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EAA Volunteer Advisory Committee Members Announced


November 28, 2012 - EAA is truly blessed to have many thousands of dedicated volunteer members who not only promote aviation in their local communities throughout the year but also make the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention possible.

This week marks an important milestone in our 60-year history as we announce the first EAA Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC), comprised of 11 appointed members, selected for their past volunteer leadership as well as their commitment to help improve the EAA volunteer experience in the future.

This committee, charged with representing and promoting the interest of EAA volunteers through recruitment, training, support, appreciation, and proper recognition, has the board's full support.

The first appointed VAC members include:

  • Ken Decker, EAA 52084, of Ottawa, Ohio
  • Tim Fox, EAA Lifetime 335031, of Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Dennis Hasha, EAA 227907, of Tuscumbia, Alabama
  • Ginny Largent, EAA 575325, of Stephens City, Virginia
  • Rich Largent, EAA 512497, of Stephens City, Virginia
  • Dave Mercer, EAA 379378, of Vancouver, Washington
  • Joe Norris, EAA Lifetime 113615, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • John Nowicki, EAA 116894, of West Chicago, Illinois
  • Bonnie Parnall, EAA Lifetime 30554, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Barbara Rapchak, EAA 638323, of Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Alan White, EAA Lifetime 60137, of Superior, Wisconsin.

"We had a tremendous response of interested volunteers and we thank everyone for their support in the Volunteer Advisory Committee," commented Janine Diana, EAA Lifetime 1082064, EAA vice president of human resources. "The committee members are energetic, already busy making a difference, and having fun doing it!"

The committee's overarching responsibility will be to develop a best-in-class volunteer program. Among its charges are to:

  • Research and recommend volunteer management policies and procedures;
  • Research and recommend ongoing training for volunteers;
  • Support volunteer recruitment and management;
  • Assess and recommend recognition and appreciation programs that celebrate volunteer contributions and successes;
  • Oversee the production of the volunteer newsletter, Along the Flightline, and support other communication channels to ensure volunteers are informed.

The committee will also seek to discover and implement other opportunities that support and enhance the EAA volunteer experience - both during AirVenture and throughout the year.

To serve on the committee one must be an EAA member in good standing with at least three years of experience as an EAA volunteer. Committee members can serve a maximum of five consecutive years.

Congratulations to our new committee members! Look for more information about them in the January 2013 edition of EAA Sport Aviation. If you have any questions about the volunteer advisory committee or any other questions regarding EAA volunteerism, contact Janine Diana at 920-426-6843 or jdiana@eaa.org.


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