The NFFS President's Message for April 2000

NFFS Contacts:

(this information has also been incorporated in a slightly different form with clickable links to email adresses on the NFFS Contacts page) - Joe Mekina

One of the recurring questions received from free flighters is "Who is the NFFS?" My constant answer is: "If you are a member, then you are the NFFS. If not, and you fly free flight, then you should be a member." The NFFS is an organization of volunteers who come from our membership base of just under 1800 free flighters in the USA and other countries. We are more than the Digest, the website, the Sympo and our plans service. We are THE voice for Free Flight in the AMA. All officers, elected and appointed, are volunteers. No one receives any money for their time, talent or effort. We are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses when we ask for it, but that's it. So, who are these current members who are serving the NFFS membership and how do you get in touch with them to either thank them or volunteer your time, talent and effort, you ask?

Here are the five elected officials of the NFFS and their terms of office:

•President: Bob Stalick, 5066 NW Picadilly Circle, Albany, OR 97321. Phone: 541.928-8101. email: <> Term of office: 2000-2004.
•Vice President: Eastern Region: Hardy Brodersen, 4729 Walnut Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. email: <> Phone: 248.626-2577. Term of office: 1998-2002.
•Vice President: Central Region: Bob Hanford, 1608 Poplar Avenue, Broken Arrow, OK 74012. Phone: 918.251-7564. email: <> Term of office: 2000-2004.
•Vice President: Western Region: Len Sherman, 24629 SE 200th St., Maple Valley, WA 98038. Phone: 425.432-9508. email: <> Term of office: 1998-2002.
•Vice President: Southern Region: Rex Hinson, 1141 S. Waterview Drive, Inverness, FL 34450. Phone: 352.344-5931. email <> Term of office: 2000-2004.

All of the other officers of the NFFS are appointed. While most are appointed to terms of 4 years, many are serving unspecified terms of office.

•Treasurer: Homer Smith, 14719 32nd Drive SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012.
•Membership Chairman: Hank Nystrom, 3317 Pine Timbers Dr., Johnson City, TN 37604.
•NFFS Plans Service: Hank Sperzel, 203 Chevro Lane, Bellevue, NE 68005.
•NFFS Publications: Bob McLinden, 3903 W. Temple Place, Denver, CO 80236.
•NFFS Webmaster: Joe Mekina, 6914 W. National Road, PO Box 33, Donnelsville, OH 45319

The NFFS also has a several committees appointed to perform a number of specialized functions as determined by the elected officers. The following are our active committees and membership:

•Nostalgia Committee
Chairman: Walt Rozelle, 926 Argonne Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Committee Members: Keith Fulmer, 15688 Kern Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544
Faust Parker, 103 Blue Willow Drive, Houston, TX 77042.
Ralph Prey, 4859 W. 97th St., Inglewood, CA 90301
Technical advisor: George Aldrich, 12822 Tarrytown St., San Antonio, TX 78233.

•National Cup Committee
Chairman: Bob Perkins, 2285 Pinebrook Road, Columbus, OH 43220
Committee Members: Bob Johannes, 5117 Silver Lake Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304
Bob Sifleet, RR 3, Box 56, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Bob Beecroft, 3488 Linda Vista Terrace, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Charles Caton, 2488 LeRuth Ave, Montgomery, AL 36106

•NFFS Scholarship Committee
Chairman, Ed Lamb, 15911 SE 42nd Place, Bellevue, WA 98006
Committee Members: Art Ellis, 84 Dennison Drive, Guilford, NH 06437
Blaine Miller, 719 Warwick Place, Orlando FL 32803
Larry Kruse, 1204 South Mansfield Drive, Stillwater, OK 74074

•Publications Committee
Chairman, Dan Tracy, PO Box 244, Maple Valley, WA 98038
Committee Members: Bruce Augustus, PO Box 450, Sun Valley, ID 83353
Bob Perkins, 2285 Pinewood Road, Columbus, OH 43220

•2000 Symposium
Editor: Blake Jensen, 1743 W. Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97030
10 Models of the Year Chairman: Norm Poti, 5695 Marshall Road, Dayton, OH 45429
Hall of Fame Chairman: Bob Beecroft, 3488 Linda Vista Terrace, Fallbrook, CA 92028

•2001 Symposium
Editor: Ross Jahnke, 1673 Belmont Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

•Symposium Patrons Project
Bill Vanderbeek, 13300 Simon Lane, Los Altos, CA 94022

For your information, a number of the committee and Symposium assignments also have subcommittee membership, so the number of actual volunteers exceeds this list. All of these folks give of their time and talent so you can have a better NFFS. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts the next time you see one of them, and if you want to help, contact any of us to let us know. It would be nice to have you listed above.

Bob Stalick, NFFS President.

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