EAA Hosts Spirited Chapter Leaders Academy
Jim Scott, Ken Brooks, Kenneth Henderson, and Mark Beattie participate in a breakout session.
Tom Solar (left) speaks during a breakout session, along with Jerry Greuel (right).
September 20, 2007 — Thirty representatives of EAA chapters from 16 states gathered in Oshkosh last weekend for the first-ever EAA Chapter Leadership Academy, a two-day conference of group discussions, breakout sessions, idea sharing, and future activities planning. The tremendously successful gathering saw participants discuss such topics as membership recruitment & acquisition, engaging youth, programs, activities, fund-raising, and chapter clubhouses/hangars.
"It was an outstanding weekend for both the staff and the chapter leaders," said Bob Warner, EAA's vice president who facilitated the event. "Everyone had the opportunity to share how they have succeeded beyond the challenges of running local chapters. The environment was very energetic."
Those present, representing chapters from across the country ranging in size from 17 to 275 members, expressed an eagerness to work together and play a key role in EAA's "Learn to Fly" initiative, which aims to grow the pilot population and halt the slide that currently shows less than 600,000 private pilots in the United States.
The weekend also gave attendees the chance to establish a leaders network, where they can bounce ideas off one another, and, receive immediate feedback from the EAA staff.
"This is the first in a series of planned initiatives to strengthen EAA chapters and the activities they provide to the community-building and knowledge-sharing within EAA," Warner said. "We are committed to continuing these events, since it is clear that they can foster increased participation in our chapters, which is what it's all about." Any chapter leaders interested in being placed on a wait list for future leadership events should contact Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org