We had 34 Swifts
over the four days for the 26th annual Westover event. We
had 69 at the BBQ on Friday and 55 at the Banquet on Saturday!
Great food and settings. Carol Hampton provided all the
extras, including 9 home-made cakes that were outstanding!
Special events included a formation class with nine new
students; 8 flights that included Nate Andrews being certified
for two-man formation; 5 instructors—Gerry Mahoney,
John Northey, Bill Shepherd, and Paul & Sandy Mercandetti
did the honors with the formation flights and John and Gerry
did the instructing for the ground school.
We had a fly-out
to Pine Mountain Lake with 12 Swifts present including our
host Randy Barber who is based there. 4 Swifters, John Northey-lead,
Bill Shepherd-2, Gerry Mahoney-3, and Gerry Hampton-4,
participated in PML’s Airport Day with a 4 plane Demonstration.
They looked a lot better than the Beech Boys, and West Coast
Raven RV flights.
Several others flew to Schellville airport in Napa for a
great lunch at the Schellville Grill. I led that group.
At the banquet on Saturday night, we auctioned off a hand-made
quilt, created by the mother of Swifter Janet Dickers. The
proceeds went to the Westover fund... A bidding war between
Dot Shepherd and Ron Williamson ended at $475.... Dot won!!!
Then, in one of the classiest moves I've seen, Dot presented
the quilt to Carol Hampton (she really was admiring it,
but couldn't really bid on it)... Dot made the gift with
other contributors, Wittmans and Jared Smith, sort of double-credited
Carol & Gerry....
Nice move, all!!!
Carol made several nice gift baskets and Paul Ross donated
custom rudder pedals for the auction.
Larry Rengstorff and Curt Von Salzen judged the airplanes.
The following awards were given out:
Longest traveled: Bill Whelchel from Costa Rica
Best Paint: Nate Andrews, N3783K, Graham, WA
Best Polish: Karl & Donna Johanson, N78103, San Diego,
Best Original: Denis Arbeau, N3307K, Napa, CA
Best Custom: Paul Ross, N3890K, Lakeside, CA
Viewers Choice: Kyle Hook, N90383, Portland, OR
Bud Knox Grand Champion:
Scott & Sandy Naumann, N817CC, Arroyo Grande, CA
Karl Johanson also provided several DVDs with photos that
played throughout the evening at the banquet. Included were
photos from past Westovers, and even some for the weekend....