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June 12 minutes of the Tennessee Tree Toppers
In the absence of the Secretary, James Anderson
will take the minutes.
Meeting opened at 9:10 AM June 12, 2011.
Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as
Board members present: Barry Klien, Rick
Jacob, Channing Kilgore, Michael Bradford, Buddy Cutts, James
Anderson, Ollie Gregory, Steve Lee, Dan Shell, Clark Harlow.
Absent: Kathy Lee, Dean Funk, Rob
Dallas, Jeff Nibler, Trevor Childress(fourth consecutive absence).
Visitors: Richard Amend, Alvin Slatten,
Brent Benoist, Mike Nash, Collin Hodson, Kenny Sandifer.
Rick Jacob moved to accept the resignation
implied by the fourth absence of Trevor Childress and put in Kenny
Sandifer. Unanimous pass.
Treasurer's Report: Michael Bradford
provided a concise report. We are in pretty good shape, even though
much of the cash on hand is encumbered.
Website: Buddy Cutts was directed to
remove Miller Stroud as a board member from the web site. Website
is in its' typical great shape. Thanks Buddy.
Membership: Jeff Nibler was in Oregon.
Ollie Gregory moved that Mike Nash, Richard Amend, Dick Heckman and
Miller Stroud be designated as honorary Board Members. Passed
Bylaws: Dan Shell reported no changes.
Newsletter: Keith Atkins needs
articles. If you haven't sent him anything recently, please do so.
Public Relations: Dean Funk was absent.
Safety: Kathy Lee was absent, but we did
have some discussion.
Channing Kilgore wondered about the possibility
of the TTT setting up a mechanism for welcoming new members to our
Member Norman Neiderhouser has demonstrated poor
judgment to the extent that a warning letter will be sent to him.
We still need a system of ladders below Rick
Jacob's house to ease emergency access to the cliff there. Rick
will work on that.
Paragliding Liaison: Richard Amend
presented a great talk on paragliding activities in the valley. It
was well received. He reported on the paraglider launch site at
Rick Jacob's Whitwell property. Site insurance? Waiver? Protocols?
Rick Jacob is now our Paragliding liaison.
Competition: Ollie Gregory reports that
he has the Team Challenge well in hand. He needs volunteers.
Dinner is covered for three days. Aldona will do breakfast for the
meet. We still need to give out the scholarship money for those
interested in setting up Team Challenge like meets in other areas.
If you have any ideas, please let him know.
Maintenance: Rick Jacob has graded the
gravel drive/parking areas and we need a little more gravel. Rick
was directed to get us more gravel. Since he mows the setup area
gratis, it should not be too much trouble for the membership to help
him out by picking up branches and such.
Our gas bill is too high. Mike Nash will
intervene. No signs of water leaks have been found.
Awards Committee: Clark Harlow had
nothing to report.
Social Committee: Barry Klein reported
that Mayhem went well.
Rob Dallas and James Anderson pulled it
together. Channing Kilgore brought ice. Some of the neighbors
brought good stuff to eat too. Thanks to all.
Whitwell LZ: Dan Shell had nothing to
Scooter Tow: Clark Harlow had thought
there was insufficient interest in the scooter tow and discovered
that was not true since various of the members preset were
interested. So he will continue to work on it. Could we arrange a
USHPA clinic? Could we interest Mark Furst and/or Miller Stroud?
Projector Screen: Michael Bradford
reported that David Giles did not recommend a permanent outside
screen. Mike will get a retractable screen.
Designated parking/camping: Much
discussion. Agreement that regulations/policies are needed.
Dan Shell moved that Mike Bradford research 3
sites up on top and 3 down in the northeast corner of the LZ as to
cost and policy. Passed.
Rocket man made us some great vent covers for
the shower room and installed another 30Amp breaker too. Thank you
There was much discussion about the death of our
pilot friend Tim Martin. Our condolences. There will be a memorial
lunch for remembrances. A pot luck lunch will be held at 2:00 PM
central on the 26th of this month. Discussion.
Next meeting to be announced by Steve Lee.
Meeting ended at 12:10 PM.
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