AMA District III – Toledo Expo Recap

The 64th annual Toledo Expo held April 7-8-9, 2018 is history and from all indications was a success. I talked to several seasoned vendors and all were pleased with some having record sales or at the least exceeded last year’s sales. I can tell you the AMA booth was very busy with renewals and members stopping by to discuss our hobby. Is the Toledo show as big as it used to be? No. Is the hobby the same as it was 5, 10, 15, years ago? Heck no! Are clubs doing things to attract new members? Yes! Can we all do more to help shape the future of our beloved hobby/passion? Yes. While the hobby is going through significant changes we must look at the areas where growth is positive. Drone racing, aerial drone photography, professional drone use such as first responders, etc. While this is not traditional model aviation to us seasoned members it is a part of model aviation today. Invite these groups to your clubs and flying fields and you will help keep our hobby alive and moving into the future. In addition, you and your fellow flying friends may learn something new and exciting to add to the enjoyment of our hobby.

AMA District Meeting Well Received

Once again we held an AMA district meeting at the Toledo Expo. On Saturday AMA District III, VI, & VII Vice presidents held an informational meeting that was again well attended and standing room only. After introductions of area AVP’s and AMA officials many topics were discussed such as Camp AMA, TAG, Leader Member and more. Government relations leader Chad Budreau and AMA President Rich Hansen gave up dates on the latest happenings in Washington DC that could have an impact on the law known as section 336 that protects our freedom to fly. I urge all members to monitor closely the communications coming from AMA in the future on this important issue.

We Have A Winner!

L-R AMA Dist. VII VP Tim Jeskey, Dist. VI VP Gary Himes, radio winner Rick Warden, & Dist. III VP Mark Radcliff
For those that attended the Toledo Expo I want to say “thank you” for visiting the AMA booth and attending the district meeting. Myself and all the AMA board and staff listen to your comments and concerns and will do everything we can to support you, the modelers and members of AMA, to help to preserve and grow the hobby we so dearly love. As your District III VP it is an honor to serve you and I look forward to seeing you at the flying fields in Ohio, Pennsylvania, & West Virginia in the coming months.
Fly Safe – Fly AMA!
Mark A. Radcliff  
AMA District III Vice President

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