Daniel Majka, EAA Lifetime 90726
Dan, who lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois,
has been a chemistry teacher for 38 years and
helped start KidVenture at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh in 1999; he has been chairman of
that area ever since. He was a NASA Teacher
in Space shuttle candidate and a member of
EAA’s Science, Math, and Technology Blue
Ribbon Panel and Teacher Advisory Panel. He
was awarded EAA’s President’s Award for his work with chapters
and youth education.
Dan is a member of EAA’s First Wing, Founders’ Wing, President’s
Circle, and Eagle Squadron and is a presenter at the EAA Chapter
Leadership Academy. He is currently a member of chapters 43, 101,
153, 252, 526, and 1414 and is a member of EAA’s Speakers Bureau, in
addition to being an aircraft judge at local fly-ins, a presenter at FAA
safety programs, and a Young Eagles pilot with more than 100 Young
Eagles flights in powered aircraft and gliders.
Kent Misegades, EAA 520919
Kent has worked in Europe and the United
States for more than 30 years as an engineer,
manager, president, and owner of businesses
in the aerospace, defense, computer, and
nuclear power industries. Since 2009 he has
been president of EAA Chapter 1114 in Apex,
North Carolina. A pilot since 1973, Kent is
a participant in EAA’s Speakers Bureau, a
contributor to EAA publications, and co-author of the GAFuels
blog at General Aviation News.
Kent’s first aviation job was pumping aviation fuel at Kentucky
Flying Service in Louisville, Kentucky, at age 15. Recently, Kent
founded the Aviation Fuel Club, an effort to lower the cost of
sport aviation through the promotion of ethanol-free autogas. He
has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn
University and a master’s in applied aerodynamics from the Von
Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium.
Don Taylor, EAA 48114
Don is a consultant and currently works part-
time for Eclipse Aviation Corporation. Prior
to retiring, he served for seven years as vice
president of flight operations, safety, and training
at Eclipse. A pilot since age 16, Don served two
years of active duty in the Iowa Air National
Guard and two years as a civilian contract
instructor for the U.S. Air Force. He later joined
Co-founder of the International Aerobatic Club, Don was founder
and first president of the U.S. Aerobatic Foundation; he was a member
of the U.S. Aerobatic Team and organized and ran the first World
Aerobatic Championships held in the United States at Oshkosh in
1980. He was chief judge at the 1992 World Aerobatic Championships
and was inducted into the International Aerobatic Hall of Fame in
2003. Awards include the EAA President’s Award, IAC President’s
Award, and Rolly Cole Memorial Award.
Don lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and flies an Eclipse 500
aircraft, the L- 39 upset trainer, and an MU- 2 turboprop.
Kermit Weeks, EAA Lifetime 52310
Kermit learned to fly as a teenager and began
construction of his first homebuilt at age 17,
finishing and flying the plane four years later.
He began flying in aerobatic competitions in
1973 at age 20 while pursuing an aeronautical
engineering degree at Miami-Dade Junior
College, the University of Florida, and Purdue
University. After building the Weeks Special,
In 1985, Kermit began operating the Weeks Air Museum, a
nonprofit facility that houses much of his private collection and
other antique aircraft. He also developed an aviation-themed
attraction called Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.
THE BEST WAY FOR ANY EAA member to vote for the organization’s
directors, or make your voice heard on other issues, is by attending the
annual membership meeting held each year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
While attendance in person is not practical for many people, all EAA
members are entitled to vote at the annual membership meeting, whether
they are present in person or not. If a member is unable to be present,
he/she may instead vote by proxy. A proxy is nothing more than the
appointment of someone else (the proxy holder) to vote at the meeting on
behalf of the member.
Keep in mind that a proxy is not the equivalent of a mail ballot, which
a member can merely mail to the organization as the member’s vote.
Instead, as a matter of Wisconsin state law, the member is required to
deliver or mail the proxy to the holder (or to someone acting on behalf of
the holder). The proxy holder then casts the member’s vote at the meeting.
The “official” proxy EAA sends to each member designates Tom
Poberezny, Eric Gurley, and Louis Andrew as holders. If these proxy holders
are suitable to the voting member, the proxy should be signed and mailed
back to EAA. If you wish another person to serve as your proxy, your form
should be mailed or delivered to that person(s), so he/she may submit it.
EAA is not legally required nor practically able to assume the responsibility
for assuring that proxy forms that name other persons as holders are
separated and delivered to those named holders.
If you have any further questions regarding the proxy system, please
contact EAA headquarters.