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Several Honored for Chapter Achievements

Note: Young Eagles award winners will be profiled in the next edition of ChapterGram on Tuesday, August 23.

August 9, 2011 — EAA’s annual chapter awards recognize chapter members for their personal commitment and contributions to EAA, chapters, and their fellow members. Through these award winners, EAA members share qualities including a sense of volunteerism, accomplishment, creativity, professional achievement, and a dedication to their chapters.

The following awards were presented at the annual EAA Chapter Breakfast on Saturday, July 30, at EAA AirVenture 2011.

2011 Major Achievement Awards
The EAA Major Achievement Awards recognize individual EAA chapter members for their personal commitment and contributions to EAA, chapters, fellow members, and the recreational aviation community. The recipients have illustrated outstanding dedication to their chapter and EAA, service to the aviation community, and significant personal achievements in aviation. Their volunteer spirit and desire to share their knowledge with others are qualities they all share.

Dale Johnson, EAA 267539, of EAA Chapter 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was selected by the state of Minnesota to lead the build of a full-scale 1903 Wright Flyer that is now on display at Fleming Field.  Johnson is currently mentoring the chapter’s Pientenpol project in addition to building spar kits and other parts for a KA-7 glider and constructing major assemblies for a World War II Waco CG-4 Cargo or Troop Glider for the American Aviation Heritage Foundation. He supported a 1918 Curtiss Jenny restoration project currently on display in the Minnesota History Museum. Johnson lends his expertise to hangar improvement projects, powder coating services to members, writing articles for the newsletter and website, and volunteering on the chapter hangar project. He has designed a tensile tester that has made its way to Britain.

Glenn Stott, EAA 647450, of EAA Chapter 315 in Lakewood, New Jersey, has served as a chapter president and webmaster. He helps organize Young Eagles days and developed an extensive checklist to prepare the rallies. Stott became friends with world-renowned aviation photographer Howard Levy and assisted him with current technology to help him continue his aviation photography.  When Howard passed away, Stott began an eight-month quest to preserve what would become known as the “Howard Levy Collection” of aviation photography. Through his efforts, it was accepted into the Archives of the National Air and Space Museum in September 2010. Stott delivered a tribute to Howard Levy at the Annual International Society of Aviation Photography in March 2010 and helped organize a Howard Levy Day at the airport. Stott’s aviation career includes more than 4,000 hours in jet and transport aircraft, serving as a military instructor and check pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces, and has flown more than 100 jet aircraft. 

Donald Taylor, EAA 121437, of EAA Chapter 613 in Swanton, Vermont, successfully led the construction of the EAA Chapter 613 Aviation Center. Since completion of the aviation center, the chapter has hosted an FAA safety seminar, presentations on Corvair engines and IFR currency class, and ground school. Taylor personally donated a large collection of model aircraft, rockets, books,and magazines for the classroom. An active chapter member since 1978, he personally has flown more than 1,600 Young Eagles and has been the chapter coordinator since 1995. Taylor has been an active pilot for more than 50 years and currently flies a Cessna 182 and a Citabria. He recently volunteered for the Kyle and Amanda Franklin fundraiser and is active with the Civil Air Patrol and an annual aviation camp. He personally helps to send young people to the EAA Air Academy Camps.

2011 Chapter Newsletter Editor Awards
Chapter newsletters keep members informed while providing a venue to highlight various members’ accomplishments, recap chapter events, and share information. Much like your hometown newspaper, they are directed to the local aviation community and reflect the spirit of your chapter.

The EAA Newsletter Editor Awards recognize the editors that have shown high excellence in their newsletters while focusing on content, layout, appearance, and consistency.

EAA Chapter Newsletter Editor Awards went to Allison Banning, Chapter 822, Wetumpka, Alabama, first place; Beth Rehm, Chapter 932, Wonder Lake, Illinois, second place; and Mark Wainwright, Chapter 62, San Jose, California, third place.

2011 Chapter Web Editor Awards
Chapter websites are an outstanding communication tool for a chapter. Their editors devote many hours to create and maintain the sites using their knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the chapter. Through their efforts the chapter is able to expand their presence in the community, communicate with their members, and recruit potential new members.

The EAA Chapter Web Editor Awards recognize the commitment and creativity these editors put forth to maintain these informative and high-quality sites.

EAA Chapter Web Editor Awards went to Alan Norris, Chapter 288, Daytona Beach, Florida, first place; Rick Jones, Chapter 960, Farmville, North Carolina, second place; and Rick Raesz, Chapter 34, Arlington, Texas, third place.

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