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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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applications David Eichhorn seconded the motion all members have been accepted by board vote.

Special Events: Thank you notes have been sent to all the Friends and Lovers sponsors and members who donated items to the event. Banners are being delivered to the sponsors who had not received them during the rally. The special events committee has requested to take over the Ice cream social from the Flying events committee. Committee is taking a break until April.

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association 3-16-15 Board Meeting Called to Order at 6:00 pm by Craig Pendleton President Guests: Blair Kaufman

Crew Development: Safety seminar is coming together nicely we will have a speaker from PNM and will reenact a power line incident. The crew seminar in conjunction with fiesta has 26 people registers so far. We have 8 children attending Balloon camp in Reno. Annika Fuston and Brianna Cannaday will be receiving a BFA scholarship to attend.

President: Ballots are coming in the nominations committee is counting ballots as they come in and are getting ready for the upcoming general meeting.

Vice President: There will be no speaker at the upcoming general meeting due to the elections and silent auction. We will also not be doing the normal door prize raffle. Peter will be working with the new vice-president to get speakers for upcoming meetings. The Annonay Friendship memorandum has been accepted by the ABA and Keith and Michelle Lutz will be going to Annonay this year. Treasurer:

Pie charts and reports have been emailed and will be in the cloud bouncer. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dick.

Secretary: New member’s applications for John Grier, Brian Taylor and Chris Cutter were presented for to the board. Dick motioned to approve all

Education: We had a very successful ground school we had 36 students attend. April 24-26, 2015 will be the commercial pilot ground school. Registration is open on the website

Community Relations: Amanda was ill and unable to attend the meeting.

Flying Events: During the March flying event at Fiesta field it was observed that crew member’s vehicles are being parked on the grass. Please remember only the Pilots vehicle should be on the grass all other vehicles should be parked in parking area or on the paved roads. Also please remember this is a city park and animals are not allowed.

Ways and Means: We have had good sales of the years AAAA pin. If anyone orders pins from Pins, Patches and etc. They will be entered into a contest to have their balloon on next year’s pin. We have received a lot items for the silent auction and raffle.

Secretary: Diana would like to welcome new members John Greir, Brain Taylor and Chris Cutter Treasurer: If you have any questions about the pie charts or the financial statements please feel free to contact Dick. VP: Peter will work closely with the new VP after tonight’s elections. Special Events: Charity has sent out thank you notes and currently the committee is taking a break until April. Education: Commercial Ground school is open for registration. Crew Development: absent. Ways and Means: The committee thanked all the donors for the silent acutions and raffle. Community Relations: Absent. Flying Events: The April flying event will be on April 11 at the Rio Rancho field.

AAAA General Meeting Called to Order at 6:30 pm by Craig Pendleton –President New Ratings- none Speaker: No speaker due to the elections and silent auction

Election Results Please welcome our newly elected board members Vice President- Blair Kaufman Secretary- Sue Oldenburg Special Events- Charity Blanchard Community Relations- Ursula Richards Michelle Lutz- Ways and Means The annual awards were presented by Craig Pendleton please congratulate the following recipients. Bob Ruppenthal Education Award was presented to J.D. Huss Allen Jones Volunteer Award was presented to Diana Gilson “Slim” Rawley Crew Award was presented to Stephanie Peck

I always say that our club is what we all make of it. The success of our events and classes each year depends on the generosity of volunteers that donate their time and skills to AAAA. One particular list of these volunteers is our board of directors. The officers and committee chairs who spend even more time to report on their committee’s efforts at board meetings, make budget decisions for club activities, and help make decisions about the direction of our club. Thank you so much to our outgoing board members Peter Cuneo, Diana Gilson, and Amanda Molina for their time and efforts during their tenure. At the same time, congratulation to our new board members Vice President Blair Kaufman, Secretary Sue Oldenburg, and Community Relations chair Ursula Richards! I am sure you will all serve the club well. I’ll see you on the launch field. Safe landings! Craig

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: Registration opens in 5 days and we have 220 days until the start of the 2015 AIBF. (Registration is OPEN!)

March flying event was a success for our first 2 day event of the year. Thank You Alan Cannaday for being Event Director for Saturday. Thank You Mike Garcia for being Event Director for Sunday. A special thank you to all our scorers. You are very appreciated! Saturday's top 3 1st - Neil Jackson 2nd - Jason Bucker 3rd - Jeff Ashworth Sunday's top 3 1st - David Fuston 2nd - KeithTakach 3rd - Jason Buckner March Top Gun Event Champion is Jason Buckner. Congratulations!!! Mark you calendars! Rio Grande Classic sponsored by Vara Wines Memorial Weekend May 23 - 25, 2015 Scorers and volunteers are needed.

Red Rock Balloon Rally: http://www.redrockballoonrally.com/ FIRST WEEKEND IN DECEMBER GALLUP NEW MEXICO

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Colorado Springs Balloon Event Sept 2015 The city of Colorado Springs has confirmed they are working with a production company to host a hot air balloon event over Labor Day at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs this year. Although the event has yet to be named, there is a Facebook page and a phone number (719-219-3333). We will be seeking out local balloonists to fly, volunteer, and help get the word out! Save the Date...September 4-7, 2015.

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2015 April Cloudbouncer  

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

2015 April Cloudbouncer  

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