10, 2009 Meeting
BOD Officer Elections:
President: Steve Lee
VP: James Anderson
Secretary: Lucas Ridley
Treasurer: Ricker Goldsborough
Jeff Dodgen - absent
Keith Atkins - absent
Mike Nash - absent
Club members: Michael Bradford, Bill/Jane
Colvin, Dean Funk, Jim Lamb
Committee Chair Election
Mark Poling unanimous voted social chair
Eric Donaldson unanimous voted awards chair
Ollie Gregory unanimous voted competition
Jeff Wilson Bylaws assistant to Mike Nash
Ricker nom first and Ollie nom second: Jeff
Nibler Membership chair
Kathy Lee safety chair
Buddy Cutts webmaster
Jeff Wilson maintenance
James Anderson first, Ollie seconds: Keith
Atkins as Newsletter chair
46 people voted for Board Members this year
Kathy's breakfast was great
Jim Lamb mentions Whitewater's membership dues are
$175 (separate from tows), Jeff Nibler mentions he could write a
program to remind people to renew dues automatically
Lawsuit updates: mediation failed, they wanted too
much/we offered too little. Dan Shell mentions USHPA is
supporting us. Ollie mentions considering the mayhem meet to be
renamed as the 'The Memorial Bill Priday Meet/Fly-in' or
something like that. Or name a safety seminar after him that
would be conducted at one or both of our meets. Dean mentioned
we honored Bill Priday by flying the rest of the meet. Kathy
mentioned the Treetoppers sent a planted tree, cards, and
flowers to Bill Priday's home flying site after calling and
asking what they wanted for their home site since they were
erecting a monument to him and they wanted a tree which we sent.
TN Land Trust – Steve Lee mailed them $500
donation for this year. Jean Nelson the Exec Director replied
with a thank you letter, that is up on the bulletin board.
Keith Atkins won TTT of the Year, beating out Jim
Lamb by one vote. Steve received ballots after the Christmas
party that would have changed the outcome but were late.
Kathy Lee delivered all the favorite neighbor
gifts, which Keith Atkins donated his soap baskets. Bashams
(Whitwell launch) and Castles (Whitwell lz) were excited to
receive our gifts and are happy to be involved with the club.
Revamp recognition plaque: Mike Nash is being
relieved of further work on it. The plaque was at the meeting,
looks good, still needs a picture engraved on it, but everything
else is etched and its ready to go once the picture is finished.
Ollie says, Keith Atkins is working on the picture. Steve Lee is
going to get the rock it will be mounted on.
Bill Colvin took Jim Ellis $400 for the mowing of
the Henson’s LZ
Lucas got reimbursed $79.20 for picking up end of
Idea for leasing Castle LZ: Jim Lamb suggests
talking to Castle about getting it into a land conservation
easement and let us use it. Mr. Castle has agreed for us to use
his field but the question is about its security after the land
passes to his family. The idea about how to approach this
situation is ongoing.
James Anderson reads a letter from the US
Paragliding Team asking for donations to support them to travel
to the World's competition. Jim Lamb suggests donating to the
Foundation For Free Flight for that purpose. Jeff Nibler has the
idea to create a separate paypal account that members can donate
to for an amount of time and then all that money raised will be
donated to the Foundation for competition. Buddy Cutts is
putting a link on the website to encourage members to donate.
Ollie moves to donate $100 to the Foundation for Free Flight,
Jim Lamb says he'll put in $100 as well – nothing more is
mentioned because: Jeff Nibler is going to move ahead with his
idea and make the website-side of what is needed for his idea,
Ricker and Ollie will help with marketing and publicizing.
H-2 mentoring program that Matt Tabor wants to
work with TTT. Previously, the deal breaker was getting a
observation of a flight at Henson’s before a H2 can fly Whitwell
with one of LMFP's instructor. Kathy mentioned of previous
programs where H2's ended up in the trees at Whitwell and
stressed relations with landowners. This is tabled.
Old part of the ramp, the flat portion, Steve
mentions the decking is in bad shape. Eric mentions it would be
good to keep the entire ramp at the same age. Jeff Wilson would
also want to do a front porch on the clubhouse with extra lumber
from the flat ramp lumber. Steve is putting it in maintenance
because it is a smaller job.
Checking is at $9096.53 and check from Clark for
$100 that hasn't been deposited minus what was written to Lucas
for the awards ($79.20). James Anderson says he’s donating $200
for CD fund.
The extra revamp money ($4,500) was put into the
CD/LZ fund also half of the money from the checking account
(about another $4,500) will also be put into the CD fund. So
that CD fund equals $48,728 plus revamp $4,500 and whatever the
half of the checking account will be.
$320 was raised for the club from the Christmas
party. All the food for that party was donated.
Ricker outlined how he will organize the funds and
approved purchases, etc.
Eric first, Ollie second Mark's band to play at
Mayhem meet. $300 will be the fee
Keith Atkins, TTT of Year. Steve Lee flight of the
year. Stan 3rd, David 2nd.
Eric mentions we should divide awards into classes
since all flight awards went to rigids this year.
Ollie: Mayhem coming up. TC 09 will have two
class’s one normal, and one for 'getting ready to race.' Mike
Barber and Kevin Carter will head that class up. TC will be
starting the last weekend of September. And the fees will be
increased this year and the racing class will be more expensive.
Jeff is the new chair
Dan Shell: we have 153 members with 3 applications
pending. 32 life members. Greg Heckman is a new life member.
Being diligent about membership status at the sites is
Tom Prouhet sent in the accident report from TC of
Tom Galvin going into the trees
No business. Thanks to Dan Barker and Buddy Cutts
Jeff Wilson is new chair: fire rings for camp
sites, bbq grill, some electrical improvements
Jeff Nibler emphasized the loose railing on the
upstairs porch of the clubhouse.
Ricker mentions a form that he can create for
No business, thanks to Keith for his work.
Steve makes a motion to skip February meeting.
Ricker moved, James seconded. Voted in favor.
Dan Shell first, Ollie second to make a 'Long
Range Planning Committee' – Jim Lamb was making suggestions and
support for the formation of this committee. Ricker mentioned
County Commission of Walker County would support us to use the
county-owned land especially if we could demonstrate how it
would elevate tourism and increase economy of the county. Ollie
and Jim Lamb offered to be co-chairs per Dan Shell's amendment
to his motion to create the committee. Unanimous vote in favor.
Steve offered to switch to having the BOD meeting
at Lookout pavilion. It was tabled.
All committee chairs will submit a budget next
Motion to adjourn: Buddy first, Ollie