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Posted - 10/09/2007 :  1:28:11 PM  Show Profile
OCTOBER 6, 2007
Submitted by David Beach, Secretary / Treasurer

Proposed ESL 2008 Schedule

5/3 – 5/4
Bass (HLG) – Baltimore,

6/7 – 6/8
SKSS 1 – Newark, DE

6/14 – 6/15
Polecat Challenge (HLG)

6/21 – 6/22
LISF 1 – Syossett, Long
Island, NY

7/5 – 7/6
DBSF – Reading, PA

7/12 – 7/13
CRRC Hand launch Classic
(HLG) – Sudbury, MA

7/21 – 7/31 – Dates TBD
ESL) – Muncie, IN

8/2 – 8/3
LISF Hand launch Classic
(HLG) – Syosset, NY

8/9 – 8/10
CRRC Soar – In – Sudbury,

8/16 – 8/17
CASA (HLG) – Rockville,

8/23 – 8/24 - questionable
South Jersey TD – Evans
Mill Pond, Marlton, NJ

9/6 – 9/7
CASA TD Open –
Warrenton, VA

9/13 – 9/14
SJSF (HLG) – Marlton, NJ

9/ 20 – 9/21
LISF 2 –Syossett, Long
Island, NY

10/4 – 10/5
Reading ESL TD EOS –
Reading, PA

10/18 – 10/19
East Coast HLG Festival –
ESL HLG – Wilson, NC

The end of season meeting was held at the Daniel Boone field, Birdsboro, PA on 6
October 2007. There were about 40 members in attendance. Motion to approve last year’s
meeting minutes as published on the web site was made and seconded. The motion

Treasures Report David Beach gave the report on the ESL treasury:

Balance as of 1/25/2007 $4792.73

HLG sanction fees $127.00
TD sanction fees $518.00
Interest on savings 19.45

Winch transport fuel $37.00
Logo setup $45.00

Balance as of 10/4/2007 $5375.18

Accounts receivable
BASS HLG sanction fee
Polecat HLG sanction fee
CASA Open (TD) sanction fee

Accounts Payable
EOS Awards (TD & HLG) $912.83
EOS TD expenses (AMA sanction, sanitary services)

Anticipated Future Income
EOS TD income (pilot registration fees)
EOS HLG sanction fees

Anticipated Future Expenses
Web site hosting fees
Winch service parts

There were no changes in ESL positions
* Contest Director – Tom Kiesling
* Public Relation Coordinator – Jeff Steifel
* Web Content editor – Ed Anderson
* Web Technical editor - Jose Bruzual
* HLG liaison – TBD
* Treasure – David Beach
* Score keeper - Anker

There were discussions about HLG, equipment, contest fees, contest format, and public

HLG Discussion:

* The discussion opened with talks about who would like to take the position of
HLG liaison. Tom Kiesling offered to contact the HLG group for a volunteer. The
responsibility of the HLG liaison would be to ensure contest sanction fees are
collected, HLG scores are turned over and to keep the lines of communication
open between the HLG group and the TD group. Additionally the HLG liaison
would also be responsible for the EOS HLG awards.

* There were further discussions about HLG contests that have not paid the ESL
sanction fees for 2006 and 2007. It was decided to turn this unfortunate situation
into a positive direction for the ESL by having the ESL sponsor the Polecat HLG
event for 2008.


We discussed the condition of the ESL winches, batteries, battery chargers, storage,
winch line, and maintenance.

* It was decided that the purchase of battery charges are not necessary for the ESL.
Usually the club sponsoring the ESL event would supply the necessary battery
chargers. CD’s will continue to make their own arrangements for chargers at their
* Additionally the ESL would purchase 4 new Optima batteries. Tom Broeski
volunteered to take on the responsibility to get the ESL a purchase price on the
Optima batteries. Tom is a dealer for Optima batteries. Thanks Tom.
* Dale Hart will coordinate auction/disposal of current batteries.
* Winch line – Steve Lucky volunteered to order 2 cases of 250 pound braided
winch line. Thanks Steve.
* Equipment maintenance and storage – Tony Guide volunteered to maintain the
winches for the 2008 season. Maintenance would include brush and armature
replacement and any necessary repairs. Tony Guide and Steve Lucky will store
the ESL equipment during the winter months.

Contest fees:

* There was also a brief discussion about contest fees. Should we charge a per
person ESL membership fee, increase the sanction fees or keep the current model
for the ESL. It was decided there would be no change to the current model for
contest fees for 2008.

PR Person:

* Jeff Steifel agreed to be PR person for 2008. We discussed the idea of creating an
article of the history of the ESL, from start to 2008. The article could be used to
promote awareness among the model community that the ESL is strong in
Thermal duration and HLG competition. The article will be presented for
publication to RC Soaring digest, Quiet flyer, and online forums. Jeff agreed to
take on the task. I think Jeff will require everyone’s input on this so he can
represent the ESL accurately. Thanks Jeff.

Contest format:

We also discussed TD contest format, open winch, launch groups, MOM. The members
present indicated a preference for Man-On-Man contests. However, the contest format
will continue to be chosen at the discretion of the Contest Director. We all like the MOM
format that LISF and CRRC have for their ESL contests. The question went out; can
SKSS, CASA, and Reading adopt a MOM format? CASA and SKSS certainly have the
real estate to conduct a MOM contest format. Maybe some helpful suggestions from
LISF and CRRC will help them change their format to MOM.

Motion to adjourn was made and approved.

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