By Bobbi Lasher, EAA Chapter 724 Secretary; Photos courtesy of Roger Scruggs
EAA Chapter 724 in Merritt Island, Florida, is 40 years old! We celebrated with a poker run to four other airports with the terminus being at Merritt Island Airport. The big day was October 30, 2021.
Our computer guru, Don White, set up an online preregistration system, which worked quite well. This program allowed pilots as well as passengers in order to sign up in advance and use PayPal for the fee and not need to worry about having correct cash within pocket. It also kept the “dealers” at each airport from having to have a bank on hand to make change, and we knew how many people to expect. On the eve of the poker run, each “dealer” was sent a list of all who had registered, their payment, and tail number of the particular airplane they were inside. Thus, the dealer at the first airport understood if they had to be able to collect money from any last-minute participants. That program, eSignup. org , is available to everyone.
The early-morning sky was very cloudy and really did not really improve until about noon. That didn’t stop typically the pilots and their passengers. A couple of them had to wait out the clouds along this way, but all had a good time. The particular clouds kept a couple of airplanes from getting to all the airports, but they filled out their hands in the terminus, where the weather stayed flyable, but not great, all morning.
After arriving back at Merritt Island Airport, the poker players, travellers, volunteers, and many others gathered for a cookout of peanut butter chicken, burgers, hot dogs, plus all the fixings with regard to a great lunch in addition to get-together. Lunch was included in the price of each poker hand, all others were asked to make a donation. Now that the flying was finished, the sky cleared and became our fabulous Florida weather.
During lunch, often the winning poker hand has been announced, a full house (3 kings over 2 eights). Jim Gramke experienced the winning hand and even collected half of your money collected from the cost of the poker hands. Also, one hand got a 7, 2, together with 4 card (our chapter number) and won $40 in celebration of our 40 th anniversary.
All profits from your day time will go into our own youth education fund to be used for things like the summer camp for local kids to learn many aspects associated with aviation.
Our own next poker run will be held in February. Everyone is invited for you to join the fun. Just log onto eSignup. org throughout February to register.
It was a new great day and we’re all looking forward to the next 40 years.