Memorial Day Fun Fly  2012  Click on image to enlarge

Good turnout, good food, lots of flying, not much sun.

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Photos by Al Barrington

   From my observations, the Memorial Day Fun Fly was a carnival-like atmosphere from beginning to end.  I heard many positive comments and reviews.  Everyone seemed to be having a great time even during the short sprinkle we got early in the day.  It didn't slow down the fun or the action.  Not long after that, the clouds diminished and gave way to sun breaks, calm and 70 degree air.  I even rode a couple nice thermals with the Radian Pro.
   I don't have any exact numbers to report because everything was happening so fast but I do know that we ran out of food within the first hour of the BBQ and had to send for more.  Thanks to Heidi Winklepleck for making both store runs for supplies.  Thanks also to all who contributed to the potluck dish table.  There were many members and family who stepped up and helped to make the Memorial Day Fun Fly a success.
   Ticket sales for the Trump's Hobbies Shopping Spree went well.   Before Jayne Krenz had to leave, she reported selling $95 worth.  Thank you Jayne.  I believe much of that came after Doug McWha threatened her with some competition.
   Pat Willis told me that we should make the Memorial Day Fun Fly a regular annual event.  I agreed and plan to bring it up at the next club meeting.  Maybe next year we can even get it properly budgeted.  The club approved a $100 special expenditure toward the BBQ on which Heidi successfully came in on budget.  The additional store run was covered by donations received in the chow line bucket.  The entertainment was all volunteer improv freestyle aerobatics with a few tense dead-stick moments thrown in for good measure.  The music was a nice touch too.
   I passed out all the membership applications we had on hand and referred many others to our web site for more information.  My impression is that for the club's $100 investment, we gained many-fold in public relations and potential memberships.  Besides, you can't put a price on a good time which was had by all.
Happy landings.
 AL Barrington

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Photos by Doug McWha

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Chris McVey brought a couple helicopters

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Gave an impressive demonstration

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And held a clinic

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Music also

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    Photos by Jim Corbett

Great photo!

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Music Man / Photographer Mike

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The Next generation
Photos by Heidi and Mike Winklepleck

   I counted around 1pm that we had 54 (pilots and family) with around 25 to 30 guests popping in throughout the day that didn't know about the event but saw the signs. 

   We went though 40 hamburgers and 48 hotdogs!  The signs definitely worked!  

We flew until 6pm. Mike

Additional Comments

   It was a very successful event, especially since it was the first Memorial Day event we've done in many years.  I believe we should make it an annual event.  The more exposure the better.

Kudos to Mike W. for organizing it and to everyone else for their parts!

Pat Willis

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