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Celebrating Chapter 17’s 60th Anniversary

  • Celebrating Chapter 17’s 60th Anniversary
    Douglas presents EAA Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton a painting of Tennessee’s famed Great Smoky Mountains as a token of their appreciation.
  • Celebrating Chapter 17’s 60th Anniversary
    EAA Chapter 17 President George Douglas proudly displays the chapter’s original charter, dated January 1, 1956, and signed by EAA founder Paul Poberezny.

September 15, 2016 - On Saturday, September 10, EAA Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton spoke at EAA Chapter 17’s banquet luncheon celebrating the 60th anniversary of their charter. Chapter 17, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, was formed in 1956 by founding president James “Hap” Wilson. Current president George Douglas provided a summary of this vibrant chapter’s activities over the past year, before turning things over to Pelton, whose speech was followed by a lively Q&A. Joining Pelton at the banquet were Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs; Sean Elliot, vice president of advocacy and safety; Jim Busha, director of publications; and Hal Bryan, senior editor. All of us at EAA extend our sincere congratulations and thanks to Chapter 17 on reaching this remarkable milestone.

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