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Third EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Held

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Fred Beseler of EAA Chapter 307, La Crosse, Wisconsin, records his groups thoughts during one of the weekend break-out sessions.

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Attendees enjoy lunch and a chat with EAA Founder Paul Poberezny at the Aeroplane Factory.

April 24, 2008 — More than two-dozen EAAers from throughout North America were in Oshkosh last weekend for the third EAA Chapter Leaders Academy. Participants came from Alberta, Canada, California, Oregon, Texas, Michigan, Alabama, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida. Also in attendance were members of the EAA the Homebuilt Aircraft Council, along with Claudette Colwell of the EAA Chapter Advisory Committee.

Participants covered a wide range of chapter-centered topics, including recruitment, programs, and fundraising, plus conducted focus group sessions regarding chapter websites and EAA's new student membership. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with participants highly recommending others in their Chapters to attend a future Chapter Academy session.

"Chapter leaders come to learn from one another, and also to learn from EAA staff," Smith said. "But it's also a great opportunity for the EAA staff to learn about what's going on out there in the field, so it keeps our minds fresh and understanding of what the real issues are at the chapter level."

Other weekend highlights included a pre-dinner welcome from EAA President Tom Poberezny on Friday night; lunch with Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny at the Aeroplane Factory on Saturday; and an after-hours tour of EAA AirVenture Museum with Adam Smith, vice president of membership.

Chapter leaders interested in attending a future Academy should express their interest by contacting the EAA chapter office at chapters@EAA.org.

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