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Membership Meeting - 31 January 2019

The 1st quarter Membership meeting was held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the Majors Flying Clubhouse.

Prior to the start of the meeting, the Regular members convened in the MFC hangar to conduct the Board of Director elections for 2019. The nomination and election process was conducted by regular member Mike Smith. With a quorum of regular members present the following nominees were presented: Dennis Mathis, Dennis Harwell, Dennis Guinn, BJ Finney, Mark Armstrong, and Denis Rottler. There were no nominations from the floor and the nomination process was closed. By a show of hands, the list of nominees was approved by the regular members present. There were no votes against the list of nominees.

The meeting was called to order by the past president and newly re-elected member to the board, Mr. Dennis Mathis at 1730. Mr. Mathis greeted the sixteen folks present and recognized our guest speaker, Lt. Col Choya Shanhan from the Texas 450th Sulphur Springs Composite Squadron, as well as Tim Smith and Bill Power who are also from the Sulphur Spring Civil Air Patrol.

Mr. Mathis recognized Tom Hubert for doing the leg work to provide Arby's sandwiches, chips, and cookies. Of course Mr. Gordon Hay received the normal accolades for providing a batch of his now locally famous brownies!

The treasurer, formally know as the treasurer and currently known as a Board of Director elect BJ Finney, presented the positive financial status of the club. Dennis Guinn, another returning board member, presented the status of the airplanes. The Cessna annual is finished with only the paperwork remaining. The Archer will start its annual process in March with the wheel fairings coming off before the start of the annual to expedite their refurbishment.

Mr. Mathis reported on the status of the new (2) outside LED security lights, an effort to look into building Bay 3, and the start of the 2019 Ground School class in February.

A Solo Flight certificate was given to Robert McEnaney by his instructor, Mr. Dennis Mathis to celebrate Robert's solo flight in the Cessna on November 5, 2018. Congratulations Robert!

With club business being finished, Mr. Mathis introduced our guest speaker, Lt. Col. Choya Shanhan. Choya is the squadron commander of the Sulphur Springs Civil Air Patrol and gave a very professional talk about the role of the CAP in support Search and Rescue operations, natural disaster photography missions, communications support, homeland security, and other support missions for local enforcement agencies. Of particular note is the squadron's involvement in the Cadet side of the program. This squadron very aggressively grooms and guides Cadets through the program with an emphasis on the flying aspect of the program. There are many opportunities to fly for the CAP and Lt. Col Shanhan encouraged all of the pilots of the MFC to contact her to find out additional information. One of our members turned in their paperwork at the meeting and one or two other members had several questions for Choya.

The meeting was adjourned at 1830.


Majors Field Breakfast Fly In - 3 November 2018

The Majors Field General Aviation Manager, Mr. Ty Helton, started early in 2018 to test the waters for a possible Majors Field Breakfast Fly-In in November. After several meetings it was decided that there would be enough local financial support, support from the local general aviation community, and support from the community to make the event a success.

The Majors Flying Club was asked to handle the breakfast part of the event and in a moment of weakness, the club said yes. Based on the turnout for a similar but smaller event in 2016, the club began the planning to feed 500 people in two hours that Saturday morning. Thanks to an impressive turnout of twenty four (24) volunteers from the Majors Flying Club, the club was able to meet and exceed its goals that Saturday morning. The griddles were fired up at 0600, the food line was open at 0800, closed at 1000, and by 1130 the hangar, griddles, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils were all cleaned and put away. It was an impressive showing of folks all moving in the same direction from start to finish to make the event a success.

To wit:
• 664 people signed in and we are assuming they all went through the food lines
• At least 1250 pancakes from 55 lbs. of batter and 10 gallons of water
• Around 1200 strips of bacon or about 70 lbs.
• 504 sausage patties or around 52 lbs.
• 17 gallons of orange juice
• Around 240 bottles of water
• An unbelievable number of cups of coffee


Fall Scout Aviation Workshop - 6 October 2018

The Fall 2018 Scout Aviation Workshop was held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 and by all of our normal measures of success, it was another very successful event!

The event hosted fifty (50) scouts this year of which forty-eight (48) scouts chose to fly. As seems to be the norm for these events, the morning started out cloudy and even a bit threatening but by the time we were finished with the pre-flight event, the skies cleared enough to launch! The preflight effort was conducted in a very timely manner thanks again to Mr. Dennis Mathis and the eleven (11) planes and seventeen (17) pilots he was able to round up for the event. Thanks to those plane owners and all of the folks who help the scouts with the pre-flight event.

Following the completion of the pre-flight event, the flying portion of the event got underway. Engine start for the first round was around 1030 and all the flight were completed by around 1315. Lunch followed in the IFI hangar as well as the always well received demonstration by the L-3 fire truck. Those spray nozzles are impressive!

As is always the case for this event, there is a ton of behind the scenes effort required to coordinate, organize, plan, and execute the event. There are too many to mention to single out by name but everyone pitches in where they can to make the event a success. Just ask the photographer for the day, and we only had one this time, just how many steps he put on his Fitbit!


Membership Meeting - 4 October 2018

The 3rd quarter 2018 Membership meeting was held on Thursday, October 4th in the Majors Flying Club hangar.

Prior to the start of the meeting, the Regular members who were present adjourned to the clubhouse to participate in a vote to accept Revision L of the By-Laws. The motion was passed unanimously by voice vote.

The meeting was called to order by the president, Mr. Dennis Mathis, at 1732. Mr. Mathis introduced the special guests including Harry Andonian, Casey Weese (son of the guest speaker), Ty Helton, General Aviation Manager, and the guest speaker, Chuck Weese.

Several of the members of the Board of Directors including B.J. Finney (Treasurer), Dennis Harwell (Secretary), and Dennis Guinn (Maintenance Officer) presented reports for their respective functions.

Gordon Hay received a nod for his chef duties and his world famous brownies. Karen Smith receive kudos for providing the tomatoes.

The upcoming Majors Field Breakfast Fly-In was discussed including the call for volunteers.

Mr. Mathis introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Chuck Weese who provided a very interesting talk about his aviation career. How bad can it be if your day job is flying a Challenger 601! At the conclusion of his talk, Chuck was presented with a personalized coffee mug as a toke of our appreciation.

The meeting was adjourned at 1912.

The minutes for the meeting can be found on the October 2018 (Board of Directors) section of the Board Meetings webpage.