AMA Club No. 1766

Sequim RC Aeronauts

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The Fun-Fly For Hospice Was The Best Ever

This years fund raising fly-in for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County was the most successful to date. We are still tallying the donations but the initial numbers are well beyond last years total. Thanks to all for the support that made this possible. It took an effort by many people to bring this all together, so to those that lent a hand during the planning stages and at the event we say ‘Thank You’!

It isn’t often that we are glad the weather forecast are wrong but this day was one of those days as the predicted rain showers didn’t materialize beyond a few seconds of very light sprinkles and the winds were low. The sun even came out for a while. The activity at the r/c field was a big draw, pulling a lot of folks from the Air Affaire displays throughout the day. Several people stayed in their seats all day to watch. Team Valley View pilots put on some very impressive flying displays so thanks to Joel, Chris and Victor for taking the time to join us.

There are a lot of individuals and businesses that contributed their time, materials and expertise to our event. Andy Sallee and the crew at the Sequim Valley Airport were very helpful so thanks to them for providing us with a great location to host the event and for mowing the area surrounding the r/c runway.

The shared day with the Air Affaire drew more people to the airport than we were able to draw in the past and that helped up the donation total. A big thanks to the Air Affaire planners for allowing us to share a date with their event, and thanks to the balloon pilots for volunteering to move their launching area away from our field, which made our Friday evening pre-event setup much easier.

The fact that the r/c runway is a one time per year usage means that it is not always the smoothest it could or should be for small wheels. In the past Vern Madison and Bob Reandeau, members of our club, have watered and rolled the field for us. They had planned to do so again this year but a week before the event their equipment was not available, being needed for another job. A scramble for a roller ended up at Jamestown Excavating. John Kertis, the manager of the Carlsborg business, agreed to roll the field for a minimal amount, donating his time to roll the field. The equipment was delivered to the Sequim Valley Airport on Thursday the 28th, and John rolled the field Friday and again Saturday morning, just before the event. When the agreed upon amount for rolling was presented to him, he requested it be donated in full to the Hospice fund. A really classy move by John and Jamestown Excavating that is very much appreciated by our club and Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County. It really brought home the point that once people spend a little time around a fund raising event for a great cause it becomes easy to help out.

Another business that came to the rescue this year is Strait Music in Port Angeles. The public address system that we had used at the previous three events was not available this year, so Marty at Strait Music donated a public address system that worked beautifully and really helped get the word out, literally, about what was going on at the r/c field. Without that public address system our announcer would have been unheard and the message lost as to what we were doing. Thanks to Strait Music.

The bulk of the funds raised each year at our event come from the raffle prize drawings, so we have to thank all of the businesses that contributed to our event in the form of items to be raffled.

We received donations this year from, located in California, Dynasty Chinese Restaurant in Sequim, The Old Mill Cafe in Carlsborg, Sears in Sequim, Valley View RC from Puyallup, Washington, Black Bear Diner in Sequim, Remote Control Hobbies in Sequim, Pacific Rim Hobbies in Port Angeles, Safeway in Port Angeles and several anonymous individual donations. The Olympic RC Modelers also had several other items donated to them and those businesses will be added here once that information is passed to us.

The final result of all of the work and co-operation from those listed above as well as many more made this years event a success. Thanks to all and we will be doing this all again next year because the need for the services of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will never cease.

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