Each year at OSHKOSH AirVenture two volunteers are selected who best exemplify the hard-working spirit of Vintage Volunteers. One volunteer is selected as Flight Line Volunteer, representing our largest and most visible volunteer group. One other volunteer is selected as Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer, representing all of the additional service areas provided by Vintage.
This award was started on our Flight Line by Art Morgan, long-time board member and Flight Line Chairman at Oshkosh. Upon Art’s death this award was renamed in his honor and his Oshkosh call-sign, Antique 1, was retired.
Chris Haeffner from St. Peters, Missouri is this year’s Flight Line Volunteer of the Year. Chris has been volunteering with Vintage for 13 years, beginning as an airplane parker.
Most of you won’t see Chris during convention week. For the past several years Chris has been a point manager at Point Fondy. Vintage operates four taxiway point buildings; Antique Point at show center, and then moving south in order we have Classic Point on the OPS taxiway, Point McGoo, and finally way down south Point Fondy (humorously named because pilots think they have been taxied to Fond du Lac).
Chris and his wife Cheryl are a Vintage Volunteer family team. Chris usually takes morning shifts and then is relieved by Cheryl so that they both can spend quality time with their children during convention week.
Mary Knutson from Lodi, WI is this year’s Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer of the year. Mary, who has volunteered with Vintage for 8 years, is also part of a dedicated Vintage Volunteer family. Her husband Dan is a long-term volunteer, serving as a Vintage board member and currently treasurer of the association.
This spring Mary stepped forward and accepted chairmanship of our Red Barn Store. On many spring weekends, as our maintenance team was giving the Red Barn Store a physical makeover, Mary and Dan spent numerous weekend hours ordering, planning, stocking, and displaying our new merchandise in the beautiful new store. Mary brings her years of professional apparel experience to our new store which was highly successful during OSHKOSH 2014.