Wednesday, June 12, 2013

AFA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter Hosts End of Season Picnic

Chapter Highlight: Sarasota-Manatee
Written by: Michael Richardson, Chapter President

"It was perfect!" That was Vice President Howie Cobin's assessment of the chapter's picnic meeting on April 20th.

About 30 members, spouses and friends gathered at the home of Irene Murray and Chapter President Mike Richardson on April 20th for an end of the season casual get-together. Several members who had not previously attended a meeting showed up and enjoyed themselves.

According to Irene, "We wanted to have one more fun event before the seasonal residents headed back their homes in the North and before it became too hot an humid to enjoy being outside."

Marty Sobel ­ an AFA Chapter member and former President of the Sarasota Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) ­ gave a short talk about the EAA's Young Eagles program.

The program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people an opportunity to fly in a general aviation airplane ­ and to interest them in an aviation career. Since that time, more than 1.6 million Young Eagles in over 90 countries have flown ­ all through the generosity of over 42,000 volunteer EAA pilots.

Marty noted that hands-on experience increases the likelihood that an individual will pursue an aviation career. As such, the local EAA Chapter created program to let youngsters participate in building an airplane ­ in this case a RV-12 Light Sport aircraft. They meet every Saturday morning at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport to work on the airplane. Chapter members indicated an interest on how they and the chapter might become involved in the program.

The food for the picnic was catered by Nancy¹s Bar-B-Q located at 301 South Pineapple Avenue in Sarasota. Kudos to Nancy for the excellent quality of the food and the exceptional presentation and packaging of the meal. Nancy has our vote of confidence!

A special thanks to the six members of the Executive Council whose financial donations underwrote the cost of the food for all the participants!

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