Minutes

December 2016 Minutes

 

The December meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on December 15th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church. Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.

This NDRCC Christmas Party was held. The business meeting was brief.

VISITORS --- Doug Charles and Judy Beck

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the November meeting minutes as published. Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini: Club elections were held. The following officers were presented. These officers were elected by voice vote and passed unanimously.

President: Greg Pulcini

Vice President: Patrick McNamara

Secretary: Billy Slater

Treasurer: Dave Cotton

Membership: Bruce Lakatos

Field Coordinator: Bob Elder-Murphy

-------------------- Appointed Positions --------------------

Webmaster: Ken Sienski

Sound Monitor: Billy Slater

Training Coordinator: Open (Josh and Dale will still train)

Raffle Coordinator: Open (Rex may step up)

Safety: Open

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer: Dave discussed ideas for programs for 2017 and is looking for suggestions and volunteers to prepare and present programs. Anyone with a suggestion or who is ready to give a program is asked to send Dave an email at the address for the VP on the NDRCC web site.

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Billy Slater substituting for Patrick McNamara: From the November meeting --- “Next January’s meeting will be the first to be held in the Frisco public library. The meeting is planned for Wednesday January 18th in the McCallum Room in the Frisco Public library. Registration for January date opens on Friday and notification will be sent to the membership once reservation of the room is confirmed.”

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton: Not given.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Bruce Lakatos: Not given.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy: Not given.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer: Not given.

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater: Not given

TRAINING – Dale O’ Daniel: No report given. We are looking for a coordinator for 2017. A Solo Certificate was awarded to James Anthony Theiler on the successful completion of his training. Thanks to all who assisted James.

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker: The Horizon F4U 4Q was the quarterly prize

CD REPORTS and EVENTS: Josh Kleen reported that the spring float fly would not be at Hidden Cove. Negotiations are underway with the Falcons RC Club and the city of Lake Dallas to hold this event at Lake Dallas in early May.

OLD BUSINESS: Bruce Lakatos mailed the NDRCC field location notifications to nearby airports shortly before the December meeting . As a reminder Dave Schafer gave a presentation at the November meeting on the AMA view of what constitutes an “airport”: The AMA definition includes any registered private airstrip, many of which are nothing more than a smooth grass field. There are three such airfields within five miles of Eagle field. The board will notify the owners of these fields in accordance with AMA guidance. The notification will consist of a letter based on the AMA notification template and a cover letter noting that this is purely to ensure compliance with AMA recommendations.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business.

Business portion of meeting closed at approximately 7:30PM

SHOW AND TELL: None

Presentation: None

An auction was held of Mike McKinney’s RC equipment Mike passed away in August of this year.

 

November 2016 Minutes

 

The November meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on November 17th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church. Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 7:04PM.

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the October meeting minutes as published. Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini: Club elections will be held at the December meeting. The NDRCC board put forth the following proposed slate of candidates for the 2017 officers and appointed positions.

President - Greg Pulcini

Vice President - Patrick McNamara

Secretary - Billy Slater

Treasurer - Dave Cotton

Membership - Bruce Lakatos

Field Coordinator - Bob Elder-Murphy

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Appointed Positions:

Webmaster - Ken Sienski

Sound Monitor - Billy Slater

Training Coordinator - Open (Josh and Dale will still train)

Raffle Coordinator - Open (Rex may step up)

Safety - Open

The floor was opened for nominees from the membership. None were given. As such, the above candidates will be presented for a vote at the December 2016 meeting. Greg noted that we are still searching for a Training Coordinator and we would love a volunteer.

A proposal to change the format of the raffle, in order to reduce the effort required by the raffle coordinator and renew interest in the raffle, was presented. Proposal was to raffle a single larger prize each month, such as a “40” sized GP/EP arf, a “bind-n-fly”, or other such prize. This proposal is still being considered and will be open for further discussion during the December meeting.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer: Dave gave a presentation on the AMA view of what constitutes an “airport”: The AMA definition includes any registered private airstrip, many of which are nothing more than a smooth grass field. There are three such airfields within five miles of Eagle field. The board will notify the owners of these fields in accordance with AMA guidance. The notification will consist of a letter based on the AMA notification template and a cover letter noting that this is purely to ensure compliance with the rules and that no further action is required by either party.

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara: Next January’s meeting will be the first to be held in the Frisco public library. The meeting is planned for Wednesday January 18th in the McCallum Room in the Frisco Public library. Registration for January date opens on Friday and notification will be sent to the membership once reservation of the room is confirmed. In the absence of Dave Cotton, Patrick presented a summary of club accounts. A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the financial report. Approval passed by unanimous voice vote.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton: Absent.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Bruce Lakatos: Current club membership stands at 186. Reminder that in-person member ship via cash or check saves the club $8 in fees over online renewal using PayPal.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy: Bob was absent. New windsock has been installed. Kudos to the grass keepers. The field continues to look excellent. In the past, there was discussion about placing fill dirt around the end of the culvert running under the runway. After discussion, the decision was made to not place any more dirt. However, the culvert and electric fence post in line with it will be painted orange for visual reference.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer: No issues.

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater: No issues

TRAINING – Dale O’ Daniel: Absent. Training continues to be quiet

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker: Horizon F4U for 4Q prize.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS: Club youth day -- Youth day was held on October 22nd. Large number of Scouts in attendance. Event was a resounding success. Ft Worth Thunderbirds float fly was held recently and several NDRCC members were in attendance. The morning was nice. Storms rolled in in the afternoon.

OLD BUSINESS: No old business.

NEW BUSINESS: 2017 event calendar is still very open. The only confirmed, sanctioned event in Warbirds Over Texas for June 9th and 10th. Also planned are a spring and fall youth/Scouts day. One unsanctioned event has been confirmed for the calendar: Aerotow day on Monday Mar 13th.

With the club moving out of Valley View Christian Church, the board feels that it would be appropriate to present the church with a gift in appreciation of being such gracious hosts to the club. John’s suggestion was a donation the church capital fundraising effort currently underway. This was discussed with the membership and agreed upon. A motion was made to donate $250 to the church. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved on voice vote.

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:42PM

SHOW AND TELL: None

Presentation: None

October 2016 Minutes

 

The October meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on October 20th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church. Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 6:59PM.

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the September meeting minutes as published. Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini: Greg proposed a new meeting location: Frisco Public Library. Proposed to start meeting there in January 2017. General feedback of those in attendance was positive.

Greg asked the membership to think about the 2017 events calendar and to make sure that we had people for any event proposed. Proposed event calendar for 2017 will be presented at November meeting.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer: Dave showed pictures of X15 Delta launch and “landing” at this year’s BlackRock event, pictures of the X2 on display, and of the presentation of “a little pot from Colorado” to Art Wagner

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara: In the absence of Dave Cotton, Patrick presented a summary of club accounts. A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the financial report. Approval passed by unanimous voice vote.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton: Absent.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Bruce Lakatos: Current club membership stands at 184. Membership renewal starts in November.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy: No report

Fishtrap road south of the field is closed due to a collapsed culvert. No idea when it will be fixed. Further updates as more information is available.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer: No issues. Dave did implore the club membership to “not plug in electric planes while the plane is in your lap”.

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater: No report

TRAINING – Dale O’ Daniel: Training is quiet at the moment.

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker: Horizon F4U for 4Q prize.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS: Club youth day -- Youth day is October 22nd. Volunteers always appreciated. Event will run from 10A-2PM.

OLD BUSINESS: City is working on replacing culvert on Brewer and Fishtrap road.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business.

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:28PM

SHOW AND TELL: None

Presentation: None

September 2016 Minutes

 

The September meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on September 15th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church. Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 6:59PM.

One new member, Steve Brock, in attendance. Steve recently moved to the area from Houston.

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the September meeting minutes as published. Approval passed unanimously, by voice vote.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini: Greg announced the passing of Art Grusendorf and noted that the club sent flowers. Approval of the flower expense was unanimously approved.

Attending membership was queried for interest in participating in the Trinity River Wind Fest. None was shown and Greg stated that he would respond to the organizers and politely decline the invitation.

On a related note, Greg asked the membership to think about the 2017 events calendar and to make sure that we had people for any event proposed.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer: No report. Dave was absent.

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara: Nothing to report.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton: Financial reports were presented. A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the financial report. Approval passed by unanimous voice vote.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Bruce Lakatos: Current club membership stands at 184.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy: Grass continues to grow due to recent rainfall. Field is nice and green. Bob noted dead spots in the grass runway. It looks like grass killer was sprayed near the end of the runway and at the 60 degree lines. Request was made for discussion before application of any more grass killed. Fishtrap road south of the field is closed due to a collapsed culvert. No idea when it will be fixed. Further updates as more information is available.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer: No report

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater: No report

TRAINING – Dale O’ Daniel currently has two students. One has soloed. James Lawson was presented with his solo certificate.

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker: DLE-20 for quarterly prize. Quarterly prize to be given away tonight.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:

Float Fly – Late sanction not approved by AMA due to conflicts with other area events. Event officially canceled.

Club youth day -- Youth day is moving from October 15th to October 22nd to fit with the Scout Troop schedule.

Monroe, LA Memorial Event – September23rd and 24th.

OLD BUSINESS: First attempt to assist Lad Doctor in getting flying again. Dale O Daniel was present to learn how to set up Lad’s gear. Everything got setup and the engine wouldn’t start of the plane. Another attempt will be made Saturday, September 17th, weather permitting. Lad is very excited. Dale knows how to set everything up and needs to train others. Dale noted that it would be wise for members assisting Lad to give the aircraft a good inspection for airworthiness.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business.

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:23PM

SHOW AND TELL: None

Presentation: None

August 2016 Minutes

 

The August meeting of the North Dallas RC Club occurred on August 18th, 2016 at Valley View Christian Church. Club President Greg Pulcini called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.

No guests or new members in attendance.

A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the July meeting minutes as published. Approval passed by voice vote with one dissent.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Greg Pulcini: Greg noted a couple of upcoming events: West TX Warbirds on Aug 26-28 and Great SW Jet Rally on Sep 8-10. Nothing further to report.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT -- Dave Schaefer: No report. Dave was absent. He donated his X2 and was attending the event.

SECRETARY’S REPORT -- Patrick McNamara: Nothing to report.

TREASURER’S REPORT -- Dave Cotton: Financials were presented by Patrick McNamara in Dave’s absence. A motion was made, and seconded, to approve the financial report. Approval passed by unanimous voice vote.

FIELD REPORT -- Bob Edlet-Murphy: Rain will drive the need for extra mowing. The mower had a bent blade, which has been fixed. The field has been treated with grub killer and fertilizer. The field is looking good and the extra work put in this year has paid off.

SAFETY REPORT -- Dave Schafer: No report

SOUND REPORT – Billy Slater: No report

TRAINING – Dale O’ Daniel currently has two students. One is ready to solo.

RAFFLE -- Jacque Parker: DLE-20 for quarterly prize. 13 items for the raffle.

CD REPORTS and EVENTS:

Indoor flying was a little bit of a fiasco. Gym was in use when we arrived. Turnout was low and the site was kind of small but ok. Not a great facility. Will keep looking for another site but may plan another event in three months.

Upcoming Float Fly: Dale attempted to set up event with Hidden Cove Park after last meeting. Turned into a fiasco trying to get a response and get on the calendar. Entry is now $10 per head (not per card), even with an airplane. This is a change from the past

Club youth day: Bob checking calendar to verify troop availability and will notify if we need to change event details.

OLD BUSINESS: No old business.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business.

Business portion of meeting closed at 7:18PM

SHOW AND TELL: None

Presentation: None

Annual Events

Aerotow
Aerotow

March 20, 2017  Eagle Field

Float Fly
Float Fly

    July 29, 2017     Willow Grove

Warbirds Over TX
Warbirds Over TX

June 9-10, 2017 Eagle Field

Scout/Youth Days
Scout/Youth Days

April 15 & Nov 11 Eagle Field