Vol. 11, No. 8 - September 2009
Welcome to Chapter
e-Gram for September
It has been quite a summer,
and until earlier this week, it looked like summer wasn't
in any hurry to leave. But with a few days of clouds and
rain, you can feel the seasons begin to change. With fall
comes some great flying weather and the return of the EAA
Chapter Leader's Academy (see below). Fall also brings
another kind of "season" - chapter elections.
I've read a number of newsletters recently talking about
the upcoming elections and the call for nominees.
seem daunting to take on a more prominent role, but it is
a great way to be involved and an opportunity to help
shape your chapter's future. It's easy to simply be a
member of a chapter, but I can tell you from personal
experience that taking a leading role in a volunteer group
like an EAA chapter can be rewarding. Plus we have many
resources available from EAA headquarters to make your job
easier; all you have to do is ask.
In this month's Chapter
e-Gram we'll look back at AirVenture 2009, feature EAA
Chapter 407's newsletter, update you on the annual
calendar sales and B-17 tour for next year, plus hear from
our founder, Paul Poberezny.
As always, if you have
ideas to share with the chapter network or have
suggestions for articles or features that would help your
chapter, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next month,
EAA Chapter Manager
THE FOUNDER, PAUL POBEREZNY
would like to share with you the
recent article I wrote for the Experimenter e-newsletter.
This information was sent to more than 25,000
subscribers to the Experimenter and I thought it
would be helpful to share with the chapters. The
article's content might also be helpful to share with
your newsletter editors for their monthly
communications. It's a bit of our history, but still
rings true today."
(By the way, did you see
the video of Paul reuniting with an airplane he flew in
World War II? See it here.)
CHAPTER LEADERS ACADEMY APPROACHES
just a few weeks, we will welcome a new group of
attendees to Oshkosh for the next Chapter Leader's
Academy, October 23-25. This session is full, but we are
taking names for a waiting list, in the event of
cancellations. We are also taking reservations for the
next Academy sessions, January 22-24, 2010; February
26-28; and March 26-28. The Academy can be extremely
valuable for new chapter officers (and seasoned
veterans) and provides many opportunities to gain
personal insight into EAA headquarters and meet the
people who serve you. Aside from the travel costs, there
is no charge to attend one of these sessions. If you are
interested, please contact us at email@example.com.
CORNER: COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP – KEEP’EM COMING!
By Barry Elk, Membership Evangelist
had a great time meeting with Chapter Leaders during
convention this year. The passion and desire to grow is
alive and well in our chapter movement across the
I hope I can catch your
attention now for just a moment, since most of you still
fall into the vast category of “those I haven’t yet
met personally” and urge you to start using a tool
that will really help your chapter grow - the Chapter
Complimentary Membership. My
to you in June gives a detailed explanation. But you
really only need one thing to get started – a web
Be sure to bookmark this
page! There you'll find a downloadable reference guide,
printable data forms, as well as a convenient electronic
And now, the "Leaderboard"
for chapters already using the program:
- EAA 1252 is still way
out in front with 33 recruits. I spoke with chapter
president, Paul Koziol, during convention. His
energy and enthusiasm amaze me. Two "thumbs
up" for Paul!
- EAA 384 has moved up
into second place with 13 recruits. Way to go, Jon
& Shannon Harris!
- EAA 90, a new-comer to
the list, out of Oakdale, California, has put up a
respectable 11 recruits since June 10 (my birthday).
Thank you, Kevin Benziger, for the nice present!
If every chapter could
bring in 10 new recruits - which is clearly possible
given these results -think what 10,000 new members could
do to further the worldwide movement of EAA!
Next month: Complimentary
Membership - Tips & Tricks
HOW DO WE GET THE B-17 TO
VISIT OUR CHAPTER?
Many chapters have had the
pleasure of hosting a tour stop for our B-17 Aluminum
Overcast or Ford Tri-Motor. For other chapters, the
question is, "How can we get these airplanes to visit
our airport?" The answer, complete an application to
host one of the 2010 tour stops. These aircraft truly have
an incredible place in the history of aviation, our
country and EAA. Tour stops can also help build your
chapter's reputation in your local community and add to
your treasury balance.
The application deadline is
rapidly approaching. Check the links below for complete
EXEMPT STATUS AND ANNUAL FILINGS FOR CHAPTERS
chapters are considering applying for tax-exempt status
or wondering what is required to be filed on an annual
basis to stay compliant with the IRS. Patti Arthur from
the EAA Legal Advisory Council presented an outstanding
forum during EAA AirVenture that helped to bring clarity
to these important subjects. Those of you who attended
the forum were able to hear first-hand the different
types of tax-exempt statuses, where you may fit as a
chapter, how to apply, and what type of reporting is
required no matter what type of status your chapter may
you were unable to attend the forum or would like to
revisit the information please check out the slideshow
and the accompanying audio
file. You will find that Patti has done an excellent
job in explaining this sometimes complex issue. There is
also an advanced topics slideshow that is very useful as
Our thanks again to Patti
for putting together this information!
month we head west for our featured newsletter from EAA
Chapter 407 (Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Idaho). Their September
newsletter has an insightful article about slowing
down for safety; an article on the West Fork Lodge
fly-in; and some fun photos of the chapter's recent
AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH REWIND
2009 will be remembered as one of the best conventions
ever. One of the event's hallmarks is recognizing
excellence, either in aircraft construction or
restoration or for efforts to support EAA. On Saturday
morning, August 1, we presented the 2009 EAA Chapter
Awards for Major Achievement, Newsletters, and Web
the list. Congratulations to all our award
recipients. By the way, the entire list of aircraft
award winners is here.
name is Liesl Wrolstad and I am the new insurance
administrator at EAA. It is very exciting to be working
for a great organization with such passionate members.
If you have any questions concerning your chapter's
insurance coverage, please contact me. I look forward to
talking with you.
Just a quick reminder
that your chapter can now complete the event notice form
online. Visit the EAA
website and enter in all the details for your
planned event. In addition we've also eliminated some of
the information previously required. This should help
make the process even easier.
Risk Management Office will contact you directly if any
additional information is required, but the vast
majority of events are quickly approved. The new system
will also allow you the opportunity to print a copy for
your records and submit information regarding the
planned event to the EAA
Calendar of Events.
EAGLES: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SEPTEMBER 29
many of you read in this
week's e-Hotline, Young Eagles Chairman
Harrison Ford will announce the new leadership of the
program at a news conference next Tuesday, September 29,
in Santa Monica, California. In addition, we'll host a
special event that evening to thank Harrison for his
five years of service, and a number of chapter leaders
and Young Eagle volunteers will be in attendance. EAA
Chairman/President Tom Poberezny, Vice President of
Membership Adam Smith, Young Eagles Program
Administrator Michelle Kunes, and I will also be in
Santa Monica and we look forward to seeing you and
renewing old friendships.
OFFER FOR CHAPTERS - WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAR 2010
year EAA is pleased to offer chapters the opportunity to
purchase the EAA World of Flight Calendar at
specially discounted prices. The calendars make an
excellent gift for your fellow aviators or simply to
enjoy yourself. Information packages containing the
details of this year's calendar order offer were
recently mailed. Your chapter president should have the
information for your chapter's next meeting.
delay in placing your order as calendar supplies are
limited! For pricing information or more details,
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 920-426-4876.
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