AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year. To level the playing field, AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Safety Advisor Bruce Landsberg will team up with Minow, who took the reins of the foundation in September when Landsberg retired from the head of the organization.
“We’re looking to attract 50 new or renewing members before December 31,” Minow said. “Thank you for your support as we move forward into 2015, which is going to be one our best years ever.” Minow is throwing his “hat into the ring” as one of the first new members produced from the challenge, and Landsberg said he will be renewing his commitment for the twenty-second consecutive year.
Baker and Landsberg brought in a record 32 Hat in the Ring Society members during last year's challenge. This level of AOPA Foundation donor gives between $1,000 and $9,999 per year to help support the foundation’s mission to improve aviation safety, grow the pilot population, preserve community airports, and highlight the good work being done through general aviation.
Hat in the Ring Society members receive special benefits, and are invited to events, meetings, and receptions at major events like Sun 'n Fun and EAA AirVenture.
Join the challenge by donating to Baker's team or to Minow and Landsberg's team. Learn more about the Hat in the Ring Society on the foundation's website, or email Hat in the Ring Society membership liaison Justin Biassou.