The General Membership meeting of the Delaware R/C Club was held on Tuesday, January 6, 2004. President Brian Pasternak called the meeting to order at 7:33
The Club welcomed the following guests as well as new, first-time, and prospective members: Bob Flynn; Phillip Wong; Mike, Brandon and Kyle Morris; Fred Thornett; John Graham; Les Sachau; and Derek Marks.
Dick Stewart presented the treasurer's report and annual budget review and answered questions from Club members.
The Treasurer's Report was accepted as presented.
Membership - 2004 membership now stands at 136, with most of that number coming from renewals. For 2003, the shortfall in projected membership dues was more than covered by higher than projected income from events and total income was 127% of the original 2003 budget projection. About $2,000 in 2003 income will be carried over into 2004.
Jim Schlapfer displayed his 1/5 scale P-40N project. It was kitted from Jerry Bates plans by Precision Kit Cuters. He described the building process to date including wing modifications required for the Robart main and tailwheel retracts he decided to use; other customizations, particularly in the tail, to make the aircraft as scale as possible.
His selection of a 25cc Super Tiger engine and the custom crafting of the spinner; and the various finish coats he was planning to use in order to accommodate Apollo Latex paint. One word of caution was to be sure to match all the kit parts to the plans in order to make sure that the parts were cut exactly.
Freeze Fly: Brian Pasternak reported that the event was well attended. He thanked John Kirchstein, Tony Albence, Bill Bouchard and all the other folks who help and brought food, including John and Shelby Stare who brought Chicken Corn Soup that received rave reviews. The First Flight Award went to Bill Bouchard and the Most Flights "Ham" award went to James Cistola with 12 flights.
WRAM Show: Diane Hudak reported that 25 seats have been sold so far, with 24 remaining. She is still taking reservations. Brian Pasternak will again send the trip information to other local clubs.
Safety: Brian Pasternak stated that pilots should "just keep it safe".
Quickie 500 Racing: Skip Crain reported that no one had contacted him yet about racing.
Board: Brian Pasternak reported that the following Board members and offices had been appointed: At Large: Tony Albence, John Kirchstein, Mark Weiss, Pete Malchione, and Dan Weick. Newsletter Editors: Carl Hauger, Ryan Jamison, and John Kirchstein. Field Maintenance Supervisor: James Cistola. James will oversee routine maintenance of the field and structures.
Field Maintenance: Brian Pasternak requested that all members help keep the flying site clean of trash.
Board of Directors Meetings: Brian Pasternak reported that the Club Board has changed its meeting day to the 3rd Thursday of each month so that some of the Club Board could attend the monthly Friends of Lums Pond meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday. The Club Board will continue to meet, at least for the time being, at the Friendly's Restaurant in Newark at Routes 896 and I-95, beginning at 7 pm. These meeting are open to any Club member who wishes to attend.
Trail Maintenance: Skip Crain stated that a committee was needed to conduct mowing of the high grass and maintenance of the trails.
The Raffle item was a 21st Century Toys plastic scale model P-51D donated by Lee Gibbons. The lucky winner was Skip Crain. Proceeds from the raffle totaled $106.00.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:47PM.