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Saguaro Blossom Newsletter of Saguaro Aerostat Association September, 2009 Thursday Sept 10 General Meeting – Old Pueblo Grille 7:00 PM Sat-Sun Sept. 19-20 White Sands Rally – Alamagordo, NM Sunday Sept. 27 Kickoff Rally - Clayton Field 6:00 AM Sat - Sun Sat-Sun Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Thursday Oct 15 General Meeting (a week later because of Fiesta) 7:00 PM Nov. TBD Board Meeting – Location TBA Thursday Nov. 12 General Meeting – Old Pueblo Grill 7:00 PM Fri-Sun Nov. 12-15 Sierra Vista Rally MARK YOUR CALENDARS Kickoff Club Rally Sunday, September 27 – 6:00 am Hosted by your Board Encourage your crew to join our club 2009-2010 Club Officers Members at Large: President-Dan Ewer firstname.lastname@example.org Past-president - Michael Glen Vice President-Ron Aros email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Secy-Margret Aros email@example.com Trina Karol Trinavk@aol.com Treasurer-Alan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Roy Walz Balloonguyaz@aol.com Sunrise – Sunset Times Sept. 12 6:05 am……..6:34 pm. Sept. 19 6:09 am.…….6:25 pm Sept. 26 6:14 am……..6:15 pm Oct. 3 6:18 am……..6:06 pm Oct. 10 6:23 am……..5:57 pm Oct. 17 6:28 am……..5:49 pm [ Dan’s Dialog involved as we can and bring ballooning back to Tucson. We attended the Deming NM rally again this year and it always amazes me how such a I would like to encourage everyone to attend small community can put out such a great the Sept. 10 general meeting at Old Pueblo duck race/rally weekend for all ages. There Grill, more details to come. Also, the Sept. were 4 Tucson balloons there enjoying the 27, Sunday, rally which is the Kickoff Rally rally. A good time was had by all. It for the season starter. Bring your best seemed that the Deming community, all dressed outfits and food. Hope to see you ages that attended the morning flight, all there. thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. The best part is meeting new people and I want to send our appreciation to Roy and making new friends. I recommend that Richard’s committee for the shin dig at everyone attend the Deming rally at least Richard’s in Sierra Vista and the Meet and once. It is a very laid back rally. Greet at Jethro’s. Those of you that weren’t able to join us missed a great party and If there is anyone interested in carpooling breakfast! from the outlying communities of Tucson please contact Lorrie Ewer so we can Thanks to Ron for organizing all the rallies establish a list of people that would like to through the season and figuring out the ride share to the general meetings. scoring. email@example.com. Thanks, Thanks to Margret for working on the I am pleased that the club is moving in the monthly newsletter and all the secretarial direction it is going right now. We have work that she does. implemented our committees. All the committees and chairs are working hard in Thanks to Alan for working on the tax report. their particular areas. Thanks to Lorrie Ewer for being my personal There have been a lot of changes within the secretary and for all the hard work she has club; like how our meetings are conducted to been putting in. trying to have more involvement from the entire club. I plan to implement a few more Thanks to Trina for all the hard work she put things to encourage our members to attend into the website and we’re hoping she gets more meetings and become involved. We better soon so that she can join us once have recruited 4 new single memberships again in our meetings etc. and 7 new family membership’s, it feels like we are off to a great start. P.S. I have a great board of directors that are working very hard to bring ballooning We, as a family, like to promote ballooning back into the community. I know all of the as a family sport. Where else can you get members/past members are capable of the great experiences of crewing, making this a great club. We would inflation/deflation, chasing, tailgating and appreciate all the help we can get! Let’s most often getting a ride for $25.00 a year make this a viable club again. with the balloon club. Sign up your friends and families, let’s get as many people Dan Ewer President GENERAL MEETING MINUTES – Aug. 13, 2009 Saguaro Aerostat Association Old Pueblo Grille Meeting convened at 7:30PM after a very social happy hour. • In attendance: Dan and Lorrie Ewer, Alan and Carmen Brown, Ron and Margret Aros, Jim Hurst, Roy Walz, Sharon McCormick (guest). Education Discussion regarding Old Business: By-law change. Motion preparation for flying: A spirited by Alan Brown, seconded by Ron Aros discussion ensued regarding the use of to change the club by-laws to reset the nitrogen or heat tapes for heating tanks. date that membership dues will be Some key points: payable. The dues will be payable each year as of September 1. Annual club Use a circuit breaker on your heat tapes. meeting and election of officers will Always be sure that your heat tapes and remain the same. Motion passed tanks are inspected annually. unanimously. Use your checklist on a regular basis A new application with the changed don’t just depend on experience. Also dates was supplied by Lorrie. remember to be sure that your crew knows what they are doing, don’t Old Business: assume they know. Inflation, launch, chase and recovery are the duties of the All transitional activities have been crew. completed. Past paperwork will be passed back to Alan to shred NEXT MONTH’S TOPIC IS: unnecessary materials and consolidate Landing Techniques and Areas: summaries of each past year. A folder Dan passed out an article that will be of past newsletters was passed on to discussed. Margret Aros as Newsletter Editor. Minutes of June 11 meeting: Committee Reports: Approved as published in the July Safety and Education: BFA no longer newsletter. has up to date videos on flying activities. Dan spoke to IMC insurance and is Treasurer’s report: $75 received in dues, working with them in regard to how to will return $10 to Orville Choat who had sanction our education activities. He also wanted newsletter to be mailed. $20 asked about liability waivers and was from 50/50 and $50 in interest. told that regular flight crew can sign one No expenditures in July. waiver per year. Each waiver must be a Current balance as of July 31, 2009 is separate form not a group waiver. $3,922.17 Treasurer’s report approved. Communications: Trina has been out of commission so Lorrie has been talking to Chuck for the website. Current member pilots still need to send in their balloon balloonmeister for the November rally. pictures. Please send those to Lorrie. It will be the weekend of the 21st or Unpaid members will not have their 22nd. Ron suggested that there be a picture published. Lorrie has been discussion of how to score for this working with Chuck to move forward. coming year. This will be discussed at Jim Hurst motioned that we find an the next Board meeting on September 2. additional person to finish developing There is still an opening for a the website until Trina feels like she’s balloonmeister for October. able to take back the leadership. Alan seconded the motion which passed. Editor’s note: Ron and Dan will coordinate the October rally in the Ways and Means: Alan is working on absence of any willing pilot. the tax report. Prizes: Door prize: Roy Walz Community Relations: Margret is won a tarp. continuing to produce a monthly 50/50: Carmen Brown won newsletter.. $12.00 Attendance: Lisa Hurst not in Social Events: Roy Walz: Richard attendance so $25.00 rolled over Sanders threw a great summer party but to next month along with $9.00. was disappointed that it was poorly Next month the prize will be attended. $34.00. Flying Events: Ron Aros reported that Meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm Frank O’ Neil has agreed to be the Meet and Greet Board Meeting Summary – August 27, 2009 At the meet and greet breakfast the officers and board in attendance voted in 10 new memberships. We received $235.00 in new membership dues. The balloon club made $18.00 in the 50/50 drawing. The winner of the 50/50 for $18.00 was Jeff Dalecke crew for Ron and Margret Aros, Concho. 1 balloon club pin was sold for $3.50. Richard Sanders made a donation to the balloon club of $11.50. The new additional members are; Jolene, Harry, Deanne Helt and the Owen’s.-Concho Crew; Jeff, Shirlanna, Alexandria and John Dalecke - Concho Crew; Sharon McCormick and Jose Zegurra - Blue Moon Crew; Patrick, Donna, Chantelle, Austin and Jonathon Traylor - Blue Moon Crew; Cristina, David, Briana and Anthony Ramirez - Blue Moon Crew; Sherri,Wyatt and Nathon Hawkins - Blue Moon Crew; Lisa-Marie and Mathew Beam - Blue Moon Crew; Beth Wall - Blue Moon Crew; Timothy Prevatte Sr. - Blue Moon Crew; Shirley Comier - Foolish Pleasure Crew; Chris Romer – Foolish Pleasure Crew Minutes Respectfully Submitted by SAA Secretary, Margret KICKOFF RALLY Sunday, September 27th Pilot Briefing 6:00 am Clayton Launch Site Balloonmeister Dan Ewer Rally Theme: Football Wear your football jersey, helmet, shoulder pads, cheerleader outfit, pom pom’s, or mascot costume PRIZES FOR CLUB MEMBERS Best Dressed: Football Player Best Dressed: Cheerleader Best Dressed: Mascot Food Theme: Best Football tailgate goodies Best Tailgate Drink Pilot Competition: Hare and Hound Best Crew Person Award RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org The Meet and Greet at Jethro's Little Cafe was outstanding, several of the older balloonists were there and several new people showed up. The food was great and filling, way to much food for the price. Don't think there was any food left on the plates though. The conversations with new people and old balloonists was amazing, there was laughing and joking around, enough that the club had signed up at least three more new people at Jethro's Little Cafe. It was another outstanding get together for everybody and the club. If you did not show up you missed out on something great, maybe next time, you can take time out of your busy schedule and join us for some fun and support the new and growing balloon club. HUA! We want to thank everybody that came out to have a good meal, some fun and support their balloon club. THANK YOU Richard and Roy Build Your Club Contest Margret Aros editor: Between July 1 – December 31, 2009 Margreta@flash.net Get new or returning members to join. Newsletter deadline: 25th of each month (May not have been a 2008/2009 member) Tucson Club Website: Winner must be present at the January meeting to be www.tucsonballoonclub.org eligible for the prize. Albuquerque Website: www.aibf.org PRIZE: $100.00 Be sure your new member puts your name on their