Sunday, November 20, 2016
This was our annual membership meeting, to renew our membership and to vote for the poor bastards that have to be on the board of this motley group. There were a few items that were covered as well.
A moment of silence was held for a fallen pilot, Robert "Kauai Bob" McCord. We lost Bob this year to a parachuting accident while he was visiting Oahu. He was a representative of Kauai Island, and more so, a well loved member of the paragliding, skydiving, skiing, climbing and other outdoor adventure communities. We will all miss you, Kauai Bob. May you watch over us as we fly on. Aloha.
Alex continued the meeting with a few brief announcements.
Keep a written permit for the use of Makapuu in your flight bag. Contact Alex or Dave Goto to obtain one of these, as it may become necessary to show to authorities upon landing.
Dillingham is under threat of enforcement, but it is still flyable. Offer respect to all that you come in contact with out there to maintain relations.
Reaper announced his resignation as Region 3 director due to time constraints. We all thank you for your service to USHPA and Region 3. Our first Hawaii member to USHPA Board!
Our own local election was "Rigged", as we decided to keep the status quo in lieu of ballots, pens and counting. We all know the outcome would be the same as it has been for years. To expedite the process, a show of hands to allow a status quo vote was made, and the election of officers was to remain the same. Alex would get the electoral as well as the popular vote with the only 'nay' vote coming from himself. As your treasurer, I am only to do the financial report. As the former secretary, I have yet to train the present officer to ink these reports. I wish JJ Jameson were still around; I am sure he'd get that job done too.
Meeting was adjourned with some other incidental items slurred out, as the consumption of various fermented nectars ensued. Birthday wishes to Fireman Dave and his Mom in law. Special cheers to Tommy RD and his soon to be wife, Serena, on their engagement.
2016 has been a rough one for myself, but that's another whole story that would even put the Reaper to sleep. Our membership has dwindled, with movements to the mainland by Steve 'Divot' Philips to God foresaken Boston, Gary 'Gaza' Ruhm and Laurel Swan off to populate upstate New York, Steve Lynch to the East to render family aid and Harvey to points unknown and last sighted on Maui. Last, but by no means least, our bongo playing monkey Garrett, off traveling the US mainland with his land yacht and tow boat. Find him if you want to get launched to fly, or if you have a heavy heart that needs a lift. Remember: once an HPA monkey, always a monkey.
Attendance, well, I'll do that with a count of dues contributors:
Paul "MotorHead" Kunzl Paid
Raimar "B-Ray" Bylaardt Paid
Larry "Kaaawa Larry" Williams Paid
Don "Ike" Ikenberry Paid
John Russell and June "Sandy Sreka Paid (by check with correct year on it this time)
Rich "Sawzall" Olsen Paid
Reece Harter (wants a call sign...yikes) Paid
Mike 5-0 Fujiwara Paid ( Not present, Joey paid. Where were u and Ces?)
Joey Saikin Paid
Dave 'Fireman' Taratko Paid and got bit by Mochi (only kidding, but she wanted to)
Allegra Coleman Paid
Tommy 'RD' Prindle Paid
Frank 'Awol' Highsmith Paid ( Not present....or.....was he??)
John 'Duck' Mallard Paid
Claud 'Scrappy' Philips Paid
Thom 'Sidehill' Therrien Paid
Alex "Duracell" Colby Paid
$360.00 Will be deposited.
Others that were there that did not get cornered by me:
Jorge Atramiz, Peter Michelmore (couldn't find the bottom of his wallet), Justin Boer, Nikki Johnson, Shawn Chun
Missing in action and hope to see soon:
Jonathan JK Smith, Jeff McCloud, 5-0 (but paid), Maui Doug, Lake Gibby, Frank Awol (paid mysteriously), Kevin Fowler, Matt Lawrence, Jim One-Eye Simmons, Thomas Keefer, Drew Char, Steven Wright, Kristina Wright, Marc Collins, Matt Martin, Anne Martin, James Alaggio, Chris 'Mad Dog' Pliska, Eric 'Sharky' Schrottke, Ginny Coe and Lupo, Dave Nichols, Jon Goldberg-Hiller.
Special thanks to Dorothy for conjuring up some gourmet tasty treats that we all sampled.
Posted by Thom at 9:36 PM