November 6th

Come to St. Louis Chapter's meeting and hear Col Jon "JB" Kelk, the Operations Group Commander for our Home Town Air Force - the 131st Fight Wing based at Lambert. Col Kelk is responsible for the oversight and execution of the Fighter Squadron's 15 F-15's - ready for world wide duty along with the support and training necessary to accomplish its tasks. Col Kelk will give a brief background of the Missouri Air National Guard, overview of the F-15 and it's capabilities as well as something we as private pilots would find very informative - Airspace Overview and Review of the 131st Fighter Wing's normal flying schedule.

Col Kelk joined the Air Guard in 1992 after serving full time in the USAF for over a decade. He has 3,650 hours in the F-15, 245 of which were in Operation Desert Storm where he was responsible for the first confirmed kill in that operation - a Mig 29 -- something you would expect from a distinguished graduate of the Air Force's Fighter Weapons Instruction Course (read USAF Top Gun School). He also participated in Operation Northern Watch flying out of Turkey and Operation Southern Watch flying out of Saudi Arabia. And you thought the 131st only flew in the Lindbergh MOA!

Since 1992 when he joined the Air Guard he has been flying MD-80's. He is an American Airlines First Officer based out of Chicago. Time permitting you can ask a question about his life with the airline.

We'll be at the Greenbriar Country Club, 12665 Big Bend Boulevard. Social hour starts at 1800; Dinner ($16) at 1900 and Col Kelk will make his presentations at 2000.

Reservations required. Please call Barb Lane at 636-391-2668 by Monday November 4th, or...
To sign up online.

(Have a present you don't know what to do with it? Bring it to the Meeting
and donate it to our 50/50. You'll get 3 free tickets for each item donated.)

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November 16th-17th

Overnight Fly-Out to Branson, Missouri. "As far as the November flyout goes, I will need the consensus of the group as to what show they would like for me to book. If I do not receive any feedback from the group soon, then they are on their own, since an undertaking such as this requires some advance planning... as it is necessary to book rooms, ground transportation, tix for shows, etc." Jerry

Please advise Jerry which, if any, of the following shows you would like to see in order for him to get you tickets at a discount:

50's At the Hop: 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
70's Music Show: 8:00 PM
A World of Magic: 8:00 PM (16th). 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM (17th)
Andy Williams Christmas: 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM (16th)
Country Tonight: 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dino's All New Christmas Extravaganza 2002: 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM (16th)
Dixie Stampede Christmas Dinner & Show: 5:30 PM & 8:00 PM (16th) 5:30 PM (17th)
Jim Owen: 10:00 AM & 8:00 PM (16th)
Jimmy Osmond's American Jukebox: 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM (16th)
Kirby VanBurch, Prince of Magic: 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM 8:00 PM (17th)
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers: 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM (16th)
Legends in Concert: 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Lost in the 50's: 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Mel Tillis Christmas: 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Mickey Gilley Show: 8:00 PM (16th)
Moe Bandy Show: 8:00 PM
Presley's Country Jubilee: 8:00 PM (16th)
Ronnie Prophet Show: 2:00 PM (16th)
Spirit of the Dance: 3:00 PM (16th)
Blue Velvet Theatre: 8:00 PM (16th)
The Hughes Brothers: 10:00 AM & 7:00 PM (16th)
The Welk Show: 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM (16th)
The World Famous Platters: 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM (16th) 3:00 PM (17th)

If you plan to join us call Jerry Aronberg at 314-727-3832 or send him an email at right now before you put this newsletter aside. Jerry needs time to plan this overnight fly-out.

We plan to meet at JetCorp at 0900 and depart by 0915 for HRO, Boone County at Harrison, AR. This airport is 32 miles south of Branson. It has ILS/DME, LOC/DME, VOR and NDB approaches. FBO is Regional Jet Center, telephone is 870-741-4510. Jerry will arrange for several rental cars for the group to share expenses; you can always rent your own car if you don't want to travel to/from Branson with the group.

December 4th

Annual Christmas Party at the Greenbriar. Please mark you calendars now and remember that this is the one time that we must receive your check in advance. Please send your check payable to MPA ($25 per person) to Barb Lane, 820 Burgundy Lane, Manchester MO 63011-3587.

This year's theme will be a surprise. We will have a $10 gift exchange if you want to participate. Back by popular demand will be Music by Ed Morris. Social will be at 1800 and a Prime Rib Dinner at 1900. As in the past, we will be accepting can goods that will be donated to the less fortunate over the holidays.

December 8th

All MPA Members are invited to the State Meeting at noon at COU for the Annual Christmas Luncheon. This would be a good time for all of us to see and visit with our friends from across the state. If you are interested in coming please contact Donna Crandell at 636-696-0994 so we can cook accordingly. We will have salads, main dishes, desserts and refreshments.