1-26 ASSOCIATION ANNUAL
MEETING – July 7, 2002
Meeting called to order at 11:22 a.m. at Bullseye Field,
Ellicott, Colorado, by President Bill Vickland.
Minutes of the 2001 Annual Meeting as prepared by Ron
Schwartz were read by Secretary Bob Hurni.
Minutes were approved as read.
Financial Report was presented by Treasurer Hurni. Total assets of the Association as presented
by Hurni, including trust funds, are approximately $39,000. A breakdown shows General Fund assets of
$8,300, Cruce Trust assets of $1330, and Life Trust assets of $30,000 (less
$2500 of investment losses as of 7/31/02).
Comments were made regarding the value of the merchandising program and
said contribution to the financial health of the organization.
Moving to a period of New Business:
A motion was presented by Del Blomquist to allow aircraft
flown by badge and record flyers to be included the “Spiffy” competition. Motion seconded by Mick Westbrook. Motion passed after discussion about the
value of the award as it pertains to both the organization and to the
Without a presentation of a motion, Marvin Willis initiated
a discussion regarding the need to use the Life Trust assets for the initiation
of new educational and promotional programs.
Hurni offered a rebuttal argument based on the need to support the large
Life Membership base and the possibility that removal of the Trust assets could
impact the Regular Membership base by forcing large dues increases. Hurni offered that another avenue for
developing these programs was created by the establishment of the Marion Cruce
Memorial Fund. The first step should be
to develop a viable funding procedure for that fund. The current practice of the Treasurer is to move undesignated
contributions to this fund on an irregular basis. Other sources of funding might be the merchandising program or a
fundraising campaign. Irn Jousma added
that such funds could be used to support a program such as the Ionia, Michigan,
non-profit effort to bring youth into the sport. That program is currently supporting 10 students and is in need
of additional support.
A motion was presented by Susan Von Hellens to establish a
committee to create a recommendation for funding of a scholarship and
educational program. The committee
would be charged with presenting its findings to the 2003 Annual Meeting. Motion seconded by George Powell. Motion passed without further discussion.
Again without the presentation of a motion, discussion was
initiated by Susan Von Hellens regarding the encouragement of WSPA
participation in the 1-26 Championships and record camp. After comments by Bob Von Hellens, Marty
Hudson and Jayne Reid, consensus was that no formal action would be taken at
this time, but that the participation by other groups, including WSPA and the
World Class, would be promoted as opportunities are presented.
Bill Vickland then presented, and initiated discussion on,
the proposed 1-26 Association participation in the National Soaring
Museum. He presented the need for
$4-6,000 for a significant 1-26 display to include interactive materials.
Current plans are to have 1-26 SN 700 as the centerpiece of the display. Also, consideration is being given to making
the display a memorial to Marion Cruce because of his significant commitments to
making the Association a viable entity in its early years. Steve Michalik suggested that funding of
such an educational activity should be included in the report of the
Scholarship and Educational Committee, which was just established, appeared to
include the scope of this proposal.
A motion was then placed on the floor by Pete Vredenberg to
support the museum effort by voluntary contributions only. Seconded by Bob Root. Ron Almquist then
offered an amendment to the motion to allow the Board discretion in such
funding. Frank Reid seconded the
amendment. The amendment was then
passed and the motion was passed as amended.
Irn Jousma presented a Rules Committee Report. The emphasis of the report was to ensure
that all requests for changes be submitted on paper. Verbal change requests will not be considered. Irn was commended by the Championships
contestants for the remarkable success of the current set of rules.
Pete Vredenberg reported on a Weather Reporting System that is looking for a home. It was hoped that the Association website
might be a possibility. Pete will
approach the Webmaster as to the viability of such a project.
Ron Schwartz, East Vice President, reported on Soaring
magazines “Hangar Flying Project.” This
a new column, which is accepting 600-800 word, articles on any soaring-related
subject. Stories may be submitted: Attn:
John Goode, Editor.
George Powell reported on the success of the 2002 Goal
Strike and the “Owens Valley” and “Parowan” Safaris.
Mick Westbrook, noting activities at TSA, reported on Larry
Neal’s TSA Regatta, which encourages the 20 1-26s there to participate in
Ron Schertz reported on the involvement in the Museum
project, the Convention in 2003 at Dayton, and the Championships in 2003 at
Caesar Creek. Also, reported on were
the Petersberg Wave Camp and the 4th Annual Labor Day Meet at
Blairstown. There were 15 pilots at the
Labor Day meet, won by Kevin Anderson.
Bill Vickland reported the passing of Al Dresner on June 30,
just before the contest began. It was
also reported that both Kevin Cullis and Gordon Ewart were recovering from
recent operations, which prevented their attendance at this Championships.
Moving in to a Period of Nominations, the following
nominations were received and accepted at the meeting. Nominations remain open through October 10
for all positions and should be submitted in writing to the Secretary.
West Vice President
East Vice President
Central Vice President
nominations from the floor
Meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.