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EAA Blue Barn — Engage at AirVenture
By David Leiting, EAA Lifetime 579157, Chapter Field Representative
June 2018 - The week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is a week like no other in aviation. EAA members get seven days to live and breathe aviation alongside those who are as engaged as they are. As a chapter member, you know better than anyone else, EAA chapters are home to the organization’s most engaged members. Being involved in aviation means so much more than simply flying on a regular basis. Engaging in aviation on the local level also includes educating the community, introducing the next generation to flight, and sharing knowledge peer-to-peer among chapter members. To be continually learning in aviation means being continually engaged.
It is no coincidence that those chapter members who are most engaged at their local airport also happen to be the most engaged attendees at AirVenture. There are many workshops and forums, aircraft in review sessions, the daily air show, evening presentations at Theater in the Woods, and a seemingly endless number of other ways to be engaged. However, for chapter members, EAA’s Blue Barn is one of the best places to further engage at AirVenture. To be learning at AirVenture means you are engaged at AirVenture.
Inside the Blue Barn are announcements of new chapter programs, key resources for chapter programs, a chance to win a Lincoln TIG welder, and EAA chapters and Young Eagles staff members who are ready to answer your questions. However, the most valuable asset you will find in the Blue Barn are your fellow chapter members. Chapter leaders and members from all over the world flock to the Blue Barn, which provides members the prime opportunity to learn from one another. Curious to find out how a chapter runs its youth program or how it recruits new members? Swing into the Blue Barn and ask! Odds are, another chapter member may have the answer for you. Additionally, you may have the answer to one of their lingering questions.
Besides the casual conversations and learning that happens within the Blue Barn, you will find countless chapter and Young Eagle related forums. Current chapter leaders will present many of the forums, sharing what has worked for their local chapter. Forum topics include chapter turnaround strategies, managing a successful chapter, hosting a Young Eagles rally, and forming a local flying club. Peer-to-peer learning is the name of the game at the Blue Barn!
In addition to the chapter member-led forums, EAA staff members and tax expert Patti Arthur will be conducting a number of presentations.
Visit www.EAA.org/bluebarn to see a full listing of chapter and Young Eagles related forums.