Where do I start? The past six months have had so many exciting developments for the Society that it is hard to even pick out the high lights. However, we'll start with our traveling exhibit. This was displayed at several Calgary shopping malls in the spring, then went to three excellent airshows during the summer (Edmonton, Moose Jaw and Red Deer), and ended the season at the Ex-Air Gunners Reunion in Calgary.
This exhibit saw a lot of mileage this year. Hard working NLS volunteers raised over $5,000 selling merchandise and memberships at these events, to say nothing of the valuable contacts made.
July was devoted to preparations for and staging of the highly successful Bazalgette Dedication Day. I only wish everyone reading this could have been there. The Society received lavish praise from many sources for the professional manner in which the event was executed. Well done NLS volunteers!
Our summer program was again ably conducted under the watchful eye of supervisor Wanda Evans. Thousands more visitors enjoyed touring the Lancaster and museum, thanks to the expertise and hospitality of our student guides.
Milt Magee approached his job of researching and cataloging our growing inventory with his usual professional manner. As a result we now know what we have and even where to find it!
Fund raising for our new building to house the Lanc and other artifacts proceeded very well over the summer. Upwards of $170,000 has been raised so far and sod turning is slated for November 2, 1990.
"Operation Annie II," in which six more Ansons, were recovered, went off without a hitch, thanks to equipment from Mullen Trucking, Louie's Trucking, L & W Trucking, Magwood Motors and many volunteers. Bob Evans' acreage now boasts an air force that rivals Iraq's!
I guess the most exciting part about the last few hectic months has been the many friends we have made from points near and far. There are too many to list here. Suffice be it to say, it is not just "old airplanes" that keep us going, it's the human element, friendships, conversations and remembrances that are most valuable. Keep it touch!