ARW Volunteers Gather in Herndon
Recognizing the importance of their
committee volunteers and the work that they do, Air Wisconsin’s MEC officers
called together all 21 of their standing and special committee chairmen for a
meeting in Herndon, Va. This was the first of what the officers hope will become
an annual meeting.
“Many of our successes in defending and advancing the careers of our pilots
are the result of our hard-working volunteers,” says ARW MEC Chairman Richard
Swindell. “By coming together face-to-face, we were able to fully engage with
our core group of volunteers and collaborate on methods for addressing current
and future challenges. This will help strengthen our communications efforts
internally and with the pilot group, as well as build a solid framework for the
next generation of ALPA volunteers.”
With a packed agenda, each committee chairman provided a
briefing, highlighting specific projects, tasks, and recent successes. This
information exchange led to a commitment by the volunteers to coordinate and
work jointly on projects and initiatives to better serve the pilot group.
Meeting participants discussed the state of the union and met with the
Association’s four national officers—Capt. Lee Moak, president; Capt. Sean
Cassidy, first vice president; Capt. Bill Couette, vice
president–administration; and Capt. Randy Helling, vice president–finance.
In addition, ALPA’s Government Affairs Department briefed participants on
aviation-related legislative and regulatory issues, the work of ALPA-PAC to
protect pilot careers, and how to support these efforts. These discussions were
beneficial in demonstrating the depth of the resources available.