2020 Convention Update

2020 Convention Details Cliff Van Vleet
Convention Chairman

This status report was first published in the February 2020 Supplemental News Report. Several loose ends still exist but this report indicates what is firm and fixed as of early February 2020. Final details will be published in the April-May-June issue of the SWPNews, in the next Supplemental News and on the web site. The report here is decided into three sections: 1) Convention Details, 2) Registration Form, and 3) 2019 Convention Financial Report.
The 2020 SWPC convention will be held in Wichita, KS, “The Aviation Capital of the World”, Monday, June 22, 2020, through Saturday morning, June 27, 2020. One extra day, Friday, June 26, has been added specifically to schedule a bus tour to the Kansas Cosmosphere International Science Center and Space Museum, in Hutchinson, KS., www.cosmo.org.

Convention Chairman: Cliff Van Vleet 520-378-2517, ccvanvle@mindspring.com.
Convention Registrar: Carole Van Vleet, 520-378-2517, ccvanvle@mindspring.com.

The convention motel is the Best Western Wichita North Hotel and Suites, 915 E. 53rd St North, Wichita, KS, 67219, offering on-site Country Kitchen restaurant with free hot breakfasts, fitness center, indoor pool, guest laundry, pet-friendly, free Wi-Fi, mobility and accessible features. We are approved to bring in home-baked cookies and goodies — provided they are shared with our motel points of contact! Please bring your favorites to share. Door prizes including home built crafts will be on display in the convention day ready room in the motel.
Motel Reservations: 800-528-1234 or 316-832-9387, www.bestwestern.com. It is recommended using the local 316 telephone number and that you make your reservations early to ensure snagging a room. Ask for the Short Wing Piper Club rate. Fifty rooms first come first served are blocked for Sunday, June 22 through Friday, June 28. Unreserved rooms will be opened to the public after June 2. Room rates will be $84.99 plus state sales tax and lodging local taxes Recommended overflow motels are: Courtyard by Marriott Wichita East, (316)-636-4600 and Holiday Inn Wichita East (316)-686-7131.

The convention airport is Colonel James Jabara Airport (AAO), located on the northeast corner of Wichita just outside the Dwight D. Eisenhower control zone. CTAF/UNICOM 122.7. WX ASOS 134.025 (316-636-2541). The airport is uncontrolled. There are several other non-towered airports on the east side of Wichita so you are encouraged to use good map/GPS reading to safely navigate into Jabara. The FBO, Midwest Corporate Aviation, 1-800-9622, www.midwestaviation.com is the full service FBO and they are very friendly and welcoming. Transportation between Jabara airport and the Best Western motel, a distance of 7 miles, will be provided.

The EAA Chapter 88 airport clubhouse facilities comfortably seating 50-75 people indoors will be utilized throughout the convention.  The clubhouse will also serve as the airport flight line hospitality facility.  The Monday afternoon Meet and Greet will be held at this facility. Airplane parking will be close to the clubhouse and on grass. Please bring tie downs and ropes. In-the-grass camping close to the clubhouse will be allowed

Please monitor the SWPC web site www.shortwingpiperclub.org as details are finalized and posted.

There are many things to see and do in Wichita and vicinity by attendees on your own schedules and times. These include but are not limited to: Kansas Aviation Museum, www.kansasaviationmuseum.org, displaying 40 historical airplanes and boasting a haunted terminal; Great Plains Transportation Museum, www.gptm,us; Sedgewick County Zoo, www.scz.org; “Field Station: Dinosaurs” theme park in Derby, KS, www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com; Museum of World Treasures featuring Ivan the T- Rex skeleton plus artifacts from around the world, www.worldtreasures.org; Wichita Art Museum, www.wichitaartmusem.org; Museums on the River comprised of Botanica Wichita, Exploration Place, Mid-America All-Indian Center, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita Art Museum and the Mid-America Indian heritage site with the 44-foot tall “Keeper of the Plains” statue standing watch; “The Yard”, Wichita’s famed hardware store established in the late 1940 with over 4-acres of new and used tool and materials bargains; several antique stores, and last but not least, Dairy Queen.

The historic fly-in Beaumont Hotel and Café in Beaumont, KS is not open on weekdays during the summer so we are deprived of this attraction. If you have transportation, a tour of Hutchinson’s Underground Salt Museum 650 feet into the ground is highly recommended. www.underkansas.org. Also, a driving tour to visit the historic Swedish town of Lindsborg, KS and a driving tour to Kechi to shop for arts and crafts.

A 20 minute video taken during the 2019 convention in Wichita is available on the SWPC Website showing some of the above attractions.

Preliminary daily schedule:
Monday, June 24: Arrival day.
Monday, 1 pm: Board of Directors meeting.
Monday, 4 pm: Meet and Greet at Jabara airport.
Tuesday, June 23, 9:00-11:30: SWPC technical forums at the Best Western motel.
Tuesday, 12:00 pm: Membership Luncheon, Best Western motel with guest speaker.
Tuesday 2:00 pm: Membership meeting and election, Best Western motel.
Wednesday, June 24, 10:0-12:00: Tour the Kansas Aviation Museum.
Wednesday, am: available for Ladies events, possible chapter president’s breakfast.
Wednesday, pm: Self touring and/or airport activities. If the B-29 Doc is in town this will
be the best opportunity to revisit her.
Wednesday, evening: Dinner and sight-seeing at Stearman Field/Benton Airpark Bar and Grill,
Benton, KS.
Thursday am, June 25: Fly-out/poker run from Wichita.
Thursday all day. At large individual touring (see sites listed above) and/or Ladies events,
to be determined. Need Volunteers to plan these events??.
Thursday, June 25, 5:00 pm: Cocktail hour. 6:00 pm closing banquet with speaker.
Friday, June 26: Tour of the Cosmosphere International Science Center and Space Museum in
Hutchinson, KS., www.cosmo.org
Saturday, June 27: Departure day. Transportation to airport will be available.

Preliminary Costs for events:
Registration:                             $50.00 per person
Meet and Greet                          included in registration
Kansas Aviation Museum $20.00 per person
Cosmosphere tour $35.00 per person
Membership luncheon               $20.00 per person
Ladies events/forums                 TBD at convention
Poker hand                                $10.00 per person
Thursday Banquet                      $35.00 per person
Convention shirts $25.00 per shirt S M L XL XXL   
Convention Baseball caps $15.00
Salt Mine, Lindsborg, Doc TBD at convention

Web site internet registration and credit card payment will be installed soon. Monitor the Club web site for current information. Final details will be available in the Apr-May-Jun SWPNews.
Please send snail mail registration and payments to:
Carole Van Vleet, SWPC convention 2019
3705 E. Shawnee Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ, 85650

2020 SWPC International Convention
June 22– June 27, 2019
Celebrating Wichita, Air Capitol of America
Wichita, Kansas
Registration Form
   Last_______________________________  First ______________________
   last_______________________________  First ______________________
Address _______________________________________________________
City ______________________________State ___________ Zip__________
E-Mail _________________________________________________________
Children’s names attending, with ages _______________________________
Arrival Date____________________ Departure Date___________________
Arriving by: Aircraft N#_______ Type _______Judge (circle)     Y     N
Airlines __________ Auto _______ RV_____
Accommodations:  Convention Hotel, Campground, Other
No Campers at airport, tent camping only
Best Western Wichita North, 316-832-9387, ask for SWPC rate
Will you want a rental car?   Budget     Y   N  1-360-681-0650
Special Dietary Needs? ___________________________________________ 
Registration and Event fees (under 16 free for registration fee)
   Before May 1:                      $50.00 per person x ______      $ ________
   May 1 to June 1:                   $60.00 per person x ______          $ ________
   After June 1:                        $70.00 per person x ______      $ ________ 
Monday: Meet and Greet included in registration fee
Tuesday: Kansas Aviation Tour  $20.00 per person x ______            $ ________
Tuesday: Membership lunch $20.00 per person x ______            $ ________
Thursday am : Poker Tour $10.00 per hand  x ______           $ ________
Thursday pm: Banquet $35.00 per person x ______           $ ________
Friday: Cosmosphere Tour $35.00 per person x _______ $_________
Convention Shirts: $25.00 per person x ______ $ ________
          S M L XL XXL (Polo with silk screen logo)                                            
Convention caps $15.00 per person x ______ $________
Total US Funds                                                                                 $ ________
Please make checks payable to: SWPC Wichita Convention
Mail to:
  Cliff Van Vleet
SWPC Convention 2020
3705 Shawnee Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85650
Credit Card payment will be implemented soon

To close out the 2019 convention business, following financial statement is provided.

SWPC Convention Financial Report, July 24, 2019
1. Univair Donation $2,500.00
2. Registration Fees $4,420.00
3. Doc and Beech tour Fees $2,710.00
4. Membership lunch $1,260.00
5. Banquet $2,870.00
6. Poker Run $ 120.00
7. Kechi Lunch $ 180.00
8. Shirts Sales $ 936.00
9. Baseball cap sales $ 375.00
Gross Income $15,371.00

1. Wichita North Best Western
Convention Center:
Tables, projector, Meet and
Greet, Members lunch,
Kechi tour, Banquet $5,493.65
2. EAA Chapter 88 Clubhouse $ 300.00
3. 100- 3.5- inch Patches $ 648.30
4. 39- Shirts $ 727.89
5. 25- Red Baseball caps $ 372.14
6. 100 Tote Bags $1,605.00
7. 6-Trophies $ 300.00
8. 1- Golf Cart 5 days $ 213.00
9. 1-Rental Van; one day $ 85.47
10. B-29 Doc Tour $1,325.00
11. Buses for tours $ 622.13
12. Miscellaneous: Name tags,
poker run cards, Stripe fees,
incidentals, ice, Soda, cookies $ 416.34
13. Donation for Color Photos in News $ 600.00
14. Two site survey inspections $ 1,300.00
15. Donation to Ed Found $ 150.00
16. Cash reserve for 2020 convention $ 1,212.08
Total Expenses $15,371.00
Profit/Loss = $00,000.00