Hello to all. This is my inaugural message as president
of OCRCC! For me it is a sincere honor to be President
and more importantly involved with club operations. I
have met a great many very nice and interesting
people of all ages and all walks of life. I have gotten to
know many of them much better and I continue to meet
new members and interested onlookers almost every
time I go out to the field. I was discussing with another
board member how many people were out last
weekend and that what is funny, is that while there
were probably 30 or more cars, sometimes there were
just 2 people flying! The rest were all visiting with each
other, telling tall tales, commiserating about crashes,
repairing planes, and just basically enjoying the social
aspects of being a member of a fantastic flying club, on
a beautiful sunny day in the middle of winter in Orange
County. We are very lucky!!
I have stopped and quizzed a number of unfamiliar
onlookers recently about what they were there for and
quickly invited them to sit at the tables and enjoy the
flight line. Most of them had planes that they wanted to
fly, all had either joined the club or were in the process
of joining, and many needed a little or a little more
coaching to nudge them into the sport. We are always
looking for new members. Try to make anyone that comes
by feel welcome and see what they need and we as a club
will do our best to take care of them and make them feel
at home. It is great to see new faces of all ages!
On the subject of new members, it is mandatory that all flyers have current AMA membership, (for insurance), have the current OCRCC badge on display on their person while on the flight line, complete with their wings sticker or imprint, and the soon to be applied safety meeting attendance sticker. This is the only way that any field marshal can confirm that you are eligible to fly. This is not only to satisfy Great Park Policy, but is also to meet Club and AMA safety guidelines. We need to be able to easily discern whoever is flying is current with all of the requirements. The badge does this at a glance.
Just to share with the membership, a few costs that are fixed that the club has to bear are:
Site rental: $2,500 (annually)
Monthly meeting room rental: $120 (monthly) $1,320 (annually)
Garbage Bin rental & trash collection: $950 (annually)
Storage Bin: $1,050 (annually)
Sanitation: $2,500 (annually)
These items account for about 60% of our total budget. I assure you that we as the board monitor these costs very closely and consider alternative ways to save money but it is tough. We are aware that other clubs cost less to be members of. I have visited some other clubs and it seems that some of them have greater membership numbers; many have access to public toilets and garbage collection, don't have a storage bin, and may pay less for site rental. I don't know of many that allow you to back your car up to the flight line and push your plane 20 feet and start flying. That is the ultimate in convenience. And we are very active with the local community and provide instruction. All this costs money. But it does pay dividends in our continued access to the Great Park..
We have a number of upcoming events that our club is associated with. Greg Stone will outline those later in the newsletter, but the significant dates to put on your calendar are January 31st. Feb 4th, and 8thas far as the safety meetings are concerned. Even if you are not going to fly until later this year, or know someone who is just getting started, be sure to attend one of these and get your name on the list so that when you have you badge and you are ready to go, all of the sticker requirements will be have been met.
Happy flying and here's to 2015!
Dave Kadonoff, President
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