Club Officials

President

Dale Gemignani - ddgem@sbcglobal.net

I joined the Tri-City Flyers in 1981. One of the members, Charlie Brooks, taught me how to fly. 30 years later I rejoined the Rock River Aero Modelers Society in 2011. This time it took two members, Pat Ryder and Don Oberdorf, to teach me how to fly and one member, Al Austin, to teach me how to rebuild after a crash. My favorite plane to fly is my Radian. Longest flight to date is 1 hour 9 minutes and 43 seconds.

Vice President

Mike Ast - mikeast2001@aol.com

As a teen, my first experience with this hobby began with a Cox PT-19 trainer, a gas engine control line plane. I flew several models during that period of my life. A relative was heavily into flying RC planes took me to their field and I was hooked.. At the time, there was no way to justify this expensive hobby, with other financial demands, but the seed was definitely planted. Fast forward to 2017, a poster caught my eye for a RC Airplane event held by the RRAMS Club. I followed the very well marked route to the field, I watched planes flying around, like a kid in Christmas morning. I spoke with Larry for a while. He pointed out one of our resident instructors, Pat Ryder, who quickly encouraged me, convincing me that I can do this. I joined the AMA and club a few weeks later. Eventually, the other resident club instructor, Stan Anderson, patiently spent time with me, getting my confidence up with an Apprentice trainer. The rest is history, I'm now addicted. I enjoy the camaraderie and enthusiasm, this club offers. I am excited by the involvement of fellow club members. This club is very much alive and buzzing with improvements and activities / events. The sky is the limit for this club!!!

Treasurer

Larry Nitz - lknitz@charter.net

It seems I have been involved in model building all my life with a couple of life happens breaks. My earliest memories are of building solid wood scale models in the late 40’s or early 50’s. Then came my first rubber powered planes either wind up or catapult launch. I was in a model airplane club in Junior high with control line gas models. Then a long break as I got involved with photography finally getting back to building planes in my late 20’s early 30’s. Over the years I tried R/C and found I had ‘0’ aptitudes for R/C flying. My biggest fear was the plane never getting off the ground so I would put in full up elevator. They always got off the ground and landed in spectacular ground loops. Many years later I have successfully flown R/C in the form of mini Vapors and the Junior version of the Radian. Truth be told they probably could fly themselves. My true love of the hobby lies in building almost more than flying. My favorite being rubber powered models in all their variations. Flying something that you have built from kits or from scratch gives me the greatest satisfaction in this hobby. I joined this club when it was still called the Tri-City Radio Controllers, Inc.. I have been the Sec./Treas. of the club (if I remember correctly) since Dec. of 1999 with the exception of one year when Leon Mosely was the Sec/Treas.