Dear 790 Chapter Members and Enthusiasts,
It has been a little over a month since our chapter transition began and now that the dust has settled, I would like to share with you some of the new and exciting changes that have taken place. I would also like to discuss our upcoming chapter activities that will be occurring over next few weeks. As you may know, Elton has decided to concentrate his time and effort in other areas of his life and as a result I, have assumed the role of your President- at least, until the next election this fall. We are all grateful to Elton for the time and dedication he gave to 790 and I can tell you just from being president for the past 5 weeks that Elton's 5+ year term was no small task; so thank you Elton.
The Board has asked Jeff Dingbaum to be Vice President and Jeff has enthusiastically accepted. Jeff will make a great addition to the leadership team and he brings with him a host of new Ideas. Jeff has also started a new airplane build project at his home, but I'll let him tell you about that...Perhaps a workshop visit in the near future???
Another change that has been implemented by the leadership team is a new requirement that all members of the Board shall hold a Chairperson position that is responsible for one recurring 790 aspect or activity. What this basically does is help to spread some of the workload and creates a single point of contact for each aspect/activity. Of-course we will still collaborate on these topics and would like as much member input and support as possible. The assigned positions are as follows:
All chapter members should feel free to reach-out to any of the appropriate Chairpersons if they have any suggestions, ideas or concerns. I believe this is the membership's chapter and the leadership is here to serve you so please let us know what we can do to make 790 better for everyone. I would also like to remind you that the Board meetings are open to all members and we will be holding them every other month instead of monthly. The dates will always be posted in the calendar on the chapter website.
Lastly pertaining to the business of 790, we will be holding our elections for the 2017/2018 term this coming fall. All four leadership positions will be open so I would encourage anyone interested to let me know ASAP.
On to the fun stuff...
Our annual chapter Pancake Breakfast is this coming Sunday (6/26) and will be in conjunction with the airport open-house so we are expecting a record crowd. That said, We need your help!!! we have always had great participation turn-out from the chapter and we hope this year will be no different. We will be setting up on Saturday from 9:00 until 12:00 and the breakfast work will begin on Sunday around 7:00. We need your help both days if possible. Lon has done a phenomenal job organizing the event in a short amount of time so we are set for supplies but we do need man/woman-power. I also want to mention that Rob Nelson has been wonderful with securing eight paid sponsors and plastering the region with signage and marketing; I hope we have enough room for the crowd ; ) Wouldn't that be a great problem to have?
After the weekend, we meet on Tuesday for our June monthly meeting. Ron will be grilling up dinner around 6:00 so bring a dish to pass, your appetite and a few bucks for the cause. I will be giving a presentation on Fermilab and Modern Physics a description of which you will find on the chapter website. Please remember we encourage all members to bring a guest.
On a personal note, I want you to know that I am honored to be the chapter President and that it is a responsibility I take very seriously. It is very important to me that all members of the chapter feel welcome, appreciated and that their voices are heard so please let me know if there is anyway I can make 790 better for you and all members. Thank you for the opportunity and your support, I shall do my best to keep it.