The District V Airfest is in the books. Sixty pilots signed up and the weather was perfect. Want to point out our future.
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These kids received AMA gliders at the event. Two RTF Cubs awarded for the longest distance glider flight (kids 12 and under, one boy and one girl). Associate Vice President (AVP) Paul Frankum and AMA Vice President Kris Dixon were the judges.
In a show of extreme sportsmanship, the girls’ winner, Adie Wallin, gave her Cub to the third-place finisher. Why not give it to the second-place winner? Well, that was her sister and Adie said, “She’s got enough stuff already.”
All clubs have one. Our club, Indian River R/C in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, has Al Pineau. He is the glue of the club. The club has had to move its field twice in the last three years. With Al’s leadership the club has held together during these major changes.
Al took charge of the planning, coordination, and execution of all facets of the moves. He contributed his skills, finances, and time. He demonstrated above-average effort to get it done. With a small club of 40 members—none of us are young any longer—getting the work done has been a testament to his leadership. His ability to take charge and move runways, buildings, tables and all the other items is a credit to his skills. To move from one site to another and only lose one day of flying is remarkable.
Whether helping new members learn to fly or helping members polish their skills, Al has never—and I mean never—said no to these requests. He formed a board to give the membership options when decisions needed to be made on various tasks. He has acted fairly with the membership at all times and expected nothing in return except to keep the club in the air. He is the glue.
Al has always exhibited positive and enthusiastic attitude toward all members of the club. Whether helping new fliers or going to a school to talk to kids about model aviation, Al is the first one there. Need a club building, there’s Al. Need the mower fixed, there’s Al. You get the picture. He is the glue.
As a member of AMA for more than 55 years and a past winner of this award, I feel that the Carl Goldberg Vital People Award was made for people like Al. Two years ago I moved to Florida and was looking for a RC club to join. Seeing Al’s leadership skills made me decide to join the Indian River R/C club. Al and the other members of this club represent what the AMA is all about. Al is the glue that makes the club and AMA what they are.
On November 17, AVP Paul Frankum awarded an AMA Certificate of Appreciation to Ronda Powell, director of the county landfill. The Koast Air Modeling Society of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, has a flying site is located on the county landfill that she directs. She has done many beneficial things for Koast Air, including adding an additional 300 feet to the existing 350 foot runway.
The officers of Koast Air were present to present the award with me. Included were Archie April, Lou Parath, and Lee Carroll. The club is looking forward to many good years of working with Mrs. Powell.
Jackson County Solid Waste Director Ronda Powell was awarded an AMA Certificate of Appreciation for her ongoing support of Aeromodeling and the Koast Air Modeling Society.