2024’s dawning brings to mind the chapter 25 list of things to get done this year:
- We would like to again host a Ray Scholar;
- We’d like to increase our Young Eagles numbers, and increase the quality of the YE experience at ch. 25;
- We are planning on hosting our first, and hopefully, annual, Father’s Day Sunday, June 16 pancake breakfast as a fund-raiser for our new hangar project;
- We continue to work towards making ch. 25 165 members strong by Dec. 31, 2024;
- I continue to plan for a series of interesting speakers for our chapter’s meetings (and I’m always open to member suggestions);
- We again will offer our Univ. of N. Dakota and Minn. State-Mankato (jointly-funded with generous partners) college scholarships;
...and on and on it goes. (this, of course, doesn’t even include all of YOUR personal aviation goals - finish that project? Or just finish another portion of that project? Take an aviation trip? Pancake breakfasts? Fly to all of Minnesota’s airports? Purchase a hangar or plane? Get another rating? Plow through those volumes in your aviation library at home? Trip to Oshkosh/Volunteer at Oshkosh? Webinars? Wings credits? Etc….)
I tend to be an idealist; I have to be careful to not bite off more than I can chew. I often times bounce ideas off of members in passing conversation, if nothing else to test the viability of the thought. As some of you know, I’m a bit obsessive about what I see as the importance of writing down plans. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been planning and writing some lists for my 2024, and planning details on what I’d like to accomplish. I’d be interested in hearing your plans, too.
This chapter’s membership is full of talented, knowledgeable, experienced people; that’s one of the biggest attractions we have to offer to those EAAers out there who are not yet part of a chapter. I think we present a welcoming environment to all comers - members and guests alike. I’m looking forward to accomplishing the list of things to get done this year, and the surprises that lie ahead. Great things can emerge when like-minded people work together.
John Schmidt President,
EAA chapter 25.