First of Spring Updates

Just wanted to post a quick update regarding some things going on.

  1. I have removed the “members” page from the WordPress site. Publishing a membership list is kind of a big no-no for security reasons in the connected world, so I deleted the page, which was dated anyhow.
  2. I updated the officers listing page. Since there’s no direct linkages to information other than names, that actually falls into valid public data, especially for the AMA/FAA
  3. I have set up a new e-mail discussion list on groups.io for LOFT. This is in response to the issues seen with GoogleGroups, which is being unsupported by Google here, shortly.

    An e-mail list is the best form of communication for hobby clubs like ours, and groups.io seems to be the best platform out there right now.

    I have set up a “Free” account which is limited to 100 members. If we have a need for the paid features of the group, then the minimum I would have to fork out monthly would be $20, so I would prefer to keep it free, if possible.
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Upcoming Swap Meets of Interest

Just wanted to drop some links here for swap meets that are coming up that might be of interest to the club:

Toledo Swap Meet April 9-10
(not hosted by Weak Signals, but still at Seagate Center on the main floor)

Dayton Modelrama April 23-24

Anderson Swap Meet, February 27th

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2021 Annual Meeting in the Book

The 2021 meeting was held at Saloman Farms starting at 12:00 PM on February 6, 2021.

The COVID Charlie Foxtrot seriously affected 2020, but it is looking like 2021 might be a more flying friendly year.

We had nine attendees this Saturday, which is actually up 50% over last year. All those present joined for 2021, including the Circuits members whom we are grateful for taking up dual membership with LOFT. This is actually a return to things as they used to be, since LOFT is a dedicated glider field and has always been an outlet for “Closet Glider Guiders” from the Circuits.

The Treasurer’s report was reviewed in absentia as Denny is living in Indy now and had a conflict. We basically incurred around $250 in expenses and have in the neighborhood of $3,000 in the bank. I will see about posting a copy of the report for review by the membership.

The membership fee was bumped from $1 to $2 by unanimous vote, although this doesn’t really offset losses like we had last year. We will try and set up a “fun fly” event and do the normal concessions/event raffle to fund raise for 2021. Ideas for that will be reviewed at the first “Quarterly Zoom Meeting”, which we will speak of in the next part.

Communication was noted as a serious issue, especially the COVID-induced isolation. The Google mail list was cited as a hindrance due to it being hard to see what the original conversation was about. Also noted was that a single annual meeting was not really enough to keep everyone on base with regards to what’s going on.

Since our membership is broad-based geographically, Irv Thomas recommended conducting Quarterly Zoom meetings to keep everyone informed and organized on club activities as the year goes on. This was unanimously approved. Irv will be scheduling the meetings for an 8:30 AM Saturday time slot with a Spring, Summer, and Fall meeting, followed by a Late-November/Early December round up.

We will still be having the annual Meeting/Swap Meet in January (hopefully) as per normal (which this year wasn’t, obviously.)

Darwin will be looking into communication options for the club that will function better than Google Groups (which is probably not a forever thing, anyway.) There is currently a Bulletin Board app installed on this web site, and anyone is free to sign up to use it. However, that may not be anywhere near the best solution. Darwin will report an update at the first Quarterly Zoom Meeting.

This years flying meet dates are: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 14, August 28, September 11, September 25.

A motion was made to set one day a week as a specific gathering to fly day in order to help folks learn to fly, encourage folks to fly for fun, and to build a visible public presence by flying regularly (our field is right by the road, after all.) After discussion, the motion carried unanimously. Thus, we have designated Thursday as our weekly get-together-and-fly day from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM when weather permits. The official name is “Thermal Thursdays” and I will set up a permanent page on this website with information on that.

Another topic of discussion was doing all we can to partner with the Flying Circuits to provide improved glider flying activities and encourage dual membership. Irv and Scott both agreed that there might be an opportunity to get in two club meets at the Circuits field this year since the first one was well received last year. They have agreed to float the idea to the Circuits membership and board and see if there is support for that, as well as reminding glider guiders in the Circuits that LOFT is a glider only field, both powered (electric) and unpowered (winch and high start.)

Equipment was discussed. Part of the expenditure last year was for a new winch battery that ended up not getting used because of missed attendance at one meeting and then COVID. Maintaining equipment will likely be the biggest incurred cost for the club going forward. Jack is going to continue bringing his retriever out for official meet days, much to the relief of our aging membership. I have to admit, that thing works absolutely great, and Jack says it allows a 45 second turn-around in launches!

Ken brought up the idea of returning to our partnership with Saloman Farm to do a Kite Day and an Aviation Day. The Farm purchases the materials, so this is basically a commitment by the club to provide instruction and guidance manpower for the event. Such educational activities are within our charter as an AMA club and are an excellent way to raise awareness in the community of our organization.

The biggest issue is making sure that we have enough people to help. Ken is going to talk to the management of the Farm and see if they are willing to pick dates and support the effort. He will also locate the kite kits and rubber power kits needed for the event. After that, it will be up to us, the members to make sure there are enough warm bodies available to make the event a success without overload a few core guys. More discussion on this during the first Quarterly Zoom meeting as well.

Scott Black brought a flyer printout from the Dayton Modelrama that looks to be a serious attempt at replacing the now-defunct Toledo Show. He also noted that there will be a Toldeo Swapmeet that has very specifically distanced itself from involvement with the Weak Signals club. Both of these seem to be serious attempts to keep the “trade show/swap meet” format alive in April and they do not conflict date wise, so it might be worth going to both.

Officer positions were brought up for review. Irv Thomas agreed to be club secretary, Ken Lozo will remain President, Darwin Garrison will remain Vice-President/Safety Officer, and Denny Zech will remain Treasurer. These appointments were approved unanimously given that no other candidates came forward.

Scott had a nice show and tell of some of his products from the resurrected Sky Bench Aerotech product line and shared with us some of his development work and balsa-sourcing woes. Lots of challenges right now for people who could sell kits hand over fist if they could just get quality balsa!

Jack brought in a nice composite model for sail, which went home with a new owner. Ken brought in a metric butt-load of kits, most of which went home with new owners (including me.)

All in all, a great meeting. Lots of fun talk as well as getting some things ironed out for 2021. There seems to be a lot of opportunities for collaboration with Circuits and maybe even the Black Sheep down in Indy.

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2020 Season Not Starting Until August 15

The 2020 season starts on August 15 as that is the soonest that IUPUI/IVY TECH will let us back out there.

The full season schedule (such as it is) is posted.

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NATs Fees Waived

The AMA has waived fees for the 2020 Nationals. It’s a valid way to get some good flying in and, dang it, it’s more of just a fun fly than anything at this point.

If you can fit it in, register and go have fun, with a COVUDS panic-mask or not. I don’t care. Just FLY!

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LOFT Site Upgraded to WordPress 5.4

Just finished upgrading the site to WordPress 5.4

If anyone has any issues with site functionality, please comment here.

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2019 Schedule is posted

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2018 Flying Schedule is posted

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2017 Flying Schedule is Posted

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2016 Schedule is up

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