Tennessee Tree Toppers BOD meeting 1/29/11
Ollie Gregory taking minutes
Meeting was called to order at
approximately 9:10 CST.
Present: James Anderson,
Buddy Cutts, Rob Dallas, Michael Bradford, Rick Jacob,
Kathy Lee, Steve Lee, Trevor Childress, Ollie Gregory,
Barry Klein, Dan Shell, Clark Harlow, Jeff Nibler,
Dean Funk, with some dribbling in later than others!
Absent: Miller Stroud
Minutes from December meeting were
read and accepted
Electing of Officers:
Steve Lee was nominated for
President . No others were nominated. Vote Unanimous!
Vice President: James Anderson.
No other nominations and vote was unanimous.
Secretary: Rob Dallas, Jeff Nibler
were nominated. No other nominations. Rob Dallas was
Treasurer: Michael Bradford was
nominated. No other nominations. Vote was unanimous.
Committee Chairmen were
appointed by President Lee:
Website: Buddy Cutts
Bylaws: Dan Shell
Newsletter: Keith Atkins
Membership: Jeff Nibler
Safety: Kathy Lee
Information Technology: Michael
Competition: Ollie Gregory
Maintenance: Rick Jacob
Social: Barry Klein
Awards Committee: Clark Harlow
Paragliding: Trevor Childress
LZ Search: No news.
RV/Trailer use of the Henson’s
There was much discussion of how to
manage this. Wiring up a couple spots to encourage
parking in designated sites was reviewed. Placing
obstacles to prevent parking in front of the pavilion
was also discussed. Jeff looked for the best places.
Jeff reported that the area to the roadside of the fire
pit and the slots near the glider set up area on the
west southwest side of the camping area are suitable.
Kathy looked into power pole costs. Power company labor
would be $50 per hookup on RV. Other costs would be for
the ditches, the PVC the wires etc. Dan reminded us to
consider a power outlet in the LZ to encourage RV
parking below. There was more discussion of putting
power lines underground. Estimates from Rick and Clark
are that it would cost about a minimum of $250 a pole
for two outlets on temp pole in the area of the Henson’s
campground. $300 to $400 for each station was also
mentioned. Much discussion of options and opinions on
how to manage RVs ensued. This discussion will be
continued and continued in Old Business.
Favorite Neighbor gifts:
Kathy, Steve, Dan S. and Michael B. delivered our
favorite neighbor gifts. The gifts were created and
donated by Jackie Gregory. First Baptist Church
received a hand made soap basket and $100. The Bashem’s,
the Moseur’s, Dr. Dale McCartney, the Standifer’s, the
Castle’s, Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Mary Barry all received
hand made soap baskets. The Galloway’s got a huge gift
basket with hand made soaps, other little gifts and bags
which was specially created for distribution to their
employees. Kathy donated a ham to the Bashem’s from the
TTT. Thanks to all who helped with this project.
Tee Shirts: Ollie reported
on Kip Stone’s figures for short sleeved men’s and
women’s shirts and long sleeved shirts. The prices were
very good. Now all we need is artwork and we can send
it to Kip. Dean Funk reported that he had some good
ideas about some new artwork. Rick Jacob suggested that
a portion of tee shirts should be the classic TTT logo.
The tee shirt committee will move forward with this when
acceptable designs are received.
SW Bluff Launch report from Jeff
Nibler. Realtor was contacted and there is no plan
to subdivide the land yet. Will continue to monitor
PR Committee: Dean Funk was
appointed and accepted the position as the leader of the
Public Relations committee to assist in getting the word
out about TTT and our projects etc.
Marriage Ceremony request from
Megan Keith was accepted.
Motion to allow marriage parties on
TTT property was made by Clark but not seconded.
Bicycle to be removed from the
storage when Ollie can remember to do it!
Dale McCartney sent us a nice card
welcoming us to use his property. We also received a
thank you letter from the Dunlap Rescue Squad.
Treasurer’s report: Had a
pretty good year. Thanks to Ricker for good leadership
in this area for the last two years. Ricker’s financial
statement read as follows:
TTT Checking account has a balance of $5,110.65 and all
bills are paid to date. TTT CD Fund balance is unknown
at this time because I have not received any mail
associated with TTT accounts for over 30 days.
A deposit of $5,887.70 was made into the LZ fund account
and in accordance with TTT Bylaws.
Checks are being written out of the account without
contacting me so that they can be entered into the
records. It is impossible to keep accurate records if
processes are not followed.
All accounting records were sent to my CPA three weeks
ago for IRS filing. This concludes my services as
Please advise me as to whom the new Treasurer will be so
that I can notify the bank and transfer all accounting
records and files.
Bylaws: Dan Shell
Chairman: There seemed to be nothing new to report.
There was some discussion of the Flight Regulatory
Program which allowed use of Whitwell by appropriately
trained and supervised Hang 2s. The Florida Ridge group
took good advantage of this program as evidenced by many
good flights from Whitwell. James Tindal's flight
instructors were successful in launching Hang 2s off
Whitwell in compliance with the TTT FRP.
Newsletter: We need to send
articles to Keith Atkins.
Membership: Jeff Nibler
Chairman: Need new applications for boxes. We need to
put a check box for Tee Shirts on next printing of
applications. Michael Bradford reported having a good
source for a fast printer with the Galloway’s. Lifetime
members need to fill out applications every year. Jeff
will send out requests for update of the waiver to life
members who can be contacted.
Discussion ensued about reviewing
records of life members to seek current waivers and
establishing an ongoing data set. TTT has 143 members
as of today.
Safety Committee: Kathy
Lee. Accident reports not yet sent in for 2010. The
two reports have been filled out but need to be sent
in. The problem of the bandito pilot who crashed into
trees was discussed.
Tree trimming for the LZ wind sock
needs to be done. Dean will contact the man who can
help with a bucket truck, or Clark suggested a longer
pole could be mounted to raise the sock. Rick reported
that we need a new ladder to get down below the bluff
for rescue of pilots the trees on ledges below launch.
Rick suggested that he could build a wooden ladder that
would be more pleasing to the eye than an aluminum one.
Rick Jacob will help organize the
ladder and trails maintenance to allow easy access below
launch. Work parties to be announced.
Need to review condition of socks
and replace worn windsocks at all sites.
Information Tech: Michael
Bradford Committee Chair: Good shape. Router
configuration will be improved. Maybe some more
hardware/computer come springtime. No evidence of
lightning strikes to the clubhouse so far this winter.
Competition: Ollie outlined
plans for TC. Maybe something could be created for
Mayhem. Registration links for TC are up and running.
We hope to do something like the Region 6 series of
Online Competition with Buddy Cutts helping prod this
Linking a Facebook like button for
announcements to go to facebook etc. for flights reports
was suggested and Barry K mentioned that he would help
Maintenance Committee: Rick
Jacob is the new committee chair. There are many
projects to pursue including a new hot water heater for
the bath house, freeze resistant plumbing in the
clubhouse, replacing the deck, mowing, cleaning etc.
There is lots and lots to do!
Social committee: Barry
Klein returns as Chairman. Barry will plan the Mayhem,
TC party/Octoberfest party and Xmas Party. Barry
suggested a Low Country Boil for Mayhem which sounds
Awards Committee: Clark
Harlow will be responsible for Six flight awards and the
TTT of the year award. 2010 Flight of the year award
needs to be sent to Dave Hopkins. Jeff Nibler’s plaque
for TTT of the year needs to be done. Receipts for what
Eric spent on awards were delivered. There was a left
over 3rd place for TC plaque that was from
Dean’s team. He will try to chase down the person who
Paragliding Committee: Dean
reports on discussion with the SouthernParaPilots.
SPP members may be interested in meeting at Mayhem for
discussion of our sharing the skies. Trevor Childress
will be the Paragliding Committee Chairman
Website: Buddy Cutts
reports that the Domain fees came due. Buddy donated
it. Dan Barker donated the site fees. Sequatchie
Competition domain is in Dean’s name and will keep the
domain for the time being.
Committee Budgets need to be ready
for next meeting in March!
Jeff Wilson came to talk about AL
Hang Gliding Association and received fees from several
TTT members to support the site.
Motion to close the meeting was
given and seconded about 11:20 CST