For the February meeting COPA Flight 45 decided to have a mid-winter social since our Christmas dinner was cancelled not once but twice. We live in the snowbelt where our major highway can be closed for hours, even days because of drifting snow and westerly winds.
We decided to invite the newly elected Huron County Warden, town of Goderich Councillors and ACW (Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh) Councillors. The town owns the airport, but the airport is located in the municipality of ACW.
The day arrived with cold, sunny and snow drifting weather.Yes, highway 21 north of Goderich to Port Elgin was closed all day. Some guests and members were snowbound. Nevertheless a good turnout of both made it to the terminal building.
Captain Fred welcomed everyone and introduced those attending.We all enjoyed a buffet dinner topped off with delicious desserts. Of course the beef and chicken were ACW produced.
Throughout the evening people mingled and talked about aviation, COPA, and yes, even rural politics. A tour of the Sky Harbour Gallery even happened.
It was a good evening as some of our politicians had not heard that the McGee Gallery was not coming here but was being displayed at the North Street museum.
They felt COPA 45 had dedicated much time and energy to bring that to a successful conclusion.
The Warden mentioned that maybe the only way rural Ontario can keep community schools open is to let some of our land base become subdivisions for population growth. Certainly an interesting concept.
As we said our “goodbyes” and “thanks for coming” our guests expressed their appreciation for the invitation. When the Reeve of your municipality, in his parting thank you, says to you “if there is anything you need, just let us know,” you realize that the evening was a huge success.
It is appreciated when local politicians are interested and show support for our airport.