The Early Days
Although the EAA hasn't maintained its earliest records, the chapter was apparently chartered in 1961. The earliest chapter status report is dated 12/31/65 at which time Dick "Van" VanGrunsven was president. At that time there were 88 members with 50 home-built aircraft under construction, 11 flying home-built aircraft, and 1 vintage aircraft under restoration. The chapter was formally incorporated on January 26, 1966. During those early years chapter members didn't have a cushy (relatively speaking) chapter hanger to hold monthly meetings. Instead, they seemed to be a bunch of aviation nomads. We know that members often met in the basement of a bank in Milwaukie, then for a long time they found a home at a hangar at Aurora State Airport. Sometimes they would congregate at a hangar at Lenhardt's Airport, and for many years they met at the PGE office building at the intersection of Scholls-Ferry Road and Murray Blvd. In the '60's and '70's (we are unclear on the actual dates), the chapter held an annual fly-in at Lenhardt's south of Aurora, the approach to 02 you can see below.
The Chapter was formally made a non-profit 501c(3) in 1997.
In the following pictures: The first shows planes at an early Lenhardt fly-in. Below this, the RV-3 on the left belongs to Bob Larsell. The guy he is talking to is Carl Battjes, a former chapter president. The one on the right shows Jerry VanGrunsven winding up an RV-3, concentrating furiously on something important.
To the right, Jerry Springer is standing alongside his Minicoup, and below that Norm Durrell and Dick VanGrunsven manning the registration table at a fly-in, taking names and counting the money. Both are former presidents of the chapter.
When anyone talks of the early days, the name Holly Fletcher always comes up. He was a member of great enthusiasm who lived at Dietz Airpark.
Carl Battjes and Bob Larsell
Jerry Springer's Minicoup
Dave Carr's AirCamper
Twin Oaks Days
Under the leadership of Del Zander and Bill Benedict, the chapter began renting a hangar at Twin Oaks Airpark in the early 1990's, where it is to this day. Finally the chapter had a home airport and hangar where monthly board meetings, chapter meetings and other events could be held.
Monthly chapter meetings became the routine. Since many builders wanted to know what other builders were doing, monthly meetings were combined with a show and tell project, typically at a builder's hanger or home. Then as today, RV's were the most ubiquitous design, and because RV builder support was provided by the Home Wing, chapter meeting programs would often seek out some other design or some other aviation related topic, such as a Lancair IVP, a Thunder Mustang, a T-34, or an evening devoted to paint, panel or some other topic. Aviation related businesses also were included, such as Oregon Aero or Advanced Flight Systems.
In 1994, EAA-105 began a fund-raising pancake and grits breakfast and fly-in at Twin Oaks. Since that summer, breakfast has been served the first Saturday of every month without missing a month. Attendance averages 150 to 200 diners, with lots of aircraft on good weather days.
With the majority of the proceeds of the George Bogardus estate, the chapter in 1999 established the George and Lillian Bogardus Memorial Trust Fund to carry out charitable, scientific or educational purposes and to support the purposes of several aviation related 501c(3) organizations in the region, including Chapter 105.
|1961-65||Don Methven||1987||Malcom Buffum|
|1966-67||Darryl Usher||1988||Kerwin Davis|
|1968||Ron Ballou||1989||Dave Baxter|
|1969||Bob Todd||1990||Ken Scott|
|1970||Norm Durrell||1991||Mike Dennis|
|1971||Dick VanGrunsven||1992||Del Zander|
|1972||Don Hayes||1993-94||Bill Benedict|
|1973||Darryl Usher||1995||Rion Bourgeois|
|1974||Larry White||1996||Don Wentz|
|1975||George Martan||1997-98||Scott Rider|
|1976||Merve Henkes||1999||Brent Anderson|
|1977||Dave Heal||2000||Phil Spingola|
|1978||Ed Stout||2001||Dean Psiropoulos|
|1979||Carl Battjes||2002-05||Rion Bourgeois|
|1980||Glenn VanOrtwick||2006-09||Randy Lervold|
|1981-82||Hank Bullock||2009-11||Ron Singh|
|1983||Don Larson||2012||Bruce Rose|