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ROGER GANLEY

Zone A - Alberta / Northwest Territories / Nunavut

LEDUC, AB

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CATO HANSEN

Zone B - Atlantic

KINGSTON, NB

CATO HANSEN
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COWBOY ROWLAND

Zone C - British Columbia Interior / Yukon

OLIVER, BC

COWBOY ROWLAND
At the age of 17 Cowboy enlisted in the service and spent ten years in the Army. Seven over seas in Germany and one in Viet-Nam. Upon leaving the service he went to college and earned two masters degrees in science (herpetology) and computer science. He owned and operated a graphic sign company for twelve years and had his own private plane. It was during this time Cowboy established the "Feather River Band" and started touring around the western United States. Cowboy plays 7 different instruments. Cowboy took a break from music after loosing his wife and his seventeen month old son when his father-in-law was piloting his plane and crashed into the side of a mountain near Sacramento, California on Easter Sunday of 1989 killing his family. Cowboy moved away from California closing his business and went on to become a paramedic /firefighter II / and a rescue scuba diver. Cowboy was a professor at Northern Arizona University and spent the next six years teaching Mid-School and college before becoming a law enforcement officer. During this time in 1992 while teaching school, Cowboy was recognized and inducted into the United States Achievement Academy for his musical talents and teaching abilities. In the early 2000 years Cowboy started travelling with the band once again and quit teaching to pursue a full time job of performing on the casino circuit. After three years or touring the circuit Cowboy married his long time girl friend and sound engineer of ten years. After being married for only one year Cowboy lost his life to Acute Lymphoma Blastic Leukemia. Cowboy now resides in B.C., Canada with his wife Gail of six years. His hobbies include: Flying and teaching the art of model aircraft, taxidermy, fishing, and he has written and published a fishing guide for Northern Arizona. He was a professional archer and has won in both Atlanta and Nevada national level tournaments. He further holds a 4 star rating with the R.S.R.O.A. (roller skating dance). He has worked as a writer and photographer for NASCAR and is currently an accomplished pilot, and has been the four year Vice-President for the Yankton RC club in South Dakota with the AMA. He has held the Deputy Zone Director position for MAAC Zone C and is currently the Zone Director and MAAC Chief Flight Instructor. Cowboy is also a pilot (single engine rating, VFR, and a glider pilot).
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RANDY HEPNER

Zone D - Manitoba / Northwestern Ontario

STONEWALL, MB

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ROY RYMER

Zone E - Middle Ontario

ST. CATHARINES, ON

ROY RYMER
I was born in St. Catharines in 1951. Have been here ever since and my family history dates back to the 1800s here. Back in the 50's when the grass was greener I started off with Cubs. That is just before Scouts. Then there was Scouts. I was a member of the 25th Queen Street Baptist Church Troup. During that time considering my fading memory I joined the St. Catharines Model Flying Club. (around 1959 or so, the predecessor of the Niagara Region Model Flying Club) Line control, galloping ghost, escapement, boats and rockets. In the early 60's playing with and building model airplanes was just wonderful; but the crashes were not. Upon losing my father in 1970, went on to work on becoming an Orthotist and Prosthetist. This was done at George Brown College and University of Toronto. During this time plastics was in my blood considering 8 hours a week of plastics in class and 4 hours a week helping in other classes at night in plastics as a volunteer. In 1974 incorporated my own business (in plastics composites for the wire and aircraft industry) which I am still hard at work with and then becoming an executive member of the Niagara Regional Van Association; again helping out with running of the association and volunteering more time through the organization with the Big Brothers, Remembrance Day Veterans and other volunteer duties. Then along came a chance to volunteer as a Scout Leader for the 46th Venture Handicap Scout Troup of St. Catharines. The very first one in existence and very, very rewarding endeavour at that! Moving ahead to become a member of the, "The Niagara Region Model Flying Club Inc." to this day. Being the secretary once, the Treasurer of the club for some years now and a very proud member of the MAAC association. I am also the Treasurer of the Southern Ontario Model Airshow (SOMA) since its inception and its Chairman. The annual event raises money for children organizations. One hundred percent of all the money raised goes directly to the charity. Also at this time for the MAAC organization, I am the Zone Director for the Middle E zone, Leader member, Chairman of the Public Relations and committee member of Awards and CAG committee.

One of my personal goals for the Association, "MAAC" is to encourage new membership for the young and old. To encourage the "kids" to join the sport and prove to them and their respective parents that there is a lot more to MAAC then just flying RC airplanes. It takes skill for, woodworking, electronics, mechanics, aerodynamics, hand-eye coordination, socializing, friendship and camaraderie to name a few. If you think this is it, please do not be fooled. These skills and benefits of being in the sport is critical for building our next generation of fine adults. If you think I am wrong, please join and prove me otherwise! Thanks for this opportunity to share my thoughts and bio. Please consider joining! Sincerely, Roy R. R. Rymer 61172-L.
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W. CRAIG KNIGHT

Zone F - Northern Ontario

SAULT STE MARIE, ON

W. CRAIG KNIGHT
Hello,
I was born in Windsor Ontario in 1952, so I guess I'm of the Boomer generation. Was hired by Burroughs Business Machines out of High School, moved to Sudbury with that company - a long story - then North Bay.
Began my modelling interests in North Bay, looking for a diversion. I developed an interest in model airplanes after seeing a demonstration at the Comber Fair maybe 1970. Bought my first radio control from Bob's hobbies on Lakeshore - a Kraft 5 channel. I paid 500 1975 dollars. Met my darling wife in North Bay, (another long story) and was member of both the North Bay model airplane club and the Nippissing Miniature Airplane Club - now known as NIPMAC. Same company then moved me and me to Sault Ste. Marie. I quit them and was hired at the Steel Plant where I put in 35 years retiring from Environmental Control. I have held many positions in my local club, was a zone director decades ago for one term and have been deputy zone director for Northern Ontario for a decade anyway. I currently fly scale aerobatics not too well, flippy models a little better, indoor foamies and anything else.
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JOHN WEEKES

Zone G - Ottawa Valley

NEPEAN, ON

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JOHN DEADMAN

Zone H - Southwest British Columbia

DELTA, BC

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JEAN PAUL LE GUILCHER

Zone I - Quebec

BAIE-COMEAU, QC

JEAN PAUL LE GUILCHER
My love of airplanes comes from my dad who was an aircraft electrician for Air France a long time ago. He showed me how to build small stick and tissue models when i was young.

The RC bug bit me in 1977 and ever since i've been building and flying airplanes. I'm mostly interested in big ¼ scale models of WWI, Biplanes of the 30's or Cubs on wheels, skis or floats.

My home town is Baie-Comeau, a 5 hour drive north of Québec city, along the St-Laurence River. I'm also a member of the local "RC Manicougan" club since 1977 and along the years have been president, vice president or secretary.

Three years ago I was nominated as assistant zone director and last year I graduated to deputy zone director. Finally, this year i am replacing Rodger Williams as zone director for Québec zone (I) as he has become MAAC president.

Be assured that i will always promote the great benefits of belonging to an organisation such as MAAC'

Safe flying everyone!
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FABIEN GAGNÉ

Zone J - St. Lawrence

SAINT-RÉMI, QC

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GRANT ROBINSON

Zone K - Saskatchewan

CHURCHBRIDGE, SK

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LESLIE FARKAS

Zone L - Southeastern Ontario

RICHMOND HILL, ON

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FRANK KLENK

Zone M - Southwestern Ontario

TILLSONBURG, ON

FRANK KLENK
R/C flyer and builder for 30 years +. My planes vary. Some fast, others slow, scale and non. I pretty much enjoy flying anything with an engine. IMAC style of flying has taught me the most and it is a lot of fun. Engine collecting is something else I really enjoy and it keeps me busy over the long winter months. Indoor flying I enjoy and prefer it over a simulator. Smile, have fun and see you in the pits.
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