January 18 2005
Just before Christmas, the 2004/05 new Board of Directors of the
Hanggliding and Paragliding Association met for the first time and
mandate and role of the BCHPA as a supporter of our sport in the
website will be updated in the very near future to reflect some
developments). And more information as well as input from pilots
province will be requested on the various forums.
As many of you know, over the last few years the BCHPA has accumulated
funds and our Board, with prior input from pilots at the recent
Meeting in Vancouver, determined that these funds should be made
to work for
the development of our sport and for the protection and maintenance
sites. It was also determined that wherever possible, the BCHPA
Clubs or groups of pilots or propose other financial arrangements,
in order to
sustain the financial resources and capacity of the BCHPA to assist
throughout the province for many years to come.
At the moment, the only annual income for the BCHPA are the membership
collected annually on the Association´s behalf by HPAC. Your
Board will look at
other avenues of enhancing our capacity without interfering with
efforts of individual clubs or groups.
More about some of this in future postings. At this time, however,
we want to
reconfirm some timelines for applications for financial support
from the BCHPA,
as outlined late last year.
FIRST 2005 SUBMISSION ROUND
- Site improvement, acquisition, maintenance
- Study of an issue of key importance to the sport in B.C.
(e.g. small but
credible environmental impact study of the actual impact of
hanggliding on the land this is a proposal from a pilot who
would like to see
credible documentation to assist in lobby efforts provincially
to have the ban on flying in parks lifted).
- Support of individual pilots to attend international competitions.
- executive summary
- statement of benefit to flying community locally and in British
- itemized budget including other sources of revenue to complete
- completion timetable
Regarding individual pilots requesting support, please include:
- summary of competition to be attended and personal standing
- statement of personal contribution to flying community (e.g.
volunteer, service to a club or on a club board, volunteer at
(Please note that projects can not be funded retroactively).
Deadline for submissions:
January 31, 2005 Letter of intent to submit
March 31, 2005 Completed proposal
(A second round will be held in
summer/fall to be announced later)
This redirection of the BCHPA is intended to support our sport where
support is needed now in 2005 and in the future. It is a work in
we hope you will e-mail any of the Directors to let us have your
with a local club, it is only as strong as the membership make it.
On behalf of Peter Bowle-Evans for Golden& North, Jane Hunt
for Okanagan, Rob
Samplonius for Fraser Valley, Amir Izadi for Vancouver Island and
Nance for Vancouver/Pemberton, we look forward to working with clubs
to strengthen our sport in the province and hope for your ongoing