International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians
Americas Region, Vice President Larry Wolfsen

2013 Fredericksburg Texas Fly-In
October 12-15, 2013
So. Central chair: Jack Welge

The  Fredericksburg, Texas fly in following the Fort Worth  AOPA Summit began inauspiciously with more members driving in than flying in due to inclement weather and a poor extended forecast.


Intrepid current World President Michael Graves and able co-pilot, Karen Hicks, flew into T82 in the Aerostar, while  former World President Tony Watson and his wife, Jane, South East Section  Chief, Dale Read, and his brother, Don Read, and World Secretary, Lynn Miller, and husband, Rocky, and South Central Section Chief, Jack Welge, made the trip by car.


World President Michael's statement upon arrival summed up our experiences in Fredericksburg, Texas, beginning with our stay at the Hanger Hotel..."this place is Great!"


From our pictures, which detail our IFFR fellowship experience, you can see that President Michael was ever vigilant in the search for new members even during the Happy Hour prior to our arrival dinner at Friedhelm’s Bavarian Inn and was successful in securing Joe Ruple of Pleasanton, Tx , a Rotarian and Cessna 210 pilot, as a new member. 


Our experiences during our stay in Fredericksburg were many and varied, but a few of the highlights were the ambience at the Hangar Hotel, the hospitality at Wild Seed Farms, and the experiential and interactive exhibits at the National Museum of the Pacific War (Nimitz Museum).


Following our Sunday arrival, on Monday our group split up to take in the town with FWP Tony hosting Lynn and Jane at Wild Seed Farms, while WP Michael, Karen, Rocky, Dale, Don, and Jack explored the Nimitz Museum.


In light of the weather, Michael and Karen took off in the Aerostar early Monday afternoon, and the remaining group continued with the Nimitz Museum until Happy Hour.  All voted to abandon the Brenham plans for the Bluebell Creamery tour and lunch at Southern Flyers to allow them to get back to their airplanes or commercial travel arrangements early Tuesday.


The successful Fly In ended with an evening group meal of Southwestern Cuisine at Fredericksburg's  Navajo Grill.