UPCOMING MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:
Unfortunately it is almost impossible to plan very far ahead in today's conditions. However with numbers nationwide finally starting to show some positive progress we are looking closely at planning an in person meeting for April 17th (the THIRD Saturday in April). This one time change from the second Saturday is to enable us to have that extra week to plan a successful gathering that we can all look forward to. An RSVP request will be sent to all members toward the end of March so that we can effectively plan this catered event for all to enjoy.
We are also working on plans for aircraft owners to display their aircraft to give us something to look at other than Doug and Glen.
Come back to this section of the website over the next few weeks to discover any other activities that the board comes up with for this return to in person meetings.
As per the new normal, masks and social distancing as stated in the requirements below will still be in place.
Please stay safe and protect those around you.
The below requirements will remain in effect for any future meetings until vaccinations are prevalent enough that all members can be protected.
The chapter's minimums for any meeting are as follows and are required, not suggested:
1. Masks will be required except when eating. An acceptable mask is at least two layers thick and not of a stretchable material and must cover the nose and mouth at all times when worn.
2. Chairs will be spaced to allow social distancing and MUST not be moved around.
3. Food as well as drinks will be served by one person only, to reduce the number of persons handling the food supply.
4. Everyone will be required to maintain social distancing (six feet separation) even while outside the hangar and especially while inside the hangar.
5. No hand shaking, fist bumping, hugging, or other physical contact shall take place, except among members of the same family from under the same roof (and we ask that they refrain as well as it will make the rest of us extremely jealous).
These five chapter minimums are not guidelines, they are requirements for attending the meeting based on CDC and SCDHEC guidelines to protect ALL those who attend. Anyone, therefore found to be deliberately (or repeatedly) defeating these requirements will be required to exit the meeting areas.
If you do not feel that you can follow these requirements to protect the rest of us we ask that you not attend this meeting and instead wait until such time as these requirements are no longer necessary. If we have multiple persons disregarding the requirements the meeting will be adjourned and we will all have to go our separate ways and not meet again until such time as these requirements are no longer necessary.
These requirements may sound heavy handed but we are in a time where some people's belief that the protections set up for others are overkill are pitted against those beliefs that there are not enough protections in force. The chapter leadership has decided to weigh in on the side of caution to protect the health and welfare of all involved.
In addition to the above stated requirements a few common sense items will now be mentioned. These are not things that can be monitored by leadership at the meeting and therefore will be up to each person considering attendance to self monitor.
1. If you feel ill, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature, shortness of breath, etc.) Please stay home.
2. If within the last ten days you have been in contact with others who might have been exposed to COVID-19 please stay home.
3. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and wipe down often touched surfaces.
4. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry.
Hopefully all who wish to come to the meeting are already doing these things to protect themselves and others. We look forward to seeing everyone possible and catching up on some time missed.
Young Eagles Rallies cannot be performed safely in current COVID conditions. If conditions improve I expect we will eventually start back up with individual flights and work our way back up to rallying larger numbers of youth together to experience their first exposure to aviation.
The Start of Walterboro Wings n Wheels Air Show
If you are a pilot and would like to fly some Young Eagles or if you would just like to help out with the flights, contact Lee Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
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