December 20, 2013
We posted the “Question of the Month” on the AOPA flying clubs Facebook Group on December 12 to hear how you create camaraderie during the holidays. Here is a sample of what some clubs are doing this holiday season.
Rich Dugger of the La Porte Aero Club in Indiana said the club hosts a casual Christmas Dinner with a gag gift exchange. The dinner is catered and everyone brings a dessert. And he added the club also hosts a Valentine's dinner “at a nice restaurant for the gals putting up with us all year.”
Charley Valera of the Fitchburg Pilots Association in Massachusetts posted, “This is our second year doing our "Santa drop." Last year we had 1,500 show up. I'd say about 1,000 this year. We all get fired up doing community events. Then we go flying:-) Here’s an article about the program in which the club partners with the Marines Toys for Tots to give presents to children:
Rose Dorcey said the Winnebago Flying Club in Wisconsin has a catered meal followed by two rounds of Aviation Jeopardy. Categories cover aviation safety, history, famous aviators, etc. with prizes for the winners. This year we collected items for the Day by Day Warming Shelter in Oshkosh, which serves the homeless.
Marc Epner wrote the Leading Edge Flying Club in Illinois “hosts a classy event on the 2nd Friday in January at a beautiful country club. January keeps us out of the way of corporate and family events, yet it's close enough to December to keep that holiday feel. Hors D'oeuvres, open bar, entertainment, good food, and great people make it special. Less than $40- $45 per person, and the club subsidizes the rest. The venue and keeping the cost under $50 seems to be important to drive attendance. Happy Holidays!”
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
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