Club Picnic Was Fun For All

   What a great way to get over a hurricane! For a time it looked as if not many folks would make it to the picnic but, by the end of the day, the turnout had increased significantly. Just getting the picnic going was a major task.

   The field was closed throughout the day on the Friday before the picnic - due to the State’s emergency declaration all state facilities were closed. On Saturday morning the word quickly spread that several trees had fallen across the lane leading to the flying field. A call to the park office revealed that they were also aware of the downed trees – and many others throughout the park. The ranger promised that the lane would be reopened by the end of the day . . . and, thanks to the park staff and with the help of some Club members, it was!

   Other problems had to be surmounted as well. Friday night a member’s car was broken into and the drinks for the picnic were stolen. The widespread loss of power encompassed the home of another member who had planned to store the picnic items that required refrigeration; a portable generator that was making the rounds finally made it to this home and the meats had appropriate storage.

   By the time members began arriving for the picnic none of these obstacles were in evidence. Tony Albence put on a great feed with superb assistance from John Kirchstein, Ed Kris, and others. Many members brought delicious food items, from side dishes to deserts.

   A succinct characterization of the day would be: lots of food, lots of flying, and a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. Thanks are extended to Tony and his crew for an event well-done – a fine end to a frustrating week!



Around the Pattern


   At the September Club meeting, a membership dues adjustment was approved. Through timely renewal and electronic receipt of the newsletter, most members will see no dues change. Various age brackets have been re-defined to align with AMA and State Park brackets. Each member has or will shortly receive a membership renewal form. Please complete all information and renew early – mail it in or bring it to a Club meeting.


Welcome To New Members

   The officers and members of the Delaware R/C club extend a warm welcome to our recent new members: George Anthony Sr., Millville DE; Peter Heberer, Brookhaven PA; Bob Kjeilberg, Kennedyville MD; Ashwath Nityanandan and Arjun Chennat, Newark DE; James Spangler, Port Deposit MD; Thomas M. Sterner, Wilmington DE; and Philip Wong, Hockessin DE.


Volunteer Appreciation Day This Sunday

   On Sunday, October 5, 2003 the flying field is reserved for volunteers and their families to fly, share in some tasty food, and celebrate their accomplishments. The field will be closed to all other members and non-members who fly at Lums Pond. The Board has personally invited volunteers and contributors from all our events in 2003. If you were a volunteer and have not received your invitation, please contact one of the Board members as soon as possible.


Club Elections On The Horizon

   The October Club meeting will include a call for interested Club members to become candidates for Club offices – President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The elections will be held at the November Club meeting.

   As current and past officers can attest, the challenge of keeping a non-profit, all-volunteer organization on a straight and level course is often fraught with turbulence and requires a clear long term focus with all short term actions and decision-making tempered by extraordinary diplomacy.

   If you would like to throw your hat into the ring, make your interest known at the next Club meeting.


Club Auction Approaching

   Preparations are now underway for the Club’s annual auction on Saturday, November 1st. Tables are sold out! Additional people wanting a table will be added to a waiting list. There may be a few tables released before the Auction. We are requesting payment of the table rental fee by the next Club Meeting in Oct., at $15 ea. Lots of help will be needed to set up the morning of the Auction. Only those helping are permitted to park in front of the main door during this time! Set-up must be completed before the public can enter. Those helping should arrive by 8:15 am. More information will be provided at the next Club meeting.


Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet Information

   The public is invited to the honors banquet on October 11th. A 6 p.m. reception will precede dinner at 7. Delaware R/C Club member Bob Veasy will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, will be the guest speaker. The AOPA is the world’s largest general aviation organization.

Admission to the jacket-and-tie evening is $45 per person. Tickets are available through the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 4303, Greenville DE 19807-0303.

Tables for eight may be arranged by calling (302) 577-5044.


Help Keep Us Keep You Up To Date

   In order to keep all our members informed of all Club news, it is crucial that the Club remain informed of all changes to our members’ contact information. Please send all changes of address and phone number to our Treasurer, Dick Stewart (302-368-2911 or E-mail address changes should be sent to John Kirchstein ( and Carl Hauger (



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