EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT – October / November 2013
As we welcome the recently elected Board Members and officers, I want to express my thanks to retiring Board officers Rex Gray and Terry Cartee and board members Brenda Abitz and Russ Dunlap. Under their leadership the Airmen’s
Association attained a new level of engagement as a steward of general aviation. As we move forward we hope to focus on sustainability, confirming our advocacy role, remaining that watchdog, continuing to safe guard general aviation in Alaska.
With the generous grant from the Rasmuson Foundation our funding for a new building is almost complete. Several members have stepped up for the second time with a challenge to all members to help raise the last $40,000 for our new headquarters building. Permits have been submitted to the municipality and the building committee is seeking letters of interest from general contractors interested in this project. With luck, we will have a buyer for our building this fall, drive piling for our foundation and complete site work in time for a grand ground-breaking the first week of May. A monumental thank you goes out to all of our members who supported this effort and made the vision of a new home reality.
The beautiful cover photo this issue is a tribute to our former membership administrator, Peggy Garoutte. Peggy was the first point of contact for our members. She was part of our team and she will be dearly missed by the many Alaska Airmen members that she included in her family of friends.