The NFFS President's Message for October 2000

1. Distinguished Service Awards. Periodically, the Board of Directors acknowledges the efforts and talents of individuals who serve the Society above and beyond the call of duty. This year, six outstanding individuals were honored for their service at the NFFS Banquet in Muncie: Jim O'Reilly, long time Vice President of the Central Region of the NFFS; Louis Joyner, long time Vice President of the Southern Region of the NFFS; Bob Perkins, editor of the 1998 Symposium; Dan Tracy, editor of the 1999 Symposium; Bill Vanderbeek, originator and sponsor of the One Design Event and the person who runs our Symposium Patrons Project; and Walt Rozelle, who is the chairman of the Nostalgia Committee.

2. Annual Meeting of the NFFS Board of Directors. The annual meeting of the NFFS Board of Directors was held this year on August 5 in Muncie following the Nats. A review of the meeting will be carried in future issues of the Digest. To whet your interest, the Directors have taken a number of steps to guarantee the future of the Society.

3. USIC C.D. Named: Dave Thomson has agreed to be the CD of the USIC again in 2001. The dates of the competition at the Mini-Dome in Johnson City, TN are tentatively set for May 30 - June 3.

4. Assistant CD for the USOC in 2001 sought. Randy Ryan is the CD of the 2001 USOC, but he needs an assistant to back him up and to prepare for running the contest in 2002. Members who are experienced Contest Directors are requested to contact Bob Stalick for details and a description of duties and perks. Phone: 541-928-8101, email: or write to Bob at 5066 NW Picadilly Circle, Albany, OR 97321.

5. Hand Launched Glider Book Reprinted: One of the excellent publications from the 1970s was John Kaufmann's complete book about hand launched glider. It has been out of print for many years, but Bill Vanderbeek recently contacted Kaufmann and received permission for the NFFS to reprint this 98 page book. It is now available in a handy spiral binder from NFFS Publications for only $10.00 plus postage. Ask for the Flying Hand Launch Gliders book by John Kaufmann.

6. The 2000 Symposium Publication. Although many of our NFFS members are patrons for the Symposium, there are about 1400 members who are not. If you are one of this group, you will want to pick up the latest issue of the Sympo. It is chock full of information for both the expert and neophyte and contains not only articles about improving building and flying free flights but also the ten models of the year and hall of Fame selections. It is 160 pages of information, and it is only $25 + postage of $4 per copy. Contact NFFS Publications for your issue.

7. Harry Murphy's Plans. The late Harry Murphy was one of the early forces in the Nostalgia movement and a regular correspondent to Model Aviation and other publications. Harry left a sizable number of original and reprinted vellums and mylar master plans in his collection and these, along with some plans prints, were recently given to the NFFS Plans Service. I had a chance to look over the collection, and it is significant. Hank Sperzel, the NFFS Plans Man, tells me that he will have them cataloged soon and will put together a revised and much enlarged listing of plans which include the Harry Murphy collection.

Bob Stalick, NFFS President.

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