Meeting called to order at 9:20 central
Present : Steve Lee, Kathy Lee,
James Anderson, Buddy Cutts, Jeff Nibler, Mark Poling, Ollie
Members Present: Alvin & Barry
Klein, Dean Funk, & Michael Bradford
Absent: Jeff Dodgen, Eric Donaldson,
Ricker Goldsborough, Keith Atkins, Mike Nash, Lucas Ridley, Dan
Shell, Jeff Wilson
Jeff Nibler read old minutes.
James moves to accept minutes, Kathy
Steve wrote check for the missing keg
deposit. The previous money order is still missing.
Bill P lawsuit: Resolved. Results
have been sealed.
I would say favorably
Whitwell LZ Search – Dan reports
Glider storage container – Ollie
called Wagner who said a 40’ container costs $2k to have
delivered and a 20’ would cost about the same. James Stinnet has
a forty foot one and is willing to sell it, but there would be
delivery fees and price is unknown. Wagner cautioned to watch
out for high delivery fees when shopping for containers.
Firewood: $35 per ton but we don’t
have any way to pick it up. Kathy suggests that we pay a local
with a dump truck to get it. Kathy will call two people she
thinks may have a dump truck to see if they’d do it and how much
they’d charge. Mark mentioned that the firewood place won’t load
the wood into the truck. Kathy mentioned Rick Jacob is in Puerto
Rico for the weekend and won’t be back until January. We owe
Rick some firewood borrowed during Team Challenge.
DSL – Michael Bradford said $99
covers installation. Monthly fees are $40, $50, or $60
depending on the speed we want. We are able to get the fastest
speed they offer. To start service, we need to pay deposit and
they will install 3 weeks from that time. Michael Bradford will
pay the deposit and meet the phone company at Henson’s for the
installation. Michael said Dan Shell is the only person
authorized by the phone company to initiate the order so Dan
will need to call the phone company. Michael will call Dan to
ask that he do this. Board decides to get cheapest service and
have it upgraded for the months where we have big events.
Team Challenge T-Shirts – 10 extra
T-shirts. Ollie was not happy with T-shirt company service.
Shirts were 6-8 weeks late. Manufacturer claimed he couldn’t
figure out how to use the art that Ollie and Jackie sent him.
Kip Stone is going to make and help design the TC shirts for
next year and donate them.
Gift Baskets: Ollie bringing baskets
made by Jackie for Galloway, Hudson and Castle.. Kathy offers
to deliver gifts to Basham’s and other Whitwell folks as backup
in the event Clark or Dan can’t.
Windsocks: Clark got the windsocks
and we have two 36” socks coming for the LZ
Chris Thale Fatal Accident:
Jeff Nibler filing accident report with
USHPA. Police took Mr Thale’s equipment for investigation,
called Wills Wing who told them to send it to Lookout for
analysis. Mr Thale’s family is donating all of his equipment to
the club. Jeff Nibler offered to donate the glider wreckage to
Lookout Mountain Flight Park and sell the remaining gear on
e-bay then donate 100% of the proceeds to the ovarian cancer
fund. James Anderson motions to accept, Buddy Cutts seconds.
James Anderson & Buddy Cutts count ballots.
Treasurer reports Checking Acct Balance:
$7,415.94. CD fund as of September: $53,653.79. For further
Treasurers Final Report 2009.
Awards: Eric Donaldson making
awards for party tonight.
Membership: Jeff Nibler reports 171
members. One new lifetime member: Lucas Ridley. Jeff reminds
board members that they need to verify applications are
completed properly and to check their USHPA cards. Ollie
mentions having renewals without board member signatures, with
less than 6 month lapse. Jeff shows new sign with instructions
for the drop box. Michael Bradford mentions “Completion of this
form is not permission to fly” and separate the process of
completing form vs permission to fly.
Jeff asked if he could post the tandem app
online. Board agreed.
Safety: Kathy thanked Jeff Nibler
for handling USHPA report on accident.
Jeff Nibler created new membership signs
for posting on the drop boxes and around the launch sites. Also
mentioned he will create launch procedures sign for posting near
the ramp at Henson’s and Whitwell.
Ollie motions to have signs printed, not
enough board members present to vote so Ollie loans the money
until board can vote on it..
Kathy suggests a new rule to require 5
witnessed foot launches in the LZ before clearing tow pilots to
launch off our mt launches. James suggests we make a rule that
everyone goes down to the red line when launching. Barry suggest
sign that states starting from the red line in ALL conditions.
Ollie mentions we need AWCL signage on the ramp. Ollie suggests
photo sequence of launching on sign. Dean Funk offers assistance
for sign creation. Alvin mentions he thinks we should have the
red line rule.
Website: Buddy Cutts states all is
Bylaws: No news
Maintenance: No report. Michael Bradford
states he has some cabinets he could donate. Ollie suggests
putting the cabinets along the wall. Ollie offers to use his
truck to pick them up. Dean Funk and Barry offer to donate
Social: Mark Poling purchased a
banner for, and coordinated the Christmas party. Steve Lee setup
a glider with Christmas lights on it in front of the party
Competition: Ollie mentioned the creation
of a Weekend Series (March to November) on the second Weekend of
each month. It will include a variety of contests that will
involve pilots of all skill levels including open distance,
streamer drop, duration, spot landing etc. Also discussed new
USHPA sanctioned meets. Ollie wants to have an open distance
meet which would be as many laps as you can fly over a
2010 Board: Steve Lee, Jeff Wilson,
Jeff Nibler, Ricker Goldsborough, Kathy Lee, Michael Bradford,
Dan Shell, Kenny Sandifer, Eric Donaldson, Lucas Ridley, Oliver
Gregory, James Anderson, Miller Stroud, Buddy Cutts, Mark
Tree Topper Of The Year: Ollie
Jeff Nibler motioned to adjourn. Buddy
Cutts seconded. Unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 12:04 central.