December Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the 654th Meeting of the Keystone Clippers Model Aircraft Club

AMA Charter 553 

Sunday December 1, 2019

The 654th meeting of the Keystone Clippers was held at the Norwin ELKS during the KCRC Christmas party and called to order by President Mike Shepherd. There were 23 regular members and 5 Officers present.

The meeting was then turned over to Club Secretary Eric Haberman (AMA point of contact) who read the following email from Joe Duncan, President of the Western Carolina RC Club located in Simpsonville South Carolina:

“I am contacting you on behalf of Western Carolina Radio Club (WCRC “Skyhawks”).We lost our field in December of 2018, which we held since 1964. We have now secured a lease with the county landfill. We have a tremendous amount of work to be done to make the landfill usable. The expense is enormous and beyond our means to complete the project without outside help. We are asking our fellow clubs and or its members; if they would consider making a financial donation to help us in this endeavor. We ask if you would bring this request before your club membership, and please note that any amount would be greatly appreciated. As an example, $5.00, $10.00 or $20.00; whatever amount you or your club could donate. With that in mind; perhaps in the future, we can return the favor to another club that is facing such an unfortunate dilemma as we currently are”.

I explained to the membership that I went to the AMA site and researched their Club information and Officers listing. I found WCRC Club VP Dave Hooks and asked him to verify the request from Joe Duncan. His return email follows:

“Glad to respond. We are for real. We lost our flying field of about 60 years to development.  We have an agreement with our county landfill management to develop our flying field at the closed Enoree site. Since landfills can’t be graded, we are raising funds to fill and level the runway, access road and parking area. Our members have already contributed over $20,000 for this project.  We also received $3,000 grant from AMA for this project.

 Any amount you could contribute would be appreciated, and maybe we could help your club if you are ever faced with this problem”.

 David Hooks Vice President, WCRC

Furthermore, I contacted the AMA immediately upon receipt of this email to verify the request and talked directly to Flying Site Assistance Coordinator Tony Stillman. I explained to him that I received a request for funding from the WCRC President and the corresponding confirmation from their VP. Tony assured me he had talked with Joe and Dave on several occasions and directed them to proceed with their request thru their District 5 VP Bob Brogdan – which the did. They received a $3000 grant from the AMA to continue with development of their new site.

After presenting the information to the membership present at the party, I asked for a donation amount from the floor. The Club unanimously decided by show of hands to donate $500.00 in the form of a Club check made out to “WCRC”. And KCRC VP Bo Kwasny graciously offered to supply and operate excavation equipment at their site.

This concluded the meeting.

The following is their reply after receiving the KCRC Club check:

“We just wanted to send a special thank you to KCRC membership for your $500.00 donation. We are eternally thankful and appreciate you going above and beyond in your efforts to help a fellow club with a major project. It is our goal to be able to “Pay It Forward” in the future to another struggling club in need of assistance. Your help will indeed touch many lives now and untold numbers in years to come. We appreciate your VP offering to come down and operate the heavy equipment, however you guys are a long way from South Carolina, but a much thoughtful and heartfelt gesture. We are in the process of getting the equipment and material logistics together now; so our efforts are managed properly and not used carelessly.

We wish you and your club A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!


Joe Duncan, WCRC President

Eric R Haberman, Secretary KCRC