Procrastinators are alibi experts.  “Being too wrapped up in arranging AeroKnow Museum (AKM) at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport” since the papers arrived from the Illinois Secretary of State last November is my best alibi for not having updated and FILED them until March 30, 2011. It’s also the truth.

The closest I came until yesterday was about a month ago when I personally visited the Secretary of State Corporate Division offices at the Michael J. Howlett Building that borders the Illinois State Capitol on the south side. I was there to plead for mercy, believing AeroKnow was days away from being officially disestablished as a 501(c)3 corporation in this great state. Truth is it was. But happily I had more days to file than I had anticipated.

My wheels didn’t REALLY begin to roll until Monday the 28th.  I needed a board and three directors. I had engaged promises from one more than I needed (which I intended to keep in my back pocket in case someone changed his mind), but I didn’t have everyone’s residential addresses. Since I see both gents I most recently had engaged almost every week where AKM, I anticipated no prob getting that information. WRONG. It was no prob to call one,who gladly provided a home mailing address, but the other I usually see every day was out-of-town until FRIDAY I was told. So I emailed him. And waited.

And waited. Happily I found a friend willing to serve as (interim) in case the fellow who had promised had changed his mind; thus explaining the non-reply over two days: my part-time-employer.

Thanks to a  donation received over the weekend from my new friend Arthur F. Humphrey, III of Florida which raised the AeroKnow bank account total from $7.38 to $107.38, I was able to deliver the completed form to the Secretary of State’s office at 8:09 am Wednesday, pay the late filing fee and remain in officialdom’s good grace for another year. I was told it would take seven to ten days to process AeroKnow’s form, so give another week before you check via their website to confirm we are officially official.

The officers for AeroKnow for 2011 are Job Conger, President (no big surprise there I hope); H. Jay Bruninga, MD, Secretary and George Jaworski Treasurer.  Directors are  Cheryl Pence, Timothy J. Sheehan and Colin Tabb.  The updated info will be posted at our website as soon as my web-maintenance Dell computer comes back from Best Buy’s repair service for the THIRD TIME DURING THE ONE-YEAR WARRANTY PERIOD.

— an aside: I have determined NOT to spend more than the $130 I am forced to pay to get this computer fixed even though it is under warranty until MAY. A friend told me to blame it on the fact Dell is now manufactured in China. Having no computer for a total time of almost a month since the first trip to the repair shop in January stinks. If you have a preference for a computer brand you feel is a better investment than Dell, please share your recommendation in a comment. Better yet, donate a new computer that’s not a Dell, so I can use my significantly faulty electric box in the mission for which it was clearly intended; ballast for my canoe.

Clear skies and happy landings!

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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