Presidents Message for January, 2011
Happy New Year to all! 2010 was a great year for our Society for Aviation History, with five terrific programs, a tour of the waning “Mothball Fleet”, and an increase in membership. We have a lot to look forward to in 2011!
Our December meeting at the Crowne Plaza was a festive one, including a champagne toast in exchange for our Teen Toy Drive contributions. Thank you to everyone who took the time to bring toys, as well as contributions for our annual Food Drive. We collected 192 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank, almost doubling last year’s total!
The election results were announced, and your 2011 Board of Directors includes Norm Jukes as Vice President, Vallarie Kilkenny as Secretary, Dan Morgan as Treasurer, Directors Roger Cain, Amjad Noorani, Rick Turner, Betty Veronico, and Nick Veronico, and yours truly as President. Committee Chairs are Nick Veronico, Programs; Rick Pisio, Newsletter; Roger Cain, Website; Rick Turner, Membership; Bruce Bengtson, Elections; Bill Stubkjaer, Trivia; Lee Scales, Donations/Prizes; and Gela DePutter/Andy Melomet, DVD Lending Program. Special thanks to Gela DePutter, Rick Pisio, and Paul Schwafel for their service as they leave the Board, and for their continuing contributions to our organization. We are still in need of a tour coordinator and someone to help videotape our meetings.
Remember that your 2011 dues are due in January. The $25 we pay is an amazing value for our educational programs, informative newsletter and website, and group tours, not to mention the fellowship of like-minded members. Share your enjoyment of SAH by bringing a friend to a meeting this year, and don’t forget that we offer a free one-year membership for everyone who refers five new members!
Many of you are taking advantage of using PayPal for our general meetings, but did you know you can use it to renew your membership as well? The one catch is that we need to add $1.50 to offset the PayPal fee for membership renewal, so the total will be $26.50 for memberships paid through PayPal. We are able to absorb this fee for the general meetings, so there will be no increase in those prices.
As I take over as president for 2011, I know you will join me in expressing enormous gratitude and appreciation to Nick Veronico for his years of leadership as our president and program director. His vision for SAH has been instrumental in our group’s growth into the successful organization it is today. While Nick has left some big shoes to fill, he has set a steady course for us to follow. We are fortunate he will continue to bring us the superb programs that educate and inspire us all!
- Alice Hendricks
Past President Messages are linked below: