EAA Chapter 242 held its annual awards banquet in a fitting, cozy setting on Saturday evening, January 24, 2015, in hangar Y-1 at Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport (KCUB).
The festivities started with a reception as folks arrived, where many 242’ers were able to catch up with each other, bid on silent auction items, or simply take in the venue – the magnificent B-25 and many pieces of war era memorabilia. Hosts Cantzon Foster and Ken Berry graciously opened their hangar once again to this year’s event where lots of hard work by everyone involved led to a very enjoyable evening. Chapter president Jim Herpst headed up the banquet committee, the pork butts and chicken were cooked by Francis Drayton and Steve Richardson. Lloyd Dunham rightfully received many compliments on his bean recipe. John Pipkin worked on the food serving line and made sure everyone had plenty to eat. Many folks went back two or more times. Mac Burton and Ken Harrill served a wide variety of refreshing beverages throughout the evening. Approximately 70 folks were in attendance.
Folks worked their way through the food serving line and as the line dwindled down, Jim Herpst welcomed everyone and introduced the guest speaker, Gerald Ballard, who had everyone laughing as he shared many stories from his past. Thank you Mr. Ballard being there!
As folks continued to enjoy their dinners, Jim introduced our new Young Eagles chairperson, Phil Pesek, who stepped in for Ron Shelton, who was unable to attend. Phil introduced the 2014 ground crews and pilots award their certificates.
Next, Jim had me come up and recognize our 2014 committee chairpeople. The Member Of The Year Award went to Jim Herpst for his tireless efforts this past year in many of the chapter’s efforts including SAC ops, Breakfast Clubs and overseeing the monthly Pancake Breakfast Fly-ins, which was his brainchild.
Ron Johnson introduced this year’s Jack Singletary Spirit Of Flying Award. Ron talked about Jack and his love of flying and then recognized this year’s recipient, Larry Maner, who had an extensive flying year including receiving one of the first leather jackets awarded by the South Carolina Aviation Association as part of their Ambassador Passport Program. Larry was the first 242’er to earn the jacket.
Next, Jim introduced the 2014 project completion award recipients: Ron Johnson for the restoration of his Champ; Robert and Gail Cutter for the completion of their Vans RV-7; and George and Lucy Walters for the complete of their Thunder Mustang.
A special thanks was offered to Pat Burton in recognition of her efforts in keeping up with the monthly Birthday Supper program. Xen Motsinger was recognized for his continued efforts in taking care of some SAC ops and keeping the snacks and drinks stocked and organized.
A special thank you to Eagle Aviation for donating fuel certificates for our silent auction. Thanks to Little Pigs Barbeque for donating the BBQ sauce! Thanks Tim Huebel for being our event photographer once again! It is much appreciated!
Jim Herpst closed the evening’s business by thanking everyone for coming and staying involved with the chapter and making this chapter the great success that it is.