IRCHA President Dave Millner speaks to the crowd before the raffle on
Saturday evening. The “sea of blue” surrounding him are fellow IRCHA board
Vendor Row, as seen from the west end. Flags line the flightline
from one end to the other, representing brands, manufacturers, and
These people receive little recognition or thanks, and it’s time
to fix that. I want to mention some of those unsung heroes,
starting with IRCHA President Dave Millner; Vice President
Charles Anderson; Secretary Shannon Lloyd; Treasurer Monte
Brock; and Competition Coordinator Craig Bradley.
The board members are involved at the ground level. We
need more people like this. Year after year, they somehow pull
this event together and make it look good, while behind the
scenes it’s nonstop planning and coordinating to keep things
organized and running smoothly.
Many AMA staff members also contribute to the Jamboree.
Ilona Maine and Erin Dobbs work hard all year long to iron
out the details for the event. Let’s not forget the AMA staff
members who answer calls and handle camper registration, or
those from the shipping department, the executive staff, and
the people who put together this magazine.
The IRCHA Jamboree is held at the AMA’s
International Aeromodeling Center (IAC) in Muncie,
Indiana. By the time you and I get there, the grass is
mowed, the tents are up, trash cans and porta-potties
are in place, and I’m sure 100 other things have been
taken care of. The amazing AMA maintenance staff,
headed up by John Hawley, Josh Green, and Greg
Messer make this happen. They have worked all
summer during the Nats, then wrap up their year with
a killer week at the IRCHA Jamboree.
Josh has been at every event that I have attended at
the IAC. I always make it a point to thank him for his
dedication at every event that I attend. I understand
from AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson that
Josh’s compensation is a lifetime supply of energy
When you arrive at the event and get in line at the
registration trailer, you are greeted by some of the
nicest people whom I have ever met. Kandy Dudek,
Sue Giles, and Helen Binkley have run that registration
trailer for years and it has to be one of the smoothest
operations around. They always have a smile and do
their best to answer all questions.
Here is a short list of some key people on site
without whose help the event would not happen. You
may never hear their names, but you would know it
if they didn’t show up: Jim Lloyd, Scott Riggs, Don
Sanquenetti, Steve Darlington, Larry Broshar, Matt
Hall, Dan Lucente, Steve and Gail Dixon, Kevin
Cordell, Adam Hile and family, and countless other
Let the Games Begin
So now the 2015 IRCHA Jamboree begins. A row
of vendors and sponsors spans the entire length of the
flightline! Some felt that vendor participation was
down this year, but according to Dave Millner, that
wasn’t the case.
A few vendors were missing, but the IRCHA board
tried to limit the vendors to those that were directly
related to our segment of the hobby. They were also
spread out more so that “Vendor Row” wasn’t as
congested as it has been in previous years, and it was
much easier to cruise the line.
The Scale helicopter group and the FPV fliers were
located in areas away from the main flightline. This
allowed additional flight stations on the main flightline.
Open flying takes place nearly all of the time,
but Show Center is shut down for Sponsor Power
24 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015