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      NW TRIBE, November Newsletter Excerpts:                                        From: Don Nelson, Tribe Chief, P.O. Box 754, Blaine WA, 98231.       email, Or,


      The Northwest tribe invites all Comanche pilots to its activities whether they belong to ICS or not. We are working to reform certain difficulties in the ICS. We send out the newsletter monthly and have a vigorous membership. The newsletter is free by e-mail and costs $15 a year by post. Some e-mail recipients ante the dues anyway and that is appreciated.

      Dues will be due again in December for 2003. Send dues to Don (address above) anytime now for 2003.



      Activity Schedule

      Christmas/winter 2002 Tribe Annual Meeting.
      The date for the Northwest Tribe Annual Christmas party is now Saturday, December 14, 2002.  6 PM. We have two back up plans. Plan B is to cancel if we don't get at least 20 people - to prevent the tribe's losing money. Plan C is to have it at Roger's if our house sale closes before that date. The cost is $30 per person.  Please confirm and send money by December first. There will be prime rib dinners, (pasta primavera for vegetarians), plus beer and wine. To confirm, send a message to John Trudel at or call him at 503-638-8644. Don't delay. Send your payment today to The Trudel Group 33470 Chinook Place, Scappoose, Ore. 97056, and mark the envelope "Comanche." There will be a Tribe business meeting and discussion of tribe by-laws, and a report from those who attended the Fall Board meeting on the status of RAMANOGOH project. For those who do not have a bed with a Portland area Comanche pilot (please ask) or choose to remain independent, the nearest good but not too expensive hotels are: Sweetbrier Inn, 503-692-5800, 4 miles N of Aurora Airport at the I 5 Tualatin turn off (exit #289) is the closest. Rooms are about $75, and breakfast is included. Greenwood Inn (off 217 at Allen in Beaverton, 503-643-7444, about $80), and Crowne Plaza 14811 Kruse Oaks Blvd., Lake Oswego 503-624-8400 (the one at 217 and I 5) are nice too.
      Many of you will not fly due to icy weather in mid December. If you do, call from Aurora airport (UAO) to John Trudel at 503-638-0380 and we'll pick you up. You can use the Columbia Aviation Club ramp. This is located immediately south of the Aurora Aviation ramp on the east side of the field. If you purchase fuel, there is no charge for overnight parking at Aurora Aviation. 503-678-1217.

      Here are directions for those who are driving - The address is 1011 SW Schaeffer Rd.  West Linn, Ore. 97068. Go to the junction of I 5 and I 205 south of Portland and go back one major intersection north up I 205. It is labeled Exit # 3 and called Stafford Road. (You can come down from the north on I 205 and get off at Exit # 3 also.) Turn South on Stafford Rd. Go about a half-mile. Turn South again (first major L turn) on SW Mountain Rd. It's about mile. Turn SE (first L turn) on Schaeffer Rd. It's about mile.

      The Trudel house is about a mile down Schaeffer. The first key landmark is the large, gated estate with a guardhouse and two stone lions on your left. That's our neighbor, one of the Saudi sheiks, but the entrance to our property is yet another mile. The second key landmark is to look for shiny white PVC (plastic) fences on BOTH sides of the road. When you see that, slow down. Turn L at the end of the fence, and that's our driveway. There should be a Hassen Real Estate sign that says "sale pending." There are five houses on the drive. Take another L at the end of the fence, and you are there. Come up past the barn and park anywhere you wish, but please stay on the pavement. Call 503-638-0380 or on 121.5 if you get lost. Dinner Committee: Trudel, Nelson, Springer & Smith.

      Next Year's Trips

      1. Macon, France. April 18-21. Sponsored by European tribe. Peter Fox is trip Chairman.   Several of us are planning to attend.

      2. Walla Walla Balloon Stampede, May 9-10-11, 2003. Martin Field ( S95 ). This is now on for a return engagement. Leader is Gordon & Arlene Smith.

      3. Alaska. June, 2003.  7 pilots at Roseburg said they would go. We may attract Comanche pilots from all over the map. Suggestions will be sought from some of our Alaska Comancheros, and Canadian members. Francis Sargeant will be the leader. You will really want a GPS up there.

      4. Redstone, Colo.    Karl Hipp and Judy Brin are hosting a flyin July 11, 12, & 13, 2003.
      Rich Bullock, new Mid-States Tribe Chief has bullied Karl & Judy into doing another of their famous flyins in the mountains.  It will be a joint NW, & MS affair, Judy tells us.

      5. Monument Valley and Goulding's Trading Post, First weekend in October, 2003.
        Located near 4 Corners in Utah. Leaders: Joan & Roger Smith. Very limited numbers.


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