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Offline Primo Rivera  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 3, 2019 4:24:22 PM(UTC)
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My fellow IMAC friends, it is with great honor that I take the responsibility of being your South East Regional Director for the next two years. Most of you know me and know that I have a passion for this sport. While it can sometimes be as annoying as a rock in your shoe it can also be infinitely rewarding, which I can truly say it is often the case. 95% of my friends AND closest friends have come from IMAC, and that is the God’s honest truth.
I will not take this position lightly and I will listen and answer each and every question in a timely manner. I have two goals to tackle right away. It is no secret that our membership is down and our Judging Schools’ attendance has not been as great as years past. I am confident that with the help of the ARDS and the members we can reverse that trend. So let us get started.
Judging Schools: Right now we have three Schools on the schedule for 2019, and possibly a fourth one in NC. I cannot emphasize how important it is to attend a judging School. Understanding how you are being judged so that flying improves is a great benefit of attending, but more importantly, as a judge you must be able to understand the criteria and apply it during a sequence to arrive at constant and accurate score. Consistency is another good word to use when it comes to judging, and based on my experiences, and the low number of pilots attending contests (will get to that next), consistent judging from one group of judges to the next has not been there. Cd’s are forced to use low experience pilots or they themselves have to sit in the judging chair. It may be a bit of a touchy subject, but I feel is something that needs to be addressed in order to make things better. I will lean on the ARDS to promote the classes as much as possible and we have time to spread the word so let’s get started.

Membership drop:

So what to do here? I strongly feel this is something that will take a full effort on every single member; it cannot fall just on the leadership of IMAC. When I first started flying IMAC, I recruited pilots on my own, had no idea who the RD or who was on the BOD, all I knew was I found something else to do other than drilling holes is the sky. That enthusiasm is still in me and I share it every chance I get. Talking about flying precision aerobatics to potential new members is one thing, but actually showing what it is all about, is a completely different ball game. IMAC demos and booths at flying events are where I would like to start from, in fact I had two set up but the weather put an end to that on both locations. This took very little effort in my part, a few emails calls, and it was set up, any and all other ideas will be welcome.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I will address the points race and my expectations for CD’s running a contest on my next post.

Please feel free to contact me any time.
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Offline Craig Baker  
#2 Posted : Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:04:24 PM(UTC)
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Looking forward to the next two years Primo!

and of course the next post...

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Offline Bill Daniel  
#3 Posted : Friday, January 4, 2019 10:49:33 AM(UTC)
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Primo, thanks for stepping up! Looking forward to a great 2019!
Judging School definitely helps you become a better judge and flyer. Let me put in a plug for the Florida Judging School Tony Fandino will run and Tony Bowen's club will host in Palmetto FL. They have a classroom onsite, so every section of the training alternates from indoor training to flight line demonstration and practice judging. The brain can only absorb as much as the butt can endure, so the action helps you learn more each day. It's even fun to see the demo pilots try to do things wrong to see if we catch it!

PS - Hinesville and Clover Creek schools look great, especially the boot camp part on Friday!
Offline Primo Rivera  
#4 Posted : Friday, January 4, 2019 12:29:08 PM(UTC)
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Thank You Bill,

Spread the word as much as you can for Tony's judging School, he has done a terrific job keeping the Schools alive in FL, Carlos Bonachea will be attending the IJS to become an instructor and between the both of them I am confident any class they run will be top notch.

Offline Orthobird  
#5 Posted : Friday, January 4, 2019 7:13:00 PM(UTC)

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Hello Primo! Well said man.

I hope you can rally your SE pilots to come to two of South Central's contests, so we can have a SE and SC smackdown.

The two contests are the Jackson Mississippi contest which will be on May 25 and May 26. In the past, we have had SE pilots come and attend and as you recall, we all had a great great time.

The other contest will be the Lost Squadron IMAC contest, which is located in Little Rock , Arkansas. This will be on July 20 and July 21. This was a contest that was frequented by the Clover Creek crew and most of all, by John Schroeder. It was always a great time when they came.

SO please try to see if you can make the calls to promote these gatherings.

I wish you the best for the upcoming two years!! I know you will do well!
Wish I could fly everyday!
Offline Primo Rivera  
#6 Posted : Saturday, January 5, 2019 12:09:07 PM(UTC)
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Hello my good friend, Dimelo Cantando!!!!

Cam, That sounds like a great idea, I will do all I can to get a group together come fly with you guys and you can do the same to one of our contest here in the SE. Other option would be to set a contest half way. lets talk about it.

Your words at the Worlds, Hey Primo is my plane upright or inverted, Damn near gave me a Heart attack and you were so calm.

Safe flying,
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Offline Bobby Folsom  
#7 Posted : Monday, January 7, 2019 3:02:36 PM(UTC)
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We are ready for a SC/SE region completion at the Mid MS RC Club field in Byram, MS. Come on over. We all enjoyed meeting you when you came over with Wayne M. The year before Big John an his crew came down and we had a blast!! Don't forget to sign up for the contest.

Offline Primo Rivera  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:37:10 PM(UTC)
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Sounds good Bobby, I'll work on putting a SE butt kicking team together, BigGrin
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