1. Young Eagles Program
The limiting factor with our regular Young Eagles program is the lack of volunteer pilots, probably triggered by the COVID situation. Only had 4 pilots volunteer by survey of membership and 4 more as maybies. Appears insufficient to conduct YE program. Big Bear pilots wishing to participate in YE can fly with Apple Valley Chapter 768.
The High School has an AOPA STEM program teaching interested students about aviation subjects and it may be possible to fly these students as part of an EAA Eagles program where people from 18 and older get rides as an introduction to aviation.
Roger will contact EAA YE officials and determine whether we can fly STEM students under the Eagles program.
2. BBAPA Monthly Dinner Meetings Start in June 2022 and NO Dues for this year
Our treasury has sufficient funds remaining where we don’t have to collect dues this year. Money is primarily for funding the summer monthly dinners.
A discussion about COVID actions during dinners resulted in leaving the choice up to individual members to wear a mask or not and follow COVID rules in effect as the dinners start.
We will start dinners in June thru Sept when weather is comfortable.
3. Fuselodge Building
The present lease aggreement expires this year and Ryan Goss indicated we will make a new agreement this Spring. Shade indicated that the building’s condition is good and just needs cleaning.
4. Board Member Positions
We are supposed to have the Assn membership vote on Board members every two years. The general membership can submit candidate names for Board membership, then the membership votes and the top seven candidates become members and they chose poistions like Secretary, Treasurer, etc. We can send out a request for candidates thru the website with an email reminder in the Fall of 2022, followed by membership voting.
5. Tour de Big Bear Bike Ride
The bike ride is on the first Saturday on Aug 6 and our Board decided to support with our normal station on Onyx Summit.
6. Halloween in Village
The Assn will support the event with a reduced presence of the spinning wheel but no games. This worked well last year.
7. General News
The BBL will sponsor 3 separate fireworks events on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
The airport management has acquired 10 modular buildings to be used for the staff while the new Terminal is being completed. They may be sold off afterward.
The airport is in the process of designing a new Snow Removal Equipment building funded by the FAA to store the expensive machinery for snow plowing.
Bob Hartunian, Secretary
Attendees- Jack Williams, Don Shade, Roger Schmidt, Wes Krause, Bob Hartunian
1. Board Vacancies
Shade to send out a note to all members requesting candidates for filling vacant positions on the board. Currently we have 5 board members and the By-Laws call for 7. (Bob D moved away and resigned his Board position as did Jolan Valo). Voting will be done via Email to the membership.
2. Halloween in the Village
Will be held this Fall and we will participate as usual and solicit member volunteers. Sign up to assist on our website.
3. Finance Report
Roger Schmidt, Treasurer, reported that we have $5400 in account. Our June dinner expenses were $545 for food and drinks. Assuming our dinner expenses at $500 each, we should be able to cover those costs with available funds and have sufficient monies to support a Christmas dinner ar $15 per person on Thursday, Dec 16th, 5PM at Santana Mavericks in BIg Bear Lake.
Currently, we have 250 members. A membership includes the member and spouse.
5. By-Law Revisions
The By Laws have not been changed since the start of the Assn 20 yrs ago.
Shade and Williams will work together to revise and simplify our rules of operation.
The new BYLAWS will be posted on the Assn website for member review and approval.
Topics for revision include:
Building agreement needs renewal. Improvements made to building will be reported to Airport Management by Williams and a request will be made for a 6 year lease agreement.
Bob Hartunian, Secretary
To All Big Bear Airport Pilot Association members; We are coming out of the COVID situation of last year with our first dinner meeting on June 8.
The Assn Board wants you to know about our dues policy. The last dues were collected in 2019 before the COVID shutdown. Our normal dues collection happens in the Spring of each year and the monies received are used for the dinner activities of that year.
As the COVID threat expanded into the beginning of 2020, all of our Assn activities stopped so we postponed any dues collections for 2020. Whatever funds we had accumulated were shifted to 2021 and we should have enough in the account to get us thru 2021 activities. Roger Schmidt has done a great job of managing our funds.
The next dues request will be in the Spring of 2022. At $35 per couple for dinner meetings, Hangar parties, and Christmas party, it is the best bargain in Big Bear.
Bob Hartunian Secretary