Meeting - August 8, 2009.
Meeting starts at 9:15 Central time
Present: Steve Lee, Keith Atkins, Buddy
Cutts, Mike Nash, Ollie Gregory
Jeff Nibler, Mark Poling, and Dan Shell
Absent: Jeff Wilson, Eric Donaldson,
Lucas Ridley, James Anderson, Kathy Lee, and Jeff Dodgen, Ricker
We are cutting back on printed agendas
this meeting to be “Lean and GREEN”.
Minutes from last meeting were read and a
motion to accept was made and seconded. Minutes had unanimous
Dan Shell provided some information. A
local realtor is looking around for us. The Whitwell School
was discussed. Ollie expressed concerns about the size,
approaches and problem with asbestos removal involved with the
old school building. Dan will keep checking with the realtor.
Bill Colvin does not know Mr. Castle, so
no contact has been made regarding purchase or lease agreement.
The club still wants to pursue this.
Discussed combo launch and LZ purchase
options. There may be some possibility near Dunlap.
Mike Nash reported on meeting with local
philanthropists regarding getting a SE site
Bill Priday Lawsuit:
Dan Shell: USHPA agreed to motion for
summary judgment. Awaiting more news.
James Anderson absent
Ramp Project Plaque:
Steve reposted there are still problems
with the stone company! We are not likely to get the
appropriate rock. Instead, we will find a stonemason to build a
stacked stone column. Motion to do this was seconded and
approved with unanimous vote. Mike Nash donated enough
concrete blocks to for the stone mason to use for constructing
the plaque foundation near the clubhouse. Thank you Mike! The
masons will bring enough natural stone to build a fašade around
the blocks. Keith Atkins reports finding two metal workers that
may be interested in the photo engraving. They can easily do an
engraving on aluminum and might be able to do the photo
engraving on brass! Keith is investigating other possibilities
and, at a minimum, will laminate an aerial photo for temporary
use during Team Challenge.
TTT old tee shirts that have been
donated: Still need to do something with them.
Financial planning committee has
suggested raising the dues. Mike says he and Jeff Wilson will
put together recommendations. The changes will be proposed to
start in 2010. Keith searched around the country for dues for
clubs and passed out a list of fees. The data shows that for
what the TTT offers, our dues are too low!
BOD balloting for 2010 needs to be
organized. Steve requested volunteers to get ballots going for
2010. We need a volunteer! Steve doesn’t want to do it! But
Mark Poling will do it! Jeff Nibler will do as much possible
with email. No need to mention that since email newsletter is
done online only, now. TTT of the year will be put on the
A club member wanted to buy a camper and
park it on the TTT property. Jeff Nibler moved that we would
review this at the next meeting. Seconded and vote approved
LMFP wants TTT give-aways for the Women’s
Fly-In! We have TTT license plates to give away. We need TTT
Tee Shirts, too. Clark volunteers to get tee shirts. Ollie
will bring some to LMFP as give away items for the Women’s
Obtaining a container for glider storage
was discussed. Mike Nash volunteered to investigate obtaining a
container from Mr. Wagner. May be able to get one for very
little; he thinks for free! This will be another source of
income for the club and a convenience to club members. Thank
you Mike Nash!
Children, pets and non-pilots on the ramp
and issues with dogs getting in the way were discussed, briefly.
Dogs fighting and someone being bitten and suing the club is a
concern and a liability risk for TTT. People have brought dogs
here and their dogs got attacked. Moved to postpone this
discussion to a meeting in the near future was seconded and
Safety issues were discussed and will be
further discussed during upcoming meetings, as needed. We need
a wind sock and Whitwell manager. We miss Carl.
Mark Poling reported that Mayhem had
about $200 in donations and went well. Discussed TC party
plans. Mark will coordinate with us. Ollie has some ideas,
Ricker sent in a report. $54,811.31 in
Checking account: $1915 but that is not
accurate. Jeff has some $3000 of TC funds in his Pay Pal
account that needs to be deposited into the TTT account.
Eric Donaldson was absent. 2009 plaques
are not done yet! TTT of year award was briefly discussed.
Ollie said Team Challenge is mostly paid
up. Ollie needs help with the first two days since he will not
be here to organize. Mark Poling will find someone to prepare
on site breakfasts and dinner for the closing party. Keith
Atkins will help with printing needs for pilot handouts. Jeff
Nibler will be helping with the first two days’ organization.
Sponsorships were discussed. We will have good support this
year. Sponsors have donated lots of stuff! TC Agenda and
schedule needs to be firmed up. Red Bull and crowd control were
briefly discussed. We might need caution flags. Set up area
and parking areas for TC were briefly discussed, but we have no
clear plans for this yet. We should expect to have a lot of
spectators. Ollie will solicit help and ideas.
Jeff has modified the present form
following the suggestions solicited from the board at our last
meeting and from consultation with various board members.
Witness information is required with an address and printed
name. No sign and fly! Forms no longer have to be notarized but
will not be active unless witnessed by a board member or until
processed and a membership sticker is received in the mail. The
new form was exhibited. There are two ways to get membership
and fly. Jeff must receive a valid membership application and
will then mail the letter informing of membership with a
sticker. To fly, one must have either received the membership
letter and sticker from Jeff, or a board member must witness a
completed membership form and payment deposited in drop box,
then the new member can fly immediately! Amendment: Board
members and approved tandem pilots can both witness the
Jeff Wilson is absent. Rocketman and
Steve Larson helped with water heaters. Clark Harlow finished
the hot water repair in the shower area. Ramp needs 56 boards
to finish before TC. Plaque and ramp needs to be finished
before TC. We need wind socks at Whitwell launch and landing
field. The upstairs clubhouse deck needs repairing because the
railing is potentially unsafe.
Buddy Cutts reported the website is in
good shape. Need to list new duration record by Jeff Sharp on
king posted glider of over 8 hours!
Mike Nash has nothing new to discuss. He
agreed to work with his committee and put together a proposal
for a referendum on raising TTT annual dues.
Keith Atkins needs articles soon. Need
new blood writing articles. There may not be enough articles
for the planned September issue. If not, articles submitted by
Steve Lee and Ollie Gregory will be published in the next issue.
Kathy Lee is absent. A few safety issues
were discussed including the upper deck which needs new railing.
We need a new windsock man!
Brief Discussion of Paragliders in TTT
and exploring options with TTT. Louis of Paraglide Atlanta will
investigate this with us. They now have a paragliding launch
facing NW near the south blue water tower on top of the east
The meeting was adjourned at 11:45