Disctict VIII campaign statements (post # 1)
District VIII Vice President
I guess I will start by telling you a little about my self and why I would
like to be your next D-VIII Vice President. I have been in RC for over 15
years and have been involved in several areas of RC. big-birds, helicopter,
pylon, & scale. Some of my duties in our club are teaching new members to
fly air planes & helicopter, CDing our clubs 5 yearly events, building and
maintaining our club web site and i am also the grounds keeper for our club.
one of the greatest joys that I get out of RC is teaching new pilots how to
fly. Its like raising children. you can feel their excitement when they are
learning and it gives me a feeling that I have some worth by passing along
something that they will have and enjoy for ever.
My platform will be simple. i hope to build a feeling in the D-VIII
membership where they are encouraged about their future in D-VIII. And that
every member should feel that he has the right to have a VP that is open to
his suggestions and that the members should feel that they could make a
contribution to their club or the district by running for any office.
Normally when you see or meet a leader any were they will never ask you what
do you think I am doing wrong and do you have any ideas on what I should be
doing. How often do you think any of our leadership wakes up in the middle
of the night worrying about how things are going or can't get back to sleep
worrying about if they are doing all they could be doing for the members.
I do not want this job for life I only want one or two terms if need be to
see if I can bring a feeling of unity back into district D-VIII and the AMA.
I believe that as a VP that every event you attend you should announce to
the pilots that you are their and you want to know what's wrong with the
district or your performance just to keep in touch.
your friend Michael moss
New Caney, Texas
You are an AMA Vice President (VP). What is your main priority? Is it the
administrative area or the operational realm? Certainly, we each have our
own ideas about what should be pursued and accomplished. All ideas are
As your AMA District VP, I will communicate with you concerning the affairs
of the AMA and the Executive Council. I will welcome your inputs regardless
of the pro or con that you may present. Agree or disagree, my door will
always be open.
If you elect me, I will bring forty years of experience in AMA business,
including previously a VP from District VI. I was once an active CL and FF
modeler. While I have flown mostly RC since 1973, I do keep my hand in CL
While many current modelers think of AMA only in insurance terms, I think of
AMA as a service organization charged to assure a secure future for this
world of model aviation. AMA cannot be all things to all people, yet AMA can
provide much more than insurance.
Any activity needs organization to focus the goals of the group. Model
airplane people need Flying-Sites and public acceptance. AMA needs to be
very proactive in establishing the worth of model aviation as a recreation,
sport, a competition, and/or a very worthwhile activity. Only through
national recognition can the required facilities be acquired and maintained.
As your District VP, I will pursue these goals. Evidence the Jetero RC
facility near Houston.
Vote for Flying Fields and national recognition. Elect Horrace Cain to AMA
District VIII Vice President.
Sandy Frank, Incumbent
Hello, I am Dr. Sandy Frank. I am asking for your vote in this election. I
have been an AMA member since 1957 (Life Member #69). I have built & flown
all types of C/L, F/F and R/C models. My late father, Murry Frank (an AMA
Fellow) taught me as a child about modeling and the personal fulfillment of
AMA volunteer work. I have been a local, regional and national volunteer AMA
worker for more than 39 years. I studied Aerospace Engineering at the UTA.
I am 55 years old & hold a Ph.D. I have operated my own successful business
(retired). Now Aeromodeling is my life. I can and will devote the time and
effort needed to represent you well to the AMA Board of Directors!
I promise not to push any personal agendas, philosophy or politics on you or
the AMA. I shall represent the will of the majority of the membership within
the District in the important matters which the AMA Council must decide. I
will support no dues increases, no AMA-instigated lawsuits, local modeling
support (especially local flying sites) as AMA's highest priority,
presentation of all of Aeromodeling so as to gain national recognition (and
support) and last but not least open communications between the AMA and all
of its members.
Historically only 10% of the membership votes. So please vote! Your vote is
needed and important! Your vote for me will be sincerely appreciated. Thank
you, Sandy Frank 105 N.Brazos-Weatherford ,TX 76086-3207 Phone/Fax:
(817)599-7131 email: email@example.com (I am available 24 X 7 X 365 to
James G. Branaum
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
I have owned my own company and now am a semi retired Systems Analyst in my
mid 50's with growing children of school age. Previously I tried on a
limited scale some free flight, rubber, and control line but was very
dissatisfied with my results. I guess that is what happens when there are
not enough interested hobby folks around. Changing that is one of my goals
since it is clear that if we don't reach out effectively enough, we loose
our impact and flying sites nationwide. Currently I actively fly indoor
electics, mid sized glow and giant scale airplanes.
We need to change the approach used within our own organization so that it
serves the hobby rather than the hobby serves it. Currently we seem to have
an insurance problem because as a group we have failed to install accident
prevention activities as a priority. Note that does not mean new rules
because rules do not prevent accidents, the membership does. We have seen
dues go up significantly due to the increase in insurance costs but not seen
any recommendations from the AMA as to moves the membership could take to
prevent future cost increases.
The AMA was founded to foster competition and yet today, as a group, most
modelers do not compete. Since the goals of the membership have changed, it
is clear we need to adjust the goals and directions of the AMA. Some changes
in the goals and possibly the by-laws of the organization are being
discussed now. We need effective representation to help the hobby grow with
the AMA in Disctict VIII. To my way of thinking and doing business that
means we need to have improved two way communications between the membership
and the elected leaders rather than strictly leader driven communications.
Good ideas are not the property of a few, but grow when there is free and
open communication between respected parties. As a long term club officer, I
have learned to listen respectfully to all the members because even those I
have disagreements with have good ideas from time to time. I have used the
ideas of a competitor when they were good, but I generally make sure that
the individual was recognized for the contribution. We need to use this
method in the AMA and in District VIII.
Please write in my name and AMA number on your ballot and return it to to
the correct place, NOT Muncie!
AMA 1428 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer San Antonio Prop Busters AMA #1227
- posted 18 years ago