2017 Annual Meeting

Once per year, one of the VSA seminars is designated as the annual membership meeting.  The most recent annual meeting was held on December 2, 2017 at Williams Soaring Center.

First, we will post a few snapshots taken by Larry Roberts.  Secondly – a message from our new VSA President, Pat Alford.

Photos by Larry Roberts:

After the Wave Flight


Membership Photo


Noelle, Rex, Pete


L to R: Peter, Tom, Peter, Judy, Thomas


Foreground, facing the camera: Andy, Diana



Listening attentively to Pete’s excellent presentation



Ginny, VSA president for the past ten years



Newly elected president being congratulated by Ginny









Ed Note: Effective 12/02/2017 Pat Alford is the president of VSA.
The following message was posted by Pat on 12/10/2017 to the Williams Today Forum.
See the following for the original thread:


2017 VSA Winter Seminar Series

By Pat Alford

It was great to see so many of you turn out for the VSA Holiday Party last weekend! There was great flying, fantastic food, and wonderful camaraderie. If you weren’t there, you missed a wonderful presentation by Pete Alexander to kick off the 2017/2018 VSA Winter Seminar Series. Thanks, Pete!

We also held the election of VSA officers. I and Jim Smith were elected as the President and Vice President of the VSA for the coming two-year term. Frank Peale and Cora Knowles had previously agreed to serve another term as the Treasurer and Secretary. Peter Kelly has agreed to continue act as the VSA Webmaster and Tom Jue has agreed to be the VSA photographer. We also thanked Ginny Farnsworth for her ten years of service as the President of the VSA. Her tireless efforts and dedication to the VSA are greatly appreciated!

Since that time, Jim and I have been busy discussing ideas for the rest of this year’s winter seminars and coordinating dates and details with the speakers. Here is the schedule for the remainder of the 2017/2018 VSA Winter Seminar Series:

Seminar #2 – January 20, 2018, Dan Colton – The Day I Crashed Onto the Whites
Dan is a BASA member and was recently elected as the President of PASCO. Come hear Dan share the story he says he never wanted to be in a position to tell. Dan will candidly discuss the factors that led to the crash and share his lessons learned that we can all benefit from.

Seminar #3 – February 24, 2018, Key Dismukes – How Threat-Related Stress Affects Pilots’ Performance
Key was formerly NASA’s Chief Scientist for Aerospace Human Factors. Key has authored or co-authored several books and many articles related to human factors in aviation. He will discuss the role that threat-related stress plays in a pilot’s ability to carry out the tasks required for safe flight.

Seminar #4 – March 24, 2018, Kempton Izuno – Wave XC at Williams
Kempton is a veteran of many wave flights at Williams and Minden and has participated in recent years at the Minden Wave Camp as a speaker and safety pilot. Kempton will discuss how far we’ve come in XC wave at Williams over the last five years, including forecasting, routes, airspace, strategy and tactics.

Be sure to save the dates for these seminars! All of the seminars have been put on the Forum Calendar.

We look forward to seeing you all there,

The following message was posted by Ginny on 12/13/2017 to the Williams Today Forum.
See the following for the original thread:

Welcome to our new VSA President and Vice President

As many of you know, we held elections this year at the Holiday Party. We elected two very talented and dedicated people to the VSA leadership.

Please welcome Pat Alford as our new VSA President. As former VP of VSA , Pat dedicated a lot of his time, hard work, negotiation, and endurance, and succeeded in getting the second wave window authorized! A big welcome to Jim Smith, as our new VSA VP. Jim brings new energy, ideas, and a passion for soaring to us at VSA.

A BIG thank you to Cora Knowles, VSA Secretary, and Frank Peale, VSA Treasurer, who have each agreed to serve for another term, and to Peter Kelly, who has agreed to continue to be our steadfast VSA Webmaster.

I am looking forward to being part of the VSA activities in the year to come. The new ideas and energy from Pat and Jim, in combination with the solid leadership from the ongoing officers and web master should make for a good year ahead. I will miss being the Prez, but it is time for me to step down and focus on other areas of my life.

Thanks to all for your support while I was president – those 10 years were a labor of love – I enjoyed every minute of working with all of you (well, almost every minute…).

See you on the field!

Ginny Farnsworth G3
Past President
Valley Soaring Association


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