OCALA CHATTER

The meeting was called to order by President, Gary Winter in
which he led the Pledge of Allegiance as well as God Bless
America.  After the invocation we all enjoyed the meal.  There
were forty-five present which included fifteen guests. The
minutes were approved as published and Sharon Green
gave a Treasurers report.  

Peter Wenk gave an update on Ellen.  Apparently Ellen was
walking her neighbors dogs and was pulled down which
ended up causing her to fracture her pelvis and elbow.  She
is at the rehab hospital for at least a week.  

There will no meeting in November and we hope everyone
has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  The December Christmas
party will be on December 12th and prime rib, sliced turkey,
twice baked potatoes, and green beans will be served.  Also
for dessert there will be Crème Bulee’.  Don’t forget that dues
are dues in December.  Judie Betz made a motion to adjourn
the meeting and a second by Steve Rager.

50/50 was won by Sherryl Rager - $45.00

Our guest speakers were from the Distinguished Flying
Cross or DFC as is a more common term used is a military
decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the
United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or
herself in support of operations by “heroism or extraordinary
achievement while participating in an aerial flight”.  The DFC
Society is a national organization of men and women who
have earned the award.  Within the Villages there is a
Chapter of the DFC Society.  This Chapter has written a
book chronicling those exploits that earned them the DFC.  In
many cases they have earned that award repeatedly.  Each
of those present tonight will share a little about their activities
that got them this prestigious award.  David Lehtonen is the
President of the Villages Chapter of the DFC Society and he
will lead the talk tonight.

Sherryl Rager, Secretary  October 24, 2018
                          Calandar for 2019


      JANUARY  17
Speaker        Title          LTC Rick Bishop         U2 Pilot.

Description:  LTC Bishop was the Commander of the 99th Strategic
Reconnaissance Squadron.  The only U2 Squadron in the US Air Force.  He is
also the author of the book "Shady Lady".  He has 1500 hours flying the U2 Spy
Plane.   LTC Bishop will discuss his book and what it was like in “a day in the life
of a U2 pilot”.                
              
     
 FEBRUARY  22        
Speaker        Title          Bruce McGragor        Silver Eagle

Descriptoin:  A Silver Eagle is a Cessna 210 which has been converted to a
turbine.  Bruce will discuss flying and maintaining this unique type of
aircraft.                 
       
       
      MARCH 28
Speaker        Title         MAJ Stalnaker        Commander - Gp 2 - FL Wing

Description:  The CAP is the civilian all-volunteer leg of the Air Force.  It  
conducts appr. 95% of all Inland Search and Rescue missions.  The CAP also
has an award-winning Cadet program for young adults 12-21 that is structured
around an Air Force and aviation.                
              
     
 APRIL  25
Speaker        Title          Ellen Wenk         

Description:  A picture presentation about spending the summers in their home
on Rom Island in the Oslo, Norway Fiord. The home that has been in the family
for generations and is only accessible by boat or helicopter.  Renovations where
the material had to be helicoptered in.        

      MAY  23
Speaker        Title         Mike McClure        Av Envirn & Freight Mgr

Description:  Mike works for the Florida Department of Transportation, Avaition
and Spaceports Office.  His presentation will a discussion on his office
organization and responsibilities.  As an example his office is responsible for all
airport inspection and liciensing including private airports.                 
              
     
         
      JUNE  27
Speaker        Title         Jack Hallett        P-38 Pilot

Description:  Jack was a WWII fighter pilot.  He graduated flight school in Jan
1942 and stayed on as an instructor.  He later flew 104 combat missions with

the 394th Squadron of the 367th Fighter Group flying P-38s and P-47s.  
Jack was among those who flew Top Cover for the D-Day Invasion.                
              
     
 JULY  25
Speaker        Title
              
No Meeting                
              
      
AUGUST  22
Speaker        Title
              
No Meeting                
              
    
  SEPTEMBER  26
Speaker        Title        Chuck Mosley        Navy CDR (RET) /President

Description:  All Coast Aircraft Recovery Inc has been recovering & movin
g aircraft since 1999. They have moved all types, models and series of

aircraft for numerous museum facilities and corporations all over the US.  
One notable is the famous EAA  B-29 “DOC” .                
                      
    
  OCTOBER  24
Speaker        Topic        Dave Lehtonen        DFC Cross Society

Description:  The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Society is a national
organization of men and women who have earned the award.  The DFC is
awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces
who distinguishes himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while
participating in aerial flight.  This chapter has written a book and will speak on
their heroic actions in time of war.                 
   
 NOVEMBER  22
Speaker        Topic
              
No Meeting                
              
     
 DECEMBER  26
Speaker        Title        Chuck Mosley        Navy CDR (RET) /President

Description:  All Coast Aircraft Recovery Inc has been recovering & moving

aircraft since 1999. They have moved all types, models and series of aircraft
for numerous museum facilities and corporations all over the US.  
One notable is the famous EAA  B-29 “DOC” .