Posted on 13 August 2018 by TCAF
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Meeting called to order:
- 0900 (09:00am) by Dave Jamrog
- Minutes from last meeting posted on TCAF Web page for review.
- Since meeting minutes will be posted on the Web Page as soon as possible following the meeting, there will not be a complete reading of the past minutes at meetings. (Time Management concerns)
- Minutes from last meeting approved by member vote
- Reviewed by Treasurer Dave Verhoff
- approved by member vote.
Safety Report/Field Maintenance:
- Safety Officer John Russcher brief:
- Reminded all about the importance of periodic range checks to verify range controllability of aircraft
- Mort Wright also noted the importance of range checks.
- Calendar on the website and Facebook updated.
- Concerns about losing flying field.
- In the short term we are trying to placate the field owner so we have time to find a new field.
- We have had a call with Tony Stillman of the AMA. He is their flying site assistance coordinator. Tony gave us a lot of good ideas and strategy. He will provide guidance throughout the process.
- We have a rough draft of a survey for the membership. The survey should be sent out within the next two weeks. It will be available on either paper or online. We are hoping everyone will participate.
- Scott Storteboom began to look into a question of how someone could make a larger donation to the club. This lead to non-profit registration questions. This is beyond what we are currently doing by collecting donations at hot dog night.
- The AMA also suggests that clubs become registered with the IRS as a non-profit. However, the AMA is also very quick to say they don’t give legal advise. They have a short paper on the topic.
- Scott spoke with an attorney who specializes in non-profit law. He was advised that the club should file for an IRS 501c3 non-profit designation. To do this, the club’s Articles of Incorporation would need to be updated with some IRS specific language and a very wide club purpose. The club would adopt a conflict of interest policy. There are standard ones for us to use. The club would also have to approve a resolution authorizing the board to proceed with obtaining a 501c3 non profit status.
- Cost for obtaining IRS 501c3 status = $275 IRS filing fee, $20 for Michigan filing fees, $1,250 for attorney fee.
- Going forward the club would have to file electronically a very short form each year. The club could do this on their own and there is no IRS fee for the filing.
- During the discussion, Eric mentioned that he knows an attorney that he would like to discuss this with. He will coordinate with Scott for the next meeting.
- The club decided that discussion of this item should continue at the September meeting.
- Rich Moore’s widow donated a grill cover to the club. The Club’s thanks go out to Jan Moore. Dave Jamrog stated that he will send out a thank you note.
- The question was asked if we still need the 72 mghz flight board. The answer by the members was a yes.
- All members were reminded to complete the survey sent out by Scott.
- Some members recommended installing a gate on the drive and cameras to monitor personal arrivals.
- Elections for 2019 Club Officers is coming up in September. Start thinking about your candidates.
- For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.
Comments and Questions:
- Saturday, 08 Stember 2018 at 0900(9AM) at the field.
- 0945 (09:45am) meeting adjorned.
- Justin Boetsma, Eric Cederholm, Mike Gronback, Dave Jamrog, George Keefe, Bob Kovacs, Bill Porter, John Russcher, Lucas Russcher, Ryan Storteboom, Scott Storteboom, Michael VanAanhold, David Verhoef, Ray Weller, Mort Wright