Next Meeting Time:
- Secretary's report
- Treasurer's report
- Field Director's report
- Old business
- New business
Hello, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Steve Kelley, your new president.
I’ve been involved in modeling most of my life, and hope to do a good job in
the coming year which shouldn’t be too difficult allowing for the excellent
board of directors we have this year. As a first order of business, I’d like to
thank our outgoing president, Jack Hall, for all of his efforts as president the
last few years. Now he’ll have more time to practice for next year’s fun fly
competitions (like he really needs to). I’d also like to thank Joe Billmaier
for doing a good job as field director last year. Personally, I’m hoping to
bring a new airplane to each meeting for show-and-tell and also have some
interesting presentations to increase attendance. If any of you have suggestions
as to how to improve the club, please let me know. We’re still going to bring
the suggestion box to every meeting , but you can also call me or e-mail me at
email@example.com. Remember that
this is YOUR club. As club officers, we only try to make sure that everything
runs smoothly. Lastly, I’d like to remind the membership that any member can
come before the board at our board meeting, which follows the regular meeting,
for whatever reason he or she wishes.
Thanks and build it light
Minutes of Meeting November 6, 2000:
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Secretary’s reports for the October meetings were accepted as
published in the November newsletter.
The Treasurer’s report for fiscal year 2000 was accepted as published in
the November newsletter.
Field Director’s Report: Joe Billmaier reported that the field is still
in good shape. The new frequency stickers have been installed on the radio board
at the field. Hunting season started October 14 and runs through November 25.
During this time the field may only be used on Sundays.
Old Business: Russ Miller reported that the preparations for the auction
are proceeding on schedule.
Russ Miller reported that the sign at the field has been taken down for
repainting by a member who wishes to remain anonymous. It will be ready in a
couple of months.
New Business: Peter Feil read a letter that the club received from
Michael Giansiracusa, who is a club member and a student at Cornell University.
He is looking for parts of crashed and unrepairable airplanes to use for
structural testing. Bob Janak volunteered to collect any donations at the
Fish-and-Game Headquarters at our field. Mike will pick up the parts during
his Christmas vacation.
Jim Sbrogna made a motion to increase all dues by five dollars a year. There
was considerable discussion of the treasury balance, and annual income and
expenses. The motion was defeated by a vote of 22 to 11.
Nominations for the board of directors for the year 2001 were reopened. There
were no further nominations. The following nominees were approved by
acclimation: Peter Feil, Mike Doucette, Dennis Cherry, Steve Kelley,
Brian Gawronski, Kevin Schleicher, and Jim Dibb.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting November 6, 2000
Meeting called to order at 8:40 PM.
Steve Kelly will be the new President. Dennis Cherry will be the new Field
Director. Peter Feil will continue to serve as Secretary. Mike Doucette will
continue to serve as Treasurer.
The possibility of having a mall show this winter was discussed. A discussion
and a solicitation of volunteers will take place at the next members’ meeting.
Dennis Cherry informed the board that the video library should be ready for the
next members’ meeting.
Ideas for “show and tell” such as planes, videos, construction technique
demonstrations, and Steve Kelley’s plane of the month were discussed.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.
Treasurer's Report for November, 2000
|Balance as of 10/31/2000
|Deposits: 2001 Auction Proceeds (all)
||2001 Auction expenses: Raffle prizes,
||Printing: 11/2000 newsletter
||New field keys
||2000 Picnic food and supplies
||Other: 2001 MA annual report, Mailing labels,
Application forms, Key deposit returns (2), Account maintenance fee
|Balance as of 11/30/2000
2001 AUCTION SUMMARY
||Raffle prizes, postage, fliers
||AMA advertisement (2 months)
Kevin Schleicher won the radio raffle prize.
The club thanks Dean, Russ, Mike D, Mike B, Steve, Dennis, Rene, Joe, Ron, Roger,
and all others who helped make it a success.
Compiled by Mike Doucette
Steve Kelley brought in his Mystique, built from an old Craft-Air
kit. Originally a trike-gear trainer, he set it up as a taildragger. It features
a poplar fuse and a balsa built-up symmetrical wing with only ¼” dihedral.
He beefed up the wing structure with dihedral braces, fiberglass, and shear
webs. Power comes from an OS 40FP.
Jim Dibb showed his new Lanier Shrike 40 before covering was completed.
He modified the structure by building the wing center section onto the fuse and
gluing the spars into the center section, effec-tively making it a one-piece
structure. The inboard ribs were glued to the fuse, and the rest of the wing
was built up with the fuse hanging off the edge of the table. An OS 46 provides
motivation. This plane should be a mover!
Compiled by Mike Doucette
Steve Kelley, in his continuing Plane-of-the-Month series, brought in an
old Sig Klipper. The kit features a foam wing of 4’ span and a balsa fuse.
He used low-temperature covering on the foam wing, which was modified to be
bolted onto the fuse. He used a pull-pull control system on the rudder and
beefed up the wing with spanwise strips of fiberglass. A Thunder Tiger 15
provides forward motivation.
Jack Buckley showed a GB Combo T-tail glider from Germany. The
wing is foam-core with obechi sheeting and plastic-film covering; the airfoil
is a type G11. The wings are held to the fuse by a ball-detent mechanism.
Graphics were computer-generated and cut on a Vinyl Graphics machine. An
electric power system can be installed. Jack reports that this is a VERY fast
Compiled by Mike Doucette
12 RULES OF MODEL AVIATION
- Perfection in model building is a desirable goal, unless completion of
the airplane within your lifetime is important.
- Airspeed is life to your model, altitude is life insurance. No airplane
ever collided with the sky.
- Always fly your airplane with your head, not just your hands. Never let
your model go somewhere your brain didn’t get to five seconds earlier.
- The probability of model survival is equal to the angle of arrival.
- Flying a model is not dangerous; crashing it is dangerous.
- Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad
- There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately,
no one knows what they are.
- It’s a good landing if you can still bend the landing gear back to its
- A fool and his money are soon flying a more aerobatic model than he can
- The nicer an airplane looks, the more likely it is to crash.
- A model airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won’t surprise him.
- If God meant for man to fly model jets, He’d have given him more money.
From the Rock Valley RC Flyers
Via the Checkerboard Flyer
Gary Parenti, ed.
11001 Martindale Drive
Westchester, IL 60154