May 2003

A humorous video presented by Dr. Bill Sill was the highlight of Gateway's April meeting. We enjoyed watching as an older applicant went through the process of applying for a medical with only fifteen disqualifying problems. My personal favorite was when the old gentleman said he didn't have a SODA (statement of demonstrated ability) on his artificial leg, but he would take a beer. Thank you Dr. Sill for sharing that movie with us!

The nominating committee presented the proposed slate of Gateway officers and three board members for 2003-2004. While nominations from the floor will still be accepted at the May meeting, the officer lineup at present is: Pres. - Chuck Maggart, V.P. - Bob Kraemer, Treasurer - Libby Younger and Secretary - Jean Murry. The Board candidates for the three positions are Steve Pierce, Don Kramme and Florence Wyatt. Thank you to the hard working nominating committee and to the candidates who offered to serve the Gateway chapter.

Help has arrived! I wish to thank two of our members who have volunteered their time and services. Bob Kraemer has agreed to assume the position of Program Director for the chapter. This position has been vacant since the death of Jim Byrnes. Bob all ready has several excellent programs arranged and they are shown in the Gateway Calendar of Events. Another volunteer is our new Newsletter Editor, Libby Younger. Libby will be writing and publishing the two newsletters a month for the chapter. I (or the current president) will continue to write a column for the newsletters, so I won't be entirely out of the loop. Libby should take over as soon as her new computer has the major bugs worked out (does that ever happen?).

Congratulations to Gateway's Co-Pilot of the Year Award recipient, Florence Wyatt! Flo has helped raise a substantial amount of money for the state convention which included selling pizzas and chairing the Silent Auction. Thank you for your help, Florence.

We are sorry to be losing Walt and Shirley Petring at the end of April. They are friends and have been highly active in the Gateway Chapter and MPA for many years. Walt and Shirley are moving to the Kansas City area. As the farewell cake said, "Our loss is K.C.'s gain". Walt reminded us that I-70 runs both ways and they will be back for the State Convention!

Don't forget to send in your Convention registration forms by May 31. We welcome all MPA members throughout the state to join us in celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of flight and the fiftieth anniversary of MPA's founding. The convention will be held on June 6-8, at the DoubleTree in Chesterfield. Registration forms are in the MPA NEWS and MPA's web site and I should have some at the May meeting.

We thank William Duke and Bob Crandell from Top Gun Unlimited for donating an electric powered portable scooter towards the state convention. The scooter will be raffled during the banquet at the convention. We ask for a donation of $5 per ticket or three tickets for $10. A picture is included to whet your appetite.

We are still in need of some volunteers for the convention. Specifically, we need drivers for the tours. At this time, it looks like the drivers may have to use their own vehicles; however we may have an offer to provide the gasoline. Please contact Jan Pocock (636-394-5734) or myself. Help is still needed at the registration table and to man the hospitality room. If you could spare an hour or two, please call Betty McClure (314-869-4260) for help with registration or Harry Schulz (314-838-3536) or Don Kramme (636-537-2815) to help with the hospitality room. We have some great people in this chapter and a little of your time will make it easier and more fun for everyone.

The next chapter fly-out will be to Lake of the Ozarks Osage Beach Grand Glaze Airport (K15) on Saturday, May 10, arriving at 12:30. In case bad weather rears it head, the alternate is Kilroys Restaurant at Smartt Field and the "rain date" is the following Saturday, May 17. Call fly-out chairman Brian Brinker at 314-647-1138 to coordinate and let him know you are participating. We would love to have a good participation and hope to see many members and planes.

The May 14, chapter meeting will be a presentation by the St. Louis FSS on the new OASIS system. Very few other locations have it at this time and we are fortunate to have one of the first systems. We will find out how it works and what it can do for us as pilots.

To fortify you for the program at The Columns in St. Charles, the menu will consist of a fresh fruit tray, vegetable soup, sliced roast beef au jus, baked chicken, baked potato, buttered peas, rolls and an Oreo dream bar. Dinner is still $13 per person. The doors open at 6:00 PM, serving begins at 6:30 and the program gets underway at 7:30. Dinner reservations are required and can be made by Monday evening, May 12, by calling Jean Murry at 314-469-3541. Please remember that the permanent reservations list is no longer in effect.

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Chuck Maggart
Gateway President
(314) 731-0199

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