ChapterGram: May 2013
Welcome to the May edition of ChapterGram!
By Trevor Janz, EAA 656941
EAA Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights
We just wrapped up another Chapter Leaders Academy workshop here in Oshkosh this past April. We had chapter leaders from California, North Carolina, Florida, and from all parts of the country that made their way to Oshkosh for a weekend packed with informative seminars and tours.
All of the participants stay at our Air Academy Lodge next to Pioneer Airport on the EAA grounds. For the first night the leaders arrive we have dinner and the opportunity for each to introduce themselves and give a little background on where each person is from and what EAA chapter they belong to. During this time, we give them a brief overview of what the weekend will consist. I tell them that the most important thing is for them to get to know one another - and share ideas. The classroom time is excellent, but most important is the sharing of information among the attendees.
When chapter leaders come for a weekend like this, it really energizes us. I have yet to meet an EAA member that is not enthusiastic. This enthusiasm is contagious and it is very nice to connect with these leaders. Many we have spoken to on the phone or conversed via e-mail and it is good to finally meet.
Another important part of the Chapter Leaders Academy is the feedback and the excellent questions we're asked. This helps us to know what other chapters are doing or questions they may have. We learn what they are doing at their chapters, what is working really well, and some things that are not working as well. Then during the seminar sessions, leaders are encouraged to speak up and offer solutions and experiences of their own to help the other leaders. Each session is a complete open dialogue.
I was reading The Maple Lake Flyer, Chapter 878's newsletter, and their president, Tom Rammel, wrote about his experience at this past Leaders Academy. Tom wrote these key points that he learned over the weekend: "Here are a few things that came from this training, how to make your chapter better: 1) The leadership cannot do it all. Committees can be set up to do some tasks. 2) The adult Eagle Flights program should be one-on-one, not like Young Eagles that are done in groups. 3) Don't get involved in politics. 4) Have fun. And 5) Include families." Tom continues to write more, but these are some of the main points that he took away from the weekend.
Please join us for the Chapter Chat Webinar on June 18. Topic of discussion will be "Growing Your Chapter." You can sign up for this webinar at www.EAA.org/webinars. During Chapter Chat, please e-mail some of the things your chapter has done to grow membership.
In this issue of ChapterGram you will find:
- June preview of the monthly Chapter Video Magazine
- Article on a chapter that has flown over 10,000 Young Eagles
- New Chapter and Young Eagles Pavilion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, and more.
Let us know if there is anything our chapter office can help you with. Remember, we work for you!