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John Barney
46850 221st Street
Brookings, SD 57006-7146
Home 605-693-4361

John Barney
President: 2019 - present

John has been an aviation professional since 1974 with over 20,000 hours accumulated flight time as a flight instructor and charter pilot.  He has served as a Designated Pilot Examiner, Chief Pilot for an FAR Part 135 Charter Flight Operation, and recently retired as Chief Flight Instructor for the South Dakota State University Aviation FAR Part 141 Flight Training Program.  John wrote and implemented curricula for several FAR Part 135 and 141 programs.  He developed and owns an FAA Part 145 Certified Repair Station for repair of Cessna Aircraft Rudder Pedals.  He has PMA (Parts Manufacturing Approval) authorization to manufacture replacement Rudder Pedals for Cessna Aircraft.  John holds an Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic Certificate with Inspector Authorization privileges, an ATP Single and Multi-Engine Certificate, a Helicopter and Glider Commercial Certificate, and Flight Instructor Certificates for helicopter, glider, single and multi-engine airplanes.  He developed a seminar focused on critical thinking skills called “Survivability and Common Sense,” which has been presented at various FAA safety seminars.  John has been a member of SDPA since March 2003, and served as secretary in 2006, vice president 2007-2010, President 2011-2014, vice president 2015-2018.


Bobbie Potts

Bobbie Potts
307 W. Blaine Street
Gettysburg, SD 57442-1145
H 605-765-9782

Bobbie Potts
Vice President 2019-present.

Bobbie was born in Potter County, SD, and lived all his life in SD.  His first interest in flying was a big tree behind his folks house.  He had to give up that type of flying because his folks thought he would fall out of the tree and kill himself.  In 1969 he went to work for Nauman Flying Service and got his license in 1972.  He learned to fly in a Super Cub.  He took his instrument time in a 150 Cessna.  He’s also flown a 172 Cessna, a 182 Cessna, an Aeronca, a Piper Pawnee, and a 250 Piper Comanche.  His biggest accomplishment was starting SDPA in 1993 with about 23 members, with the help of several other people.  Our membership at the present time is 396 as of December 3, 2018.  Bobbie was SDPA President 1993-1996 and 2003-2006, District 1 Director 2007-2018.


Mary Carol Potts

Mary Carol Potts
307 W. Blaine Street
Gettysburg, SD 57442
Home 605-765-9782

Mary Carol Potts
Treasurer: 1993 - present

Mary Carol (Robideau) Potts was born in Highmore and raised on a farm in Hyde County. She had five brothers.  She has two daughters, Jennifer and Vicki.  Mary Carol has been around aviation many years.  She likes to fly and has enjoyed rides in a variety of airplanes.  Mary Carol is a charter member of the SDPA since 1993 and has been the only treasurer for the organization.  She’s also treasurer for the Potter Tractor Pullers Assn., secretary for the Potter County Historical Association, and Historian for the local Eastern Star Chapter.  At present she and a partner paint for homeowners, businesses, and other entities.

John Murphy - SDPA Secretary
John Murphy
328 East New York Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-6501

John Murphy
Secretary:  2016 - present

John grew up in and around Chicago.  He spent 15 years working and studying around the country and in Micronesia before accepting a one year contract in South Dakota.  That was 23 years ago and he hasn't left.  His dad -- an avid aerobatics pilot -- tried in vain to get him interested in flying as a kid.  However, late in his 30s, John began flying gliders and has spent the last 12 years wondering whether the tow rope was going to break or whether he had enough lift to make it back to the airport.  In 2014 John went over to the dark side and began flying powered aircraft.  He got his private pilot certificate in 2015 and is now working on his instrument rating.  When not getting outsmarted by elk, antelope and deer, he lives with his wife and daughter in the Black Hills and works in Rapid City.  John has been a member of SDPA since September 2015.




Bobbie Potts

District 1
Rolf Johnson
385 West Lake Drive
Mina, SD 57451-3042

Rolf Johnson
District 1 Director: 2019 -present.

Rolf Johnson’s interest in general aviation began in 1980 as a volunteer for the Aberdeen Airshow.  In 1981-1982 he did flight training, solo, college courses in ground school and meteorology, and private pilot written exam.  Rolf served on the Aberdeen Regional Airport Advisory Board from 2000 to 2018.  He has owned several planes over the years including a Cessna Golden Eagle 421C with partners (2009-2013); founded the Brown County Flying Club with a Cessna 172P (2010-2013); and a Piper Cherokee 6-300 (2013-present).  Rolf earned an instrument rating in 2014.  Rolf flies approximately 100 hours per year as pilot in command, and has flown to most of the SD airports as well as at least 100 airports nationwide.  He is a long-time member of EAA and AOPA.  Rolf joined the SDPA in July 2015 and became a LifeTime member in September 2017.



Harvey Spieker

District 2
Harvey Spieker
105 North Utah Street
Clark, SD 57225-1428
Cell 605-233-0408

Harvey Spieker
District 2 Director: 2014 - present

Harvey grew up on a farm and graduated from Willow Lake High School, Willow Lake, SD. He attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, then dental school in Minneapolis. Clark Family Dental Center was opened in 1976 in Clark, SD, and still practices dentistry four days a week. It was an introductory airplane ride certificate that his staff gave him that got him started flying in 2004 at age 55. Harvey travelled to Watertown for flight training in a Cessna 172, and later trained at Clark when the CFI flew the plane during the fall & winter. Harvey finished his training at Marshall, MN, and did his check ride there. In 2009 Harvey completed a mountain flying course in his Cessna 172 (180HP) put on in Denver by the Colorado Pilots Association. Each of the 15 students had an instructor, and flights were made to five high altitude airports in Colorado. Harvey used that experience to fly via Bozeman, MT, to visit his sister in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Harvey built a new hangar at Clark Airport in 2013 with a heated floor, and recently added a restroom and small kitchen to the hangar. Harvey has been a member of the SDPA since 2007.


District 3
Dwayne LaFave
709 Second Street, SW
DeSmet, SD 57231-2210
Home 605-854-3151
Cell 605-860-1650

Dwayne LaFave
District 3 Director: 2011- present

In his early teens, Dwayne worked as a flagger for aerial applicator George Grubbs at Rosebud Aviation in Gregory, SD.  Dwayne’s actual flying started with the purchase of a powered parachute (PPC) in 2002, eventually doing some PPC instructing.  Using the Sport Pilot option to transition to fixed wing aircraft, Dwayne now flies a refurbished 1946 Aeronca Champ 7AC out of De Smet and the Northern Black Hills.  LaFave was the first South Dakota aviator to visit all the SD airports with his “FLY South Dakota Airports!” Passport book in hand.  LaFave’s interest in aviation has roots prior to his birth, when his father Sam was with the Army Air Corps in WWII.  Following WWII, Sam purchased a 1946 Taylorcraft and used his GI bill to join the fast-growing ranks of GA pilots.  Dwayne’s son Jeff began his flying as a De Smet High School student, by traveling to Brookings for instruction, earning his private license and instrument rating through the South Dakota State University aviation program.  Retiring in 2016 after 45 years as a public school educator, LaFave will be spending more time pursuing his interests in aviation and music basing out of De Smet and the Black Hills.  Dwayne has been a member of SDPA since September 2003.

George Bittner

District 4
George Bittner
805 West Havens Street
Mitchell, SD 57301
Home 605-996-5676

George Bittner
District 4 Director: 2009 - present

George took a couple of lessons when he was 15 in a J-3 on a grass strip in PA, then took a break for over 20 years before starting again in Mitchell, SD.  He had his first and only engine failure on a descent into Storm Lake, IA, during his fourth flying lesson (4.1 hours total time).  Luckily, there was a safe landing in a soybean field, by the instructor, no damage to the plane or crew.  George earned his private pilot license in 1986, and his instrument rating in 1994.  George is a funeral director in Mitchell and also the Davison and Hanson County Coroner.  He has been a member of the Mitchell Municipal Airport Board since 2001.  A member of AOPA and EAA, he joined the South Dakota Pilots Association because of their efforts promoting general aviation in SD.  George has really enjoyed his time as District 4 Director and getting to know other pilots.  George has been a member of SDPA since January 1998. 



District 5
Marsha Sumpter
820 SD Hwy 248
Kadoka, SD 57543
Home 605-837-2048

Marsha Sumpter
District 5 Director 2003 - present

Born in Philip, SD, in 1943.  Married in 1961 to lifetime partner, Bill, two daughter, Shelley and Sandra; legal secretary 12 years in Rapid City, returned to farm / ranch with family in 1975.  Lifetime member of SD Farmers Union.  Raised hogs for 20 years, got a plane in 1988, license in 1989.  Member of SD Civil Air Patrol for 22 years of which she was the commander of Philip Composite Squadron for 16 years – reaching the rank of captain.  Haakon County Commissioner 8 years, served on the SD Pork Producers Board, 8 years.  Managed the family farm from 1978-2004.  Write a weekly news column for Pioneer Review newspaper.  Went from a C-150 to a C-172, which was used for meetings, farm business, and pleasure.  Marsha has been a member of SDPA since July 2003, and served as Director for District 5 since July 2003.


District 6
Sunny Stephens
4770 Enchanted Pines Drive
Rapid City, SD 57701-9251

Sunny Stephens
District 6 Director: September 2012 - present

After retiring from teaching after 37 years, I am still subbing -- so I passed the 45 year mark in education – and I’m still getting educated!  Teaching has really changed since 1972…all a person needs is thumbs!  Haven’t gotten back to flying, but continue to ‘barnstorm’ on a daily basis, pulling hay out of the barn to feed my three horses, sometimes in a storm!  Enjoy getting together with the other SDPA members, however, and wish I could contribute more to the association via flying experience.  But I hope to explore more remote and unusual airports however I get there so I can share some fun experiences in the newsletters in addition to news from my region.  Sometimes getting there is the easy part, being there is a hoot.  Sunny has been a SDPA member since September 2012.

chuck trumble - district 7
District 7
Chuck Trumble
4911 Grace Way
Rapid City, SD 57702-9663

Chuck Trumble
District 7 Director:  November 2016 – present

Chuck grew-up on a farm west of Onida and started flight training in Brookings (Feb 1971), soloing in April.  He attended SDSU, received an Air Force ROTC scholarship, and earned a BS in Mechanized Agriculture and private pilot certificate.  Chuck joined the Air Force in Dec 1974 as an officer.  He earned his commercial, instrument, and multi engine ratings while stationed at Pope AFB, NC, and joined the Civil Air Patrol.  At Ellsworth AFB he flew helicopters in support of the Minuteman Missile Wing and earned his CFI rating.  At Luke AFB, AZ, Chuck was in charge of the helicopter section in support of the Tactical Air Command’s air to air combat range, and earned his instrument instructor rating.  Chuck returned to the family farm and joined the Army National Guard, where he flew UH-1, OH-6, and OH-58 helicopters and the C-23 Sherpa at Rapid City.  After military service Chuck flew helicopters for sight-seeing tours and aero medical transport, and fixed wing charter with Ice Flying Service, Capital Air Carrier, and Jet Stream Aviation.  Chuck worked for eight years as an FAA inspector at St. Louis, Fargo, Denver, and Rapid City (retired June 2015).  He has about 12,000 hours of flight time and works as Chief Pilot for Dakota Rotors and volunteers in Civil Air Patrol.  Chuck has been a member of the SDPA since April 2004. 


Executive Director
Steve Hamilton
303 Golf Lane
Yankton, SD 57078-1727
Home 605-665-8448

Steve Hamilton
Newsletter editor: 1994-1995; 2001 - present;
Web master: 2005 - present,
Executive Director: 2006 - present

Steve earned his private pilot license in 1991 after about 3 months of training with Jacob Hoffner at Yankton.  Over the past 20 years he has flown the same plane – Mr. Skyhawk – a 1975 Cessna 172M, which is based at Chan Gurney Airport.  Memorable flights include flights to Alaska in 1999 and 2005, five flights to Tampa, FL, nine flights to Oshkosh / AirVenture, and numerous flights to Missouri and Mississippi – accumulating over 2,400 hours as of the end of 2015.  Steve has served on the Yankton Airport Advisory Board for over 10 years.  He is a member of AOPA, EAA, Yankton Regional Aviation Association (founded 1992), and Cessna Flyers Association.  Steve retired in January 2004 after 29 years with the U.S. Department of the Interior as a researcher studying the effects of environmental contaminants on fishery resources (earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees).  He has been the editor of the YRAA Fly-lines newsletter (1992 to present), the SDPA News newsletter, and established the SDPA web site in 2005 and maintained it to present.  Steve earned the Gold Level Award in the FLY SD Airports! Passport Program in October 2012 and was inducted into the SD Aviation Hall of Fame in September 2014.  Steve has been a member of the SDPA since January 1994. 

Past Presidents
Bobbie Potts
Bobbie Potts

Steve Falon
Sioux Falls

Barry Bibler

Grove Rathbun
 Rapid City

John Barney

Tim Modde
Hill City

SD Airports by District

District 1:

District 2:
Clear Lake

District 3:
Lake Preston
Sioux Falls


District 4:
Lake Andes
North Sioux


District 5:

Rosebud Sioux
White River
District 6:
Custer State
Hot Springs
Pine Ridge
Rapid City
District 7:
Eagle Butte
Timber Lake

Footnote:       1995:  Newell:  closed & removed.
                      2004:  Wessington Springs:  new.
                      2010:  Harrold:  private.
                      2010:  Mission Sioux:  closed & removed.
                      2010:  Dupree:  closed & used for agriculture.
                      2011:  Rosebud Tribal Sioux:  new.
                      2011:  Graham Field - North Sioux City:  Private.
                      2013:  McIntosh:  closed.
                      2015:  Bowdle:  Private.

Constitution and By-Laws
(January 13, 1996; updated September 12, 2009)
South Dakota Pilots Association

Article One: The name of this organization shall be the South Dakota Pilots Association. The address of the association shall be 307 West Blaine, Gettysburg, SD 57442.

Article Two: The purpose of the association is:

  1. To operate exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes; the makings of distributions that qualify as exempt organizations under 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law.
  2. To encourage education and safety related to aviation in South Dakota through educational and civic activities for its members and others.
  3. To improve education and safety for South Dakota pilots through maintenance of a library of books and films and publication of factual materials.
  4. To provide centers for discussion for South Dakota pilots and others.
  5. To cooperate with federal, state and municipal agencies in its effort to promote aviation in South Dakota.
  6. To promote a fraternal feeling among South Dakota pilots.
  7. To protect the rights and privileges of South Dakota pilots.
  8. To support programs for the development of adequate landing facilities in the State of South Dakota.
  9. To make the services of the association available during times of State emergency.
  10. To support historic and other primarily aviation related projects under SDPA jurisdiction common to the State of South Dakota.

Article Three: No part of net earnings of the association shall be distributed to its members, officers or board members. The association shall be empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered. The association shall not participate in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted by (a) a corporation exempt from the Federal Income Tax Code under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law.

Article Four: The duration of the association shall be perpetual.

Article Five: Dissolution Clause. Upon dissolution of the association the Board of Directors shall, after making provision for payment for all liabilities of the association, dispose of all the assets of the association to such organization(s) organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall, at the time, qualify as an exempt organization(s) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue law, as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Circuit Court of the county in which the principal office of the association is located.

South Dakota Pilots Association

Article I Membership

  1. Membership in this association shall be open to any person sixteen (16) years of age or older.
  2. Members shall be entitled to all the privileges and rights of the association, to vote for members of the Board of Directors and Officers or to serve as such. There shall be one (1) vote per paid membership and one (1) membership per person.
  3. Application for membership shall be submitted on forms provided by the association. Applications for membership shall be approved by the Board of Directors.
  4. Annual dues shall be set by the Board of Directors.
  5. The Board of Directors, after reasonable notice and hearing, may expel any member who brings discredit to him/herself or the association.

Article II Meetings

  1. ANNUAL MEETING: The annual meeting of the association shall be held at such a time and place as the Board of Directors shall select after thirty (30) days notice has been given to the membership.
  2. SPECIAL MEETINGS: Special meetings may be held after reasonable notice has been given by the Board of Directors or after written request of ten (10) members has been submitted to the Secretary and reasonable notice has been given by the Board of Directors.
  3. ORDER OF BUSINESS: The order of business shall be
    1. Call to order.
    2. Reading of the minutes of last meeting.
    3. President's report.
    4. Treasurer's report.
    5. Committee report(s).
    6. Old business.
    7. New business.
    8. Adjournment.
  4. QUORUM: A quorum shall consist of three (3) board members and the President or Vice-President.
  5. RULES OF ORDER: Questions of procedure shall be decided according to Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, unless otherwise provided for in the by-laws.

Article III Board of Directors and Officers

  1. ELECTIONS: One Director will be elected to represent each District shown on the attached map. Directors for odd-numbered Districts will be elected in odd-numbered years. Directors for even-numbered Districts will be elected in even-numbered years. President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be elected at the same time to 2-year terms starting with the election in January 2007 and that nominations can be made for all SDPA members in good standing.
  2. VACANCIES: Vacancies on the Board of Directors can be filled by the selection of a member of the association and voted on by a quorum of the board.
  3. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates for the Board of Directors and Officers shall have been a member of the association for the least one (1) year. Candidates for the board or officers can be nominated from all SDPA members in good standing. 
  4. TERMS: Terms for Directors and Officers shall be two (2) years.
  5. COMPENSATION: Directors and officers shall not receive any compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for their expenses in connection with doing business for the association.
  6. MEETINGS: The Board of Directors shall hold a meeting immediately following the annual meeting. The board may hold special meetings at such times and places as may be determined by resolution. Special meetings may be called by the President or three (3) board members. Ten (10) days notice shall be given prior to a special meeting.
  7. DUTIES: The Board of Directors shall manage the affairs of the association, carry-out the purposed of the association, carry-out any resolutions and/or resolutions of the association as expressed at annual meetings, account for and administer the assets of the association and shall possess all the powers and authority necessary to perform these duties.
  8. COMMITTEES: The President may appoint committees as deemed necessary to carry-out the work of the association.

Article IV Officers and Duties

  1. OFFICERS: The officers of the association shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. No two offices can be held by the same person.
  2. ELECTION: The officers shall be elected by the membership at its annual meeting.
  3. PRESIDENT: The President shall preside at all meetings of the association. He/she shall carry out the business of the association at the direction of the Board of Directors. He/she shall report to the membership at the annual meeting. He/she shall call upon any committees to report to the membership at the annual meeting.
  4. VICE-PRESIDENT: The Vice-President shall preside at any meetings that the President is unable to attend. The Vice-President's responsibilities shall include membership, legislation and annual meeting unless otherwise directed by the President.
  5. SECRETARY: The Secretary shall keep accurate and complete minutes of all meetings of the association and the Board of Directors. He/she shall maintain all records, issue notices of meetings and maintain an accurate membership of the association. He/she shall maintain the associations' seal, by-laws, constitution and articles of incorporation.
  6. TREASURER: The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the association, shall keep accurate books thereof and report to the board as to financials. He/she shall pay out funds of the association as directed by the board. The Treasurer shall report to the membership at the annual meeting and submit a budget to the membership for the ensuing year for the memberships' approval. If required he/she shall provide bond at cost to the association.
  7. OTHER PERSONNEL: The Board of Directors may appoint other personnel from time to time as deeded necessary.
  8. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: The Board of Directors may retain an Executive Secretary and fix compensation for same.

Article V Seal

  1. The seal of the association shall be selected by the Board of Directors and shall be displayed in the minutes of the association.

Article VI Fiscal Year

  1. The fiscal year of the association shall be January 1 to December 31.

Article VII Publications

  1. The official newsletter of the association shall be entitled SDPA News and shall be distributed to the membership and other interested parties regularly. The Board of Directors shall appoint an editor.

Article VIII Amendments

  1. The by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the membership present and voting at the annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose.

Adopted on this January 13, 1996 by the Members of the Association at the annual meeting held in Pierre, SD, whose Officer's signatures affixed hereto follow:
Bobbie Potts, President
Barry Bibler, Vice-President
Jim Behnken, Secretary
Mary Carol Potts, Treasurer


Amendment to By-laws
January 18, 2003 (annual meeting in Gettysburg, SD)
Moved by Merle Vig; Seconded by Ken McGirr
Motion: Move Faith Airport from Director District 6 to Director District 7.
All present voted aye, none nay.

CORRECTION: January 20, 2003
Discovered error in map of SDPA District map showing airports attached to Constitution and By-laws (extra airport in District 2 mismarked east of Aberdeen and one airport missing from District 1 [Bowdle]). Corrected District map on January 20, 2003. Steven J. Hamilton

Amendment to By-laws
April 15, 2006 (meeting in Mobridge, SD).
Moved by Marsha Sumpter; seconded by Jeff Jackson.
Motion:  Establish an Executive Director position.
All present voted aye, none nay.

Amendment of By-laws
June 24, 2006 (meeting in Kadoka, SD).
Moved by Delbert Keith; seconded by Dave Marten.
Motion:  Accept a list of Officer Duties. 
All present voted aye, none nay. 

Amendment to By-laws
June 24, 2006 (meeting in Kadoka, SD).
Moved by Merle Vig, seconded by Dave Marten.
Motion: Accept a list of Executive Director duties.
All present voted aye, none nay. 

Amendment to By-laws
January 20, 2007 (meeting in Watertown, SD).
Moved by Steve Hamilton, seconded by John Barney.
Motion:  Elect the top four officer positions (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary) at the same time to 2-year terms starting with the election in January 2007 and that nominations can be made for all SDPA members in good standing. 
All present voted aye, none nay. 

Amendment to By-laws
September 12, 2009 (meeting in Spearfish, SD).
Moved by John Barney, seconded by Craig Mickelson.
Motion:  Move Jerauld County (Wessington Springs Airport) from District 4 to District 3, and move Davison County (Mitchell Airport) from District 3 to District 4. 
All present voted aye, none nay. 

Officer Duties:
(approved by vote on June 24, 2006 at SDPA meeting in Kadoka, SD)

Serve a 2-year term.
Schedule member meetings (about six per year) to include meetings in eastern, western, northern, southern and central South Dakota on a rotating basis.
Serve as Presiding Officer at meetings.
Conduct business meetings.
Secure speakers to present programs at three to four meetings a year. 
Write bimonthly President’s column for the newsletter. 
Write letters on behalf of the Association, or designate writers of letters, concerning general aviation issues to airport and aviation officials (mayors, city commissioners, airport boards, state and federal officials, etc.).
Recruit new members.

Vice President:
Serve a 2-year term.
Act as Presiding Officer in the absence of the President.
Conduct business meetings in absence of the President.
Participate as voting member in Board of Directors (Officer) meetings.
Assist President in securing speakers for programs at SDPA meetings. 
Assist President in organizing and scheduling aviation activities such as:  Control tower tours (Sioux Falls & Rapid City), Air National Guard tours (Sioux Falls & Rapid City), Poker runs, FLY SD.
Recruit new members.

Serve a 2-year term.
Record minutes of business meetings and prepare typed record for Association records.
Participate as voting member in Board of Directors (Officer) meetings.
Recruit new members.

Serve a 2-year term.
Deposit funds received from membership and donations in checking account.
Distribute funds after receiving receipts of expenditures.
Prepare Treasurer’s report for business meetings.
Mail membership renewal notices to members with a stamped return envelop. 
Keep accurate record of membership and prepare membership report for business meetings. 
Participate as voting member in Board of Directors (Officer) meetings.
Recruit new members.

District Directors:
Serve a 2-year term.
Gather information and concerns from the general membership and present concerns for your District at Board of Director (Officer) meetings.
Participate as voting member in Board of Directors (Officer) meeting.
Write stories for the newsletter about aviation activities in your District.
Recruit new members.

Immediate Past President:
Advise, as necessary, the new President.
Participate in Board of Directors (Officer) meetings in an advisory role.
Chair the nomination committee for the next slate of officers. 
Recruit new members.

Editor of newsletter and web site (not an officer listed in the By-laws).
Serve an indefinite term.
Write, edit, publish, and mail a newsletter to the membership.
Solicit articles from Directors and members for newsletter.
Send welcome letter, latest newsletter, extra membership application to recruit new members, and SDPA patch to new members.
Maintain current information on the web site. 
Recruit new members.  Send “please join” letters with membership applications and sample newsletters to lists of potential members. 

Executive Director
(approved by vote on June 24, 2006 at SDPA meeting in Kadoka , SD)
Under the direction of the Board of Directors and Officers of the South Dakota Pilots Association, the Executive Director shall carry out the following duties:


1. Keep membership informed of all pertinent information via a newsletter.  Any other special events as they occur may also necessitate a flyer sent to SD airports and membership.

2. Increase membership in the Association.  Work with and inform Board of Directors of any membership lapses and recruit potential new members.

3. Inform membership of any pertinent developments as they occur.

4. Participate as voting member in Board of Directors (Officer) meetings.

State Government Relations & Legislative Responsibilities:

1. Lobby the South Dakota Legislature to promote the position of the South Dakota Pilots Association as needed.

2. Maintain contact with any interim legislative committee that may have an effect on general aviation in South Dakota.

3. Attend Aeronautical Commission meetings, SD Airports Conference, special FAA meetings, etc., and report their activities via the newsletter as needed.

4. Maintain a close contact and working relationship with all agencies of state government that may have an effect on the general aviation industry.

Fiscal Duties:

1. Coordinate financial information, such as budgets, financial statements, treasurer reports, and other financial data as needed with the treasurer of the Association.

2. Coordinate in conjunction with the Board of Directors to expand services of the Association that would impact the operating budget, such as the SDPA web site and scholarships.

Management Duties:

1. Supervise the daily operations of the South Dakota Pilots Association. 

2. Publish newsletter for South Dakota Pilots Association membership and maintain current information on the SDPA web site, within parameters as set by the Board of Directors.

3. Arrange for booth space or display areas at meetings, fly-ins, and other related aviation events as necessary to provide literature and membership information.

4. Sell advertising in the South Dakota Pilots Association newsletter as well as other mediums that the Board of Directors may decide on.

5. Keep informed of general aviation activities in within South Dakota, neighboring states, Midwest region, nationwide, and international, and alert the Board of Directors to issues that may impacts pilots or general aviation in South Dakota.  Write position letters addressing the concerns of the SDPA as directed by the Officers and or the Board of Directors of the Association.  

6. Other additional duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


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