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A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION


Board of Directors PRESIDENT Craig Pendleton Ph: 505 504 4655 President@hotairballooning.org

VICE PRESIDENT Peter Cuneo Ph: 505 265 2865 Vice-president@hotairballooning.org

SECRETARY Diana Rutz Ph: 505 490 2412 Secretary@Hotairballooning.org

TREASURER Dick Rice Ph: 505 239 0200 Treasurer@hotairballooning.org

FLYING EVENTS Keith Lutz Ph: 973 945 2819 Flying-events@hotairballooning.org

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Amanda Molina Ph: 505 610 0753 Community-relations@hotairballooning.org

EDUCATION Tom Fisher Ph: 505 681-7202 Education@hotairballooning.org

SPECIAL EVENTS Charity Blanchard Specialevents@hotairballooning.org

CREW DEVELOPMENT Dave Eichhorn Ph: 505 659 9496 crew-dev@hotairballooning.org

WAYS & MEANS Michelle Lutz Ph: 973 851 8113 Ways-means@hotairballooning.org

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The time to print the AAAA Annual Roster is rapidly approaching. We need help!!! Please see Michelle if you can dedicate time to approaching businesses for advertising space, proofreading, working with the secretary for the members listing, recruiting Corporate Memberships, and so on and so on.

Special Events:

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Ways and Means: Last month's Happy Hour was hosted by the Q-Bar. It was a very nice and intimate event. Q Bar gave AAAA 20% back on our checks. We had a very special guest with Vara Wines sharing their 6 different local wines. Members enjoyed a flight of 3 of their most popular wines. Thank You Q Bar and Vara Wines for a great event! We will not have a Happy Hour in January. Ways & Means is gearing up for the March Raffle. Please start to donate items for the raffle at any AAAA event. We will accept any and all items. Your trash is someone else's treasure. This is AAAA's major fundraising event for the year. Thank you to everyone who has donated in the past!!!! AAAA Corporate Membership is a main source of AAAA income. We would like to thank our Corporate Members! Please visit these businesses, use the services they provide and THANK them for supporting your club! Please support your ballooning community by becoming a Corporate Member today.

The Jingle Bell Rally was a success. We had a great cook-off with Robert S taking First Place, Sue Palmer taking Second and Drew Perdun getting Crowd Favorite. We sold a lot of pins, scarves and hats (exact numbers to follow after we have taken inventory). We had a lot of compliments on the design and the merchandise offered. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the events. A special thanks to our judges and to the special events committee who put in a LOT of hours planning and executing this event! Friends and Lovers is right around the corner. We are looking for volunteers to help at the Friday Night Registration and the Sunday Brunch. We need 10 volunteers. We are also looking for donations for prizes and the raffle as well as sponsors. Just a reminder -- applications are on the website and are due by January 31. The Crowne Plaza is offering rooms for $79 a night during the rally. Brunch tickets will be $7 each and will be sold until 8am on the Sunday of the rally. Education: The dates for the ground schools have been selected. Private Pilot Ground School February 27, 28 & March 1, 2015 Registration deadline Feb. 18 before Feb. 9th - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members after Feb. 9th - $200* members and non members Commercial Pilot Ground School April 24, 25 & 26, 2015 Registration deadline April 15 before April 7th - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members


after April 7th - $200* members and non members Both ground schools meet Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday at the AIBF Office at 4401 Alameda Blvd NE in Albuquerque. Instructors are being selected and online registration is available via the AAAA Web site.

November date was incorrect. The online version is corrected to show the event as Saturday, November 14th. The full schedule is available on the AAAA web site http://hotairballooning.org/uploads/FlyingEvents/201 5%20Attachment%20A%20Flying%20Events%20S chedule%202015%202016.pdf

Flying Events:

Crew Development:

December 2014 Flying Event December’s Jingle Bell flying event took place at Balloon Fiesta Park with 57 pilots answering the call. November’s 1st place finisher Paul Smith called the task and 2nd place finisher Bill Dimmit advised about the weather, and two Multiple Judge Declared Goal (Hesitation Waltz) targets were selected. 22 pilots scored, with Mark Heideman taking first with a distance of 10 feet 7”. Al Lowenstein and Paul Smith came in 2nd and 3rd place with throws of 10’ 6” and 17’ 2” respectively.

The Jingle Bell Rally Tic-Tac-Toe event was a success with 9 participants — all choosing to fill in the whole board. First place was Dick Rice’s crew of Heart’s A’Fire, Second Place was Craig Pendleton’s Crew of Spirit in the Sky; third place was Tim Martin’s Crew of Mah Na Mah Na, Fourth Place was Jane Shill’s Crew of Whispering Spirit and fifth place, Judy Nakamura’s Crew of Bounce. and sixth place was Barbara Fricke’s Crew of Sandia Sunrise.

Special thanks to Dave Bagley, Sam Bradshaw and Dan & Beth Talbert for volunteering as scorers! January Flying Event Our next flying event also takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park on Sunday, January 11th. Registration is 6:45-7:15 am at the northeast corner of the field. AAAA Awards Banquet Join us for a night of fun at Club Rio Rancho (http://www.clubriorancho.com) on Saturday January 10th at 6pm. This beautiful facility plays host to an amazing dinner, Flying Events and Crew Development awards, prize drawing, silent auction and a cash bar. Come mingle with friends and celebrate AAAA’s outstanding 2014. We currently have 90 tickets pre-sold with additional tickets available for $25 at the door. Donations for the raffle and silent auction are greatly appreciated. Please contact Keith or Michelle Lutz to arrange for drop-off or pick-up. AAAA Flying Event Schedule 2015-2016 There is one correction from the original posting last month. One of our astute members noticed that the

January 10th we’ll announce the top 5 crews and award prizes to the top 3. The 2015 crew flag will be same as the pilot flag with the addition of a chase vehicle. 2015 Friends and Lovers Rally will have three scored contests: 1. Friday night trivia contest; 2. Saturday GPS/address hunt and 3. A Baggy Toss Community Relations: Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion – Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion Groundbreaking The City of Albuquerque has requested that members of AAAA be invited to the groundbreaking event being held Monday, December 22 at 12:30 pm. An email request has been sent to Sam with the information and flyer for an e-blast. New Mexico True Television Show features events to promote in each episode in their newly-added Events Calendar section. I’m working with Charity to get a blurb about Friends & Lovers added. Vice President:


We are looking for suggestions for general meeting programs for the first few months of 2015. If you have ideas please share them at vicepresident@hotairballooning.org.

2015 AAAA Board Elections The 2015 AAAA Board Elections nominations season is upon us. Elections will be in March for Vice President and Secretary officer seats, as well as for the Community Relations, Ways and Means, and Special Events committee board seats. Mae Bell Pendleton has graciously agreed to chair the nominations committee. The nominations committee members will be announced soon. If you are interested in serving on the nominations committee please contact Mae Bell at wingstwo@msn.com. Following are descriptions of the duties and responsibilities for the board positions which are up for election. Please review these and then contact any member of the nominations committee to express your interest. We thank everyone who volunteers their time and effort to enable our club to present all of the great classes, events, and functions that we do. The Vice President shall:

a) Act as President in the absence of the President and shall be “Liaison as Large” and attend committee meetings as necessary. b) Direct the program presentation at general meetings. Because of this responsibility, the Vice President is usually the liaison and committee chairperson for the Program Committee. i) The Program Committee is responsible for presenting the program at most general meetings. The programs should generally be educational in nature and can be presented through films/videos, guest speakers, or other suitable format. ii) The program at the September general meeting shall be the “AIBF Pilot Briefing Video”. The program at the March meeting is the board election. The Secretary shall: a) Take minutes of all board meetings. These minutes shall be distributed to board members for review, before a condensed version is published in the Cloudbouncer. The minutes shall include all motions passed or denied. Copies will be distributed at the next board meeting. b) Take minutes of all general and annual meetings, and submit highlights for publication in the Cloudbouncer. c) Be responsible for membership information related to the election process in accordance with the Bylaws and these Operating Rules. (Appendix C Voting and Election Procedures) d) Post solicitations for the club awards as outlined in Appendix F of these Operating Rules. e) Be responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date membership data. This data shall include a current list of all members, type of membership, addresses, phone numbers, and other relevant data. This data is to be used for generating election ballots, and billing members for dues, assessments,


and fees, and shall be provided to the Ways and Means Committee to be used in preparation of the Annual Membership Directory. f) Be responsible for billing members for dues before January 1, notifying delinquent members by the 20th day of February and removing members from good standing by March 1. g) Act as the board liaison to the Membership Committee. i) The Membership Committee shall issue membership applications to members and prospective members upon request. The Membership Chairperson shall receive and review new applications for membership. These completed applications shall then be forwarded to the Secretary for board review and approval at the next scheduled board meeting. A permanent file of all completed applications shall be retained by the Secretary. The Membership Chairperson will inform all applicants of acceptance or rejection. ii) The Membership Chairman shall issue to all new members a membership packet that includes a letter of welcome, a membership card (one for each member), a membership directory (one per household), and other items as added from time to time (one per household). h) Receive and maintain all publications received by the club, such as reference materials, and a complete collection of the Cloudbouncer. All materials shall be available to the membership for use and reference. Maintain a system to assure that borrowed materials are returned in a timely manner. Committee Board Positions in General a) The business and activities of the club are principally managed by a set of standing committees.

b) Each committee liaison shall select a chairperson who shall call the meetings, coordinate the activities, submit minutes and/or reports to the Cloudbouncer each month and report to the membership at general meetings. c) The Board Liaison may be the committee chairperson, if this is in the club’s best interest. d) All committees are expected to meet monthly or as necessary to fulfill their obligations Community Relations and Communications The purpose of the Community Relations and Communications Committee is to provide a liaison between the club and the general public of the greater Albuquerque area. This includes interactions with individuals, local governments and other agencies as required. The objective is to provide club members with a safe and amicable flying environment on a year-round basis, and to help educate the general public about the sport of ballooning. a) The Community Relations Committee Shall: i) Coordinate presentation of available public relations materials when requested and/or as deemed appropriate. ii) Serve as a central point of contact for handling requests from community for balloon displays, tethers for charitable or nonprofit organizations. iii) Strive to produce a positive image of ballooning through the media and to work with other committees to assure special events gets appropriate community recognition. iv) Inform the membership of actual and potential problems relating to the use of takeoff and landing sites in the greater Albuquerque area. v) Be responsible for responding to complaints received on the landowner hotline. The board, as well as the responsible balloonist, if known, shall be informed of the complaint and, if necessary, both shall be involved in the resolution of


the complaint and /or dispute, whether a club member or not. b) The Communications Committee shall consist of two subcommittees; the Cloudbouncer sub-Committee and the Website sub-Committee. The Cloudbouncer Chairperson and the Editor may be the same person or the duties may be split between two or more club members. The Web site Chairperson and the Webmaster may be the same person or the duties may be split between two or more club members. i) The Cloudbouncer Sub-Committee Shall: a) Be responsible for assembling, printing, distributing the club’s monthly newsletter, the Cloudbouncer, to members in good standing as well as other balloon clubs and organizations. The primary purpose of the Cloudbouncer is to inform members of club business and activities. In addition, educational and safety articles are very important component of the Cloudbouncer. b) Meet as necessary to produce 12 monthly issues each year. c) Time the publication of each monthly issue so it is received by the membership prior to that month’s general meeting because it serves as the official notice of the date, time and place of the meeting along with other important membership notifications. d) Set advertising and subscription rates, and assures that payments are received in a timely manner and forwarded to the club Treasurer. ii) The Web site Sub-Committee Shall

a) Be responsible for the maintenance and security of the club’s web site. The primary purpose of the web site is to inform members and interested non-members about the business and activities of the club. b) At a minimum the website shall contain information regarding upcoming education seminars, ground schools, flying event schedules, chase crew activities, and special event notifications. Additional information may be added to the site as warranted by the needs of the Club. c) Insure no personal or private information regarding members may be placed on the website without their expressed permission. It is understood that board members and committee chairs phone numbers and email addresses will be listed on the site. d) Decide on the appearance and layout of the website, but should consult with the board for questions on functionality or changes/upgrades which require the expenditure of money. e) Meet as necessary to keep the site current. f) Solicit information or data from each of the club’s standing committees for inclusion on the website and shall determine deadlines for the submittal of such information or data. Ways and Means The purpose of the Ways and Means Committee is to plan and organize fundraising events for the club.


Ideas for fundraisers shall be left to the discretion of the committee but require the support of the general membership for maximum benefit. a) The Ways and Means Committee shall: i) Be responsible for production and distribution of the Annual Membership Directory, which is to be distributed by June. The directory is a means of raising funds through sale of advertisements, the price of which shall be determined by committee members. a) At a minimum the Directory shall provide a list of current members in good standing, their addresses and phone numbers and shall identify Honorary Members. The Directory shall contain a list of current Officers and Board members. This information shall be supplied to the committee by the Secretary. Special Events The Special Events Committee is responsible for the organization and running of all AAAA special events. a) The Special Events Committee shall: i) Insure major special events should not conflict with other major club events or balloon rallies outside of Albuquerque, when the potential exists for lack of club participation. ii) Select activities are at the discretion of the committee, but should reflect the needs and wishes of the club membership. Activities may include, but are not limited to: AAAA Fiesta Pilot Tent and the Friends and Lovers rally. iii) Coordinate with the Flying Events committee for assistance in setting pilot criteria and in enforcing safety measures during the Friends and Lovers Rally, as well as the use of scoring equipment such as targets and baggies.

Good luck to all nominees.

None. Christmas Break


Thank you to all of the committees and volunteers that contributed to a fun and smooth Jingle Bell non-Rally, even if Mother Nature did shorten the weekend. If you would like to get more involved in organizing and presenting any the great events and classes that AAAA puts on each year, please reach out to any of our board members to find out how you too can contribute to making our club the great organization that it is. Thank you to all of our board members, committee members, volunteers, and club members for a great 2014 and I’m looking forward to 2015 full of safe flights and tons of fun with all of you, my balloon family. Happy New Year to all of you! I’ll see you on the launch field. Safe landings! Craig

December Top Gun flying event was weathered out. Thank you Cabezon Community Center for hosting our event. Thank you Keith Lutz for being our Event Director. Mark Your Calendars! 2015 Top Gun Annual Meeting January 17, 2015 The Shores, #1 Lakeshore Dr. NE 11:00am Bring a dish to share and bring a chair 2014 Top Gun Results Congratulations to Mark Sullivan for being 2014 Top Gun Champion


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2015 January Cloudbouncer  

Official publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Hot Air Balloon Club.

2015 January Cloudbouncer  

Official publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Hot Air Balloon Club.

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