SSA Certificate of Appreciation

Year

Recipient

Description

2016 Ms. Andreea Alexandrescu Andreea has exhibited exemplary service to the SSA. During her tenure as Chairman of the Growth and Retention Committee she continually implemented programs to aid in the growth of the SSA membership rolls. Andreea successfully organized and staffed many airshow events and assisted with booths at additional events for the sole purpose of introducing soaring to a new audience. Andreea has traveled to SSA contests for the purpose of promoting upcoming events and informing participants of membership programs. She tirelessly promotes soaring while taking on additional duties such as contest manager.
2016 Melanie Nichols Awarded to Melanie Nichols for her contributions to the SSA Website Initiative and the US Soaring Team’s website/blog. A good club website is critical to drawing in new club members and to servicing existing members. Melanie, and her team at Peak Digital Media, developed and implemented a web-based procedure that allows soaring clubs to easily create a modern, professional, and mobile-friendly website. Following the successful launch of the Website Initiative, she went on to create a new US Soaring Team website/blog which has allowed SSA members, and others, to follow our US Teams at World Gliding Championships, as well as throughout the year as they train and prepare. Keeping the SSA membership connected to our Soaring Teams promotes improved Team performance and draws the SSA membership into the excitement of international soaring competition.
2016 Leigh Zimmerman Awarded to Leigh Zimmerman for her contributions to promoting the SSA and the US Soaring Teams using social media such as Facebook. Leigh has tirelessly solicited interesting photographs and comments in order to “feed” the SSA and US Team Facebook pages and the US Soaring Teams website/blog. Her efforts have been instrumental in keeping the SSA and US Teams news and photo postings up to date and fresh.
2016 Stallion 51 Awarded to Stallion 51 for their generous support of the US Soaring Teams through their donation of P-51 orientation flights in both 2014 and 2016. These two flights were offered as the winning prize for raffles, the proceeds of which provided major contributions to help fund US Soaring Team participation at World Gliding Championships. Thank you for your support!
2016 Mr. Morgan R. Hall Morgan works hard for soaring in Region 11 as the President of the Central California Soaring Club based in Avenal California, and as a strong member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Soaring Council (PASCO). He is a relentless promoter of soaring giving numerous rides and cross country flights to pilots and friends in his personal two seat glider. He has made great progress in getting young pilots into soaring via a program affiliated with California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Morgan is a strong advocate of soaring in Region 11 and exudes this enthusiasm wherever he goes in the region.
2016 Mr Mark Huffstutler This SSA Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to Mark Huffstutler for his generous support of the US Soaring Teams through his donation of two P-51 flights in 2016 and previous flight donations over the past 10 years. These flights were offered as the winning prize for raffles, the proceeds of which provided major contributions to help fund US Soaring Team participation at World Gliding Championships. Thank you for your support!
2016 Mr. John Koptonak In 2001, John Koptonak was serving his first term as President of the Danielson Soaring Association - a grand name for a very small bunch of soaring enthusiasts - when business took him to California for four years, and when he returned to Connecticut in 2006, he again became President of possibly the smallest soaring group in the country, flying only a single 2-33, (which John owned and transferred to DSA) and buying its occasional tow from a banner-towing operation or, if his arm was twisted enough, a member's Cessna 172. During these lean years, as John kept his eyes on membership growth, the stars rewarded his diligence, coming into a reasonable alignment in 2010, when membership reached double figures and a tow plane was leased. Soon a 1-26 came onto the property, and by the time Danielson Soaring became Connecticut Soaring Association in 2012, the stars had realigned further and membership had doubled again. When CSA was operating, John spent most of his time coordinating the gliding operations, only rarely taking his own glider out of the box to fly for a few hours, preferring, it seemed, to serve officially as field manager but often doubling up as line boy or glider retriever or wing runner. What needed doing John did. What needed saying, John said, usually in a gentle and understanding and empathetic way, which, if you know John, you know that is his way. John oversaw the transition of CSA from a monetarily unprofitable club to an IRS non-profit organization, and as membership burgeoned and FAST flights became more numerous, in 2013 CSA purchased the towplane it had been leasing, and John became an integral part of the campaign to acquire a second two-place glider. It is not hyperbole to say that without John's vision and dedication, there would be no Connecticut Soaring Association, and as John steps down from his ten-plus years as President, he leaves to those that follow a thriving organization which serves pilots and would-be pilots from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. He also leaves his mark on soaring and on the people who have been fortunate enough to serve with him, who wish him fair winds and strong thermals, and who wish him to stay nearby.
2015 Mr. Daryl Smith Daryl joined the Connecticut Soaring Association in 2007. He was a key player in developing a training program for the club including a training syllabus. He has also served on their Board and provides the club with a teleconference service free of charge. Much of the growth of the club is based on Daryl's relentless work and dedication.
2015 Mr. Clement A. Smolder II This certificate awarded to Tony Smolder for his long-term efforts in promoting the SSA and the sport of soaring by developing new cross-country and racing pilots. Tony has organized social activities, pilot briefings, training sessions, races and OLC flight posting in order to share and grow our sport. He has made similar contributions at clubs in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
2015 Mr. James L. Wallis Jim was awarded this certificate for his hard work promoting soaring in Region 11. He has been a strong voice on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Soaring Counsel (PASCO). For several years, Jim has participated fully and with great insights in PASCO's projects. Now that he is the president, his level-headed approach to each task keeps PASCO running well with a fully motivated board.
2014 Mr Howard A Banks Howard Banks is awarded the SSA Certificate of Appreciation. For the past 4 years Howard has been heavily involved in supporting the publication of Soaring magazine. He has worked very closely with: the board, the editor, the SSA Hobbs staff and the many Soaring contributors to help improve the quality and content of the magazine. In addition, he has worked countless hours to help improve the SSA's finances related to the publication of the magazine. Howard's publishing expertise, and his extensive industry knowledge and experience, has been a major factor in the improvement of Soaring magazine over the past few years. In addition to being Soaring's publisher since February of 2012, Howard has been a Director-at Large for the past three years and has supported several important committees including: the SSA Merchandising committee and the SSA HQ Location committee.
2014 Mr. Robert D. Stone Jr. Robert D. Stone Jr. is awarded the SSA Certificate of Appreciation for his significant contributions to the Reno area soaring community as well as nationwide through his support of The Soaring Society of America’s programs and events. Rob joined Air Sailing Inc. and Nevada Soaring Association in 2005 equipped with a dormant commercial glider license and a renewed interest in soaring flight. He became a much needed club instructor in 2007. He progressed to become an SSA instructor, and was recognized in 2009 as the most active instructor for Region 11. Over the years, he has soloed scores of potential pilots and has successfully instructed individuals who have achieved private through instructor ratings.
2014 Mr. Ron Bellamy Ron Bellamy is awarded the SSA Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts to advance soaring in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past several years Ron has served the gliding community in many capacities, including: the CD for the Region 8 contest (also the 2009 18M Nationals), assisting in managing and coordinating the annual Dustup Crosscountry Camp at Ephrata, is an active towpilot/checkpilot and instructor with both the Seattle Glider Council and the Evergreen club, has assisted the local FIRCs when run by the SSF, and is currently serving as a Director for the Seattle Glider Council.
2013 Ms Janice Armstrong Janice Armstrong was honored for her service in communicating development threats to navigable airspace and most notably to soaring in Kern County, California. She has marshaled letter writing and meeting attendance and helped pilots and non-pilots alike preserve the natural scenery and safe approaches and departures for Region 12 pilots.
2013 Mr. Lynn Alley Lynn Alley who has voluntarily provided current FAA airspace, airport and sectionals converted to digital file formats to the soaring community. These greatly assist soaring pilots with flight planning and fulfillment. Lynn deserves the recognition and appreciation for his commitment to the sport.
2013 Mr. Gene O Franklin Anne Mongiovi and husband Gene Franklin for their unwavering dedication to the SSA/EAA Air Venture presence. They are very dedicated volunteers.
2013 Mr John E Gill Corky Gill, for his outstanding service to the Harris Hill Soaring Club and the National Soaring Museum over the past 39 years.
2013 Mr. Keith R. Miller A Region 10 certificate of appreciation went to Keith Miller, who exemplifies the volunteer spirit and enthusiasm which is essential for the continued health and growth of the SSA. Keith has serves the Soaring Club of Houston as chief flight operations officer and as president. He has conducted ground school sessions and has taken a lead role in conducting special safety training sessions for club members.
2013 Ms. Anne Mongiovi Anne Mongiovi and husband Gene Franklin for their unwavering dedication to the SSA/EAA Air Venture presence. They are very dedicated volunteers.
2013 Mr. Hartley L. Falbaum Pat & Hartley Falbaum, for their efforts in running Region 5 South contest in Cordele, Georgia. Due to their efforts this contest continues to be a success and has resulted in many contestants returning year after year.
2012 Mr. Geoffrey Ebel Weck Geoff was one of the first people my son and I met when getting involved with soaring in 2008. (Gerry Molidor) At that time he served on the SSA Board and provided a definite leadership at our local club (Sky Soaring). He serves the club as a director, past flight chair, past president and has transformed the club from a training/local flying only to include cross country/badge venues. The private ship population has tripled and he spearheads a fun contest held over Memorial Day weekend to introduce racing in a casual atmosphere. This has been a very popular event and is possibly a template that could be promoted. He is a good recruiter and delegator. He is also an active CFIG and Tow pilot at our field. More recently, he served on a committee to vet out the possible relocation of SSA Headquarters and from my perspective, he approached this assignment with a calm objectivity. I think Geoff has excellent judgment and common sense.
2012 Mr Randall Teel Presented to RANDALL ("RANDY") TEEL of the Tulsa Skyhawks Soaring Club for sustained service to his club and to the sport of soaring for a period of more than five years. RANDY has served his club as an instructor, towpilot and club officer (including club President). He has been instrumental in organizing winch training as well as expeditions to Talihina, OK for ridge and wave soaring. He has served the state of Oklahoma as official state soaring Record Keeper and continues to serve his state as SSA State Governor. His personal soaring achievements include multiple altitude and distance records for the state of Oklahoma, demonstrating to his fellow pilots the possibilities for soaring excellence in his home state. Truly, RANDY is a pilot whose selfless giving of his time so that others may enjoy soaring is in the best traditions of our sport. SSA thanks RANDY for a job well done.
2012 Mr. Paul Searles To PAUL SEARLES for his outstanding efforts in advising SSA on legal issues and, in particular, for his help in revising SSAs contest waiver form. Pauls willingness to provide his legal services to SSA have been of great assistance to the soaring community. SSA expresses its appreciation to Paul for the generous donation of his time and abilities.
2012 Mr Robert Caldwell From 2007 through 2012, Bob Caldwell worked selflessly and diligently to organize the Colorado Soaring Seminars under themes of soaring safety, performance soaring, and cross country soaring. Bobs personal involvement in soaring, competition, OLC participation, and recognition of others enabled him to command the presence of top pilots, US Team members, and soaring experts who shared their personal knowledge and experiences with both the local and regional soaring community, in addition to the to the national soaring community through web casting the seminars. Post seminar comments from attendees and viewers have been commendable. Without Bobs efforts and dedication, these seminars would not have been possible.
2012 Mr. Graham Pitsenberger
2012 Mr. Scott Manley Scott is a retired college professor and has been instrumental in the SSA efforts at Kid Venture at Oshkosh. For the last two years, he has organized and run the Soaring Flight Booth (and a previous year to a lesser scale). This has evolved into a huge effort, with 3 simulators operating simultaneously and his involvement is crucial to SSA's presence at this EAA Air Venture venue. He was on site both years on his own time/dime (8 days) and completely manages his volunteer involvement. His career in education is evident while observing how he interacts with young people. Scott is also a CFIG and contributes regularly to the Condor Column in Soaring Magazine. He is an active instructor at Sylvania Soaring Adventures in Beloit, Wisconsin.
2012 Mr. Lane Bush Lane demonstrated exemplary service to the SSA. Lane, without being asked, on numerous occasions volunteered in various areas and made excellent suggestions to improve the value of the Society to its members. Lane made a major contribution to the efforts of the Growth and Promotion Committee, he was instrumental in organizing and securing the addendum to the CAP MOA that resulted in the newly formed SSA \ CAP National cooperative effort. Lane also worked to provide integration of an improved Spot tracking site into the SSA website. All of this is on top of his deep involvement in his local club and Region Five activities.
2012 Mr. Chris Mannion Chris Mannion was nominated for his service in pursuing legal access for sailplane activity at Hemet-Ryan airfield in Southern California. Chris personally attended meetings with Riverside County supervisors and officials, wrote and presented correspondence with Riverside County, FAA Flight Standards personnel, California Association of Pilots and SSA representatives; acted to engage local SSA members in public meetings, correspondence and lobbying efforts to re-establish access to this public use airport. Chris's effort strengthened the image of soaring as a valued economic and recreational factor in the community, built networking value with the general aviation community, and re-established the right of soaring activity to return to the airport. SSA thanks Chris for his service since 2006 to soaring pilots in Region 12.
2010 Mr. Barry Muhlenberg For his substantial contributions to the safety, efficiency, and appearance of Cloudniners Glider Club and its equipment. Barry has also been a friend, mentor and instructor to many grateful members.
2010 Mr Edward Bednarik For his substantial contributions to the safety, efficiency, and appearance of Cloudniners Glider Club and its equipment. Ed has also been a friend, mentor and instructor to many grateful members.
2010 Mr. Gary W. Van Tassel The SSA Certificate of Appreciation is given to GARY VAN TASSEL for outstanding personal service to the sport of soaring and its safe operations. He has been exceptionally effective in improving the safety of flight for his own club as well as regionally and even nationally.
2010 Ms. Patty B. Smith The SSA Certificate of Appreciation is given to Patty Smith for outstanding organization and support of national soaring contests over a period of many years. Patty has turned the New Castle contest into yet another example of how it should be done.
2010 Ms Rhonda Tyler For raising the bar on how contests should be run in budget, accurate recordkeeping, paperwork submitted on time. Rhonda has made the Perry contest THE contest to attend each spring. The organization is beyond compare, and again she does it all seemingly without effort though we all know how much effort is required.
2010 Mr. Leo P Buckley Jr. For working tirelessly to mentor scorers in various regions and for the years of work as a volunteer scoring contests. Leo also worked to modify our current contest scoring program to make it better and easier to use for regional and national contests.
2010 Mr James W. Goebel The SSA Certificate of Appreciation is presented to James W Goebel for his tireless work supporting soaring activities at the local, regional and national levels as a tow pilot, instructor and completely dedicated hard worker.
2009 Mr Robert E Gaines
2009 SSA Foundation
2009 Mr. Joshua M Randel
2009 Mr. Larry A Tuohino
2007 Mr Laird L Smith
2007 Mr James J Rizzo
2007 Mr. Peter W. Smith
2007 Mr Michael S. Koerner
2007 Mr David H. Pixton
2007 Mr John P Dezzutti
2006 Mr. Doug Haluza
2006 Mr. Oats Schwarzenberger
2006 Ms. Anne Mongiovi
2006 Mr C Kenneth Kolstad
2006 Mr. Abraham C. Kalker
2006 Ms. Leslie Ramm
2006 Sue Fassett
2006 Mid Kolstad
2006 Mr. Ian Cant
2005 Mr. Todd S. Herzog
2005 Mr. Titian Scholtemeyer
2005 Mr. Kevin Brooker
2005 Mr. John F Feldsted
2005 Mr. Larry A Tuohino
2005 Dr James L Skydell
2005 Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California
2005 Valerie Keene
2005 Sierra Soaring Club
2005 Antelope Valley Soaring Club
2005 Ms Karol A Hines
2005 Ms. Cindy Brickner
2005 Cypress Soaring Inc.
2005 Phoenix Soaring Group, Inc.
2005 Orange County Soaring Assoc
2005 Long Beach Soaring, Inc.
2005 Mr James K. (Chip) Garner
2005 Mr Pendleton Smith
2005 Mr David B. Newill
2005 Mr Erik Mann
2005 Lake Elsinore Soaring Club
2005 Mr Douglas J. Easton
2004 Mr R Franklin Reid On behalf of The Bermuda High Soaring Club for their donations to the One More to Soar program.
2004 Mr Sterling V. Starr
2004 Mr Malcolm D Stevenson Jr On behalf of Mid Georgia Soaring Association who sponsored the 2004 SSA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The efforts of all sponsors of last year's convention are appreciated.
2004 Knauff & Grove Soaring Supplies / Ridge Soaring Gliderport
2004 Mr. Steve G. Hines
2004 Mr. Chris Woods For his contribution as a contributing editor for Soaring magazine in 2004. Chris was also one of the judges in the photo contest which was presented in Soaring magazine.
2004 Philadelphia Glider Council
2004 Mr Mark Keene For volunteering his services as the Chairman of the Clubs and Chapters Committee.
2004 Chilhowee Soaring Association Inc.
2004 Ms. Judy Ruprecht For her services as the badge lady and her volunteer efforts as a contributing editor for Soaring Magazine.
2004 Mr Mark D Maughmer For volunteering his time to assist in reviewing technical articles for SOARING magazine.
2004 LMEA Soaring Club
2004 Mr Burt Compton On Behalf of Marfa Gliders is for the contributions from Marfa Gliders to the One More to Soar program.
2004 Ms Helen R Dick
2004 Mr Duane Eisenbeiss For revitalizing the World Distance Award program. Duane has poured his heat and soul into to reinstituting and revitalizing this worthy program.
2004 Mr Bill Bartell
2004 Robert Lacovara For his contributions to Soaring Magazine as a Contributing Editor.
2004 Charlene Richard
2004 Miami Gliders
2004 Dr James L Skydell For his assistance in establishing and operating a recruiting booth at the AOPA Convention in 2004. Jim and other region 12 volunteers graciously gave of their time to staff this booth.
2004 Ms. Karin A Schlosser For her untiring efforts as a contributing editor for Soaring magazine.
2004 Mr. Robert Wander For his time and effort in updating the Grow Book and for his support in the One More to Soar program.
2004 Marfa Gliders
1991 Ms. Simine Short For Support of WSC 91.
1982 Ms. Simine Short Presented in recognition of outstanding work in directing activities which successfully resulted in the soaring international postal card commemorating the Soaring Society of America's golden anniversary in 1982.