Website Progress Report 2/26/13

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to write a quick note to let you know where we’re at with the website as far as membership login, SWPC Store and a few other things go.

Thank you so much for your positive support and for your patience as I continue to work with our website developer and his team to get our site up to speed!

Myrna CG Mibus – SWPC Website Content Manager

Our new website is pretty much up and running, as you can see, but here’s an update on some of the things we’re still working on:

Member Login – As mentioned in Member Login Not Necessary, we are still getting the membership login and member functions working. I was hoping to have Membership up and running this week but, since I will be out of town for a few days, it’s likely I won’t get the login information to you until early the week of March 1st. But that’s okay – you can browse the website without being logged in.

SWPC Store – Right now the Store is in demo mode and no orders are being filled because we need to get a few more things figured out. We should have the SWPC Store up and running sometime next week. If you need to order something before then, contact Larry Jenkins directly through our Contact Us form.

Tool Rental – We’ll have the Tool Rental part of the website up and running very soon, too. If you are need something right away, please contact Claire directly through our Contact Us form.

Forums – Even though the membership login is not yet working on the site you CAN log in to the forums using your current forum login user name and password. If you don’t have your login information please contact Forum Admin Kurt Selbert at swpcforums@gmail.com  and he will help you out.

Double log in issue – I know one of the greatest desires of Club members is that we integrate the website login with the forums login. We’re still working on this and will keep you posted on our progress.

What’s On the Horizon for the SWPC Website?

  • Online registration for the 2013 SWPC Convention will be up and running soon.
  • We have a Short Wing Piper News page in the works where you can find info about the magazine
  • Members will be able to download issues of the Short Wing Piper News
  • We have an Aircraft Awards database in the works
  • We’ll be launching a Technical page where Members can access our vast collection of Short Wing specific technical documents
  • And more!

"Secret Gift" Winner Announced

Here’s a brief President’s Update from SWPC President Peter Lubig:

The Short Wing Piper Club just had another fabulous Free Gift offering for members. The most recent Free Gift was a surprise and the drawing was held on February 18, 2013.

Well, it’s time to announce the secret prize and let you know that we have a winner!

The Secret Prize was actually three prizes in one and SWPC member Mike Mertens of Lincoln, Nebraska is our winner!

Here’s what Mike won:

Congratulations Mike!

Guess what? We have Free Gift offerings every couple of months and will post information on our next Free Gift offering soon!

 

PRESIDENTS UPDATE February 16, 2013

Introducing the SWPC Membership Increase Program – SWMIP

Welcome to the SHORT WING PIPER CLUB,

As a “Vintage Aircraft Type”, we encourage anyone that is interested in the Piper “SHORT WINGS” class of aircraft to checkout our site. We have something for you!

Forums – where you can interact with other members about your concerns and questions.
Chapters – a listing of a Chapter that maybe in your area that you can join.
Classifieds – Buy that one great plane you are looking for, or just a part.
Officers – a listing of Officers that are willing to help you should you have any questions.
AND, if course the annual Convention.
Dates for 2013 Convention are: July 1st- July 4th.

NOTICE TO CURRENT MEMBERS

SWPC Membership Increase Program SWMIP

As a Club we have experienced a fairly slow growth in new members, the decline currently exceeds the increase of membership. Well, here is your chance to once again step forward and contribute. The SWPC is going to start a membership increase program, the outline is for each of the current 1,400 members to sponsor a friend, neighbor, co-worker or someone at your local airport and encourage them to  join the SWPC.

You can tell them about the benefits of being a SWPC member including

  • Our great social network
  • The SWPC News and the great stories
  • The new programs that we current have like our Free Gift give away & special rates on But most important – the great new friends they will make when  they join the SWPC

We will call this SWMIP, Short Wing Membership Increase Program. This SWMIP will start right away and finish sometime during the summer of 2013.

At the end of the membership erie we will be having a draw for free gifts for both the new members and sponsors (one draw for each group). The gifts are adding up, we have the Dynon Pocket D1 Pocket Panel, aircraft Tie Downs from Storm Force Aircraft, and more to come.

If you sponsor a member please have them note that they joined because of the Short Wing Member Increase Program and note that you encouraged them to join when they fill out their membership application. That way you will both be eligible for the prize drawings!

About the Education Foundation

By Larry Jenkins, SWP Education Foundation Director

This year the Short Wing Piper Club is sponsoring five outstanding, high academic achieving, students through the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation. I would love for you to feel their passion and desire to become successful in the world of aviation. I enjoy seeing their excitement, and it makes me want to go back into the academic world myself. They are really putting forth their best effort, and I know their gratitude.

Our membership should be aware of a new scholarship awarding procedure that was approved at the last SWPC Convention in Ogden, Utah. All first time scholarship applicants are now required to submit to the Education Foundation Director their official college transcripts from their first semester’s work before the scholarship money is sent to their respective institutions. This requirement was copied from other scholarship granting organizations. The objective is to protect the granting institution from students who change their minds about their academic goals in their first semester thus protecting the awarding institution’s investment. Our applicants have all proved to be serious students and their checks were mailed to their respective institution in January 2013.

For the 2013/2014 school year we will be accepting your sponsored scholarship applicants in May. Upon your request, I will email you the scholarship application. All applicants must complete and have hard copy applications mailed to me no later than 31 May. It will be a little more competitive this year, as we expect four of our current students to apply for scholarship renewal. Email is my preferred way of communicating, with the exception of the application forms. Your questions and comments help me to do my job better.

The awarding of scholarships at our next convention has a lot of contingencies. If we have a larger than normal application pool, the Board will have to decide how much our resources will support. My desire, assuming all of our current scholarship recipients reapply, is to support those students at the same monetary level as we did in the 2012/2013 school year. Scholarship winning new applicants may be offered a different amount, which is contingent upon your donations. At this writing, donations are below normal. We have had some meaningful donations, but across the board, the Club has not supported the Education Foundation as in previous years. Our nation’s economy has changed, but our students are faced with the same monetary challenge, and college is expensive.

I felt the challenge I proposed at the Ogden Convention was a very fair way for our members to support the Education Foundation. I asked each member to donate $10 to the Education Foundation. The math for that amount donated would exceed the amount of scholarship money we awarded last year.  To date I feel let down that my proposal has not been supported. Even in this tight economy we can all afford $10! I also challenged our chapters to donate $100 each and some chapters have given as much as $200 to the Education Foundation! And some even better news, I received a $500 donation just before Christmas for which I am very grateful! All donations are so deeply appreciated!  I fall short of writing everyone thank you notes, but I trust you gave the money for a greater reason.

There are numerous ways to discreetly donate money to the Education Foundation. We have tried to make it easy to make your donations through our web site.  Another option is to mail your check to the SWPC treasurer, and she will deposit it in the Education Foundation account. I will do the same, if you elect to mail me a check.  Make checks payable to the SWP Education Foundation. Our mailing addresses are in the SWPC News.

On a personal note, I get weary appealing to everyone to donate to the SWP Education Foundation. I can say it is not a thankless job! Our students are very grateful for our help and support. I will try and remain optimistic in challenging us to make our passion happen.

Should you have any questions about the SWP Education Foundation, I check my email daily. I will email you scholarship application upon your request. I will do my best to respond to you in a timely fashion.

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Click HERE for information on applying for the SWP Education Foundation Scholarship

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To make a donation to the SWP Education Foundation right now, click HERE and you will be directed to our Store.

For more information on how you can Make a Difference, click HERE

Remember – purchases you make in the SWPC Store benefit the Education Foundation. Need a SPWC Logo hat for yourself or a gift? How about a Sky Catch or a Tips & Techniques manual or CD? You can purchase these items and more at the SWPC Store and benefit the Education Foundation in the process!