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Your Canadian Council in Action
From Bits & Pieces Newsletter, December Issue
By Ian Brown, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 657159
November 20 saw a group of Canadian EAAers descend on snowy Oshkosh for a meeting of your Canadian Council with EAA HQ staff. The council represents the interests of Canadian EAA members, and the council appointees are there by invitation of EAA Chairman Jack Pelton.
Attendees included Ed Lubitz, Waterloo and Ottawa, Ontario; Jack Dueck, Calgary, Alberta; Paul Dyck, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lloyd Richards, Timmins, Ontario; and me, the newly appointed council member from Bromont, Quebec. From EAA headquarters were Charlie Becker, director of communities and homebuilt community manager; Rick Larsen, vice president of marketing; Jim Busha, director of publications; Eric Cernjar, membership marketing manager; Sean Elliott, vice president of advocacy and safety; and Dave Goelzer, legal counsel.
The discussions were wide ranging. Here is a list of the resultant action items:
Council format. Three-year terms, ending automatically. Jack Dueck to finalize list of which board member’s terms end in which year. Ian Brown introduced as the newest member of the council and will serve three years.
Chapter visits. Each board member will attempt to visit each chapter in his region at least once annually.
Canadian entity. Paul Dyck will investigate formation of a Canadian Council foundation with the Canada Revenue Agency and the assistance of EAA counsel Dave Goelzer with the idea of being able to provide charitable receipts when members offer to make donations.
Canadian breakfast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Jack Dueck requested a venue for a Canadian EAA members’ breakfast at AirVenture. Charlie Becker will investigate the possibilities.
Translation of Bits and Pieces. Translation is expensive, and EAA exists largely on the efforts of volunteers. An estimate was presented on the likely cost and complexity of translating Bits and Pieces to French each month, and headquarters attendees were encouraged to take that possibility into consideration during future budget cycles.
Budget. Rick Larsen will forward the Canadian Council budget proposal developed by Jack Dueck.
Canadian membership access. Currently your board has no way to directly communicate with Canadian members. It was suggested that something could be done to include text in a Canadian version of Sport Aviation. It is already printed in a special version to provide C-PLAN and other advertising relevant to Canadians. A proposal was made to send out a survey on chapter membership to Canadian EAAers, and that is under consideration.
B-17 Tour. Immediately after AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, the B-17 Aluminum Overcast will conduct a westbound tour. It was suggested that the routing could cover Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, and Vancouver before heading back south of the border.
EAA response on Transport Canada’s unilateral changes to regulations governing airports. Sean Elliot presented a letter that he had sent to the Canadian minister of Transport, expressing concern over the apparent direction or decisions about the responsible authority for airports.
The board will meet again by teleconference on January 21, 2015, to review the action items.