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A Look Back at 35+ Years by Buster Hinkle.

The organizational meeting to form a model airplane club in Temple was held at 7:30pm February 16th, 1973 at the Texas Power and Light building in Temple. Seventeen people attended. John H. Greiner presided over the meeting.

First club meeting was held March 2nd, 1973 - 15 members present.

November 15th, 1973 - voted to pave 200' X 50' runway on a portion of the old city dump ground with the permission of the city.

August 5th, 1974 - the city sprayed oil and spread pea gravel for $465.80.

April 1975 - erected a shelter.

September 1975 - poured concrete for U-control circle.

November 1975 paved taxi way from shelter to runway.

June 10th, 1976 - first sanctioned fun fly. Six pilots with John Greiner and Todd Brooks only Temple members to win trophies. Thanked Killeen club for bringing nearly every one of their flying members.

August 29th, 1976 - first informal pattern contest. Two trophies awarded.

August 2nd, 1978 - started looking for a new flying site for several reasons, main reason a near-by microwave tower was causing radio interference.

Dec 4th, 1978 - members voted and passed a motion to separate the secretary and treasurer positions.

March 5th, 1979 - club decided the Corps. Property has possibilities, will look at McGregor Park next Sunday.

May 7th, 1979 - decision was made to accept the McGregor Park flying site as a permanent location.

November 1980 - the 150' X 50' asphalt runway was constructed for $1,840 by Odell Geer Const. Co.

July 1981 - killed grass growing through asphalt.

August 22nd, 1981 - shelter posts installed.

September 26th, 1981 - shelter roof completed.

July 9th, 1984 - shelter cement poured (and taxi way?)

April 5th, 1986 - runway was extended 125 ft to the south.

Sept 13th & 20th, 1986 - club members sealed runway with paint rollers.

April 24th, 1988 - laid base for 150 ft asphalt north.

May 5th, 1988 - laid asphalt on north end.

July 30th, 1988 - cleaned new parking lot and installed posts and cables.

August 12th, 1989 - extended shelter to the north.

September 1989 - cement poured for shelter extension and pilot boxes poured.

October 2nd, 1991 - sprayed sealer on 300' X 50' asphalt
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July 26th, 1993 - entrance gate ribbon cutting ceremony.

September 1993 - erected used storage building.

May 1994 - constructed the final stage of toilet facility.

October 1994 - cleared out all brush south of runway.

January 1996 club incorporated.

April 1996 - 300' X 50' runway resurfaced.

April 19th, 1997 - total rebuilding of shelter roof with 'R' panels, and pilot box safety barriers installed.

July 1997 - New l6hp twin cylinder 42" riding mower purchased.

August 1997 - installed an old military storage locker.

April 1998 - installed 30' flag pole with airplane weather vane.

The club archives does not have any minutes from Jan 1982 through Aug. 1985. The minutes from July 1991 through January 1997 were given to secretary Jeff Coons in January 1996. Anyone who knows anything about the missing minutes please help me to get them into the club archives.
The minutes of the early years were not very good. The club would discuss something and would never document the results. I used material invoices to help find out what projects were completed.      

Year

President

VP

Secretary

Treasurer

Safety

Field Marshal

1973

John Greiner

Melvin Watson

Charles Elliott

1974

Bill Broadous

Gail Greiner

Carolyn Stipe

1975

Bob Hudgins

Jack Leonard

Joe Millender

1976

John Greiner

Pan Amburn

Earl Leonard

1977

Pan Amburn

Ron Phillips

Con Clark

1978

Jim Lynn

Jerry Benton

Paul Milton

1979

Paul Milton

Randy Zavodney

John Greiner

Joe Millender

1980

Randy Zavodney

John Malcik

Paul Horan

Bill Brock

1981

John Greiner

Ron Norman

Tom Doyle

Keith Thompson

1982

Tom Drybola

Ron Norman

Tom Doyle

Keith Thompson

1983

Not available

1984

Not available

1985

Seth Innis

Paul Milton

Jim Guest

Bill Murray

1986

Ron Norman

Jim Guest

Todd Milton

Bill Murray

Not Elected

1987

Ron Norman

James Penny

Pam Penny

John Gaunt

BobbyZikes

Buster Hinkle*

1988

James Penny

Aubrey Smith

Buster Hinkle

Dennis Torline

Bobby Zikes

James McCormick

1989

James Penny

Pete Cornett

Buster Hinkle

Dennis Torline

Bobby Zikes

James McCormick

1990

Pete Comeff

Aubrey Smith

Buster Hinkle

Dennis Torline

Bobby Zikes

James McCormick

1991

Pete Connett

Aubrey Smith

Kathy Ponder

Dennis Torline

BW Ponder

James McCormick

1992

BW Ponder

Bill Schulz

Kathy Ponder

Dennis Torlin

Curtis McAdoo

John Malcik

1993

Bill Schulz

Louis Elkins

Buster Hinkle

Dennis Torline

Frank Sodek Sr

Not Elected

1994

Bill Schulz

Russ Roepke

Buster Hinkle

Dennis Torline

Frank Sodek Sr

Collins Janeway

1995

Frank Sodek

Mark Cullison

Buster Hinkle

Dennis Torline

Ken Schulz

Collins Janeway

1996

Frank Sodek

Mark Cullison

Jeff Coon

Dennis Torline

BW Ponder

Collins Janeway

1997

BW Ponder

Buster Hinkle

Don Mondrik

Dennis Torline

Cliff Hall

Collins Janeway

1998

BW Ponder

Buster Hinkle

Frank Sodek Jr

Dennis Torline

Fred Placke

Collins Janeway

1999

Don Mondrik

Mark Cullison

Frank Sodek Jr

Dennis Torline

Bobby Zikes

Collins Janeway

2000

Don Mondrik

Mark Cullison

Frank Sodek Jr

Dennis Torline

Bobby Zikes

Collins Janeway

2001

Frank Sodek Jr

Ken Schulz

Don Mondrik

Dennis Torline

Frank Sodek Sr

Fred Huber

2002

Frank Sodek Jr

Don Mondrik

Don Mondrik

Dennis Torline

Bobby Zikes

John Rovetto

2003

Steve Meyer

Ken Schulz

Ken Schulz

Buster Hinkle

Bobby Zikes

Rick & Travis Berry

2004

Jeff Pitts

Ken Schulz

Ken Schulz

Buster Hinkle

Frank Sodek Jr

John Redwine & John Rovetto

2005

Jeff Pitts/ Buster Hinkle

Doug Staines

Doug Staines

Buster Hinkle

Frank Sodek Jr

John Redwine & John Rovetto

2006

Don Mondrik

Doug Staines

Doug Staines

Buster Hinkle

Paul Horan

John Cobb & Larry Macie

2007

Doug Staines

Steve Sanders

Steve Sanders

Buster Hinkle

Paul Horan

Ed Weems & Larry Macie

2008

Mark Cullison

Lance Starzyk

Lance Starzyk

Buster Hinkle

Don Mondrik

Randy Mennen

2009

Mark Cullison

Lance Starzyk

Lance Starzyk

Buster Hinkle

Don Mondrik

Fred Huber

2010

Lance Starzyk

Frank Sodek Jr

Frank Sodek Jr

Buster Hinkle

Larry Macie

Fred Huber

* Sergeant at arms
 

No newsletter was printed in 1983 through 1988. In the December 1982 newsletter, the club did not elect 1983 officers due to not enough members present who were willing to serve. The club does not have any documentation for 1983 or 1984 officers. Bill Murray remembers he served as secretary but didn't remember what year. He also thinks he served as treasurer for three years.

1990 - Most members - 87
1982 - Least members