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Tennessee Tree Toppers



Hello friends and neighbors,

The Tennessee Tree Toppers held the 2007 annual party and awards
banquet on December 15th. Matt and Robin Tabor were kind enough to
offer us the use of  The Lookout Mountain Flight Park clubhouse
for the event. Doris Pollari hosted the party along with the help of
her assistants (sorry I don't recall their names). Doris and crew
prepared a huge, delicious banquet including roasted turkey, ham,
salmon, and a cornucopia of sides and deserts too numerous to list.
Matt Tabor and the Tree Toppers provided two kegs of Sierra Nevada
beer for the party. An estimated 100 people attended the party and
all had a terrific time!

TTT's president, Steve Lee, did an outstanding job as Master of
Ceremonies in his usual inimitable style of friendliness and humor
that made everyone feel welcome. He provided an account of the Tree
Toppers' "best year ever" with over $5000.00 in the black after
operating expenses and over $45,000.00 in the Whitwell LZ C.D.
fund. "Favorite neighbor" gifts of soap baskets and hams were given
to at least five property owners in appreciation for making us all
welcome when we land on their property. Awards were given for
notable flights in 2007 including Dave Hopkins for his incredible
record breaking flight of 135 miles from Henson's Gap to Florence,
Alabama the day after the close of 2007 Team Challenge. Ollie
Gregory, Eric Donaldson, Stan Roberts, David Giles, Steve Lee, Kathy
Lee, Greg Heckman, and Marc Fink also had fantastic flights this

These pilots had some amazing flights and the details will be
forthcoming in the next news letter along with the names and flights
for any pilots I forgot to mention, here. (I apologize if I left
anyone out!) Dave received a beautiful wall plaque with an engraved
picture of his Henson's launch, a Tree Toppers t-shirt, Tree Topper
pens, and post cards of our Prez's USHPA November calendar picture of
his launch at Henson's. All the other record holding pilots received
a framed certificate and a Tree Topper goody bag. Matt Tabor was
given a Tree Toppers goody bag and Doris Pollari was given a soap
basket and goody bag for hosting the party. Steve also showed off a
framed picture of his calendar photo that the Tree Toppers Board of
Directors gave him in appreciation for his many years of service to
the Tree Toppers club. The Board also gave Kathy Lee a soap basket
for the many years she has served as our First Lady. Thank you, Steve
and Kathy, for everything you do for us.

Ollie Gregory was voted the 2007 Tennessee Tree Topper of the Year for
his generous support of the Tree Toppers all year long. Ollie
developed the TTTFlymail Yahoo forum that has been so helpful for us
to keep up with everyone's flying achievements, provided blipmap
forecasts he posted on TTTFlymail daily, and was the developer and
driving force behind this year's top notch, very successful Team
Challenge. Thanks, Ollie, for all that you do.

Thanks to everyone who attended; we had a great time. We missed all
of you that could not make it to the party and hope you will come
next year. Spread the word about The Tennessee Tree Toppers, come fly
with us, make plans to attend Team Challenge 2008, and join The
Tennessee Tree Toppers to make "The Best Hang Gliding Club in America"
even better!

Keith Atkins



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