Meeting Minutes – September 9th, 2019

NOTE:  These minutes are preliminary and will not be final until approved by member vote at the next club meeting. Please notify the club secretary John Russcher, via email (planeaddicted@gmail.com) of any corrections and/or errors as soon as possible. 

 

Meeting called to order:

  • 7:03pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The August’s meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef gave the treasures report.
  • The club expenditures and account balance was reviewed. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting treasure Dave Ver Hoef.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present. George is working on TCAF Safety Gram 003 and will post it on the club web site when completed.

Visitors:

  • None

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

  • Save the DATE!   Mike Tharp and Dave Kingma are working on putting together a Fall Ball Fun Fly Event on Saturday October 12th. Probable starting around 10am to about 2pm or so. Below are some rough details.  This event will be perfect for your Bloody Baron combat airplane or something similar like a FT wing or epp airplane or wing. Don’t bring anything that you are in love with.  Donuts with coffee and cider when you arrive and pull pork and bbq at lunch. Spectators are encouraged and welcome. This should be a lot of fun to participate in and watch!
  • For all planned events dates and times please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Facebook pages.

 Old Business:

  • Lease for Taylor Street field will be for 5 years. The year 2020 rent will be $1,000 and continued participation with Rust n Dust. Future years rent will be based on the club
  • Discussion about Taylor Street field, pits and parking layout.
  • After a great deal of discussion about keeping two fields it was decided to contact Steve Klingenberg about terminating our lease at the end of 2019.
  • The following two motions were made and approved by member vote.

1 – Talk to Steve Klingenberg about letting us out of our lease at the end of 2019.

2 – The club officers will be the steering committee to coordinate and make decisions about the transition from our club field to the Taylor street site. The steering committee is authorized to spend money for the transition to the new field as outlined in the expenditure section of the bi-laws.  Members will be notified by email of these expenditures.

New Business:

  • Election of officers. George Keefe asked to step down as safety officer. Steve Kastens has volunteered for the position. All other officers were willing to continue in their positions. Steve Kastens was approved as safety officer by member vote.
  • New board for 2020; President – Dave Jamrog, Vice President – Scott Storteboom, Treasurer – Dave Ver Hoef, Secretary – John Russcher, Safety Officer – Steve Kastens
  • Thank you to George for his service to the club as secretary first then safety officer.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, October 7th, 2019 at 7pm at Cobblestone Crafts and Hobbies

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:54pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Very nice to see the large attendance to this meeting. Members present: Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Mike Tharp, Tom Heetderks, Mike VanAanhold, Bill Porter, Ray Weller, Steve Kastens, Tyler Kastens, Lucas Russcher, Ron Nienhuis, Garrett Van Der Duim, Mike Rose, Larry Weller, Mort Wright, Bob Kovacs, Daniel Thomann, Terry Moll, Dave Ver Hoef, Justin Boetsma

Meeting Minutes – August 5th, 2019

NOTE:  These minutes are preliminary and will not be final until approved by member vote at the next club meeting. Please notify the club secretary John Russcher, via email (planeaddicted@gmail.com) of any corrections and/or errors as soon as possible. 

 

Meeting called to order:

  • 7:10pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The June meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef was absent so secretary John Russcher gave the treasures report.
  • The club expenditures and account balance was reviewed. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting treasure Dave Ver Hoef.
  • Received money from combat entry fees and the donations from hot dogs before combat.
  • The 2nd half of the 2019 field lease was paid.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present but posted his second TCAF Safety Gram 002 on the web site.

Visitors:

  • Brad Batjes – Brad is a field of Kelly Ellerbroek and Tom Heetderks and is interested in joining the club.

 

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

  • Pot Luck and Fly is Wednesday August 7th at 6pm. Bring a dish to pass, tableware, chair and an airplane to fly afterwards. This is for members and your families.
  • Rust n’ Dust – Friday and Saturday, August 9th and 10th. This event is very important to the land owners on Taylor Street. Our participation in this event is very important! Please come out and participate! Help with the combat or buddy box events and fly your airplane during the open flying times. Any airplane, big or small, foam or balsa is entertaining to the community!
    • Thursday night is setup. We will be starting at 6:30. Come out and help if you are able.
    • Friday we have open flying 1pm – 4pm and buddy box flying 4pm -6:30pm.
    • Saturday we have combat starting at 12:30pm – 2pm, buddy box flying 2pm – 4pm and open flying 4pm – 6:30.
  • Streamer Combat – Wednesday the 14th. Combat is a great event to watch. We have had 30 to 40 spectators at each event. Bring out your family, neighbors and friends to enjoy a hot dog and be entertained by the combat. Hot dogs will be ready at 6pm, combat starts at 6:30.
  • For all planned events dates and times please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Old Business:

  • Dave Jamrog had a conversation with Steve’s wife when she was mowing the field. She would like us to stay but Steve has not changed his mind. Dave meet with Steve on Saturday the 3rd and had a good talk about the driveway and gate. In the end Steve has NOT changed his mind about us leaving at the end of 2020.
  • Taylor street site. We will be getting together with the family to work of a lease for moving to their property. We will also explore any other spots on their property. We hope to have a rough lease outline at the September meeting.

New Business:

  • Next year we will have our current field and Taylor Street as an expense. If Taylor Street is ready do we want to leave our current field early or do we want to maintain and pay for both fields as a transition. We will discuss this at the September meet.  Please be in attendance so that your voice can be heard.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • (This was not talked about at the meeting but I wanted to include it for your information). Mowing schedule for Taylor Street is going well! If you would like to be added to the list we can use your help. Please contact John Russcher to be added to the rotation.

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, September 9th, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field, bring an airplane to fly after the meeting!

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:44pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Mike Tharp, Tom Heetderks, Mike VanAanhold, Bill Porter, Ray Weller, Steve Kastens, Tyler Kastens, Lucas Russcher, Ron Nienhuis, Garrett van der Duim, Mike Rose

Meeting Minutes – June 3rd, 2019

NOTE:  THESE MINUTES ARE PRELIMINARY AND WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL APPROVED, BY MEMBER VOTE, AT THE NEXT CLUB MEETING.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE CLUB SECRETARY JOHN RUSSCHER, VIA EMAIL (planeaddicted@gmail.com) OF ANY CORRECTIONS AND/OR ERRORS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


Meeting called to order:

  • 7:03pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The March meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef reviewed the clubs account balance and expenditures. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting Dave Ver Hoef.
  • Received money from combat entry fees and the first batch of combat kits sales.
  • The 2nd half of the 2019 field lease payment is coming up.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present but posted his first TCAF Safety Gram 001 on the web site and Facebook page.

Visitors:

  • none

Announcements:

  • Hot dog Night will be Wednesday the 5th at 6pm with Combat to follow at 6:30. The Taylor street property owners were invited but did not attend due to being very busy on the farm.

Old Business:

  • Scott is updating the Michigan forms per the request of the IRS. If you would like more details about this please contact any of the officers.
  • Taylor street site. No new updates at this time. The owners are very busy with farm related business.

New Business:

  • None

Events:

  • Next combat events is June 19th, July 1st, July 17th, July 31st at 6:30 with hot dogs being served before the event at 6pm.
  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • Mowing schedule for Taylor Street will be set up once the field dries out and we can get back on it.

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:39pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, Mike Tharp, Justin Boetsma, Tom Heetderks, Larry Weller, Mike VanAanhold, Bill Porter, Bob Kovacs, Ray Weller, Kenny Ly, Steve Kastens, Jay Goeke, Ryan Storteboom, Lucas Russcher

 

Meeting Minutes – May 6, 2019

NOTE:  THESE MINUTES ARE PRELIMINARY AND WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL APPROVED, BY MEMBER VOTE, AT THE NEXT CLUB MEETING.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE CLUB SECRETARY JOHN RUSSCHER, VIA EMAIL (planeaddicted@gmail.com) OF ANY CORRECTIONS AND/OR ERRORS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


Meeting called to order:

  • 7:03pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from Aprils meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review.
  • The April meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef reviewed the clubs account balance and expenditures. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting Dave Ver Hoef.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe talked about his plans to start a “lessons learned” monthly report.

Visitors:

  • none

Announcements:

  • none

Old Business:

  • 501c3 Update – We supplied more info twice and are now waiting on the final approval.

New Business:

  • Lawn Tractor: John Russcher and Justin Boetsma ran across a used Wheel Horse Garden Tractor. It has a kohler 12 hp motor, 42″ rear discharge deck, wheel weights, wheel chains and plow blade. They paid $300 and offered it to the club for that amount. A motion was made to purchase the tractor from John and Justin allowing 10 days for anybody not at the meeting to comment on this purchase.
  • New Field: 8427 Taylor Street. All communication with the land owners need to go through Dave, John and Scott.
  • We received permission to store a lawn mower at the Taylor street site.

Events:

  • Reminder that combat starts in a couple weeks on Wednesday May 22nd.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • none

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:52pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, George Keefe, Mike Tharp, Justin Boetsma, Mike VanAanhold, Mike Rose, Allen Hatfield, Garrett VanDerDuim

Meeting Minutes – April 2019

NOTE:  THESE MINUTES ARE PRELIMINARY AND WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL APPROVED, BY MEMBER VOTE, AT THE NEXT CLUB MEETING.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE CLUB SECRETARY JOHN RUSSCHER, VIA EMAIL (planeaddicted@gmail.com) OF ANY CORRECTIONS AND/OR ERRORS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


Meeting called to order:

  • 7:01pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The March meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef reviewed the clubs account balance and expenditures. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting Dave Ver Hoef.
  • $80 was paid out to the AMA for insurance for the Taylor street flying site.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present.

Visitors:

  • Garrett Van Der Duim – Garrett was a member of TCAF in the past and is getting back into the hobby.

Announcements:

  • none

Old Business:

  • 501c3 – we got a request for more information about our application. Mike Tharp has responded with the requested information and hopefully we will have an approved application in the next few weeks.
  • Field Reminder – When using the current field you can unhook the strap across the driveway when you arrive and leave it unhooked while you are at the field. The last person to leave needs to reconnect the strap across the driveway.  Also, please stay on the driveway and off the grass when you arrive and leave.

New Business:

  • New Field: 8427 Taylor Street. The runway has been mowed and rolled and is ready for use. Several things were brought up about the Taylor street site as noted below.
  • There is a private airport/runway on the corner of 96th Ave and Taylor Street.
  • Who is going to mow; one person, rotation by members, pay a service? Much discussion was had including buying a lawn mower and setting up a mowing rotation by members.
  • If we are going to have a mower onsite then it needs to be stored in a safe place. Some kind of structure.  Several things were discussed including a shipping container or a small shed.
  • Grass length; the grass needs to be mowed shorter, 1 1/2” range. At our current field the grass is to long for smaller foam models and edf jets.
  • No trash cans. To keep the site as clean as possible please take home any trash.
  • Having two sites can lose some comradery if some members are at each site.
  • Transition plan should be worked on for moving from our current site to Taylor Street.
  • Taylor Street grass cleanup. When the field was mowed for the first time the grass was very long. There is a lot of grass clippings along the south edge of the field where the flight line will be. We need to organize a cleanup night to move the grass clippings to the north edge of the field. Also we should stake off the driveway and parking areas. Thursday, April 18th was selected as the date. If the weather is bad we will be reschedule it for the following week.
  • Mike VanAanhold had some TCAF logo stickers made and handed them out at the meeting. Dave VerHoef has the box of stickers and will make them available at the future club meetings. Thanks Mike!  – ADDED 4/23/19 by jr

Events:

  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • none

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 8:19pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, Mike “Fluffy Waffle Buns” Tharp, Justin Boetsma, Tom Heetderks, Larry Weller, Dan Thomann, Mike VanAanhold, Mike Gronback, Mike Rose, Bill Porter

Meeting Minutes -March 2019

NOTE:  THESE MINUTES ARE PRELIMINARY AND WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL APPROVED, BY MEMBER VOTE, AT THE NEXT CLUB MEETING.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE CLUB SECRETARY JOHN RUSSCHER, VIA EMAIL (planeaddicted@gmail.com) OF ANY CORRECTIONS AND/OR ERRORS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


Meeting called to order:

  • 7:03PM by Dave Jamrog


Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The October meeting minutes were approved by member vote.


Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef reviewed the clubs account balance and expenditures. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting Dave Ver Hoef.
  • The 2018 mowing was paid, first half of 2019 field rent, portable toilet was cleaned, PO Box rent and AMA charger was renewed.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.


Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present.


Visitors:

  • Dennis Delo


Announcements:


Old Business:

  • Current Field: Our current leave with Steve Klingenberg is good to the end of 2020. Steve plans on honoring the lease.
  • The rope at the entrance of the field is there to keep trespassers and the farmer of the land around our field out. You can unhook the rope to pass through and reconnect it when you leave. Please don’t forget to reconnect the rope when you leave.
  • Also, as the spring can be damp, PLEASE stay on the path and off the grass as you drive back to the field. If you are afraid of getting your vehicle dirty then that might not be the best day to fly.
  • If you are confronted by Steve please have your membership card handy to show him. If anything escalates please be courteous and contact one of the officers.
  • Mike Tharp filed our 501c3 and is waiting for a response. The Federal government shutdown has delayed their processing of these applications. UPDATE: on March 19th Mike was able to find out that our application has been assigned to a person. Depending on their workload it could take them up to a month to process our application.


New Business:

  • New Field: 8427 Taylor Street. There is an existing runway that had been used for flying model airplanes. We have a handshake agreement to get to know each other better and feel out the site for flying. The runway will be mowed and we will be able to fly on it this summer to test it out and see how we might have to improve it to our standards. The field is on the north side of the road and slightly north west of the small wooded area in the center of the property. This site is also home of Rust n Dust antique tracker show. For flyting there this summer on a test basis we were asked to fly during their Rust n Dust show.  We have talked about doing demo flights, combat and have guest fly our apprentice airplanes.


Events:

  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.


Comments and Questions:                                                                                  


Next Meeting:

  • Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 7pm at Cobblestone Hobby in Holland.


Meeting Adjourned:

  • 8:01pm meeting adjourned.


Attendees:

  • Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, Lucas Russcher, Mike Tharp, Bob Kovacs, Ray Weller, Kenny Ly, Justin Boetsma, Steve Kastens

 

June 6th 2018 Combat Event

This was our second RC Combat event of 2018. We had 14 pilots(9 TCAF club members and 5 guest from Kent Radio Aero Modelers) all flying the FT Bloody Barons.

Four exciting rounds were flown with Mike Tharp ending up wining the night with 1504 points. Second place was a tie between Lee Frederickson and Kelly Ellerbroek both with 900 points.

THIS is what the RC hobby is about. Flying, yes, but spending time with each other, both young and old and having fun. What an amazing hobby!

The Thank Yous. Thank you to our sponsors Flite Test and Lemon Rx for supporting our combat events. Thank you to Dan Sponholz for designing the Bloody Baron! Thank you to our faithful combat score keepers, Dean Shafer, Mike VanAanhold, Ray Weller. And lastly my daughter Ashley for taking the pictures tonight.

NEXT combat event is June 20th at 6:30pm. Come and watch if you are not able to participate.

Link to Facebook Album

-JohnR

 

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