Called to order 9:20 am CST
Members Present: Tim Cocker (1)
BOD Present: Anderson, Bradford, Cutts, Dallas, Harlow,
BOD Absent: Funk, Jacob, Kilgore, Klein, K Lee, S Lee,
Nibler, Sandifer, Shell (9)
Sept 10, 2011 Meeting Minutes were read aloud & accepted as is.
Treasurer: MB reports finances are in good shape. Utility
bills discussed. The fully functional hot showers were a huge hit
during TC (positive feedback from members).
Gift baskets discussed.
Team Challenge 2011 discussed. Ideas for next year
discussed including timing TC 2012 to coincide with either/or 1) the
Sequatchie Bicycle Race (LZ could be either the start, finish, or a
SAG stop) or 2) River Rocks events. What about holding a HG Boogie
Event with bands & vendors in the LZ? We need a volunteer or two to
step-up & start this process.
Ollie reports that The Chattanooga Ham Radio Club encourages us
to join their club. Discussion about possibly holding a ham radio
license exam on-site during TC (or any other time of year). Would
the membership be interested?
Discussion about how to open even more lines of communication
with the membership. We currently have the TTT website (including
snail mail PO Box & all BOD e-mail addresses), Yahoo Flymail,
Facebook (wall & message). Should there be a TTT Members Only
version of Flymail? Something else?
A big Thank You to Ollie & Michael for organizing & executing the
best Team Challenge yet! Our one big event each year is so important
as a venue toward a hang gliding college education (B.S. in XC??) &
especially to the TTT’s continued success. The website currently
shows 151 members & is in excellent financial health!
Discussion about membership & the requirement for a BOD member to
be available to physically sign waivers. Can this become easier?
Currently if a trusted group of flyers (the Ohio contingent and/or
the Florida contingent) travels here to fly, a BOD member needs to
be here to sign waivers. Could we change the rules to allow a
designated TTT member to act as a BOD proxy? What if waivers could
be done ahead of time? Is a physical signature required or will
electronic scanned waiver suffice?
On-site weddings discussed. The general consensus of those
who were here for the two weddings held at Henson’s launch this year
was that things went well. The hang gliders pilots & wedding parties
cohabitated just fine. Concerns were raised about potential
liability for free versus donations accepted versus paid events held
on TTT property. Dallas volunteered to contact the TTT law
Michael noticed an interesting trend that our 3-day memberships
were up significantly this past year. Discussion on how to encourage
our 3-day members to become full year members.
Awards Committee: 2011 long flights discussed.
No new developments on our possible waiver change to include our
new Sequatchie Paraglider friends. Michel B took action to research
USHGA’s online waiver acceptance status.
Michael has set-up a TTT Vimeo account posting flying videos
online. Members are encouraged to submit their work. Also the photos
section of our website is long in the tooth. Anyone have recent
photos they would like to share?
Given that we need to encourage more club participation not less,
Dallas is going to work-up a set of BOD meeting Telecon Guidelines
for discussion at the January meeting & has donated a speakerphone
to the clubhouse. He has also created an account with
freeconferencecall.com. Much discussion.
James brought up the concept of a non-voting, non-camping
membership. A TTT "Booster Club" where one can buy a TTT sticker for
say $10 for example.
Discussion on any spendy projects needed prior to end of the year
when per the bylaws, "Half
of the annual revenue remaining after the operational budget is met
will be allocated to the landing field fund". Property taxes for
2012 will be paid soon since they come due in February. Security
equipment needed to monitor our site? Some type of doors (sliders or
roll-ups) for 3 sides of the pavilion?
Club house break-ins are continuing with no property damage
noted. James volunteered to install a bolt on the door. Maybe we
should start with a note asking our amorous teen-age trespassers to
find another venue? Oh, and always use a condom (or refer to the
on-site wedding discussion above).
Discussion on a web cam weather station for Henson’s? They
run about $500. Is this needed? YES! Donations? YES! In short order,
some of the BOD members present came up with the funds. How cool is
that? Permanent Wi-fi at the pavilion was discussed.
Permanent Lifetime Membership awards were discussed for certain
people in recognition of generous club support. Ollie politely
Newsletter needs articles. We need an article about Team
Website needs a supporters/sponsors page. Buddy takes this
Word on the expanded Allen Farm DNL needs to get out to the
Safety: new safety harnesses are in the box donated by
Werner continues to fertilize & hay our LZ at no cost to the
club. The mowing bill from our friend Jim Ellis was about $2k this
Meeting adjourned at 11:45 am CST.