The Year in Review
GREAT LEAPS FORWARD IN 2011
Bucking the trend of most non-profits, WAAAM experienced great leaps forward in 2011. Director Judy Newman reports " This was a good year for us. Up 2% overall."
Attendance increased with 60% now coming from out of area, and 10% from out of country. Newman attributes this trend to the impact of Google Ad Words. For the second year Google has donated advertising to WAAAM.
The resulting heightened awareness of this museum generated major magazine articles, notably War Birds 8 page layout on the L Bird Collection. (The museum's total airplane collection numbers 75) and the Automobile Collector 's 6 page layout highlighting the wide span of the automotive collection now comprising 124 automobiles, 31 motorcycles, 10 Jeeps, 5 tractors.
|Director Judy Newman.|
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More than 150 Aircraft flew in to the 5th of the Annual Hood River Fly-Ins sponsored by the museum. Every year the Fly In is held at the end of summer, the weekend after Labor day. Mark your calendar.
What is in the works for 2012? Our goals are ambitious and broad, a testament to confidence going forward. Judy Newman listed a new museum sign as an immediate need. Newman says that "the sign out front is actually the original construction site sign-- a painted piece of plywood". The museum is seeking design ideas for a an attractive all metal sign reflecting WAAAM's world class collection.
The Airway Beacon is in need of restoration. That is on the list to get operating again as it did in the Gorge in the 20's and 30's.
WAAAM has on our wish list for 2012 a 3rd museum display building dedicated exclusively to the automobiles. This will free up needed space in Museum Hangar 1 and 2. Not needing runway access it can be located on vacant land towards the street front of the museum. New auto related fundraising events will be developed to further this goal.
*Second Saturdays will continue. And the WAAAM camp for kids will be repeated with an adult WAAAM camp added.
*Model T Classes were a success & will be repeated in 2012.
*Our 1st Ever Car Event is in the planning stages. New Volunteers have stepped forward to chair the upcoming exibition. We will keep you posted when the date gets set. Want to help? e mail email@example.com
June 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of thde 1912 Silas Christofferson's Curtiss Pusher stunt -- flying it from the top of the Multnomah Hotel and landing at Pearson Airpark.
WAAAM will be supporting the Pearson Airpark Museum's commemorative celebration of this event in local aviation history. Details of this event will be posted in future newsletters. Stay tuned.