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Connecting Hemispheres — Chapter 322 and 932 Hold First International Zoom Gathering

By Neil Bowden, President of Chapter 322, EAA 565560

April 2021 – Two chapters — yards apart at Oshkosh, 8,700 miles apart the rest of the year — joined forces to create a unique monthly gathering.

Chapter 932, Galt Airport, Illinois, and Chapter 322, Johannesburg, South Africa, who normally camp across the road from each other in Camp Scholler, took advantage of the pandemic restrictions to create a somewhat different Zoom gathering. Presentations were created on both sides of the Atlantic, depicting chapter activities, aircraft, projects, and personalities. It was wonderful to share and learn from a chapter situated virtually on the other side of the world!

The gathering kicked off with a presentation by EAA member Karl Jensen, EAA 554322, parading Chapter 322’s recent fly-ins and gatherings, the history of the chapter, interesting member aircraft, and current build projects. Also featured was how EAA members make a wonderful contribution to various animal conservation projects in the region.

This in turn was followed by a video presentation created by Chapter 932 president Arnie Quast, EAA 472266, and vice president Bill Tobin, EAA 1151386. The video introduced us to personalities that make up and run their chapter and airport, the history of their airport and chapter, and events such as their "Barnstormers" and "Plane & Puppy" days. We also had a look at some of the exciting and unique flying activities they undertake.

Many hours of work went into the making of both presentations, and a big, big thank-you must go out to all involved. With more than 70 attendees glued to their Zoom devices, we can only assume that this international collaboration project was a great success!

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