August 2012

PRESIDENT - Rich Hopkins VICE PRESIDENT - Carl Sparks
TREASURER - Jeanne Cooper SECRETARY - Lea Trimble

Minds are like parachutes-they only function when open. Thomas Dewar

The Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Pilots Association met August 23, 2012, at McFarlain's Restaurant at the IMXA for the monthly meeting.

President Rich Hopkins called the meeting to order. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Rich introduced Guests: Nils Bergh from Lampe, Julie Tomlinson from Kimberling City area, and Mary Schantag of Skidmore.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT:

President Hopkins discussed the benefits of MPA membership and encouraged those present to invite others to join our group.

We will soon have a website. Rich passed around suggested logos and asked the members to votes. Thanks to the designers from Creative Printing who prepared the three examples, as a donation to our organization. The winning logo is at the top of this page.

Rich stated that he still has MPA hats for $10.

Rich announced that Mark Trimble was still recuperating from surgery and is celebrating his birthday today.

The secretary's report was approved as distributed. Treasurer, Jeanne Cooper, reported the June bank balance as $3,199.98 with $1,709.00 in the 50/50, leaving $1,490.98 available for use.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

MPA
Jan Hoynacki stated that she and Rich attended the state board meeting. Rich presented a report about what our chapter is doing. Jan stated that he represented our chapter very well.

USPA
The next USPA meeting will be held September 20-23 in Cedar Rapids and will include a visit to the Amana colonies.

WINGS
Joe Robbins reported that our chapter has accumulated 107 points but only one member reported points from flight. A safety seminar with emphasis on Student Pilots will be held at Cox North on September 4. Going into fall, the FAA wants to emphasize weather education.

FLY-INS
Andy Anderson read a list of fly-ins in the area. He also stated that Fifi, the WWII B-29 Superfortress, will be in Fayettevillle, AR on Sept. 24 and 25.


CAP
Rich reported on activities of the CAP Squadron and the activities at Branson West.

OLD BUSINESS
Joe Robbins ask that we consider posting photos on the website of some our members that we mould like to see memorialized.

Bill Hendricks asked for explanation concerning the new policy to furnish nametags to new members at chapter expense. After explanations, Bill moved that the policy approved last month be rescinded. Joe Robbins seconded. Motion failed.

Bill passed out free directories from the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging. The booklet is chocked full of valuable information for seniors

PROGRAM:
Mary Schantag, chairman of the POW Network, presented a very interesting and informative program: Stolen Valor and the POW Network. The POW Network is an educational, not-for-profit organization. Mary along with a vast network of countless vigilant supporters has been flagging imposters for more than two decades. They have dug up pictures, documents, videos and other evidence against posers and then posted it on the site: www.pownetwork.org

The stolen valor issue impacts almost everyone. According to the Department of Defense, there are only 21 surviving POWs from the first Gulf War in 1991; yet the Department of Veteran Affairs is paying disability benefits to 286 service members it says were taken prisoner during that conflict. A similar discrepancy arises with Vietnam POWs. Only 661 officially recognized prisoners returned from that war alive -- and about 100 of those have since died; but 966 purported Vietnam POWs are getting disability payments.

Mary shared several profiles of imposters and explained how the POW Network uncovered their fraud.

Mary is active with planning the 17th Annual Military Salute held in Branson each year.

Thank you, Mary, for a very enlightening program.

Richard cooper moved that Ozark Chapter donate $100 to the Annual Military Gala. Motion carried.

50/50
Jan Hoynacki's ticket was drawn but she did not win.

Next meeting will be held at McFarlain's Restaurant at the IMAX on September 27.
Joe Robbins plans to present a WINGS Safety program on weather.
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Respectfully submitted,
Lea Trimble


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