By the time you read this I hope you all had a great Christmas holiday with family and friends. We now have 2017 to look forward to and at our January 2nd meeting we have plenty of business and brainstorming to discuss for the New Year.

We need to set some goals and plan for what we want to do as a chapter going forward. Last month’s message I mentioned that we need some help with the website, Newsletter, and the need to appoint a new Board member or two. So I am looking for some volunteers to answer my call for help.

For January’s meeting I will be giving a presentation on “The Anatomy of an Aircraft Accident” based on my experiences dealing with the FAA, NTSB, EMT’s, and Insurance Company following my recent accident out in Kansas with my newly purchased RV6. If you google “small plane crash Eureka Kansas” you can get a heads up on what happened. I made the 11 o’clock news. I want to share my experience for its potential safety value and what us pilots are put through administratively following an accident. Believe me it is hard for me to swallow my pride and I keep second guessing myself. When I told the NTSB and FAA investigators that I planned to hold this safety meeting they offered some info to share. I was hoping to have a local aircraft insurance agent as part of my presentation, but couldn’t schedule him until February.

EAA National is holding a Leadership Boot Camp in Carrollton, Georgia, on Saturday the 28th of January. This is open to all future leaders, as well as our existing Officers. I hope that many of you can attend this one day of intense training. I attended one last February and gained a lot of good info from it. I am hoping some of you may be able to car pool, as it looks like a 3-hour drive or a lot faster flying if the weather cooperates.

The last few meetings we enjoyed some food during our social time before the meeting started and I would like to continue to do so. Please let me know if you plan to bring some cookies or desserts and or real food to share. I have received good feedback (no pun intended) on having food at the meetings.

Looking forward to visiting with you at January’s meeting and wishing everyone a Happy New Years.