John Magnan said that he was filing the new IRS report required of all non-profit organizations. This report is now needed every year so that our club can keep it’s 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
 
New Business: President Connell said that the planning committee for the Boshears Airshow (October 18-19) asked that EAA 172 plan the same fly-in type activities that we had a number of years ago. In the past we had awards for “Best of Show” and “Best Homebuilt” etc. She asked for volunteers to work on getting Boshears back to the way it was so it is not just an air show but also a fly-in. This could include a tent for pilots who plan to stay overnight and awards for different categories of aircraft. Sid Brown and Freeman Newman volunteered to handle that aspect of Boshears for EAA 172.
  
John Magnan discussed the upcoming Wrens Fly-in, April 25-26. He said that the group of men based at the Wrens airport would handle the Friday evening meal. Sid Brown is in charge of that and will prepare barbecue, baked potatoes, and beans. The EAA 172 members who come should also bring appropriate side dishes. There will also be boiled peanuts during the fly-in. Sid is also arranging for an antique tractor display and has invited local farmers to bring their tractors, especially those they have restored. There will also be the huge diesel engine that had been used in the cotton industry years ago. Sid’s dad, O.B. Brown, had worked on restoring it just months before his passing. The diesel engine and tractor display will increase the attendance of the local community. Sid said he would also handle the Young Eagles. John asked about any pilots who were interested in flying Young Eagles and also, perhaps, members of the public. The club Executive Board approved offering rides to the public.  Maureen Rhodes said that
she and the Aerospouses would handle the food trailer concession on Saturday. Sid Brown said he would get the trailer to the airport by Friday evening.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 10:14 AM.
 
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March, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 8,  2008
The Fish Fry Fly-in
 
Before the meeting all the members went outside and Frank Christian took a group photo. Because the word had passed around flying circles about the delicious catfish we had last year we were expecting piles of planes. But no one flew in -- the sustained winds were up to 30-35 mph with gusts above 40 mph. But that didn't hold back the nearly 70 people who showed up to enjoy the delicious catfish obtained locally by Pierre Smith and fried by Steve Thompson and his cooking crew: Dennis Allen, Ron Haley, Gary Harden, Sandy Howard, and Everett Parks. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. At 12:35 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 1:11 PM. She welcomed new club members Dan and Kathy Scukanec. Sheila thanked the chief chef, Steve Thompson, and his fellow cooks for preparing the fish, french fries and onion rings. They had to cook inside of the clubhouse since it was so windy outside. Steve Thompson moved and Freeman Newman seconded the acceptance of the minutes from the last meeting. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $331 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order. John Magnan moved and Sid Brown and Al Newman seconded the acceptance of the financial report. The motion passed.
  
Old Business: Don Bush said that Don Gay is being treated for cancer and is staying at home. He would like to hear from people and would appreciate any phone calls. His phone number is 478-982-8526 or 478-982-3421.
 
Sheila said that EAA Chapter 1 and EAA Chapter 87 had each sent checks for $200 to help with the vandalism damage to members’ aircraft. After some discussion, a motion was made and seconded to give $200 each to Major Amsink and Jim McBurney to help them in their aircraft restoration.
 
New Business: At the meeting Ginger and Greg Connell had a raffle for a Garmin GPS donated to the club by Nell Brown. They sold $70 in raffle tickets. The winner was Stuart Hembree.
  
Shirley Harden said that the March eat-out on the 27th was changed from Up Your Alley to the Bowery in Aiken because there was not enough room at the Up Your Alley restaurant. The members discussed the upcoming Breakfast Fly-in. Originally it was scheduled for Saturday, April 12. Since Sun’n Fun will be taking place at that time and also the Master’s golf tournament will be going on some members suggested that the date should be changed. Freeman Newman moved that the Breakfast Fly-in should be on April 5 rather than 12. John Magnan seconded the motion and it passed.
  
Freeman Newman suggested that more pilots should fly in to the 2008 Boshears Skyfest which is scheduled for October 18-19.
  
John Magnan and Sid Brown discussed the Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in which will take place April 26 with a meal at 6:00 PM on April 25. It will be at the Wrens airport. To attract more visitors there will be a tractor display on the field. The Wrens Airport group will handle the Friday evening meal preparation. Of course the members should bring some side dishes and desserts. The food trailer will be on the field on Saturday, April 26.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 1:37 PM.
 
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February, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 9,  2008  
Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious meal of chili cooked by Bob Rhodes and set out by the Aerospouses. Maureen Rhodes and Fay Allen had festooned the tables with Valentine’s Day decorations. More than 80 visitors and guests were at the meeting. They looked over the more than 20 aircraft that flew in. Some visitors were from the Rock Hill, SC, EAA Chapter 961. The EAA 961 members were Les Kanna & Steve Little in an RV7A and John Roberts & Gene Thomas in an RV8. On the Monday after the meeting John wrote “EAA Chapter 961 in Rock Hill, SC had a great time visiting the Pea Patch last Saturday. The hospitality shown by Chapter 172 was outstanding. We enjoyed the food, fellowship and the entertainment.”  At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate.  The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 1:01 PM. She welcomed new club members Bill Johnson and Mick Youmans. Sheila thanked our Chef for the Day, Bob Rhodes, for  preparing the scrumptious chili. Don Bush moved and Steve Thompson seconded the acceptance of the minutes from the last meeting. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $349 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order. John Magnan moved and Sid Brown seconded the acceptance of the financial report. The motion passed. Sheila mentioned that we now have ID cards for the members. She asked if anyone did Calligraphy (no one responded) so she will get someone to write the members’ names on the cards. Sheila also congratulated Steve Thompson who is the Member of the Month.
  
Old Business: Sheila said that VAA Chapter 3 had sent a letter that they will be contributing $250 to help out repairing the damages at the Pea Patch. After some discussion, Sheila Connell moved and John Magnan seconded that the money should be used for repairing the Taylor monoplane. The motion was approved.
 
New Business: The members discussed the upcoming fish fry on March 8th. Pierre Smith will get the fish. Steve Thompson said he will be in charge of cooking and will get the same people that helped last year. The Aerospouses and anyone else who wants to help will spruce of the clubhouse on the Thursday before the fish fry.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Don Bush seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The business meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM. Then we sat back (and then went outside) to enjoy the “Roping Corys”.
  
Program: Glen Bridges introduced Dick and Lois Cory, the “Roping Corys”. We enjoyed Dick’s humor, guitar strumming, and singing. Then we went outside to watch his roping and whipping skills. Several of our members either volunteered or were volunteered to hold a piece of Styrofoam in their mouths, or in one case, between the legs, to allow Rick to demonstrate his bullwhip accuracy.
 
It was very windy, so after the meeting member Wooten York decided to tie down his Quicksilver and stay overnight in the clubhouse. The following day he wrote to club secretary John Magnan “Just wanted to let you know I am back OK. I was doing only 20 mph at 2000 feet so I had to go down and wave at the squirrels headed up toward Washington [Georgia]. It started getting a little bumpy once I started getting toward the hills and fuel was getting low so I put down in Thomson. They will hanger me tonight. I had someone come over and pick me up so I am home.  Spirit Aviation is going to fly over to Washington tomorrow and fly me back to Thomson to pick up the plane.”
   
 
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January, 2008  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 12,  2008  
Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious meal set out by the Aerospouses. We were delighted with Mary Hembree's hot potato soup.  More than 12 aircraft flew in and there were more than 60 members, family, and guests at the meeting. At 12:31 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate.  The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 1:02 PM. She welcomed new club members Ron Banning, John Roberts, and David Teel. Sheila thanked our Chef for the Day, Mary Hembree, for preparing the delicious potato soup. Sheila said that EAA sent only 21 calendars to us. They cost $7.50 each. Rick Revels moved and Sid Brown seconded the acceptance of the minutes from the last meeting. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $321.50 in the Kitty and the accounts were in order.
  
Old Business: Pierre Smith said that the FAA came down to his place (Louisville, Georgia) and after much paperwork afterwards, he is able to continue to train pilots using his experimental aircraft. The overall exemption for doing that had expired for all aircraft and the exemption now has to be given individually to each instructor using an experimental aircraft such as an RV-6.
 
New Business: Larry Garner talked about the FAA proposal to expand the MOA (Military Operations Area) eastward. He passed out some information about this.
  
Program: Dave Gardner gave an excellent presentation about a trip he made across the country and back in a Rans S12-XL ultralight. There was a video slide show that played during his talk.
  
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Pierre Smith seconded the motion and it passed  unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 2:12 PM.

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EAA 172 Board Meeting
January 12, 2008
This was a short Board meeting that started a little before 12:00 noon. It had been advertised in the EAA 172 newsletter which members received 7-8 days earlier. More than the required quorum of four Board members was present. The only two items were these: The club calendar for 2008 (see the Calendar for those dates). The annual statement about the Wrens airport: EAA 172, Inc. holds the lease with the City of Wrens on the airport office and hangar. Secretary John Magnan will continue on the same duties he had previously which included rent collection and payment, bill paying, maintenance, and other office and hangar operations. He will also continue as the liaison between EAA 172 and the city of Wrens and other agencies concerning EAA 172 Wrens airport undertakings. Those two items were approved by the EAA 172 Board of Directors.
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December, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 1,  2007
The Christmas Party
 
This was the EAA 172 Christmas Party at the Pea Patch Aerodrome. Al Newman gave the invocation and the meal started at 1:03 PM. We had a fine Christmas Dinner with turkey fried by Dennis Allen. The Aerospouses set up the buffet. We enjoyed the fine table decorations and settings set out by Mary Hembree. There were more than 70 people at the party. President Sheila Connell started the short business meeting at 1:35 PM. She welcomed new club members Jonathan Dunn, Patrick Kirkland, and David Moore. She also welcomed former EAA 172 president Keith Robbins. Everyone wished Phil Colman “Happy Birthday” since that day was his birthday. Sheila thanked all those who brought gifts for the MCG children. A motion was made by Don Bush to accept the minutes of the past meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it was approved by the membership. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and that there was $370 in the Kitty.
  
Old Business: Sheila said that Boshears was very successful. The Food Trailer did produce some good revenue for the club. President Connell then gave out the EAA Chapter Service Awards to the club board members. She also read a letter from EAA.


New Business: Nominating committee chairman Al Patton proposed a nomination slate of the current officers to remain in their positions for 2008. These are President: Sheila Connell; Vice-President: Freeman Newman; Secretary: John Magnan; Treasurer: Don Bush. Steve Thompson seconded the nomination slate. The membership approved it unanimously. Sheila said that Maureen Rhodes would be taking over the Social Director position for 2008. Sheila also said that the Board would be determining possible changes in any of the other club service positions.
  
President Connell had given out ballots for the EAA 172 Member of the Year award at the beginning of the meeting. After the ballots were counted, Sheila said that club secretary John Magnan received the most votes and was chosen as the EAA 172 Member of the Year. John also received a $50 award.
  
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 1:56 PM.


EAA 172 Members at Ballard’s Christmas Party
Even though there was a tremendous rainstorm Saturday evening, December 15th, some members were able to make it to Gerald Ballard’s humongous Christmas party at his Twin Lakes, SC, hangar.
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November, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 10,  2007
The Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in
     This was the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in at the Louisville, Georgia, airport. Many planes arrived before the noon mealtime. The earliest flying in was Wootten York's Quicksilver GT-400 which arrived at 8:40 AM from Washington, Georgia. There were more than 125 people attending. The visitors came from across Georgia and South Carolina. The visitors either drove or came in one of the about 60 aircraft that flew in. The earliest flying in was Wootten York's Quicksilver GT-400 which arrived at 8:40 AM from Washington, Georgia.
     At 12:06 PM, EAA 172 President Sheila Connell welcomed the attendees. She then turned the meeting over to Pierre Smith who was hosting the fly-in at the Louisville airport. He had moved out his Air Tractor to make room for the meal in his spacious hangar. Pierre introduced the Reverend "Beau" Taylor who is the pastor at the Louisville United Methodist Church. Beau was a counter-intelligence agent during the Viet Nam war, inserting and extracting agents while he flew the DeHavilland Caribou. After Rev. Taylor gave the invocation Pierre introduced the Mayor of Louisville, Rita Culvern, who welcomed the aviators and said that the city supported the airport and indicated that there were more airport upgrades in the near future. One is a fuel depot that will be self-service with credit cards. Mayor Culvern also agreed that more hangars are needed. Sheila then said a few words about the EAA calendars available for $8.50 [contact her about buying one]. Sheila then asked for the approval of the meeting minutes for October. Steve Thompson moved and Don Bush seconded the approval of the minutes. The motion passed.

      Then everyone lined up to fill their plates and eat the Low Country Boil meal which had been prepared by the young men from the Broken Shackle Ranch. There was plenty of food and, along with the desserts some members brought, was a tremendous meal. Both before and after the meal the members and visitors looked around at the different aircraft, especially the RVs that were there.
The Broken Shackle Ranch is a “Christian youth home that specializes in helping young men ages 16-19 by teaching them responsibility, discipline, work ethic, and moral values.”
           If you are interested in donating to the
           Broken Shackle Ranch here is the address:
                             Broken Shackle Ranch
                               Mr. David Cobb, Administrator
                             1542 Francis Bridge Rd.
                             Davisboro, GA 31018

Website: www.bsranch.org
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October, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 13,  2007
Breakfast Fly-in
 
This was a breakfast-fly-in meeting. Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious meal of eggs, bacon, sausages, grits, and biscuits prepared by Freeman Newman,  Don Murphy, and Ralph Sandeford with side dishes set out by the Aerospouses. We were treated by the arrival of a flotilla of aircraft from the Wrens Fall Fly-in which was in full swing that week. So we had many visitors and club members - nearly 70 people.  The visitors either drove or flew in in light planes, helicopters, or gyroplanes.  At 9:20 AM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate.  Club President Sheila Connell started the business meeting at 9:45 AM. Charlie Connell moved and Richard Fender seconded the approval of the September minutes. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and that there was $378 in the Kitty. Sheila asked Secretary John Magnan to introduce and welcome the visitors from the Wrens Fall Fly-in. John was also the fly-in manager. John welcomed the visitors, especially Ron Awad, who is the president of EAA 1313.  During the meeting Sheila welcomed new EAA 172 members Eugene Smyers, Wooten York, and George & Frances Weiss. Sheila also reported that she had received a thank-you note from LifeLink Legacy Fund for the contribution our club gave to them.
                            
Old Business: We discussed the upcoming Boshears SkyFest which will be the following weekend (October 20-21) at Daniel Field. Sheila gave out the lists of those who were volunteers involved in the Flight Line, Food Trailer, People Mover, and Information Booth.


New Business: Don Gay introduced Tommy Lane who is a Jenkins County commissioner. Don said that
Thurmon Kent is the new manager of the Millen airport.  There are improvements which are being made at that airport. One is to be the construction of T-hangars. These will rent for $125. There possibly will be a credit card fuel station there for Avgas.
 
We discussed more details about the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in which will be at the Louisville airport on November 10th. It will be a Low Country Boil meal starting around 12:30 PM. Pierre Smith is handling the fly-in.
 
The members also discussed the EAA 172 Christmas Party which will be on December 1st at 1:00 PM. Sheila said that we should bring a small ($5 to $10) unwrapped gift to be given to children at the Medical College of Georgia. Fay Allen volunteered her husband, Dennis, to cook the turkey for the Christmas meal.
   
Al Newman moved and Don Bush seconded that the  meeting adjourn.  The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 10:10 AM.  

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Wrens Fall Fly-in 2007
Several hundred people were at the Wrens Fall Fly-in which took place the week of October 8-13, 2007. About 60 aircraft were at the field during the fly-in. Among these were RVs, Mooneys, Aeroncas, Taylorcrafts, Titans, Rans, Qucksilvers, Challengers, a Thorp T-18, Cessnas, SR-22s, Giles, Stinsons, Kolbs, and a few other types.  The helicopters included the Apache AH-64, Hughes 500-C, three Mosquito helicopters, including a turbine Mosquito helicopter, a Robinson R-22 and R-44. There were nearly 20 gyroplanes of various types. There was also a powered parachute and a foot-launched paraglider. The weather was warm and sunny. Visitors commented that Wrens was a great place to hold a fly-in. Mike Driggers, from Trinity, NC, wrote: "The Wrens fly-in was much fun..... to say the least. A very nice airport, and the weather was terrific. John Magnan was very accommodating and helpful. I was there with the Mosquito group and we all thought it was a great event.” There were visitors from ten states, from Alabama to Vermont.  There was also a DAR for aircraft certifications and four CFIs for fixed wing, helicopter, and gyroplane instruction and sign-offs.
Al Patton wrote: "This is probably the most interesting Fly-in occasion that we've had in years at Wrens. Of course the weather (bad) had a lot to do with past gatherings. The rotorcraft variety pointed out the progress made in this type of aircraft and the participants' contagious enthusiasm. One aircraft that stole its part of the show was the little single place, turbine powered "Mosquito" helicopter. The turbine was a tiny T-62 Solar engine generating 50 lbs. thrust and 100 hp. according to the owner, who didn't reveal cost. It sure was an interesting Fly-in, thanks to those who made it so successful."

Boshears Skyfest  2007
We had great weather for the Boshears Skyfest 2007 which took place the weekend of October 20-21, 2007.  On the first page of this newsletter EAA 172 president Sheila Connell mentioned most of those who helped out at the fly-in.Our members handled the food trailer, Information Booth, History Tent, flight line and the People Movers. Two of our club members, Greg Connell and Gary Ward, were part of the airshow with their Pitts and MX-2. Several members pitched in at the Information Booth and passing out EAA 172 flyers as well as obtaining new club members. In addition to club members, the People Mover had drivers and donation takers that were not club members but spent much time helping out. These included Mike Boatright and two of Larry Garner’s neighbors. Quite a few aircraft fly in, more on Saturday than Sunday.  The largest group was not of conventional factory-built aircraft but of the many light planes from the Trenton, South Carolina, Trenton Flyers club as well as other light plane  pilots from as far away as Goose Creek (below Charlotte, NC). Ron Awad, president of EAA 1313, flew from Goose Creek in his Titan. EAA 172 member Blair Kendall had his SeaWing amphibious Trike, which he flew around after the airshow. Ron Netzer had his plane in. Vernon Rikard flew in his SeaRey. Will Robertson came in the Aeronca Chief that he and Wyman Fox recently bought.

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September, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 8,  2007  
Before the meeting we enjoyed a delicious meal of barbecue with side dishes set out by the Aerospouses. Ralph and Polly Powell had obtained the barbecue from Country Boys Cooking in Waynesboro. We had many visitors and club members - more than 60 people in all.  At 12:35 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate.  Club President Sheila Connell started the business meeting at 1:06 PM. Steve Thompson moved and Don Bush seconded the approval of the August minutes. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order. Sheila thanked those who worked on Thursday cleaning up the clubhouse. She also recognized Maureen Rhodes as the Member of the Month.
                            
Old Business: We discussed Boshears SkyFest which will be the third weekend of October (20-21) at Daniel Field. Before the meeting Maureen Rhodes sat in a chair at the entrance way to the clubhouse and asked people to sign up for volunteer duties at Boshears Skyfest.  The list had sections for the Flight Line, Food Trailer, People Mover, and Education Booth. Phil Colman, Joe Miles, and Al Patton, plus perhaps a couple others, will handle the History Tent.
 
Maureen Rhodes passed out maps for the Rhodes Barbecue which will be held September 9th.

New Business: The next meeting will be a breakfast fly-in starting at 9:00 AM. Vice President Freeman Newman will be in charge of it.
 
We discussed where to have the November fly-in. Since there may be some difficulty getting people to clean up afterwards at Millen, John Magnan moved and Charlie Connell seconded having the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in at the Louisville, Georgia, airport.  The motion passed.  Pierre Smith had volunteered to handle that fly-in. It would be on the second Saturday of November (November 10) and there would be a Low Country Boil meal starting around 12:30 PM.
 
The members also discussed when to have the EAA 172 Christmas Party. So it would not interfere with other parties, Sheila suggested having it on December 1st at 6:30 PM. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to have our Christmas Party on that date. [ed. note: After the meeting the time was changed to 1:00 PM since many senior members prefer not to drive when it’s dark.]
 
Program: Sheila introduced Robbie Williams, an author of two books: Gentlemen Only and A Few Flowers for my Soul. Robbie gave a very interesting presentation. She does her writing at the Chinaberry Ranch which is a “playground for older people.” She said it was a perfect place to write the two books.

 
Greg Connell provided some introductory remarks about Bob Smith, a pilot and  the Chief Meteorologist for WRDW Channel 12. Greg said that Bob helped him get his private pilot’s certificate. Bob then gave a fine presentation about his years as a flight instructor. He said he was born and raised in Augusta. Flying was always a passion for him. He said his son could fly a plane before he could drive a car. Bob said that because he was a pilot and a media person he has had many opportunities to fly a lot of different aircraft. He has also had many jobs in aviation including one he had, while he was also working in the media, flying a Cessna 172 with law enforcement personnel looking for Marijuana in Edgefield County.
   
Steve Thompson moved and Bettye Berning seconded that the  meeting adjourn.  The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 1:59 PM.

Boshears Skyfest Church Service
There will be an interdenominational church service on the field at Boshears Skyfest on
Sunday, October 21st. It will start at 8:00 AM. Randy & Mary Byrd, pastors of Bible
Fellowship Church in Evans,  will conduct the service.

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August, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 11,  2007  
Before the meeting we enjoyed delicious hamburgers and hotdogs grilled outside in the 102º heat by our Vice-President Freeman Newman. Side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. We had many visitors and a goodly number of club members - nearly 50 people total.  At 12:31 PM Freeman Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate.  Club President Sheila Connell started the business meeting at 1:01 PM. Sheila welcomed new club member Mary Hembree and her son Stuart. Charlie Connell moved that the Minutes of the July meeting should be approved. The motion was seconded and accepted by the membership. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and there was $287 in the Kitty. Sheila thanked those who worked on Thursday and Friday fixing up the clubhouse dining room. Sheila said the Pierre Smith is now an EAA Tech Counselor and will help club members with advice on their plane projects. She also recognized Dr. Jowers as the Member of the Month. President Connell read a letter from EAA President, Tom Poberezny, about user fees and urging members to contact their senators and representatives.
                            
Old Business: Sheila Connell talked about the great work that our members did in painting and refurbishing the dining room the past Thursday and Friday. These members included Bruce Cameron, Charlie Connell, Sheila Connell, Mary Joe Davis,  Shirley Harden, and Al Patton, who speckled the floor. Bruce and Charlie took down the shelves. Shirley painted the trim

New Business: We discussed Boshears SkyFest which will be the third weekend of October (20-21) at Daniel Field. Sheila passed out a volunteer list which she needs to get to the Boshears Committee this month. There are four sign up sections: Flight Line, Food Trailer, History Tent, and People Mover (tractor pulling flatbed trailer with seats around the Boshears SkyFest area).
  
Don Murphy moved that the meeting adjourn.  The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 1:11 PM.

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July, 2007
 The Cold-Cuts Fly-in
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 14,  2007  
This was a cold-cuts meal to cool people down from the summer heat -- held in the air conditioned comfort of the clubhouse. We had delicious cold cut sandwiches with side dishes set out by the Aerospouses. There were more than 50 members, family, and guests at the meeting. Because we had an overcast sky, only six planes flew in -- one from Louisville and five from Twin Lakes. At 1:03 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. EAA 172 President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 1:32 PM. The members accepted the Minutes of the June meeting. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and there was $309 in the Kitty. Sheila said that she had received a note of thanks from Al Youngblood for the condolences the Club had expressed on the passing of his wife, Carolyn. He also gave a contribution to the Chapter. President Connell had also received a letter from EAA HQ thanking her for the nomination of the EAA 172 Web Editor John Magnan for the Web Editor Award at Oshkosh. Though he did not win the award EAA said that the Website helps in the recruitment of new members and the communications of the Chapter’s work.

Old Business: Sheila Connell said that eight people came in for the Work Day on Thursday. Bernard Loyer put baseboards in the ladies’ restroom. Maureen Rhodes and Mary Joe Davis cleaned and etched the floor of the dining in preparation for painting, perhaps next month. Bruce Cameron moved the  furniture out of the dining area so the floor could be cleaned.
 
Pierre Smith apologized for the mixup on the date for the fish-fry fly-in he had at the Louisville airport on June 9 – the same date as the EAA 172 club meeting. He suggested having a fish-fry fly-in at the Louisville airport after the crop dusting/spraying season is over – perhaps in November.

New Business: The members discussed changing the monthly meeting-eating time to 12:30 PM -- from 1:00 PM. A motion was made to change the time, it was seconded and passed.
 
At the next Work Meeting (August 9) the work on the floor of the dining area will be done. Sheila said that she would appreciate as many members as possible to come and help --- from painting to furniture  moving.
  
Program: Sheila introduced our guest speaker Sherrell Gay. Sherrell is a transplant recipient and also a volunteer for LifeLink of Georgia, which has as its goal the facilitation of donations of needed organs and tissues for waiting patients. LifeLink works to get as many people as possible to fill out organ donation forms and have them witnessed by family and next of kin since the checkmark on a person’s driver’s license may not be enough permission in the short time allowable for donated organ removal. Someone asked a question about the age of a donor. Sherrell said that there is no limit on age.  She had many forms and materials and got a number of people to fill out the donation forms.
 
Steve Thompson moved that the meeting adjourn.  It was seconded by John Magnan and adjourned at 2:05 PM.
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June, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 9,  2007  
Nearly 50 members, family and quite a few guests were at the meeting. Seven aircraft flew in.  Before the meeting we enjoyed delicious rotisserie chicken with side dishes set out by the Aerospouses. At 1:00 PM Freeman Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. EAA 172 President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 1:28 PM. The members accepted the Minutes of the May meeting. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order. Sheila welcomed new members Kenneth and Mary Louise Smith. President Connell expressed the condolences of the club upon the death of Tom Whisnant’s brother. Sheila said that there were several other events occurring today including a fly-in at the Louisville airport and an airshow so some of our members could not attend today’s meeting. Sheila said that we will have a special guest speaker at the July meeting – Sherrell Gay who works with organ donation and its relationship with aviation - through the Southeast Angel Flight LifeLink.
                            
Old Business: Sheila Connell thanked Ben Covington for installing a new toilet in the ladies’ rest room. She also thanked the others who worked on the clubhouse– Mary Joe Davis, Charlie Connell, Bettye & Bob Berning for getting a cabinet, and Tom Whisnant for fixing the side door at the clubhouse.  Sheila said that at the next work meeting (Thursday, July 12th) the ladies will be fixing up the clubhouse floor. They could do it by themselves, she said, but did need some strong men to move some cabinets and furniture. So if you can help contact Sheila.

New Business: The club discussed when to have the 2008 Wrens Fly-in. Secretary John Magnan said that we probably should not have it during the weekend of the Wrens Cancer Walk for Life since the local citizens, and some club members, were involved in that. Usually the Walk for Life was the first weekend of May. Mother’s Day was the second weekend and the Lumberton fly-in was usually the third weekend of May. He asked who usually goes to that fly-in. Several members raised their hands. John said that in the past we had problems with the heat when having the Wrens Fly-in the end of May or beginning of June. He said that since Sun’n Fun in 2008 was fairly early, April 8-14,  that perhaps we could have the 2008 Wrens Fly-in Friday-Saturday, April 25, 26. Don Bush moved that we have the Wrens Fly-in on April 25, 26, 2008. The motion was seconded and passed.
 
Gerald Ballard reminded everyone about the special barbecue he was having at his hangar at Twin Lakes on July 4th. He said that you could come any time in the morning and that the two hogs would be ready to eat by 1:00 PM. 
  
Program: Sheila Connell read the moving poem Desiderata which starts with the verse
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
 
Bernard Loyer moved that the meeting adjourn.  It was seconded by John Magnan and adjourned at 1:48 PM.
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Carolyn B. Youngblood
Carolyn Youngblood
Mrs. Carolyn B. Youngblood, 76, wife of Q. Allen Youngblood, entered into rest on Thursday, May 31st at 5:00 am at University Hospital. A member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, Carolyn was born and raised in Augusta, GA and enjoyed reminiscing about the times she lived in California, Germany, New York, and Colorado. Mrs. Youngblood was employed at Fort Gordon and the Medical College of Georgia and was known for her superior skills as secretary. Co workers speak of Carolyn as a gracious lady whose friendships continue to this day. The joy of Carolyn's life was her husband, Al, whom she adored for 34 years. Those closest to her heart were her children Leslie (Steve) Wright, and Ted (Sue) Neelends of Fort Oglethorpe, GA, her sister Betty (Denis) Killen of Healdsburg, CA, sister-in-law Barbara Lott and her precious grandchildren Stephen, Katie, Joshua, and Kaylee (Casey) York. Carolyn was a life long athlete competing in golf, volley ball and softball tournaments in the area. She was a kid at heart and made everything a game. Her competitive spirit and tender compassion live on in all who knew her. A memorial service was held Monday, June 4, 2007, at 6:00 pm at Platt's Funeral Home on N. Belair Road with Pastor Chuck Moon officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home from 5:30 until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested a donation in her name to the charity of your choice. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA 706-860-6166
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 6/2/2007.
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May, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 4-5,  2007  
The Wrens Fly-in
The weather for the Wrens Fly-in was not that great.  It was fine for the band concert Friday evening but threatening during the day on Saturday. Only six aircraft were at the fly-in on either of the two days. The advertising, posters, and paperwork were done by Cathy Brown and John Magnan. The field and hangar preparations for the fly-in, including the mowing, were done by Sidney Brown, his son, Benjamin, Ralph Powell, Mark Slone, and John Magnan. Before the fly-in John Magnan repainted the EAA 172 trailer and put out wiring and water hoses.
 
On Friday evening, May 4th,  we had a great band concert by the Emerson Biggunz band: Greg Connell, Gene Criswell, and Allen Cooke. It started around 7:00 PM. These musical artists performed a variety of music from old Rock’n Roll to country music.  Steve Thompson joined in with the band later on in the evening. We had sparse attendance by those in town, even though we had advertised on the radio and with fliers passed out to many businesses in the area by Steve Thompson. Perhaps few townspeople came because of the Cancer Walk For Life going on on their middle school campus. There was also sparse attendance by EAA 172 members even though 140 members had received a newsletter advertising the fly-in. The concert was a Benefit for the Randy Powell family. The concession trailer, with Social Director Mary Joe Davis and the Aerospouses, was on the field both Friday and Saturday. On Friday two motor homes were on the field: Bob Rhodes’ and Randy Powell’s.


On Saturday, May 5th, we had the fly-in which culminated with a "bring your own meat" meal in the evening. Because of the weather no aircraft flew in on Saturday. On Friday Bill Couch was the first to fly-in. He came in  his Cessna 185. He had to leave before dark. Greg Connell flew in with his F-1 ROCKET "Music Maker" and because of the windy weather was not able to take it from the Wrens hangar back to his house until later in the week. Sidney Brown was able to fly his Challenger I on Friday. Ralph Powell had his Thorp T-18 out and flying on Friday. He also had his Nieuport 11 out, but didn’t fly it. Jeb Barrow bases his Cirrus SR-22 at Wrens and was showing it off on Friday. We had fewer than 20 EAA 172 members at the “bring your own meat” meal Saturday evening. After the fly-in John Magnan straightened up the hangar and office and removed all the fencing and other fly-in material, including the wiring.


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George Reid Trotter, Jr.
     Mr. Trotter passed away in the hospice unit at Presbyterian Hospital on April 26, 2007, in the company of his family. He was born on March 13, 1924, in Albemarle, NC, son of George Reid Trotter, Sr. and Sarah Lawing Harry Trotter. At the age of nine, Mr. Trotter moved with his parents to Morganton, NC. He attended Morganton schools and graduated from Morganton High School in 1941. Mr. Trotter was an enthusiastic Boy Scout, and attained the Eagle rank in less than two years after joining the Scouts. He had been intensely interested in aviation since childhood, and enrolled as a student in aeronautical engineering at NC State University in 1941. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps, and after flight training served as a pilot of B-17 bombers, stationed in Italy until 1945.
     After the war, Mr. Trotter went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a student in business administration. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and worked on the campus humor magazine. After graduation he returned to Morganton and worked in the furniture industry in Morganton and Lenoir for several years.
     In the early 1950's, Mr. Trotter came to Charlotte to live. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County were the ancestral home of both his father and mother. Soon after his arrival in Charlotte he went into partnership with his good friend William P. Allan of Charlotte. Their company was Trotter and Allan, which became one of the leading home builders in Mecklenburg County by the late 1950's. In the early 1960's they shifted to building apartments on the concept that they would be long-term owners of the apartments they built. And they succeeded in this plan, remaining partners until both approached retirement age. Mr. Trotter maintained an active role in apartment management until the last year of his life.
     After being well established in his business partnership, Mr. Trotter's attention returned to his abiding interest in aviation. He served as one of the leaders of Charlotte's Civil Air Patrol unit. From the 1970's he was a long-term volunteer at JAARS at Waxhaw, NC. JAARS was originally the 'Jungle Aviation and Radio Service', and is now the technical arm of Wycliff Bible Translators. Mr. Trotter also served his Lord God as a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.
     In 2005 George and his wife Susan decided to leave their long-term home in Eastover because of George's declining health. George moved to Sharon Towers, which was his residence until his final illness.
     Mr. Trotter is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan Collins Trotter; two sons, George R. Trotter, III, Michael McHale Trotter, and his wife, Katrina; his two grandchildren; his brother, William H. (Bill) Trotter, Sr. and Bill's wife, Ann. All of these are of Charlotte.
A memorial service to celebrate George Trotter's life was held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 30 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family received friends following the service at the church. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JAARS or to the hospice unit at Presbyterian Hospital.
Harry and Bryant Company is serving the family of Mr. Trotter.
Published in the Charlotte Observer on 4/28/2007.




April, 2007  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 14,  2007
The Breakfast Fly-in  

There were about 45 members, family, and guests at the Breakfast Fly-in. The weather was cool and sunny. About a dozen aircraft flew in. We had a good turnout from South Carolina, especially from Do Little Field near St.  Matthews. Before the meeting we enjoyed the eggs, bacon, sausage patties, and grits prepared by Freeman Newman who was assisted by Richard Fender and Randy Powell, and set out by the Aerospouses. At 9:04 AM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The business meeting started at 9:39 AM. EAA 172 President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order.  Secretary John Magnan had a correction for the March meeting minutes. Richard Revels, not Ralph Sandeford, has the Titan Tornado and a new civil service job at Fort Gordon. Ralph Sandeford has an RV-7, and also an airstrip, near Midville, Georgia. The members accepted the Minutes, as corrected, for the March meeting.  John also said that the EAA 172 Website will have a new section for club members’ airstrips. He asked that members let him know if they want their private airstrips included on the Web. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we now had over $1000 in the account. Then President Connell thanked Bob Berning and his wife Bettye for cleaning the coolers, decorating the clubhouse, and putting up curtains.  She also thanked Mary Joe Davis and Shirley Harden for fixing up the ladies’ restroom with a fantastic wall covering and Maureen Rhodes for putting up large curtains to conceal the supplies. Sheila thanked Steve Lugar for washing the EAA 172 trailer exterior while Don Murphy cleaned its interior.  Sheila welcomed new club members William Rawlins and Command Sergeant Major James Hussey (ret) and his wife Kim.  President Connell mentioned that Dick Schoenfelder’s son had passed away and offered the club’s condolences.

Old Business: Sheila Connell said that she received a fine e-mail from EAA Chairman of the Board Paul Poberezny. Paul also called Sheila on the phone but she was not there so he left a message that he wish he could have come to our fish fry in March..
        
New Business: Tom Whisnant again asked for some volunteers to work on drainage around the side entrance to the EAA 172 clubhouse. Whenever it rains, puddles form. Charlie Connell volunteered. They will work on this the following Wednesday.
  
The members then discussed the upcoming Wrens Fly-in which is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, May 4-5. Charlie Connell will again man the radio. Secretary John Magnan is responsible for the overall fly-in. Sheila said there is a possibility of having a Friday night band. Steve Thompson and Gary Harden will grill the meat at the “bring your own meat” meal on Friday (now Saturday). Members should bring appropriate side dishes for this evening meal. The concession trailer will be available Friday evening. Members will bring it up Friday morning.
  
Program: Joe Miles, who will be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame talked about his military career when he had 101 missions in a P-51.
 
John Magnan moved that the meeting adjourn.  It was seconded and adjourned at 10:08 AM. Afterwards the members viewed Greg Connell and Gary Ward demonstrating some of the aerobatics they will be doing at the Wagener, SC, airshow.
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 March, 2007  
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 10,  2007
The Fish-Fry Fly-in
 

There were about 60 members, family, and guests at the fly-in. Because of possible threatening weather only five aircraft flew in. Before the short business meeting we enjoyed the delicious catfish obtained by Pierre Smith and cooked up by Chief Chef Gary Harden along with Dennis Allen, Ron Haley, Everett Parks, and Steve Thompson. These men also prepared french fries and fantastic fried onions. The food was set out by the Aerospouses. Sylvia Berger, Bettye Berning,  Virginia Bush, Sheila Connell,  Mary Joe Davis, and Shirley Harden had prepared the club house and decorated it with a St. Patrick’s Day motif. At 12:57 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. EAA 172 President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM. The members accepted the Minutes of the February meeting. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order. He also said that we broke even on the Kitty with the amount collected paying for the fish and other food, but no extra money for further clubhouse fixups! Club Secretary John Magnan reported that a couple days earlier two men had flown in from Alabama to look at the Nieuport 11 operations at the Wrens airport. Ralph Powell gave them the “grand tour” of the Nieuport factory. Then President Connell thanked Tom Whisnant and Steve Thompson for the work they did painting the clubhouse interior and working on the window trim.  She also thanked Gene Criswell for repairing the leaky sink. Sheila welcomed new members Richard Revels and Ralph Sandeford.  Ralph has an RV-7 and also an airstrip near Midville, Georgia. Richard has a Titan Tornado and a new civil service job at Fort Gordon. He is also looking for a house.

Old Business: Sheila Connell reminded everyone that at the last meeting we voted to have a “family” membership for an extra dues payment of $5. That way, just as with the national EAA, a spouse will be officially counted as a club member.
        
New Business: Tom Whisnant asked for some volunteers to work on drainage around the side entrance to the EAA 172 clubhouse. Whenever it rains, puddles form. Charlie Connell and a couple of other people volunteered. They will work on this during the next few weeks.
  
The members then discussed the upcoming breakfast  fly-in scheduled for April 14. Vice-President Freeman Newman will be in charge. He said the breakfast will start at 9:00 AM with bacon, eggs, grits and other breakfast foods. Members should bring appropriate breakfast side dishes.
 
President Connell brought up the proposal for user fees for general aviation. The members had some discussion about that and unanimously were opposed to the fees. Then Sheila passed around a petition so that members could sign it. She will send the petition to our local national congressmen.
  
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn.  It was seconded and adjourned at 1:55 PM. Afterwards Frank Christian took photos of  our entire group.

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February, 2007  
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 10,  2007  
At least five aircraft and more than 60 members, family and guests were at the meeting. Before the meeting we enjoyed the sumptuous Taco Stew (prepared by Maureen and Bob Rhodes) and set out by the Aerospouses. At 1:02 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. EAA 172 President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 1:38 PM. The members accepted the Minutes of the January meeting including the correction that Sheila was using a “gavel” rather than a “gravel” at the last meeting. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and that there was $110 in the  Kitty    Then President Connell thanked the Rhodes for preparing the fabulous Taco stew.  Sheila welcomed new members Bernie Loyer, who has a Velocity, and Kyle & Janet Larson.  She also welcomed our featured speaker, Diane Johnston, Augusta Regional Airport’s Director of Marketing. She also thanked Fay Allen, Mary Joe Davis, and Shirley Harden for the clubhouse cleanup work they did on Thursday before the meeting.  Sheila said that Al Patton was this month’s “member of the month” and that she wants members to send nominations for future “members of the month” to her. President Connell mentioned that Sondy Lawrence is having some medical problems at this time and we will be keeping him in our prayers. Also Sheila expressed condolences to Kim Evans for the passing of Kim’s mother. Sheila said that Ken Rayburn had sent thanks for the well-wishes the Club sent to him for his wife, Sue.
                            
Old Business: Sheila Connell reminded everyone the Clubhouse “spruce up” day is the Thursday before a meeting. Everyone who can should be there around 10:00 AM to work on making the Clubhouse more presentable and preparing for the Saturday meeting. Sheila also asked members to give her any “spruce up” items such as brooms, cleaners, paper, trash cans, and perhaps some appropriate wall decorations for the Clubhouse.
        
New Business: President Connell said that said that Jennie Powell had asked to bring some of her embroidered items to the next meeting. Jennie can make shirts and caps with our EAA 172 logo. So see Jennie at the next meeting if you want an embroidered shirt or hat. Sheila asked Virginia Bush to be the point-of-contact person if flowers or cards are needed to be sent to a member who has an illness, death in the family, etc. Virginia agreed.
  
Sheila brought up having a "family" membership where the husband and wife would both be members. This is similar to what the EAA national does. For us the cost would be only $5 extra -- so the membership would cost $25 rather than $20. There would still be one newsletter but both names would appear in the address. John Magnan moved to accept this change. Jerry Berger seconded the motion and it passed.

The members then discussed the upcoming fish-fry fly-in scheduled for March 10. Gary Harden will be the Head Chef.  Dennis Allen, Everett Parks, Steve Thompson and others will also be cooking.  The members decided to only have catfish, rather than catfish, whiting, and flounder as we have had at previous fish frys. Pierre Smith said he can get some good fish at one of the fish farms near Louisville. John Magnan will contact Pierre and Dennis Allen about the number of people and the amount of fish we had at previous fish frys.
 
Vice-President Freeman Newman suggested that we have a fly-in breakfast for our April meeting. After some discussion the members agreed.  There will be grits, bacon and eggs, and any appropriate side dishes the members might bring. It will be 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 14.
 
Program: Augusta Regional Airport Director of Marketing, Diane Johnston, gave a talk, showed a PowerPoint presentation, and answered questions about Bush Field. Diane said that Bush Field has always been self-sustaining, with General Aviation contributing 64% of the revenue.  She said that the $30 million airport improvement project has contributed to the $291 million financial impact that Bush Field has on the CSRA.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn.  It was seconded by Don Bush and it adjourned at 2:15 PM.
 
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January, 2007  
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 13,  2007  
Before the meeting we enjoyed delicious vegetable soup prepared by Steve Thompson and set out by the Aerospouses. At 1:00 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. There were nearly 50 members, family and guests at the meeting. Eight aircraft had flown in. Club President Sheila Connell started the business meeting at 1:26 PM. The members accepted the Minutes of the December meeting. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order. He said that there was $205 in the Kitty and that we had taken in $710.40 at Boshears. The club had paid EAA national $686 for annual insurance, dues, and membership. The club also paid $275 for the annual donation to the Pea Patch Corporation. President Connell thanked Steve Thompson for making the delicious soup and also the ladies who had cleaned up the front section of the clubhouse. Sheila also welcomed Mary Joe Davis as the new Social Director and thanked Maureen Rhodes for the many years Maureen was the club Social Director. She also thanked John Magnan for the years he has worked as Secretary and Webmaster for the club.  John was re-elected in December and will continue on as club Secretary and Webmaster. Sheila said there would be a fly-in in South Carolina the Memorial Day weekend.
                            
Old Business: Sheila Connell said that members would be working sprucing up the back section of the Clubhouse (where we eat) before the next meeting. She also presented the annual EAA certificate to Flight Advisor Pierre Smith.
        
New Business: President Connell said that we need to focus on the younger club members, to get them more involved in the operations of the club. Mary Joe Davis said that our club should try to recruit members from local colleges. She said that the Medical College of Georgia is an  “untapped resource.” Sheila then opened the election of the club vice-president for 2007. Don Bush nominated Alfred Freeman Newman, Jr. for vice-president. The nomination was seconded and approved by the club members. Freeman takes office immediately.
 
The members discussed changing our meeting schedule -- now all our meetings are on Saturday. Formerly they were Thursday evening. After a few members gave their opinions Freeman Newman moved that we keep our club meetings on Saturday. John Magnan seconded the motion and it was approved.

Sheila read a short piece about “discontent in the country” which ended with “we are the largest group of spoiled brats” -- what we have as Americans we should be thankful for. She said that at the next meeting we will be discussing the fish-fry fly-in (March 10). Also at the next meeting our speaker will be Diane Johnston.  Sheila welcomed new members Eddie Booth, Gene Criswell, Robert Knight, and Peter Tremblay.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn.  It was seconded and the meeting adjourned at 2:05 PM.

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