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Sixth Chapter Leaders Academy: Another Success

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EAA president Tom Poberezny presents the formal charter for EAA Chapter 1479 to Chapter president Greg Starkel. Starkel was in Oshkosh last weekend for the Chapter Leaders Academy. EAA Chapter 1479 (St. Joseph, MO) is EAA’s newest chapter.

January 29, 2009 — Last weekend’s sixth EAA Chapter Leadership Academy brought 23 EAAers from 11 states to EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Participants met with EAA staff to discuss chapter recruitment, programs and fundraising, as well as the future plans of EAA’s online offerings.

Greg Starkel, president of EAA Chapter 1479 of St. Joseph, Missouri, one of EAA newest chapters, said the Chapter Leadership Academy provided him with invaluable information that will help him expand and improve his chapter. “I came here in hopes of meeting other chapter leaders to hear how they have overcome obstacles,” Starkel said. “This program was perfect for that.”

Other attendees at the event had been active chapter members for decades, but traveled to Oshkosh to gain further insight and advice. “I thought this was the best thing EAA has done for chapters in the past 30 years,” said Norm Isler, president of EAA Chapter 44 of Brockport, New York. His chapter was formed in 1958. “I learned a lot about recruitment and how to communicate more effectively with our members.”

Attendees were greeted Friday evening with a welcome presentation by EAA President Tom Poberezny. On Saturday they enjoyed lunch at the EAA Ski-Plane Fly-In held at Pioneer Airport, followed by a visit to EAA Founder Paul Poberezny’s office, where they received a tour of artifacts that will be displayed in the Founder’s Wing in the AirVenture Museum. Later that evening the leaders received an after-hours tour of the museum from Adam Smith, director of member programs.

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EAA staff and participants interact at the Chapter Leader's Academy.

Here are some other comments from attendees:

“This went beyond my expectations in content, delivery and completion. The facility, hospitality, personnel and the generosity were exceptional in all aspects.”

“An absolute honor to meet Paul Poberezny. His enthusiasm and energy influenced and inspired me and all attendees.”

“All of your staff was warm, gracious, enthusiastic, and generous with their time and advice.”

The next academy is scheduled for February 27 - March 1, 2009; and March 27 – 29, 2009. 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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