Chapter Leadership Workshops are specifically designed to meet the needs and challenges of Chapters and Squadrons. They are conducted by EAA Chapter Office staff and Chapter Advisory Council Members and are at no cost to Chapter Members.
The sessions are highly interactive with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and to share your experiences with your fellow Members. The exchange of information between Members has proven to be very beneficial and the discussions have opened the communication lines between Chapters and established new friendships.
The Chapter Leadership Workshops have been very successful in sharing ideas and strategies and building strong Chapters to lead EAA into the future. The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
- Designing a Strategic Directions
- Building a Stronger Chapter with Higher Member Retention
- Supercharging the Chapter With New Members
- Planning Activities to Get Your Chapter Off the Ground
- Taking Care of Business With An Organized Plan
Although the workshops are structured for Chapter Leaders, all Chapter Members are welcome and everyone will find plenty of good information and inspiration. The exchange of ideas is exceptional and participants will take away with them a renewed excitement for their Chapter and solid information addressing many of the common hurdles they encounter.
Let’s take a closer look at EAA Chapter 512, Placerville, California
There’s a special place in California, about 40 miles east of Sacramento at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. It’s called Placerville, home to EAA Chapter 512, a hard-working and active Chapter that’s spreading the good word about EAA and recreational aviation through its many worthwhile projects throughout the year. Sure, Chapter 512 conducts Young Eagles rallies—two major events per year—and has an annual pancake breakfast that serves as a major fundraising vehicle for the Young Eagles program. Chapter 512 also has several other unique activities happening to benefit members as well as their community.
The Chapter’s many-year-old Toys For Tots project has become an annual highlight. Some 30 to 50 Chapter members transform their hangar at Placerville Airport into Santa’s workshop shop where they craft special wooden airplane crayon holders for the U.S. Marines’ annual toy drive for the area’s needy children.
Members and their woodworking tools create an assembly line of cutting, putting together parts, sanding or dying for 200 of the unique gifts. Coloring books featuring member Bob O’Hara’s classic aircraft drawings are also donated.
Another ongoing activity, begun about five years ago, is the Ladies Fly-Out.” We identified 10 or so women pilots in the Chapter,” said Theresa Barnard, Chapter newsletter editor, who owns an RV-6A with her husband. “We started by going just a couple of hours from Placerville for the weekend.” Since that first year, they’ve lengthened their annual trip to such destinations as Sun Valley, Idaho and Cambria, California.
Having a substantial number of women actively flying is unique, Barnard continued. “If you’re a woman and want to be involved in General Aviation, this is the chapter to be in,” she said. A new activity began last year is a Monte Carlo Night, proceeds of which go to a special Chapter Scholarship fund for students pursuing aviation-related education.
Barnard credits much of Chapter 512’s success to an EAA Chapter Leadership Workshop it hosted in Sacramento twenty years ago in 1999. “It helped us immensely,” she said. “As a result of the workshop, we were able to get a lot more organized and operate more efficiently.”
Some other facts about Chapter 512:
- Free ground school is offered, not only to Chapter members but anyone. This not only can lead to new members joining EAA, but it helps defray some of the cost associated with learning how to fly.
- The Chapter helped Placerville Airport celebrate its 70th anniversary back in 1999. More than 3,000 people turned out for the festivities.
- Chapter 512’s involvement in the Golden West Fly-In, held in Sacramento, has grown over the years.
- Typically, 10 to 15 members from Chapter 512 attend AirVenture Oshkosh.
- Chapter 512 provided ground support for the Collings Foundation B-17 and B-24 visit in May 2000. This event was so successful that the Collings Foundation is expanding its stay at Placerville Airport this year.