2012 Convention Awards Given at the Closing Banquet

2012 Convention Awards Given at the Closing Banquet
Submitted by Eleanor Mills

As usual, one of the highlights of the convention was the annual awards announcement at the closing banquet Thursday evening. Beautiful award plaques were given to the airplane award winners and to the keynote speaker, Galen Hanselman, who talked about some of the unique people and places he had found in his survey of all of the back country strips in Utah. The plaques were of stained glass and were handmade by Cathy Perry, who also designed the convention patch and the shirts and caps available to convention-goers.

Judges Linda Cochran, Doug Stewart, David Hedditch, Adrian Geiger, Ted Fields, and Brian McGlynn judged 11 aircraft. In addition, Tee Rush, Linda Cochran, and judged the ladies’ choice.

Winner of the farthest flown (a familiar award for this winner) went to Jack and Sandy Madden of Frostproof, Fla.

The beautiful plaques for beautiful Short Wings went to:
* Best Colt, Kurt Selbert, Roseville, Calif., who is also the club vice-president
* Best PA-22/20, Krystal and Kevin Newmayer, Highland, Calif.
* Best PA-22, Kent and Deborah O’Kelly, Castle Rock, Colo.
* Best PA-20, Mark Ohlau, Sutter Creek, Calif.
* Ladies Choice, Fred and Bonnie Mayes, Lebanon, Mo.
* Best non-Piper, Jim and Candy Butler, Evansville, Ind., for his Ercoupe.

And finally, the award everyone had been waiting for, the Grand Champion of this year’s convention went to Roni McPherson’s Clipper. Roni and her husband, Stewart, live in Cardiff By The Sea, Calif.

Bill Kendrick presented the Oklahoma Utilitarian Award (for what Bill called a Short Wing that was old, used, abused, and ugly but airworthy) to Jack and Sandy Madden. Bill also said that Jim Butler was being given an honorary award for Egregious Error in Airmanship (for an airplane accident that did not result in bloodshed, one several members have received from Bill in the past).

The Chapter of the Year Award went this year to the Ohio Buckeye Chapter. The award plaque read: In recognition of contributions to the Short Wing Piper Club, the Ohio Buckeye Chapter is hereby awarded the SWPC Outstanding Chapter of the Year award for the year 2012. In addition to planning and hosting two of the most remembered SWPC annual conventions (1998 and 2010) the Buckeye chapter has an outstanding monthly newsletter and has continued to have strong support from their members, who have attended many of the annual conventions. In addition chapter members and officers have maintained an attractive and informative website, have contributed to the welfare of private aviation by cooperating with other aviation organizations by holding and participating in joint fly-ins and activities, and have in general been valuable members of the club, contributing articles to the Short Wing Piper News and serving in positions of leadership for the club.” Tom Anderson accepted the plaque on behalf of the chapter.

Two other major awards were given at the convention as two more members were inducted into the Short Wing Piper Hall of Honor — Art Weisberger and Garry Butler. Garry was not present but Clyde Grant volunteered to deliver the plaque to him.

The plaques given to both members listed the qualifications for being chosen: “In recognition of your outstanding contribution to the Short Wing Piper Club and its goal to maintain and preserve the Piper Vagabonds, Clippers, Pacers, Colts and Tri-Pacers, you have been chosen by the club to have your name included on the Short Wing Piper Club Honor Roll.” The plaques also listed the previously recognized members of the Honor Roll: Bob Fuller, Steve Marsh Ed Wach, Kurt Schneider, Larry Smith, Lonnie McLaughlin, George Fruehauf, Iris Morris, Frank Rush, Chuck Lewis, Bob and Eleanor Mills, Clyde Grant, Kent O’Kelly, John Wood, Ralph Gutowski, Tom Anderson, Cliff Van Vleet, John Beck, and Doug Stewart.

In addition, Art’s plaque reads: “Your selection was based on your outstanding contributions to the club and its members through the years as secretary for 24 years (and counting), your attendance at most of our conventions, and your cheerfully stepping in to speak or chair meetings as needed. Your outstanding service to our country as a United States Marine is also deeply appreciated and the stories you have to tell about that service — and about flying — have added to the fellowship we experience in the club.” Garry’s plaque reads: “Your selection was based on your outstanding contributions to the club and its members through the years as President (2003-2005), an at-large member of the board (2005-2009), and treasurer since 2009, along with your faithful service in helping make the Michigan Chapter one of the premier chapters of the club. The Commemorative History Book which you spearheaded stands as one of the prime achievements of our club. You stand out from the crowd as being one who ‘never says no’ when asked to serve.”

And finally, Bill Thomas, Hendersonville, N.C., won the first prize of the Poker Run, with Robert “Obie” Oberholzer taking second, and Bill Lynch, Neosho, Mo., taking third. Bill’s winning hand was a full house of aces and 10s (I think). Doug Conger, poker run director, reported that the poker run raised $270 for the Education Foundation. The meeting closed with the announcement of the Southwest Regional, to be held September 12-16 in Denver, Color, with prime attractions being a trip to Georgetown, Colo., and a tour of Univair.

Following immediately after Eleanor’s announcement of the death of long-time member and past president Steve Marsh, the convention was called to a close in his name.

Five Education Foundation Scholarships Awarded at 2012 Convention

2012 Convention – Five Scholarships Awarded

Submitted by Eleanor Mills

Larry Jenkins, director of the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation, recommended five students — four first timers and one returning student — for scholarships for the coming year. The five students approved were:

* Danyelle Fuhrman, Webster, Minn., a student at the University of North Dakota who will be entering her senior year there, is on track to be an air traffic controller. Larry noted that she is an exceptional student with a grade point average of 3.772. Danyelle has already begun her career, serving an internship at the Minneapolis Airport Traffic Control Tower.

* Michael W. “Duke” Davis, Knoxville, Tenn., a junior at the University of Tennessee, is pursuing a degree in logistics with aviation applications. He has a current GPA of 3.21. Michael’s essay sums up what many in the club and perhaps all the scholarship winners feel as he says, “Regardless of where I end up in my aviation career, I am confident that I will wake up every morning looking forward to going to work. After all, flying for a living sure does beat working for a living. As I leave the ground for every flight, I will most definitely feel those fond feelings creep up on me as if they have been waiting years to do so. The same familiar feelings I have always gotten and the same ones I will always get: pointing my nose up, climbing and climbing into the yonder skies. Freedom.”

* Tyler Keith Densford, Olive Branch, Miss., who will be a freshman at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., will pursue a degree in flight operations with the goal of becoming an airline pilot. Tyler earned a high school GPA of 3.98. In his essay, Tyler says, “As a young boy, the moment that I stepped aboard a Southwest Airline Boeing 737 with a destination of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, I knew that flying was in my blood. In my school classrooms, I would constantly be scolded for drawing airplanes during the teacher’s lectures, and my young classmates would give me blank stares when reciting the phonetic alphabet.”

* Wesley Carter, Memphis, Tenn., will be a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., with the goal of becoming an air traffic controller. Wesley has already begun his study of that career, having served an internship in the Memphis Tower for the past two years. He was recommended for the scholarship by his tower chief and holds a high school GPA of 3.3265. Wesley has a true passion for his future career, saying in his essay, “Today I realize that I was led to the internship for a reason. Before getting to know air-traffic I overall had chosen to be a pilot, but once I had gotten experience I chose to be a controller. I decided to pursue this career because I simply fell in love with it. Although it may be stressful at times, I realized that having the job as an Air Traffic Controller is probably one of the most exciting jobs a person can have. In the end, I am glad I decided to go through the internship because I most likely would’ve missed my calling. For me, the career is simply my dream job and soon it will come true.”

* Timothy Stephen Cuff, Washougal, Wash., who will be a junior at Central Washington University at Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, Wash., wants to be a commercial airline pilot. He’s a young man on a fast track, having graduated from high school with a running start on his college program, earning both his high school diploma and an associate degree with a GPA of 3.455. Brian McGlynn, president of the Columbia River Chapter which sponsored Tim, explained that Tim completed his junior and senior year of high school at Clark College in Vancouver, earning his diploma and degree. In his essay, Tim says he wants to be a professional pilot flying cargo around the country or around the world. “This career has been the ideal dream of mine for the past several years, and I hold it in regard above all others for several reasons: my undying passion for aviation, the allure of flying around the country, and the added excitement of hauling many different types of cargo,” he said. “All in all, I want a career as a cargo pilot because it is exciting. I get to do what I love, flying, experience travelling to new places, and confront the many challenges unique to that of a cargo pilot.”

Tyler, Wesley, Timothy, and Michael were awarded $2,000 scholarships, with Danyelle receiving a $2,500 scholarship.

As Larry noted, these are exceptional students who will make the SWPC proud!
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2012 SWPC Convention Recap

The 2012 SWPC “Wasach Passage” Convention was a huge success. According to Registrar Carole VanVleet 134 people attended, coming from 27 states, Canada, and Ireland.

Thirty-one airplanes flew in to Ogden and registered for the convention; click HERE to read about the award winners.

Everyone had a wonderful time. Congratulations to co-chairs John and Linda Parrish and all the convention volunteers for making this one of the most memorable conventions in our proud SWPC history.

Thanks to our members generous contributions and sales from the SWPC Store, five scholarships were awarded by the Educational Foundation.

You can start getting yourself in a “New York State-of-Mind” by looking forward to the 2013 convention in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Spa City. Our Colts should feel right at home with all the horses around there.