December Gateway meeting/Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 8 at the Columns in St. Charles. Everyone is invited to bring a few cookies or a dessert to be shared with everyone after the meal. Following dinner we will again have a “rob your neighbor” gift exchange. If you would like to join in the fun, please bring a wrapped gift worth approximately $10. The gift exchange is a crowd pleaser especially after a few highly sought after gifts get into circulation. We invite all members and their guests to join us! Dinner will be tossed salad, New England clam chowder, carved prime rib, baked salmon with mustard dill sauce, baked potato, vegetable medley, rolls and butter. Dinner is still just $13 per person. Doors open at 6 pm, serving begins at 6:30 pm followed by the gift exchange at 7:30 pm. Please call your dinner reservations in to Jean Murry (314-469-3541) by Monday evening, December 6 and bring a friend.
At our November meeting, Mary Jean Russell, Manager of Development at Wings of Hope, told us about their recent activities. In third world countries, Wings of Hope works with local governments to bring health care into remote areas. The organization prefers large projects that can help communities move toward self-sufficiency. She brought artifacts from her recent trip to the upper Amazon basin of Ecuador where the Wings of Hope has programs to help the Achuar, Shuar, and Houaroni tribes. She also brought a video about the recently inaugurated Medical Air Transport (MAT) that transports uninsured patients from the Midwest to health care facilities. In its first six months of service, the MAT C-206 has transported 315 patients.
We were pleased to see some folks who had not been with us for awhile at our November meeting: Bob Boelling, Delia Greer, Hugh Watson, Clarence and Pat White, and Flo Wyatt. Flo has recently opened a flower shop on Lindbergh Blvd in Hazelwood. She donated a plant for the 50/50 drawing that was won by Bob Boelling. Good things happen when you attend meetings!
Low ceilings and visibilities scuttled the chapter fly-out to Sikeston MO on November 21. Bob Kraemer and I flew down thinking the Creve Coeur Sunday lunch group would join us there, but when they didn’t arrive by 12:45 – it turns out they went to Jeff City instead – we skipped Lamberts and returned to Smartt. No fly-out is scheduled for December.
Gateway member, Tracy Smith, was elected vice president of the Missouri State Aviation Council (MOSAC), a group of businessmen, airport operators, airport managers, etc. MPA also has a MOSAC representative.
On the state level, Chuck Maggart is still seeking a member to replace Larry McClure as a District 5 director on the MPA State Board of Directors. Contact Chuck if you would like to become more involved with the state organization.
Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA: The GPS can lull us into a low state of situational awareness as we fly. Should the electrical system fail or an emergency occur, a pilot could be a mile high with no clue as to where to find the nearest safe haven. The next time you fly cross country, leave the GPS at home. If you’re going VFR, practice your pilotage and dead reckoning skills. If you’re IFR, reacquaint yourself with VOR navigation. Maintaining these skills may someday save your life.