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Angel Flight Central's E-Newsletter for AFC Volunteers and Partners

April 1, 2010 In This Issue

Greetings! 09' Pilot of the Year! Year-End Results Volunteer Spotlight New Wing Leader Holiday Appeal Thanks Save the Dates! GoodSearch Option Pilot Honors AFC Store Remodel Closing

Greetings from Angel Flight Central! Greetings from Angel Flight Central! Our "enewsletter" is intended to keep the AFC family informed about the organization's happenings, news and successes. Feel free to pass this newsletter on to your friends and family as we hope to build and maintain awareness and presence throughout our 10-State region. Enjoy! ANGEL FLIGHT CENTRAL ANNOUNCES PILOT OF THE YEAR! the short time that Sue Roth has been involved with Angel Flight Central there has only been a select-few that have come close to matching her productivity and positive impact on the organization and the people we serve. Sue's incredible spirit and willingness to serve is evident in her flight numbers, her leadership position with the Air Capital Wing and her participation in the Wichita community.

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Sue has flown 50 flights in the few years Sue Roth, 2009 that she has flown for Angel Flight AFC Pilot of the Central, climbing the Mission Milestone Year ladder faster than the vast majority, and 16 flights during 2009. But what separates Sue from the pack is her extraordinary passion to educate her community about the services that AFC provides. Sue regularly participates in community functions and events to share AFC with others. She has flown to regional airports in and around Wichita sharing AFC information with FBO Managers and worked closely with local media to assure that Angel Flight Central stays "top-of-mind" in her community. Sue's 55 hours of ground-volunteer work in 2009 brings her total very near the 300 hour milestone in total; which is equal to or higher than most. It is with great enthusiasm and confidence that we announce Sue Roth as the 2009, Angel Flight Central Pilot of the Year!

2009 YEAR-END REVIEW

A heartfelt "thanks" to the entire AFC family of volunteers and pilots for a successful 2009 fiscal year! As we prepare for 15th fiscal year of service to those in need, let's take a moment to celebrate the commitment and passion of FY2009. Total Flights Completed: 1,393 Total Hours Flown: 4,465 (Avg. 3.3 Hrs. per flight leg) Total Distance Flown: 299,266 nautical miles $ Value of Service Provided by Pilots: $948,914.00 % of Flights for Adults: 65.2% % of Flights for Children: 34.8% FY09 TOTAL FLIGHTS FLOWN PER WING AREA Great Lakes Wing 323 NorthStar Wing 313 Heart of America 225 Spirit of St. Louis 157 Indiana Wing 122 Air Capital Wing 96 Hawkeye Wing 70 Undefined Areas 87

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Congratulations and THANK YOU for providing "Free Flights for People in Need!"

CREATIVE AFC VOLUNTEER OUTREACH

The heart of Angel Flight Central is its volunteers who serve the organization in many diverse ways. Each brings their time, talent and creativity to collectively "give hope wings." Kent McKee, Volunteer Pilot in Sowing away for Varna, Illinois has been on a AFC! mission to educate his community about Angel Flight Central and heighten the awareness of all of the "good" that occurs at his local airport, Marshall County (C75). Kent has spent the last several months getting the AFC story into publications and media outlets and has recently began

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planning to hit the speaker's bureau trail to spread the word. However, it is one thing to want to speak in front of service organizations and community groups and another thing to persuade them for an invitation! Kent revealed his creative side in January when he approached the University of Illinois ExtensionMarshall Putnam 4-H Youth Development Unit with an offer they could not refuse. The Marshall Putnam Unit has a group that specialize in sowing projects, so Kent recruited the ladies to make custom "snuggie-type" blankets for the Angel Flight Central passengers arriving/leaving Marshall County airport, and while the ladies sowed Kent completed his presentation on AFC services! Way to go Kent! A huge "thanks" to the ladies in the U.I.U.C. MarshallPutnam Unit for their time and great product and to all of the AFC pilots, management and staff that call Marshall County Airport "home". You are the heart of AFC! NorthStar Wing Update Chuck Huntley Accepts Leadership Role Chuck was introduced to Angel Flight Central during Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, Chuck has flown as a Mission Assistant on several "angel flights". Chuck has been very active with the NorthStar Wing; attending meetings and adding very insightful suggestions and advice. Chuck has attended many outreach events and is connected with Minneapolis business and government. Mr. Huntley realizes the potential of the great volunteers and pilots in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. He is looking forward to organizing social and outreach events, as well as some creative fundraising ideas for the Wing. On February 20, 2010 the AFC Board unanimously approved Chuck for the post. of Directors

It is with confidence and excitement that we announce Chuck Huntley as the new NorthStar Wing Leader! A HOLIDAY BLESSING Angel Flight Central would like to thank all of those who so generously donated to the 2009-10 Holiday Appeal. Your passionate gifts totaled over $31,000 in direct support for

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"providing free flights for people in need".

John and Jacque Alsatt Frank G. & Marilyn Alvine Andrew & Robecca Anderson Gus & Phyllis Anderson Valerie Augspurger Richard Ayres Walter "Red" Bainbridge Jr Melanie and John Balzer Michael & Patricia Barnett Jim & Dana Bartimus Heidrun R. Benbrook Geoffrey Bentley Darlene Birchem Bob Sight Ford Dr. Loretta M. Britton Michael & Bridget Bruno II John Burke George & Carolyn Burr David & Marjorie Casper Cedar Chapel United Methodist Women Blish and Michael Connor Geneva Cook John Cosmos Dustin & Angie Crawford Estelle Czys David A. & Mary Ann Dansart Dottie Dickey Robert Doern Harold & Kathleen Dolan Robert E. Doran III Lawrence & Marilyn Draper Steven and Leigh Earnest Rex Eberly Dwight & Mary Eiserer Rex Ekwall William and Dorothy Ennis Jerry and Janie Falls Al and Janet Fausek Alex Franke Christoffer Frantsvog Kirsten Frantsvog Robert & Merry Lynn Fuerst Jonathan & Kyoko Ise Fuller Robert and Faye Garnett John and Janet Geary Sheila S. Gideon John and Jeanette Goeden Max Gonzenbach Amy Leann Gragg Carl D. & Elaine J. Gum, Jr. Raun Hamilton Diana Harvey James & Phyllis Hayes Mary R. Heinen Mark and Lori Helmericks Jennifer Hintz David Ikenberry Insituform Technologies, Inc. Barbara Ireland Helen F. Jasa Debra and Karl Jasper Donna Junghans Jim & Katherine Kennedy-Kartheiser Marcus E. Knecht Robert & Katherine Koch Gary and Terri Krueger Greg and Judy Lacy Leader Chauffeur Services Kamelia Lewis Lexeco Rebecca A Lind Timothy and Anita Link Elena Lojo Pat and Floyd Love Kim and Nancy Loveless Aldo Mariotti Brandon Marks Roberta Maron James D. Martin Karen McBride-Raffel Pat and Joyce McCambridge Michael McDonald Elaine Mensching Janice Meredith Keith Miesel Paul and Dolores Montag Ken and Laurie Morrison Maria Neri Kent & Suzanne Nicholson James Nielsen Mary Lou and William Nolan Eric Owens & Kylie Wood John and Frances Pahlmann Robert and Judith Penrod Hyde Perce Andrew Peters Kelly Petersen Pine River Lions Club Eileen and Aaron Rapoport Lester & Diane Richardson Edward Robertson Diane McNabb Rodriguez Catherine and Paul Schultz Mary J. Scott William and Raelene Seymour Dorothy Shipley Holly D. Shoener David and Linda Sparks John and Jennifer Streit Don and Robin Sumple Emily and John Sutphin Stan and Jo Anne Teeter Steven Thompson Jane Trotter & Richard G'sell TruStar Federal Credit Union Craig A. Van Matre Marcia Louise Vargas Kenneth Wallace Joan Werner Jeffrey Wessel Nancy & Geoffrey Williams Bret and Christine Wilson Elizabeth H. Winetroub Suey Yarn and Woon Sun Wong Charles F. & Denise J.Wright Gary S. Young Lewis and Pat Young Rob Zeitinger & Teresa Larsen

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The following individuals had Holiday Appeal Gifts presented to AFC in Tribute of them.

Jim & Dana Bartimus Aiden Buecker Mary Anne Burr Alex Franke David A. Dansart Loren Curtis DeFrain Jon Frantsvog Michael & Nancie Freeborn Derek Harvey Craig Heide David Kaaz Keith Loveless Russel & Ruth Meredith John and Cheryl Mize Ken and Laurie Morrison Brian Parrot Ivan Rodriguez Robert J. Scott Luke J. Stephens Ramon Vargas Robert Wilkerson Erin Andra Wilson SAVE THESE IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2010! Please mark your calendars for the following important dates & events! April 17, 2010: Club Cherokee Spring Open House & Pilot Expo, Crystal Airport, Minneapolis MN (featuring the Pilot Flea Market benefiting Angel Flight Central) April 29, 2010: 40th Anniversary showing of Universal's film, "AIRPORT" with all proceeds benefiting AFC's NorthStar Wing. Heights Theater, Columbia Heights, MN May 1, 2010: Board of Director's Meeting, Columbus Municipal, IN (BAK) Indiana Wing Hangar Party Luncheon, Noon, Columbus Municipal Airport, Indiana May 15, 2010: Hawkeye Wing Meeting and Family Lunch! Everyone welcome! Ankeny Regional Airport (IKV) June 15, 2010: Great Plains Air Expo, Olathe/KC KOJC KCAC-Kansas City Aviation Center July 26 - August 1, 2010: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, Wisconsin (AFC will again need a volunteer crew to assist) September 17, 2010: 3rd Annual "Wings and Wedges Golf Classic" benefiting AFC's Great Lakes Wing. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin November 20, 2010: "Wine Flight", Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Missouri For more information on any of the above events, please contact Brendan Sneegas at 816-421-2300 or [email protected]

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SEARCHING FOR FUN AND PROFIT

Would you like to help sponsor an Angel Flight mission each month? Would you like to do it without ever writing a check? Do you ever search the internet for information? Have we got a deal for you! GoodSearch is a web search engine with results powered by Yahoo. It works like any other search engine (such as Google, etc.) with one big difference. Each time you perform an internet search using GoodSearch money is donated to charity! Search engines and sites make their money via advertising and link placement (much like product placement at the grocery store or in movies). GoodSearch was created with the idea that they would donate roughly 50% of this revenue to designated charities. This translates into roughly a penny each time you perform a search. That may not sound like much on the surface, but do a little math. There are well over 1,000 volunteers, pilots and interested parties in the Angel Flight Central "network." If half of us use GoodSearch and average 2 interest searches a day that translates into over $3,000 per year in donations to Angel Flight! GoodSearch is user friendly and comparable in function and speed to any other search engine and this benefit is absolutely free to users and to Angel Flight Central. To start using it today and making money for Angel Flight follow these steps:

1. go to Goodsearch.com 2. in the middle of the screen you'll see a box with the heading "who do you goodsearch for?" Type in "Angel Flight Central" and click "verify" then use the drop down box and choose: Angel Flight - Central (Kansas City, MO)(Your selection will be saved so that you don't have to do this each time.) 3. use the search function as you would on any other search site

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4. bookmark the page and/or follow the links on the page to add GoodSearch to your tool bar or make it your homepage.

As you can see when you get to the site, you can also create donations by shopping on line using GoodShop through such merchants as Target, GAP, and Best Buy. And there are links that make it easy to spread the word to your friends and associates so that they, too, can help us raise money. You can click on "success stories" on the left of the GoodSearch page for samples of how much some organizations are raising. Start using GoodSearch today and watch the donations "take-off" for Angel Flight Central!

WINTER 2010 HONORS

Congratulations to the following AFC Volunteer Pilots who achieved significant Mission Milestones between December 1 and February 28! Shirt Off Our Back Recipients (1st Flight Flown) Elaine H. Great Lakes WING Eric Z. Great Lakes Wing David S. Great Lakes WING Mission Milestone 5 (five flights flown) Scott D. Great Lakes Wing George L. NorthStar WING John P. Great Lakes WING Joel W. NorthStar WING Mission Milestone 10 (ten flights flown) Steven K Spirit of St. Louis Mark C. Heart of America WING Kamala K. Indiana WING Carl P. Great Lakes WING Jonathan S. Great Lakes WING Michael S. UNDEFINED WING Dave T. NorthStar WING Mission Milestone 40 (Forty Flights Flown) John G. Indiana WING Thomas T. UNDEFINED WING Mission Milestone 70 (Seventy Flights Flown) Gary H. Indiana Wing

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Bruce C.

NorthStar WING

Mission Milestone 90 (Ninety Flights Flown) David K. Hawkeye WING GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION! Shop Till' You Drop! AFC encourages you to drop by our newly-renovated Online-Store! New styles and colors of hats, caps, shirts, coats and even hoodies are now available; all embroidered with the Angel FLight Central Logo. Happy Shopping! To check it out, please click here: SHOP! We're all in this together The Staff and Leadership Team of Angel Flight Central wish to sincerely thank our partners, donors and volunteers for all of your help, support and efforts. Keep up the great work! Together, would you help us expand the size of the AFC family by passing this e-newsletter on to your closest friends and family? We appreciate all you do!

Angel Flight Central's mission is to serve people in need by arranging charitable flights for access to health care and for other humanitarian purposes. Angel Flight Central assists children and adults with free long-distance transportation and supports pilot and outreach volunteers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Angel Flight Central, Inc., formerly Wings Over Mid-America, Inc., is a non-profit volunteer pilot organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under I.R.C. sec. 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible. On Board is an Angel Flight Central E-newsletter edited and published by Brendan Sneegas. Stories and content are supplied by staff and volunteers.

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