The NFFS President's Message for October 1997

Late Breaking News (10/20/97)

1. The Japanese have decided not to host the 1998 F1D World Championships.
This event will be proposed by NFFS and AMA to the CIAM meeting to be held in
the USA. The potential site will be Johnson City, TN. The time is scheduled
for immediately after the USIC. All the above information is tentative at
this time. Further information will be posted on this website when known.
There is an outside chance that the F1D World Champs may be held at Santa
2. The USOC planning session has concluded and Phil Sullivan, who is the
Contest Director, has reported a number of changes in event lineups and costs
for entry and events. The costs have decreased to encourage more competitors
of all ages. More events for Juniors and Seniors are on the docket. The dates
for the USOC are set for: July 26 to 30 at the Muncie AMA Sites.
More information as it becomes know. This website will carry the latest.
Bob Stalick

October news ..
1. The editor of the 1998 NFFS Symposium is Dan Tracy and he is
soliciting submissions now. Send a brief description of the intended
article to: Dan Tracy, Box 244, Maple Valley, WA 98038. The deadlines
for this year's publication are: January 15 for article descriptions and
March 15 for completed articles.

2. Nominations for Ten Models of the Year are also being solicited by
new chairman: Bob Perkins. Nominations should include: Cover letter,
Description of model design and competition record, brief resume of
modeler/designer, One page three view with dimensions, and photographs
of modeler with model.
Send to: Bob Perkins, Chair NFFS 10 MOY Committee
2285 PInebrook Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220-4327
Phone: (614) 451-3558.

3. NFFS Hall of Fame Nominations are now being received by Chairman,
Jim Haught. These nominations are for outstanding contributions or service
to the sport, hobby and science of Freeflight. Please submit nominations
with appropriate letters of support and list of nominee accomplishments to
Jim Haught, Chairman NFFS HOF
4629 E. 150N
Anderson, IN 46012

4. Copies of the 1997 NFFS Symposium publication are still available
from Fred Terzian, NFFS Supplies for $20.00 plus postage of $4.00 each
in the USA.
Contact Fred Terzian
4858 Moorpark
San Jose, CA 95129

5. NFFS elections for Directors from the Western and the Northeastern
Regions will be underway with the receipt of the November issue of the
NFFS Digest. If you are not a member and want to vote, join soon.
Running for election for Vice President from the Western Region are:
Hector Diez, Incumbent
Douglas Joyce
Bob Norton
Len Sherman

Running for Vice President from the Northeastern Region are:
Hardy Brodersen
Thomas Sanders
Phil Sullivan.

Also on the ballot are two important proposals to change the NFFS

One allows election of officers to be held every other year on a staggered
basis with terms of office being 4 years. The other changes the bylaws to
allow the NFFS to become a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt educational
organization. Both are important changes for the future of the Society.

6. Dunk The Deficit. The campaign to Dunk the Deficit will end on
November 1. We have successfully eliminated the NFFS deficit and have
raised all of the needed funds to pay back the $26,000 loan that kept us
going during the first part of 1997. Bob Waterman, who headed up the
campaign, wishes to thank all who participated. Their names or the names
of the organizations who helped, are included in the October NFFS Digest.
Personally, I want add my thanks to those of Bob Waterman.

7. With the Deficit now history, the NFFS Directors (Vice Presidents) are
developing plans to promote free flight activities and support so that we
address our stated mission. We have taken upon ourselves the task of
attempting to identify some of the needs for free flight in the USA and to
see whether the Society has a role to play in addressing these needs. Later
this winter, the membership will be asked for their input and suggestions.

8. Membership brochures are currently available from Bob Stalick, 5066
NW Picadilly Circle, Albany, OR 97321. All you need to do is drop me a
card or letter and request the number you will need. With the cooler ather
upcoming, this might be the time to encourage your club members or
unaffiliated free flight friends to join and support the only organization
that serves solely the interests of freeflighters in this country.

9. USOC and USIC Planning Meetings. The USOC and USIC are currently
in the planning stages. If these are events that you attend or would like to
attend, the planning meetings should be of interest to you. Representing the
NFFS will be the 1998 USOC Contest Director: Phil Sullivan. Phil can be
contacted at 4536 Southern Ave., Anderson, IN. 46013. Ph: (765)
Representing the NFFS will be the 1998 USIC Contest Director, Dave
Thomson, 5432 Haft Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45247. Ph: (513) 574-8322.
For your information, the USIC barely broke even financially for the NFFS
and was a cash loser for the AMA last year. Some changes to get closer to
a slightly positive cash flow are in the works. The USOC, on the other
hand, produced positive cash flow for both the AMA and the NFFS. Some
changes to either reduce entry fees or provide incentives to help pay
expenses for volunteers, officials, or clubs are in the works.

Bob Stalick, NFFS President.

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