Friday, December 13, 2013

December Meeting

Our Annual December Meeting is on Tuesday, Dec 17th at the Redmond Library. There will be things on the agenda: a White Elephant gift exchange, and at the end of the meeting we will transition leadership to the new team. If the awards from the EAA arrive in time, we will also recognize people who contributed to our chapter in 2013; however some shipping issues may force us to wait one month for that ceremony.

The Main Event
Meanwhile, get your Aviation White Elephant wrapped and ready. Camouflaged wrapping always encouraged.

Since we have some newer folks this year and for us forgetful types here's the rules from Santa Culver himself:

The complete set of rules is more or less as follows:

  1. $20 or less aviation-related gift. Anything for the shop is also "aviation related" in an EAA chapter.
  2. Only those that bring a gift can participate.
  3. We draw numbers to determine order that people go in
  4. Whoever is "up" gets to choose whether to pick a net new gift, or to claim one that someone else already claimed
  5. If you are the victim of a gift steal, you are next to claim a gift. Same rules: pick net new or steal from someone else
  6. A given item may only be claimed 3 times, including the first person to get the gift. After that it's "dead" and no longer in play
  7. All gifts have to go home with the recipient. Until next year.

So join in the fun. Put some thought into what to share and we'll bring some snacks to help everyone debate whether they should choose the big box or the tiny one.

This month we'll try Italian fast food for a pre-meeting dinner. If you want to join us (definitely optional!), the Pallino is in Redmond Town Center, across from REI. The address (as if it matters) is: 7545 166th Ave NE, Space D110, Redmond, WA 98052. Maybe you want to plug it into your fish finder, though, in order to get there :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Election Results

Surprise, surprise -- the November election was unanimous: the entire ballot was elected as presented. Our new officers are as follows:
  • VP – John Marzulli. John will be VP in Year 1, and President in Year 2
  • Treasurer – Jason Hills (incumbent, re-elected)
  • Director – Chad Hankins

Matt Mulder will officially become president, which is the natural order of progression (from VP to President).

These officers take office effective the end of the December meeting.

The complete list of officers is now as follows:

  • President: Matt Mulder (Expires end of 2014)
  • VP: John Marzulli (Becomes president at end of 2014)
  • Secretary (2 year term): Rob Kochman (expires end of 2014)
  • Treasurer (2 year term): Jason Hills (expires at end of 2015)
  • Directors (2 year term):
    • Director: Jim Piavis (Expires end of 2014)
    • Director: Shawn Li (Expires end of 2014)
    • Director: Chad Hankins (Expires end of 2015)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hi Everyone –

Quick note for everyone about the upcoming board elections. I presented this info at the chapter meeting this evening, and am also planning to post it on our Facebook page.

Each year the chapter holds elections to select leaders for the coming year. We are a small chapter, and it is really important that everyone participate in order that fresh ideas continue to guide us. That’s not just words: ¬everyone needs to participate!

This year we are nominating three positions, and next year there will be four positions up for election. Each position is a 2-year term, and we will also accept nominations from the floor during the November elections. New officers will take office immediately following the December meeting.

VP – John Marzulli. John will be VP in Year 1, and President in Year 2
Treasurer – Jason Hills (incumbent, running for re-election)
Director – Chad Hankins

You can read the chapter bylaws at


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

We're on Facebook

We've moved most of our activity and announcements to Facebook! See for the latest chapter news.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

March 2013 Meeting Announcement

Our presenter for the night will be Jim Scott of AirCore aviation. He will be presenting on the Rotax engine and engine maintenance.

Jim's shop concentrates on engine maintenance and builder assistance for Light Sport and EAB aircraft. 

Many of you may remember Jim from a "member favorite" presentation on the State operated airports of WA.

Chapter business starts at 7PM.

We were not able to book the Redmond library for March.

This months meeting will be at:

Kingsgate Library
12315 Northeast 143rd Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 821-7686

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

February 2013 Meeting

Hi Everyone –

Our February meeting will be at the Redmond library on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013. More to come shortly about the program.

If you are interested, Jeff Skiles will be in the area as part of the EAA Grassroots tour, and the Thun Field chapter will host him on Monday, February 18 at Thun Field. This is, of course, not our official meeting but nonetheless will be interesting if you are able to attend.

Jeff was the co-pilot on the US Air flight that wound up in the Hudson a few years back. Guess he likes goose hunting…

Thun is quite a hike for a weeknight. Nonetheless it will be worth your time! Jim Piavis and I were in a meeting with him at OSH (Airventure to newbies) last July – and Jeff is highly interested in EAA Chapters. The topic is nominally “how to grow aviation”; however the reality is that Jeff is an entertaining guy who will talk about most anything related to flying.

If you are able to attend, please do two things right away:

  1. Visit and RSVP. Space will be limited, so this is important!
  2. Reply on the Chapter 1440 Email List so that we can figure out car pooling – how many and who wants to. Please do not post a comment here on the chapter blog to confirm -- we will likely miss your response if you do.

See you there!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jan 2013 Meeting

Hi Everyone –

A reminder that our January meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15 at the Redmond Library at 7 PM. As always, we’ll meet at Ooba Tooba for dinner at 6, if you wish to join us. See for the (mobile friendly) link to Ooba’s.

This month will be a more formal business meeting in lieu of a program as such. But don’t let that scare you away! It means more time to chat about projects, and tell other true stories….

El Presidente