The Flyer

October 2003

President: Earlene McClure, Vice-President: Penrod Turk,
Secretary: Pam Ratliff, Treasurer: June Williams

Directors: Marty Young, Sarah McKinley, Ed Baucom,
Alan Monshausen, Joe Boyles, John Halpin and Past Presidents
Editor: June Williams

Shriners Pilot Tells a Story

By June Williams

And what a story it was.

Chuck Zuvers

On Sept. 24th our speaker was Chuck Zuvers, Hospital Chairman and pilot for the Ararat Shrine in Kansas City. Chuck shared with us the story of the Shriners and the Shriners Hospital System for Children.

Their hospital system consists of 22 hospitals across the United States. Nineteen of these hospitals are in the lower 48 states. There is one hospital in Montreal, Canada, one in Honolulu, Hawaii and one in Mexico City, Mexico.

The Shriners provide no cost child care to children under the age of 18. The hospitals have about 100 areas of specialty care, including burns, orthopedic and cleft pallet. There are no income limits or insurance requirements. All funding is privately paid for by the Shriners. The Shriners Hospital budget for 2003 is $605 Million. This is $1.65 Million Dollars "a day" of free child care.

If you know of a child that could use their services please call Chuck at 816-229-0581.

Of special interest to our group was the Cessna 206 the Shriners fly. It regularly flies to Chicago, Cincinnati and Galveston. The equipment list includes a Garmin 530, Garmin 430, S-Tec 55X autopilot, strike finder, altitude pre-select and hold, plus lots more. This craft is powered by a Continental IO-550 engine.

There is no cost to the Shrine pilots to fly this aircraft. Anyone having interest in becoming a Shriner and flying this aircraft should contact Chuck.


You must make your own reservations each month.

October 22, 2003 at the Holiday Inn at Parvin Rd and I-435 (near Worlds of Fun). Cost is $12 a person including taxes and tip. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS BY THE SUNDAY BEFORE IS A MUST. PLEASE CONTACT JUNE WILLIAMS 816-224-3241. You can of course attend the meeting without a reservation, but no food service will be available. Those making reservations and not attending will be billed. A bar is available outside of the ballroom and we will have round tables. A sign at the front door will direct you to the proper ballroom.

November 19, 2003 at DAV - Thanksgiving Dinner

December 10, 2003 at Hannah Bistro's in the Summit Inn, Lee's Summit - Christmas Party

January 22, 2004 at Airline History Museum for a catered dinner and tour

Congratulations to Ralph Schmude on earning Wings Phase XVIII

Congratulations to Penrod Turk on earning Wings Phase XI


November 2, 2003 (Sat) - Miami County Fly-out @10:00 am - Breakfast

Alan Monshausen 816-452-6019 Remember that our minimums are 3000 AGL and 5 miles and no more than 25kts.

Special Events

October 18, 2003 (Sat) - New Century Air Center (IXD) hanger @ 11:00 to 3:00 pm. The Heart of America Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is having a chili and pie fly in.

November 2, 2003 (Sat) - Miami County Fly-out @10:00 am - Breakfast

December 7, 2003 (Sun) - Wright Day Dinner

Chairman: Marvin Moore

Up Coming Speakers:

Chuck Wright On National Combat Medical Memorial & Youth Educational Center.

For more information - -

John Ohrazda On latest information of LXT and MAMA - Mo. Aviation Managers Assn.

A BIG Thank You to Mark Nolte and all that helped put together the Higginsvill Hangar Party! [see photos below] Would like to share the article that was printed in Higginsville Advance News Paper,Wednesday, October 1, 2003.

Missouri Pilot's Association hosts fly-in

The Missouri Pilot's Association will host a "Fly-In" at the Higginsville Airport on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Kansas City Chapter is sponsoring a barbecue lunch to begin at noon. Members and friends will be flying and driving in from around the area to join a potluck lunch with grilled hamburgers, bratwurst and hot-dogs provided by the local chapter.

The Missouri Pilot's Association, founded in 1953, is one of the largest non-profit state General Aviation organizations in the country. Their goal is to improve aviation safety, provide educational opportunities, promote a positive image for general aviation and to protect and preserve the rights of pilots and owners of aircraft. Members and anyone interested in the promotion of general aviation are invited to bring a potluck dish and attend.


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