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March 14, 2015
Tennessee Tree Toppers Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Dallas, El Presidente Reporting
BOD Present: James A, Michael B, Eric C,
Tim C, Buddy C, Rob D, Tom D, Eric G, Ollie G (late), Clark H
(late), Bryson H, Lucas R (late), Dan S, Marco W (14)
BOD Absent: Rick J (1)
Members Present: Kurt Patterson, Jeff
Laughrey, Ann Horgan, Miller Stroud
Last MM’s read aloud. Mayhem bylaws
revision roundtable discussion & party date needs to be corrected to
Saturday May 23rd.
The March 2015 issue of Branches
including the proposed Bylaws Referendum ballot and several articles
from both members at large and BOD members has been collected,
edited and printed out. A fold, stuff, label & stamp work party is
planned immediately after this meeting. Branches should be
ready to mail out to all active members (less members we do not have
current mailing addresses for and BODers) on Monday. 119
Branches copies printed out at about $2 per copy including
paper, ink, and postage.
The TTT website will include a link to a pdf
of the March 2015 issue of Branches.
An e-mail invitation to participate in the
online ballot through SurveyMonkey will be sent out today or
tomorrow to current members that we have e-mail addresses.
Rob will not be at Mayhem (due conflict with
the Flytec Race & Rally) and asked for a volunteer to lead the
roundtable discussion meeting at the Mayhem party. Dan Shell
Michael B recently sent out an e-mail survey
to 360 current and former members how they would like to receive TTT
club correspondence. Results: 50 invalid e-mails. Out of 85
responses to date, 4.9% prefer e-mail and printed, 95.1% preferred
- Cipher lock installed on the front door.
Automatic closer donated by Marco yet to be installed.
-IP camera- Rob bought a FOSCAM
FI9821W V2 Wireless Indoor 1MP, IP
Camera (Black, 720P, H.264) and is about half way through the
setup learning curve.
-Thanks to Victor for donation of a nice 19”
wide format monitor to replace the ancient CRT space heater
currently on the clubhouse 1st floor. Rob to procure a
swivel arm for mounting same.
Whitwell FRP: No activity
Club purchase of a wide screen monitor:
Discussion led by Michael B. Two smaller sized wide format monitors
may be a better, more manageable solution.
Whitwell LZ: No activity
Awards: Marco discussed possibilities for Team
Bylaws: Dan See above.
Competition: Ollie Bryson and others discussed
plans for Team Challenge. 28 signed up to date.
History: Tim- no news.
Maintenance: Clark hurt his back about a week
back. Discussion on fresh gravel for driveway and some love for the
setup area lawn (such as it is). Notional work party in April to
scrape & stain the outside of the clubhouse.
Membership: Buddy reports 134 active on the
website plus one renewal in process.
Safety & Paragliding:
Social Committee: Bryson- no additional.
Treasurer: Michael reported on monthly
expenses, income & net profit.
Expenses (including USHPA insurance, Utilities,
Phone/DSL, SVEC, TN Farm insurance) $768.76
Income (Team Challenge Fees, interest) 1401.99
Feb P(L) = 633.23
PR: Dan reported on Valley Fest May 1 plans
including a glider set up, tents, table talkers needed. Similar
format to last year with prizes for the first pilots to land in the
field in downtown Dunlap.
Magic Valley Fundraiser benefiting the Whitwell
Library is up and active culminating in a Fly-in July 4th.
Donations are matched by The Cloudbase Foundation and are easy
Member Jeff Laughrey asked at this point if the
BOD has a strategy for inclusion of paraglider pilots in the club.
Discussion. Rob pointed out that there currently is a financial
disincentive for PGers to join the TTT versus staying with the SPP.
Ollie discussed the possibility of a free flight land trust being
set up for paraglider launches in the Sequatchie. Michael pointed
out that the main objective of the current proposed bylaws
referendum is to get a clear mandate (or not) from the membership
that the TTT mission statement should be changed to include
paraglider pilots thus OKing the BOD to begin working on the details
of implementation. In other words it would be inappropriate for the
BOD to work on for example, a PGer Flight Regulatory Program without
first receiving a clear mandate from the membership.
Next Meeting scheduled for April 11, 2015
Meeting adjourned 10:40am
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