EAA 'Headquarters Chapter' Celebrates 50 Years
EAA 18 Charter members with the original chapter charter document from January 1, 1960. (Left to right: Ron Romans, Joe Imilkowski, and Ron Scott)
EAA 18 is quite focused on building with many projects underway, some as long as the age of junior members of the chapter. EAA 18 is also very active in the Young Eagles program.
Chapter President Jeff Point, who built an RV and is now building a Breezy, receives congratulations from EAA Founder Paul Poberezny.
January 28, 2010 — As EAA celebrated its 57th anniversary this week, EAA Chapter 18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, marked its 50th during their monthly membership meeting at Timmerman Field, the site of the first EAA meeting in 1953. EAA 18 is known as the “Headquarters Chapter,” because by 1960 EAA had grown so much that chapter-level activities of the organization in the Milwaukee area had to be separated from the administrative functions of EAA.
At the time, a friendly debate ensued as to what chapter number should be awarded to the rank and file members in Milwaukee since “Chapter 1” was already taken by the group based in Riverside, California, and 16 other chapters had formed. While many Milwaukee chapter members still contend that their number should be “1” or maybe “0,” “EAA 18” won the day, and the prideful members carry on the cause through the chapter slogan, “It all started here,” on their chapter patch.
EAA 18 meetings are held in the Civil Air Patrol hangar in the shadow of the stone hangar where EAA’s first meeting was held. Current Chapter President Jeff Point, EAA 600722, received congratulations from Paul Poberezny, who was reached by phone during the meeting. EAA President Tom Poberezny, who addressed the chapter last fall, also sent congratulations to the chapter.
Like EAA’s beginnings, the Milwaukee chapter still remains a fiercely dedicated homebuilding chapter highlighted by no less than 12 builders’ reports during the meeting. As part of the celebration, mementos, photographs, and a few newsletters from years past were read aloud. Two of the original charter members were in attendance including Ron Romans, EAA 4402; and Joe Imilkowski, EAA 2623. Not in attendance but still an active member is Carl Schultz, EAA 2, an original charter member of EAA.
One of the more colorful characters in the chapter is Ron Scott, EAA 13474. EAA 18 was chartered on January 1, 1960, but Ron didn’t join officially until a few months later and therefore isn’t listed on the charter, which includes EAA Founder Paul Poberezny. Scott’s long-term service to EAA includes a stint on the EAA Board, serving on the staff as head of chapters, and starting the Designee program, which is now known as the Tech Counselors program. Scott will be volunteering at his 50th convention this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as chairman of EAA Communications.