EAA Chapter 54

St. Paul, MN. (Lake Elmo)

Chapter News and Minutes

In this section you'll find all of the latest Chapter 54 news, newsletters past and present, an archive of the E-Beacon, the occasional emailed newsletter, minutes from the chapter's Board of Directors meetings, the agenda for the next meeting, and the monthly chapter video from Oshkosh. Use the dropdown menu on the left.

The Latest Newsletters

Screenshot of the April 2024 EAA Chapter 54 Newsletter

The Beacon, Chapter 54's quarterly newsletter, is packed with information on meeting programs, building projects, and chapter programs such as the Young Eagles. Until April 2024, it had been published in one fashion or another for 56 years.

In late 2023, the chapter launched a monthly eBeacon, which emailed highlights of website stories and chapter activity. Subsequently, the published newsletter was discontinued in favor of a beefier chapter news site and the semi-monthly emailed E-Beacon, which has assumed the name of its namesake: The Beacon.

April:  Published newsletter discontinued; dues increase announced; a running start to the flying season; planning begins for August pancake fly-in breakfast; Lake Elmo Airport Advisory Committee meeting; rates and changes for airport tenants.


May 16: Anna Chase named Ray Scholarship recipient; Jeff Dale on sim pits; Chapter survey results; Performing your own maintenance

The E-Beacon archive has now been combined with the published newsletter archive and can be found here and at the links below.


The Amsden-Frank Newsletter Archive

Rosemary Frank and Al Amsden, shown in 1998All available newsletters from Chapter 54 have been digitized and are available in the archive. More than 55 years of newsletters have been converted to pdf format thanks to the foresight of chapter members Rosemary Frank and Al Amsden. Frank wrote many of the newsletters and kept meticulous minutes (many of which are attached to the digitized newsletters) as the longtime chapter secretary through the '80s and '90s. Al Amsden saved almost every one of the newsletters, donating his collection to the chapter. The archive, which is available via the drop-down menu under "Newsletters" is organized by decade and each month's primary content is noted on the page.

The newsletter has had several names over its lifespan from EAA Chapter 54 News to Speed's News to The Beacon. Much of the content is valuable today, particularly excellent tech counselor articles and engine maintenance articles from chapter legends such as Bill Schanks and Jim Montague. There are also fascinating reports on journeys members have taken in their aircraft to such destinations as Alaska, Florida, and Yellowstone.

2020-Present editions
2010-2019 editions
2000-2009 editions
1990-1999 editions
1980-1989 editions
1970-1979 editions
1968-1969 editions


Board of Directors Minutes
The Chapter 54 Board of Directors meets on the first Monday of each month, usually via Google Meet. Chapter members in good standing are invited to attend. Please contact the chapter president for more information on doing so. The meeting agenda is posted here on the website well in advance of the meeting. The latest agenda and the minutes archive can be found here.
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