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Trip Report:  IFFR Ocala Fly-In  and Sun 'n Fun
March 29-31, 2012

From: Dale Read [mailto:DRead@readwindow.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:28 AM
To: Dale Read
Cc: Dale Read
Subject: Ocala Fly In

 Southeast IFFR members,

 I’m pleased to report that our Ocala Fly In on March 29-31 was an outstanding success. If you were there, I think you will all agree, a great time was had by all.

If you weren’t there, you need to join us next time. FYI, Peter and his architect neighbor designed and built the tower in the attached picture.
Many thanks to our wonderful hosts Ellen and Peter Wenk and the wonderful neighbors that provided accommodations for our attendees.

Leeward Airpark was a wonderful location for our Fly In and Ellen and Peter’shome/hanger provided a perfect setting for meals and fellowship.  

Event Statistics:
  7 Airplanes
13 Members
22 Total Participants

Attendees arrive from:
               Tennessee
               North Carolina
               Florida
               Texas
               California
               Norway
               England

Attendees included:
               Current World President Peter More
               Past World President Angus Clark
               Current Americas President Michael Graves

Following arrival and lunch on Thursday, we enjoyed an afternoon at Silver Springs, a local Ocala attraction. We returned to the hanger Thursday evening for drinks and a wonderful pork dinner and an evening of new friendships and renewal old friendships.

Friday morning most of the IFFR members headed to Belleview for a breakfast meeting with Peter’s Rotary club. By 8:30 we were on the road to Sun n Fun, arriving around 10:00.

Following a morning tour of the sights we, met for lunch, then enjoyed an afternoon of air show demonstrations. By 5:00 we were packed up and headed home all feeling a bit fatigued. Those who remained in Ocala enjoyed lunch in the Villages, a local very active retirement community, shopping, and a tour of a local carriage museum.

We all gathered for dinner at a local Italian restaurant in Ocala Friday evening; a great opportunity to share the events of the day.

After a good night’s sleep we enjoyed breakfast in the hanger joined by several of the host neighbors. After breakfast we were privileged to tour a neighbor’s restoration of a World War II P40. What a wonderful way to wrap up a wonderful gathering of IFFR members.

If you missed this one, we are having initial discussions about an October fly in near Wilmington, NC.  I will keep you posted as this and other events come together.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for future fly-ins.

Hope to see you at our next event.

Yours in Rotary,
Dale

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