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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
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AAAA Board meeting January 18, 2016
Special Events – Jingle Bell sold out of pins. Going forward, Special Events will not be over-ordering pins so as to keep our overhead down and not lose money on unsold pins. 100 more were purchased by Ways & Means for sale. Sponsors, donations for the silent auction & raffle prizes and volunteers are needed. Special Events will also host the Crew activities at F&L this year that will count toward the annual top crew rankings, including baggie decorating and crew target plus one more TBA. Crew cook off will be an Appetizer Competition (no cocktails) and will be capped at 20 participants. Sponsor list is “small but mighty”, including an annual inspection from Aerco. Will also fundraise for BFA Balloon Camp.
President called meeting to order at 5:35PM
Community Relations – Two requests…
Board Members Present – President (Craig); Treasurer (Dick); Ways & Means (Michelle); Special Events (Charity) Education (Tom); Community Relations (Ursula); Crew Development (Dave).
1. AARP Magazine wants to do a story and include 8-12 images on a topic related to active ballooning participation by balloonists 50 years old or older. Based in Austin, but also lives in Albuquerque. 2. Request for a HAB ride for two, for a March 13th auction at Hotel Albuquerque, to support adult literacy. 3. Flying Events - 42 pilots registered for the first AAAA Flying Event of 2016, and 5 pilots scored on the Multiple Judge Declared Goal (aka Hesitation Waltz) task. The top three
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Board Members absent – VP (Blair); Secretary (Sue). President – Nominations are moving forward. At least one nominee for each open position Vice-President – Absent Secretary – Absent Treasurer – Pie Charts distributed to the board and will be in the Cloudbouncer.
results were: Dave Eichhorn in 3rd, Tm Martin in 2nd, and Neil Jackson in 1st. 132 guests attended the AAAA Awards Dinner. Prizes and gifts were awarded to the Top-20 pilots, Perfect Attendance pilots that registered at every event in 2015, and the top crews of the year from the Crew-D events. We raised over $1100 from the Silent Auction and Raffles Special thanks to T-Shirts and Things for the custom embroidered prizes and AIBF for many of our other prizes, raffle and silent auction items. Our next flying event is the Friends & Lover’s Rally on February 13 & 14, 2016 at Balloon Fiesta Park. Registration begins at 6:00 am. The Flying Events Committee needs members for 2016.
from the AAAA safety seminar. A crew seminar will follow flying on Sunday March 13, 2016 at 7am on Balloon Fiesta field for ½ a day. Dave will try to get 1s t hand feedback from PZ owners to share why they want balloonists prohibited from their property. Half the slots for BFA Rio Grande “International” Balloon Camp are already booked, including a camper from Poland. Interested? Get your registration in now. New Business: Michelle – Corporate sponsors have been asking for a sponsorship level between the existing Gold ($325) and Platinum ($750). As-Is: Platinum - Cost: $750.00 Gold - Cost: $325.00 Silver- Cost: $175.00
Ways & Means – No Happy Hour in January because of so much else going on. Next Happy Hour will be February 2nd . Corporate member pin sets area assembled and will go out in the next week. Need donations for the March Raffle. Will ask at the next General Meetings.
Motion by Michelle, seconded by Charity is:
Education – 23 enrolled in Private Ground School. If attendance exceeds 30, will hold another private ground school in June.
Motion passed unanimously.
Crew Development – AAAA/Aerco Safety Seminar is set for Saturday March 12, 2016. Several topics will be shorter, fact paced 20 minute topics. A couple topics carry over
To Be: Diamond- Cost: $750.00 Platinum - Cost: $550.00 Gold - Cost: $325.00 Silver- Cost: $175.00
Michelle has also revised the AAAA membership application and will review with Sue and bring to the next board meeting. 6:15 PM Motion to adjourn made by Dick, seconded by Tom. -- Meeting adjourned.
by next week. Need donations for the March raffle
Special Events: Thank you to everyone who came out for Jingle Bell and helped make the event such a success!!! We did a few things differently this year and they seemed to work well. Going forward, Special Events will not be over-ordering pins so as to keep our overhead down and not lose money on unsold pins -- that means be prepare to get your pins first thing!!!!! Friends and Lovers is fast approaching. The committee is looking for several things to help with the event -- Sponsors, Donations for the silent auction, raffle and prizes and ... VOLUNTEERS!!!!!! We need help Friday afternoon/evening for the reception, Saturday during crew games and Sunday during the brunch. We promise not to interfere with piloting and crewing as much as possible, but crew games will take place for a little while during flying on Saturday.
No General Meeting Minutes Available Additions from the Board Members.
Ways and Means: There was no Happy Hour in January. Next Happy Hour is February 2nd. Corporate Membership members will be sent their pins
The always popular crew cook off will be back this year with a couple changes: There WILL be a limit to the amount of entrants. Due to time and out of respect for our judges, the field will be limited to 20 people. You must register ahead of time and once we have 20 entrants registration will close. NO EXCEPTIONS. Rules will be going out the week of the 19th.
Due to scheduling issues, Special Events will be overseeing the Crew games this year. Details on the games will be released ASAP. The schedule for the weekend will be released no later than January 26. If you have any questions, donations, dollars or want to volunteer for Friends and Lovers, please see Charity or any of the committee members. Friends and Lovers is just over two weeks away and plans are in full swing!!!! Pilot Registration will be at the Sid Cutter Pavilion from 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday, February 12, 2016. The Crew Games will be as follows: -- Baggie Decorating -- Baggie Toss -- Crew BINGO The rules for the baggie decorating contest are on the website. Baggies must be turned in to the Special Events Committee between 5 PM and 7:30 PM Friday night, February 12. Crews will be able to pick up their baggies on Saturday morning during pilot briefing. Crew BINGO will begin at 5 PM, during pilot registration, and end at 10 AM Saturday morning. Entries must be time stamped by a committee member. Turn your bingo cards in at the merchandise table. The Baggie Toss location is TBD and will be announced at pilot briefing on February 13.
The Creative Cheating Contest is back this year! This will be a completely separate contest and will not factor into Crew Games point totals. The appetizer contest is open for registration and the rules are up on the website. The field is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early. Contact Charity to register. We need sponsors and donations for raffle prizes, silent auction items and crew and pilot prizes! Please see any member of the committee to donate or get a sponsorship packet. Volunteers are needed to help at registration, score the crew baggie toss and help with miscellaneous other things. If you have any spare time that weekend, we sure could use your help! Please see any member of the committee to sign up and make sure to let us know when you will be available! Special Events is very excited about this event and so happy to be able to present the 40th Anniversary of the Friends and Lovers Rally!!!!!
Education: The max students for Private Pilot Ground School (PPGS) to be held on February 26, 27 & 28, 2016 are 24. If we get additional students we will put them on a standby list. If the standby list gets to 6, then we will do a second PPGS sometime in June, 2016. If the standby list does not hit 6, we will squeeze them in to the PPGS to be held in February,
2016. As of today we have 23 signed up and paid students. Registration deadline for PPGS is Feb. 18, 2016. Private Pilot Ground School February 26, 27 & 28, 2016 Registration deadline Feb. 18 before Feb. 9rd - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members after Feb. 9rd - $200* members and non members Commercial Pilot Ground School April 22, 23 & 24, 2016 Registration deadline April 14 before April 5th - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members after April 5th - $200* members and non members
Flying Events: January 2016 Flying Event 42 pilots registered for the first AAAA Flying Event of 2016, and 5 pilots scored on the Multiple Judge Declared Goal (aka Hesitation Waltz) task. The top three results were: Dave Eichorn in 3rd, Tm Martin in 2nd, and Neil Jackson in 1st. Position Pilot 1 Jackson, Neil 2.78 2 Martin, Timothy 5.45 3 Eichhorn, David 9.08 4 Whitling, Ian 12.49 5 Fricke, Barbara 14.47 AAAA Awards Dinner
132 guests attended the AAAA Awards Dinner at Club Rio Rancho celebrating our accomplishments in 2015. The evening highlighted the support and accomplishments of our pilots and crew as well as our Flying Event volunteers, scorers, hare pilots, and committee members. Prizes and gifts were awarded to the Top-20 pilots, Perfect Attendance pilots that registered at every event in 2015, and the top crews of the year from the Crew-D events. We also raised over $1100 from the Silent Auction and Raffles through the generous donations of our members and sponsors. Special thanks to T-Shirts and Things for the custom embroidered prizes and Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for many of our other prizes, raffle and silent auction items. Thanks also to Club Rio Rancho for hosting our event and catering to all our needs. Next Flying Event Our next flying event is the Friends & Loverâ€™s Rally on February 13 & 14, 2016 at Balloon Fiesta Park. Registration begins at 6:00 am. See the Special Events report for more details. We Need Your Help! The Flying Events Committee needs member help to deliver the best Flying Events we possibly can. We need volunteers to help plan our flying events, participate as scoring officials at competition targets (itâ€™s a great photo op and no experience necessary!), and help with registration, answer questions and help with logistics (you do not have to be a pilot).
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Community Relations: I have two new requests this month. Contact: Gabriel C. Perez 512-626-3549 or gabrielcperez.com He is a photographer based out of Austin, TX but splits his time in Albuquerque as well. He is producing a story for AARP on senior hot air balloon enthusiasts/riders/first timers etc. The story would be a photo essay (about 8-12 images) featuring seniors (age 50+) experiencing hot air ballooning. The theme of the project would simply be sharing stories of age 50+ folks breaking stereotypes on aging and pursuing passions. If interested please contact Gabriel Perez. Contact: Margaret Barker, Reading Works (505) 321-9620 or www.reading-works.org She is requesting a donation for a hot air balloon ride for two to support adult literacy at their annual auction, "Luncheon for Literacy", on March 13th. The Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town will be hosting this event. Auction donors will receive publicity on their website prior to this event and at the event.
There is still time to run for a seat on the 2016 Board of Directors. Serving on the board is a great way to directly make a difference in the quality of our club, as well as have the opportunity to meet lots of new people and have a lot of fun. Members of the board are elected to two year terms with half of the seats up for election each year. This spring we will be voting for the president, treasurer, education, flying events, and crew development board seats. If you would like more information about the responsibilities of any of these you can consult the bylaws and operating rules on the AAAA web site at http://www.hotairballooning.org/index.ph p?page=officers-board, then clicking on the links for those documents on the left side of the page. You can also ask Diana Gilson or anyone else on the nominations committee or ask the people who currently serve or previously served on the board to get their feedback on what is involved.
You hear me talk frequently about how our club is the best anywhere and is able to put on all of the events and classes that we do through the efforts of all of our members who volunteer to help. Each year we like to recognize some of our members who stood out for their exceptional contributions with the Bob Ruppenthal Education Award, the Allan Jones Volunteer Award, and the "Slim" Rawley Crew Award. You can find details for the qualifications for each award on our web site at http://www.hotairballooning.org/index.ph p?page=history-awards. If you have someone in mind for any of these, please send your nomination to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to any of the members of the board and they will see that I get it. The board will select this yearâ€™s honorees and the awards will be presented at the March general meeting. Iâ€™ll see you on the launch field. Safe landings! Craig
January flying event was cancelled due to weather. Thank you Jonathan Wright for being our Event Director. Thank you for all our scorers, you are so appreciated. February flying event will be Sunday, February 21st. Congratulations to our 2016 Board of Directors. President - Ian Whitling Vice President - Jason Babcock Treasurer - Dave Bagley Secretary - Shelly Cannaday Director - Alan Cannaday Director - Jeff Ashworth Director - Fred Peek Director - Debby Young Director - Michelle Lutz Rio Grande Classic preparations are on the way.
Debby Young will be heading up the committee. You can contact any board director with interest to help.
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