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June 13 TTT BOD Meeting Minutes (Draft)
VP James Anderson called the meeting to order @ 09:10 Slow Time
In attendance in the clubhouse:
Attending by voice conference:
Rob Dallas (joined the meeting late)
Old Business was opened with discussion of the Whitwell LZ. Rick
Jacob reported on talks with Mrs. Hudson. On the table is a lease,
with purchase option, if we can meet the opportunity costs of the
hay yield land under discussion. It appears the N-S fence can be
eliminated once we have secured an agreement with her, and show that
she is covered by our insurance. Rick talked about the idea of
working with Mr. Castle and Mrs. Hudson to remove the E-W tree line
between their properties to improve runway conditions in N-S winds,
and the notion that we may be able to define a NE-SW landing area to
the south of the traditional landing area.
Curt Patterson relayed that Mrs. Hudson had indicated some dead
trees which she wanted removed from her property and suggested we
might consider helping her. Tim Cocker asked about the incident
where a paraglider pilot had “landed on” a fence at Mrs. Hudson’s.
Rick described the actual incident and repairs.
Dan Shell having retrieved the draft minutes of the May meeting, he
read the minutes aloud and a couple corrections noted, then the
minutes were accepted.
James asked for further comments on the Whitwell LZ, there being
none, he asks Rick Jacob, Michael Bradford and Dan Shell to serve as
a liaison committee with Mrs. Hudson to explore a permanent
agreement. Discussion of the scope of the project going forward
overlaps discussion of the July 3-5 fundraiser in Whitwell. The town
of Whitwell is going all out to promote the event, including
blocking off Hudson Street.
Committee reports began with Finances. Michael reported on the May
P/L, (up @$700) the cost of Mayhem (the band and the ice, since
World Food Tribe handled the food, the rest being member donations)
and the May expense/income breakdown.
Dan reported the May 23 Bylaws Referendum results (55% Y 45% N) and
discussion followed regarding any policy changes needed in the FRP,
future bylaw changes and other implications on the member
application process. Rick reported that his verbal agreement with
SPP regarding the existing paraglider launches expires at the end of
the year and at that time he would prefer TTT take over the
management of those launches. Michael raised the issue of launch
safety and coordination of operations during the time SPP is still
responsible for the PG sites.
Rick reported as paragliding and safety chair on the general
condition of the windsocks at both sites. Clark being absent, Rick
and Marco discussed the driveway at Henson and the timing of the big
mow in Henson LZ to precede Team Challenge. A new bush trimmer is
being used on launch and LZ sites and the condition of growth in the
cleared areas of Henson LZ was discussed.
Marco Weber reported on his research, and thoughts as Awards chair.
The number of awards, and general budget were discussed.
Tim Cocker reported as historian/archivist that history was
relatively unchanged from the last meeting… and oh yeah, there was
an historic Mayhem.
Buddy Cutts reported membership at 145. At that time there had been
no applications for paragliding-only membership. Rick indicated
there are a number of pilots already committing to membership but
who are waiting for the board to determine if process changes are
needed. None were proposed.
Dan Shell reported as PR chair regarding the upcoming July 4 parade
in Dunlap. Kenny Sandifer volunteered to help with preparations,
several including the Lees offered gliders for the float. The parade
is the morning of July 4 (a Saturday.) The Magic Valley Fundraiser
being the same weekend, it was also pointed out that depending on
forecast, that event could be focused on Henson Gap as well as
Whitwell… and the parade path (closes off downtown Dunlap on Rankin
Avenue, the main highway.)
Kenny Sandifer indicated he was now able and willing to rejoin the
board if and when a vacancy opens up. He asks that the review of
director absences continue to be undertaken at meetings.
Michael encouraged everyone to test the updated website in
anticipation of deploying it to replace the old one. Signing up on
the website includes integrated online waivers and payments. It is
online now at tttmember.org. Payments are not wired up yet, but
testing can be done safely using fake numbers. Please record your
comments, suggestions, and questions and forward to either Buddy or
Michael. Once we are confident this process works as designed, and
is usable for members we will move the databases over from the old
website and at some point redirect visits to that site to the new
James polled the board regarding a July meeting and there being no
objections, set the next meeting for August.
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