We were honored
to have Fred and Sharon Harms as our guests last month. Fred, the STL FSDO Safety Program Manager, talked about
and showed pictures of his earlier days in aviation. He had a lengthy background in Army Aviation, flying helicopters
in Vietnam through the Desert Storm era, as well as in civil aviation. Fred's exploits as a civilian helicopter
pilot in St. Louis were interesting not only for what he did (legally flew through the arch and landed on top of
it), but for the notable personalities that he flew with including Capt. Don Miller of KMOX fame and Allan Barklage.
When Fred finished, he said "notice that I didn't say 'safety' once"! Fred is also the first annual recipient
of the Jim Byrnes Excellence Award which he was presented at the January Super Safety Seminar. He brought the plaque
along to share with us and some pictures of them are in this newsletter. We really enjoyed listening to Fred's
stories, the good food and seeing our flying friends again.
Also at the February Valentine's Day meeting our Gateway treasurer, Tony Petruso, and his wife, Rosemary, owners of Overlord Military Collectables, brought a small portion of their sweetheart jewelry collection. Enough jewelry to fill two six foot tables! For the uninitiated, sweetheart jewelry was worn by wives, mothers and girlfriends of G.I.'s in WWI and WWII. They have thousands of examples in their collection and they permitted us to view them during and after the meeting. Tony also has made available 8.5" x 11" paper reproductions of the American Service Flag that families displayed in their windows during WWI and II to show they had a family member in the armed forces. The current flag is for operation "Enduring Freedom". Since Desert Storm, Tony and Rosemary have provided more than 165,000 Service Flags to families of service men and women in the U.S. They will be glad to send you one if you will send them a stamped, self-addressed business size envelope to: SERVICE FLAG, 3008 Woodson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63114. As if Tony and Rosemary don't have enough to do, they also bring the extensive Gateway video library to most of our meetings also. Gateway Chapter appreciates their hard work. [see more pictures below]
This has been a tough winter to hang around at the airport unless you are fortunate enough to have a heated
hangar! With the hope that spring will arrive someday, our fly-out chairman, Brian Brinker, has released the
2003 fly-out schedule! The schedule is included in Gateway's Calendar of Events in this newsletter and is posted
in the Gateway Chapter's web site at www.mopilots.org. You should really check out the web site since it is full
of information about the state activities, convention information, the convention registration form and agenda,
legislative action, scholarship information, several other chapter's events and, of course, Gateway's current newsletter
as well as those going back a few years.
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