Dinner Meeting Minutes for February 18, 2014

This was Ladies Night. Dave Stafford brought some lovely orchids for each lady, which were much appreciated. After a delicious chicken buffet dinner, with all the fixings, we had 68 members and guests.

After dinner came the Business Meeting. President Peter Van Hee welcomed everyone at 1920 hrs. He quickly presented our guests from the Museum of flight. Bill Findlay, Terry Brunner, Mike Luedey.

A moment silence in tribute to passed members and friends with a moment of silence.Specifically it was noted that Ken Bjorge had passed away.

John Laing moved and Ed Scott seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting as circulated to the membership. The motion passed.

Under New Business, Director Dave Stafford asked regarding how many had seen the new Club website. The response was that few had. He recommended that the members should see it. Our newest member, Wayne Albertson, along with Allan Rust are the Webmasters.  We need your input for them to build a great site for you to enjoy.

Under the topic of Ill members, it was reported that Jim McKeachie fell and hurt himself. Hilmer Anderson also fell but is recovering.

Membership Director John Laing advised that the By- laws are being reviewed and will check to see the efficacy of redrawing them.  He reported that there were 92 on list with 82 paid.

The speakers’ topic was a presentation by the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley.

Bill Findlay opened the presentation. He mentioned the stated aim of the museum was to preserve the history of flight worldwide but more specifically in B.C. The Board of Directors are elected each year and all are volunteers. The many volunteers are the backbone of the museum and they are always looking for more.  Much work is always needed to keep it going. The Museum relies on the local community and the memberships for funds to operate. They also do the restoration of the aircraft that are in the museum and maintain some to flying standard.  These include a Harvard 2, a number of biplanes including a Fleet Finch, the Waco AQC-6 Cabin once owned by Dr. Jack Pickup plus a Waco INF and a DeHavilland Tiger Moth.  Flights to the public in these aircraft help pay the rent and allow the Museum to fly to the people.

The museum was originally located in Crescent Road area of Surrey and was formed out of the Zaleski collection. It was difficult for all the volunteers to operate there. In 1995 they were given notice of eviction by the City of Surrey.  In 1996 they moved the collection to Langley Regional Airport where they currently have 30 aircraft on display.
Their video presentation was excellent with many members present that had flown or worked on the aircraft.  They showed the Lockheed Electra 10A that is under restoration by the students of the University of the Fraser Valley Aircraft Sheet Metal Department at Abbotsford Airport.  This aircraft was flown by Bill Marr when with TCA.

Terry Brenner, the General Manager, then spoke of membership and the happenings at the Museum. They work with 748 Lightning Hawk Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets and along with the Airport itself encourage the kids to volunteer in a 40 hour work experience program. He said that funding is always a challenge. They have been able lately to obtain revenue from the movie industry by renting equipment etc. Their latest program is "Raising the Roof" a  fundraiser to help pay for the expansion the museum in the near future.  The date for this is March 15 this year. The Museum caters to events, such as weddings and many other celebrations. They also have a few collections of memorabilia on display. They operate a gift shop and there is a cafe that operates in conjunction in the Hangar. He suggested to come and see the museum and maybe take out a membership. There are many opportunities to help in fund raising to keep the museum going. You can also sponsor an aircraft and depending on the amount of the sponsorship, even get to fly in that aircraft.

Peter Van Hee thanked the 2 speakers and their computer technician for their excellent presentation.

Dave Stafford announced that we have 2 new members. They are A.C. Expediter, Wayne Albertson (our second webmaster), and Fritz Dahl, ex Danish Air Force and retired C.P. pilot.

Prizes for the evening:
Hats won by: Don Johnson, Art Morrow, Al Sharp and Silvano Girardi.
Wine won by: Billie Tweed, Bill Marr and Tony Swain.
Chocolates won by: Kate Hercus.
Half a frozen Halibut won by: Lloyd Moskaluk.

3 original TCA ball caps were presented to the speakers.

Meeting closed at 2050