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Jan 2017 Update


We, your officers, have just completed closing the financial books for 2016 with the bottom line being the club incurring $500+ more costs than income. The major reason for this is higher electrical and lease costs imposed by the City of Richland (Note: Irrigation water, electricity, and field maintenance are the primary costs sources), and some of our income producing events performed at a significant lower income than projected resulting.

To help resolve this deficit issue we only have two choices which are, to have more income producing events and/or increase membership dues. Our membership participation to support events has been very limited in the recent past and those members that do support income producing events cannot be asked to do more (although I will keep looking for opportunities that do no require significant membership support). Our field maintenance team does a tremendous job and spends countless hours keeping our field magnificent.

Doug and I conducted a survey of dues charged by other regional radio control model aviation clubs with TCRCM being significantly lower than most. The increase in dues is the only solution to keep TCRCM financially solvent. Your club officers requests that you, the membership, support the following change in dues for 2017:

  • Delete the Senior membership special rate, with all adult members now classified as "General Members" with a rate of $75 per year.
  • Increase the family rate to $100 per year.

Also, in the near-term I will draft a revision to the TCRCM By-Laws to submit to our Board of Directors to formalize the above. The By-Laws were prepared decades before club had to pay for irrigation water and electricity that was imposed by the City of Richland in 2012.

I do want to apologize for this very late notice to the membership for such an important change and do request your support and understanding.


Bill Bowen
TCRCM President

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Nov Update


I would like to welcome new members Rob Skiba, Mike Hubbell, and John Hubbe to our TCRCM club. Rob Skiba is a good friend of Brett's and flies both fixed wing and helicopters. He has many years of modeling experience and like the rest of us enjoys model aviation.

Mike Hubbell and John Hubbe are both from PNNL and part of the UAV technology development program(s) at PNNL. They will be flying 1-2 meter fixed wing models with all kinds of miniature electronics for control stability, navigation, and who knows what else. Mike has a background in model aviation and will be working to improve their fixed wing models and develop their electronic packages as necessary.

Please welcome these new members as I know we will all enjoy getting to know them and appreciate their interest in model aviation.

Just a few more items of interest to you all. Doug Larson secured and drained the water from all of our domestic water spigots and irrigation yesterday in preparation for the upcoming winter weather. The irrigation guns have been turned off and the irrigation water to the ORV park has also been shut down.

Ray Coffman informed me that the HRMC has finished their event schedule for the year and he will likely reduce the number of days per week when it will be open for general use. We will have to watch to make sure that if the 240 access gate is closed on normal use days that we close it when we go through. I do not have a schedule from Ray yet but when I do I will pass it on to all of you. Red Dot Paint Ball will keep operations going through the winter as they have in prior years.

Our next club meeting will be at Casa Mia's in Richland again on Wednesday November 19, 2016. This will be our last meeting of the calendar year. I will be on a Panama Canal cruise with my wife that week and Doug Larson will conduct the meeting. We are currently planning for our annual banquet to be at the new Sterlings Restaurant on George Washington Way in Richland on January 14, 2017. Doug will confirm this at the meeting.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather.


Bill Bowen

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Flying Site Safety and Security Guidelines Issued 2016

To be in compliance with AMA requirements, the club has updated our "Flying Site Safety and Security Guidelines" document. All members should review these guidelines.

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Join or renew your membership in the Tri-Cities R/C Modelers.

    The club membership categories and annual dues are:

  • Individual ($75 per year)
  • Junior- must be a full time student and under the age of 24. ($37.50 per year)
  • Family- two or more immediate family members living in the same household ($90 per year)
  • Emeritus- must be 60 or older and have been a club member for at least 5 years. Emeritus are not entitled to fly at the field. No dues.

There are three ways to join or renew:

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Welcome To The Tri-City R/C Modelers

Welcome to the Tri-Cities R/C Modelers (TCRCM) website. TCRCM is an organization for individuals interested in radio controlled model aviation. The club is located in the Tri-City area of southeastern Washington State. The TCRCM operates a premier r/c model aviation flying site at the Richland, WA off-road-vehicle site for its members, new student pilots, and invited guests. The number of paid-up members varies between 40 and 60 per year.

Club business is conducted in monthly meetings open to all members and guests. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM, except December and January. Meetings are currently held at Rosy's Diner, 404 Bradley Blvd, Richland, WA. Business issues between meetings are handled by an Executive committee. For general information on the club, please click the "ABOUT" on the main menu above. The "Info" tab above has specific information concerning ongoing events club business. See below and click "read more" below for information on use of this website.

The main menu is in the upper right corner.
Info-- contains the bulk of information on what's happening with Tri-City R/C Modelers. It has special announcements, the President's Corner, meeting minutes, events schedule and event reports, and a variety of articles about a variety of r/c subjects.
Calendar--provides a calendar view of club and other events of interest.
Forums-- a typeical forum-based area where subjects can be broached and others can comment.
Photo Gallery-- an area where members can contribute photos to the galleries for viewing by all.
Weather-- a page of weather information for the area and site.
About-- a page providing an overview and history of Tri-City R/C Modelers.
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2017 Event List

Tri-Cities R/C Modelers 2017 Planned Events

  • January 1, 2017 Polar Bear Fun-Fly (at the flying field)CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
  • January 14, 2017 Annual Club Banquet-- Sterling's Restaurant at Queensgate
  • April 8, 2017 (Tentative) Easter Egg Drop
  • Late April, 2017(Tentative) IMAC Contest
  • May 26-28, 2017 Spring Pattern {Precision Aerobatics} Opener Contest
  • June TBD, 2017 (Tentative) Dog Agility Trials (note 1)
  • July TBD, 2017 Tri-Cities ARC Children Fun Day at the Field (note 2)
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