ChapterGram: April 2013
Welcome to the April edition of ChapterGram!
By Trevor Janz, EAA 656941
EAA Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights
I recently received an e-mail from Dean Herrington of EAA Chapter 1300 in Henderson, Nevada. He had given his first adult Eagle Flight and invited the participant to join the chapter following the flight. Dean mentioned the participant had attended one chapter meeting and would be attending his second one shortly. This is exactly what the Eagle Flights program is all about!
As of this writing, 548 Eagle Flights have been flown. Thank you to all our chapter members who have embraced this program and who continue to find folks who have thought about learning to fly or possibly logged a few hours and then stopped.
It's worth mentioning that we have received several completed Eagle Flights registration forms from pilots who have expired EAA memberships, which renders the flights null and void. (The same is true for Young Eagles Flights). Remember, as a local chapter member you are required to be a member of EAA National. Please bring this up at your next chapter meeting. Expired members can join or renew their EAA membership by calling 1-800-564-6322 or by visiting www.EAA.org/join or www.EAA.org/renew.
Planning Your Events
Looking at EAA's Calendar of Events, many of you have already begun promoting your spring events. Remember, your chapter activities are an excellent way to reach out to the general public and recruit new members. Here are a few tips on promoting your events:
- Write a press release and send it to your local newspaper(s). Here's a template to get started.
- Invite a local news reporter to write about your event ahead of time.
- E-mail your event details to your local chamber of commerce and also the convention and visitors bureau.
- List your upcoming events on your city or town's online calendar of event.
- As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), you may be able to give a 30-second "public service announcement" on your local radio stations. It never hurts to ask!
- At the event itself, have a table set up with information about EAA, your chapter, and general aviation.
If you would like any help planning your event, please don't hesitate to contact your EAA staff in Oshkosh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-426-4876. The EAA Forums are also an excellent way to connect with fellow members and chapters to see what's worked for them in the past.
Enjoy the April issue of ChapterGram! As always, if you have an interesting story or photos you'd like to share with our readers, please send them our way.