Galvi, Nelson honored by
Al Galvi Vern Nelson
living founding members of the
Vern Nelson and Al Galvi received plaques recognizing their years of service since helping launch the club in 1996. The two other founding members, Elton Dyal and Sam Doria, have passed away.
Galvi penned a number of articles for the Spash back in 1995, each including a photo of an
airplane. One article suggested the possibility of forming an
aviation-related organization for
“Early meetings were very informal, generally consisting of flying enthusiasts sitting around a table telling war stories about their flying experiences,” Galvi recalls. “Occasionally, a hat would be passed for donations to support the club’s expenses, but that was about to change.”
With his corporate background, Nelson introduced many ideas that gave structure and strength to the club. A newsletter was added, by-laws, policies and procedures were developed. Annual dues were established and officers were elected. Monthly gatherings were added with guest speakers on a wide range of aviation-related topics.
Nelson was also instrumental in developing a twice-monthly update available to members electronically. He gleaned the internet for aviation-related articles and happenings from around the country for distribution in his much-anticipated update. This feature was extremely well-received by club members.
Little by little, thanks to the leadership provided by Galvi
and Nelson, SLAC evolved from an informal
gathering of aviation buffs into an official
Additional information on
the club is available from Bob Walch at 895-8869 or