Club News & Meeting Minutes

 

December 12th, 2017 Club Meeting in Auburn – A meeting was called to for nominations and an election of club officers for 2018.  There were 12 members present. After a short discussion ballots were passed out and a vote was taken.  The results of the vote are as follows – 

 2018 Flaming Geyser flyers President – John Riley

Vice President – Vladimir Karasek, Treasurer – Larry Gross, Safety Coordinator – Jay Long, Secretary – Rob Clement

Larry Gross has indicated that 2018 will be his last year as club Treasurer.  

 

 

March 15th Geyser club meeting
7:00 – Meeting called to order, Rob Clement read the minutes from the November 2015 meeting.
There were 11 members present
Flaming Geyser ranger John Ernster had previously mentioned that they hadn’t been receiving any violation reports so the club members discussed the topic of violation reports and noted that there hadn’t been any to file.
The park rangers had mentioned that the park was going to be hosting a bicycle race on March 26th and that the parking lot will have limited parking for the flyers during that time.
Club president Chris Koch reported that he had previously talked to the park rangers about replacing the fence and the rangers said that since there isn’t any digging allowed the fence won’t be replaced at this time.
The members discussed plans for several fun flys for the upcoming summer months of June, July, and August. June 4th was one of the dates mentioned to host a fly-in.
Rob Clement notified the club that the rangers are requesting the club members to modify and improve the plywood board on the parking lot side of the board. The rangers would like more pictures, posters, and club banner or sign put up so that the public can get a better idea of what the club does.
A discussion came up about changing the club meetings time to 6:30 instead of 7:00 to accommodate members that need to be home sooner. There was a vote taken on it and the members present voted to change the meeting time to 6:30.
The club meeting was adjourned at about 7:45.

November 10th 2015 meeting minutes
7:00 – meeting called to order by Chris Koch, acting president. There were 6 members present. Chris welcomed some new members.
Brought up for discussion was the idea of having club dues for next year. The club members talked of the need to start club dues in January of 2016 and decided to scrap the idea of requiring club dues until 2016 and only if needed then.
Treasurer Larry Gross was absent due to a recent surgery so Rob Clement, club secretary reported on the treasurers report. The bank account is around $1300.00

Election news – Ballots were handed out and the ballots taken in. The results are as follows –

President – Chris Koch,  Vice President – Vladimir Karasek,  Treasurer – Larry Gross, Secretary – Rob Clement,  Safety Coordinator – Jay Long

Discussions – Safety at the field and drones, also how many people would be handing out solo stickers in 2016.

October 13th 2015 meeting minutes
7:00 – meeting called to order by Chris Koch, acting president. There were 10 members present. Chris welcomed some new members and talked about a raffle that would be held at the end of the meeting.
Brought up for discussion was the idea of having club dues for next year. The club members talked of the need to start club dues in January of 2016, how to collect the dues, who will collect the dues, and that there shouldn’t be any dues for youth flyers (under 18). The members present also proposed and voted to amend the by-laws to allow dues for the club for 2016. The general consensus of the members present is that we don’t know how much the state is going to charge us for usage of the Geyser field for 2016. (2015 it was just under $350.00 and that was just the filing fee). Also the meeting members discussed that it would be much easier to collect dues at the beginning of the year with the issuance of yearly stickers rather than try to collect dues later in the year. It was suggested that club dues for 2016 would be around $20.00 and it was also suggested that if the funds aren’t needed to be allotted to the state that we could redirect them back to the membership by way of raffle prizes at club fly-ins.
Treasurer Larry Gross was absent due to a recent surgery so Rob Clement, club secretary reported on the treasurers report. We had a $100.00 donation recently so our account is now at $1224.46.
Safety Coordinator – Terry Carpine has notified the club that he is not going to be staying on as the safety coordinator for 2016. We need someone to volunteer as safety coordinator for 2016.

Subsequent to the meeting, the club officers decided that it was prudent to add one more officer to the list of authorized users of the club’s banking account. That person will be Rob Clement, secretary.

Nominations for Club officers for 2016 –
President – Chris Koch
Vice President – Vladimir Karasek
Treasurer – Larry Gross
Safety Coordinator – Open
Secretary – Rob Clement
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September 8th 2015 meeting minutes
7:00 – meeting called to order by Chris Koch. There were 10 members present. Chris notified the club members present that James Turner was going to be moving to California and was stepping down from the office of President of the club. Chris is now president of the club, the club will take nominations for officers at next months meeting October 13th.
Chris Koch mentioned that he had talked to Scott Schreiber about the Green River college RC Drone studies course and they are working on funding for the course.
The club discussed the current state operating agreement. The agreement grants us permission to use the field. We are not sure how much the costs will be next year in 2016. It was noted by Larry Gross (treasurer) that it is imperative that all persons flying at the field must have AMA coverage to fly at the field. This is covered in our agreement with state and is very important in order to use the field.
Larry reported that we currently have $1144.00 in the club bank account.
Safety – Terry Carpine (safety coordinator) reported that some of the people that have crashed out of the flight boundaries haven’t been filling out the violation reports. It was also noted that not all fliers were placing their AMA cards on the board.
General – a lively discussion was brought up about whether or not to have the club members pay dues for 2106. It was noted that if there any major repairs needed on the mower or if the mower was stolen that we wouldn’t have enough in the bank to replace it. Also that we need to get a couple of new weed eaters.
In closing – A vote was taken to discuss changing the by-laws in order to allow the club to charge dues for the coming year. It can be brought up as a proposal at the October meeting but a vote would have to be at the November meeting. This would allow time for all interested club members time to discuss any changes and vote accordingly.

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State of Washington Park Use Agreement – Completed!

The usage agreement with Washington State Parks and Rec is signed, sealed, and delivered.  One noteworthy item that the State added is a statement that the Geyser Flyers Club must maintain the facility.

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Fly-In is Saturday, June 13!

Come join us on Saturday morning.

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State of Washington Park Use Agreement 4/15/2015 

Attached is the response that I received from Washington Parks and Recreation that’s dated 4/15/2015.  The details are essentially what I submitted.  Please review and make comments — thanks!  Larry Gross  ” largross@comcast.net”

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Geyser Flyers Meeting Minutes 4/14/2015 

Attached are the minutes from our April meeting.  My apologies for the delay.

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Updated By-Laws Are Posted — Please Read and Send Comments to Larry Gross (April 7, 2015):

The newly posted document titled “Geyser_ByLaws_Proposed_2015-04-06.pdf” contains changes that are in red font. The yellow highlighted sentences are new to the document. Deletions are shown as strike-through.  There were a number of minor corrections of spelling, grammar, and punctuation that I made throughout the document. These are not necessarily highlighted, since they did not change the meaning or intent of the document.

If the club makes a formal agreement with Green River Community College to host students in a drone/multi-rotor course, then that might require an added paragraph or two. We’ll fly over that river when we get to it.


Flaming Geyser Flyers Meeting February 10th 2015 @ Godfathers Pizza

7:00 Meeting called to order by Chris Koch (Vice President) – there were 19 persons present. Terry Carpine (safety coordinator) reported that there were no safety incidents to report since the last club meeting.
Larry Gross (treasurer) reported that the club bank account had been transferred from Columbia Bank to BECU bank due to increasing monthly charges. $809.00 was transferred to BECU. There were $99.00 in donations in January and the current balance is $836.34.
A discussion was opened about a recent email from Washington state regarding the club having to have a lease to operate at the park. The topic was discussed in length for about an hour. Henry Cannon made a motion to submit the paper work to the state to start the process for the lease. The motion was accepted. Larry Gross notified us that the cost to submit the paper work to the state was going to be $340.00.

Former Flaming Geyser president Scott Schreiber spoke to inform us that the Green River Community college is planning to offer a course on drones / quads. He said the college is waiting on the FAA before moving forward with the course but if all goes well the college would like to make a proposal to the club about using the Geyser field for a training site. He stated that what this could mean is that the college might be able to help us with some of the money that it would take to lease the Geyser field. Scott also stated that the college is willing to work with the club so that any flying by the college students would not infringe on regular club flying.
The meeting was adjourned at about 8:00 pm.

                                                            Flaming Geyser Flyers Meeting –
                                                                             December 2, 2014
7:00 — Meeting called to order by Rob Clement (president) — there were 14 persons present—-all persons introduced themselves—- the minutes for the previous meeting were read by Robert Burks (secretary) — a financial report suggested that the club had maintained the same checking balance as the last month— the Safety Coordinator reported that there had been a few rough landings within the park boundaries.
7:10—-General Discussion — a suggestion was made to put the monthly web site costs ($10.00) on auto pay—club members reminded to be responsible to carry out their own trash when at the field – “pack it in, pack it out”— new solo stickers are available— nominations were opened up for all club offices and ballots were given to all persons present— the following positions were determined by the voting :
President ———— James Turner
Vice President —— Chris Koch
Treasurer ————Larry Gross
Secretary ———— Rob Clement
Safety Coordinator — Terry Carpine
7:45 —- Meeting Adjourned

                                                                        Flaming Geyser Flyers Meeting –
                                                                                      October 14, 2014
                                                                           Godfathers Pizza — Auburn
7:00 — Meeting called to order by Rob Clement (president) — there were 8 persons present—-all persons introduced themselves—- the minutes for the September meeting were read by Robert Burks (secretary) — the minutes were approved and accepted as read— a financial report was given by Larry Gross (treasurer) —Terry Carpine (safety coordinator) reported that there were no crash landing outside of the designated flying area.
7:10—-General Discussion — nominations for club officers were opened —the club offices of president, vice president, and secretary will need to be filled — the duties of each club office were explained — it was reported that the newly acquired mower is now at the field and is being used — some club offiers have been trained and are capable of properly using the mower.
7:45 —- Meeting Adjourned

Flaming Geyser Flyers Meeting –
                                                                                            August 12, 2014
                                                                                    Godfathers Pizza — Auburn
7:05 — Meeting called to order by Rob Clement (president) — there were 10 people present — the minutes for the June meeting were read by Robert Burks (secretary) — the minutes were approved and accepted as read— a financial report was given by Larry Gross (treasurer) —Terry Carpine (safety coordinator) reported that there were no reported incidents outside of the designated flying area.
7:15—-General Discussion — the club has purchase a Craftsman riding mower — Terry Thorpe (vice president) is presently preparing it for use at the field — it was suggested that a group of club members (perhaps 4) be trained (or certified) to use the mower — fuel storage and battery maintenance were also discussed — nominations for club officers is in October and voting is in November — Rob Clement will not be accepting a nomination for president.
7:35 — Show and Tell — Terry Carpine brought an electric foam plane (Laser) purchased from Value Hobby ($25.00); it featured a gyro and Lemon 3 channel receiver.
7:45 —- Meeting Adjourned  

                                                           Geyser Flyers Meeting – March 11th 2014

7:15 — Meeting Called to Order by Rob Clement (president) — there were 14 persons present. The minutes were read by Robert Burks (secretary). The minutes were accepted as read. A financial report was given. Terry Carpine (safety coordinator) reported that there were no recent safety concerns. Dean Brinton (field maintenance supervisor) commented that he is developing a field maintenance schedule which will begin as soon as the weather is favorable.

7:25— General Discussion — Mark Kicken told about Fab Lab.com in Tacoma.  A garden rake was brought to the shed and can be used to level the mole mounds at the field. The parks RCA Phasing plan for 2014 was discussed— Parks staff will make the decisions regarding the timing of each of the changes necessary to complete the three phases of development— these changes will include :

A) revising direction of flights
B) going to all electric motors

C) limiting the days and times of flight

D)elimination of this activity at the park

If the permitting goes through work may begin on part of phase 1 this fall.  (there are a total of 3 phases) The members discussed the options to the various phases and the odds of the park actually starting on the project this fall or anytime soon. We also discussed the possibilities of changing or realigning the runway.

8:00 : Meeting adjourned.

 

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