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THIS IS NOT to be taken as a political
piece, but by the time you all read this you
will either have heard or read the results of
the last AMA presidential election.
For personal reasons Dave Brown,
outgoing AMA president, decided to not
seek reelection. Dave has been a part of
AMA for many years, as a competitor
winning many contests, as an associate vice
president (AVP), district vice president
(VP), and finally president.
He brought to the AMA a wealth of ideas
for the betterment of the Academy and its
membership. I would say that the AMA was
a major part of his life, if not all of his life.
I’m sure that in some way Dave will continue
to contribute from his vast experiences.
I’m sure that we, the membership of
District VII, wish Dave and his wife Sally a
long, happy, and healthy retirement. Thanks,
The new president is Dave Mathewson,
former District II VP. As a VP Dave has
experience from being on a number of
committees. He is also a businessman in his
Dave brought to the Executive Council
many ideas that have had positive results
and, as the AMA president, will continue to
As you know, with the exception of the staff
people in Muncie, Indiana, all the council
members and AVPs are volunteers. I am still
looking for an individual to serve as an AVP
for the state of Iowa.
There must be a modeler out there who
has the same vision of helping to perpetuate
our hobby. Don’t be bashful; contact me and
we’ll discuss the position. Iowa needs a
Larry Eukel, president of the Northern
Navigators RC, sent in this interesting
picture and information.
David Odette and Arvid Lee, both
chartered club members, may have set what
might a record. These two gentlemen have
successfully made flights in every month of
every year for the past 30—yes 30—years.
That is dedication, particularly when you
look at the snowy picture and know that the
winds were blowing at roughly 20 mph.
Til the next time, fly safely, have fun, and
introduce a youngster to our hobby.
Someone did it for you. C.A.V.U.
Bill Oberdieck, District VII Vice President; email@example.com
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Southgate MI 48195
Tel.: (734) 283-4813
Fax: (734) 283-0650
Larry Brannan, Grand
Rapids MI; (616) 956-6012;
Ed Bucki, Rockwood MI;
(734) 379-4054; thebuckster@
Bud Gorman, Knife River MN;
Don Held, Elmira MI;
(231) 584-2662; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Pierce, St. Clair MI; (810)
Mark E. Robotti, North
Lindstrom MN; 76214.1624@
Tom Ryan, Milwaukee WI;
(414) 881-0070; tomcat@
West: Al Schwartz, Roseville
MN; (651) 633-2286
East: Pete Waters, Northville MI;
Flying Site Coordinator
Joe Beshar, email@example.com
Ed Kincer, firstname.lastname@example.org
District VII Volunteers
Another dedicated bunch, the Lansing
Area Flying Aces, show off their New
Years Day celebration and the start of
their all-seasons qualification. These
Control Liners are a different breed.
Submitted by Rich Kacmarsky.
Terry Bentley, Anthony Davis, Rich Kacmarsky, Bob Labadie, and Ken Strobel.
The portable airstrip comes in
handy when the snow is deep. Bob Labadie and his Snow Buster.
Edition: Model Aviation - 2008/03
Page Numbers: 174
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