GCSFC Life Members
GCSFC Life Member - Lance Billman
Lance was one of the original members in the late 1990s. He contributed a lot of time into the development of the original airfield and subsequent moved to our new location. He enjoyed flying ultralights and was a true enthusiast and pioneer in the early days of Australian ultralight aviation. History reminds us that Lance passed away in a hot tub with a group of female backpackers.
GCSFC Life Member - Arthur Hill
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GCSFC Life Member - Roger Porter
Roger Porter and the Gold Coast Sports Flying Club are two names which seem to go hand-in-hand or side-by-side in the same sentence or conversation. Roger was one of the founding club members and has probably done more for the club than any other single person over the period from 1988 through to 2007.
Much of this time Roger served as either president or vice president until October 2007 when he decided to stand aside and let others take over the running and responsibility for the club. Rogers efforts over the years have really made this club what it is today and without his contribution we would not have the fantastic facility which is now available to members.
Since ‘retirement’ Roger now has more time to fly in his Glasstar aircraft and he still visits the club several times a week to oversee the activities.
Lloyd (left) presented with Life Membership by Roger Porter
GCSFC Life Member - Lloyd Salisbury
Lloyd was granted Honorary Membership in 2011. Lloyd was a foundation Member of the Club and was a very enthusiastic constructor of home built aircraft, both land based, and on water operations.
GCSFC Life Member - Ole Jenson
Ole joined GCSFC in 1993 and served on Committee from 1996. He was also very active in assisting the then Club President, Roger Porter in constructing the clubhouse. Ole was responsible for obtaining the land fill which raised the level of the airfield by about 1 metre.
GCSFC Life Member - Ray Allen
He helped with the construction of the airstrip using his own grader and roller. He widened drains and supplied and spread cracker dust around hangar sites.
Mike Smith (left) with Jan and Malcolm Aldred
GCSFC Life Member - Malcolm and Jan Aldred
Malcolm Aldred joined GCSFC in April 1996 as an Ordinary Member. In 1998 he became Club Secretary for two terms. In the year 2000 he resigned from the Secretary position as he wished to start construction of his own aircraft. Two years later he was appointed Club Magazine Editor. The following year he took on the position of Vice President. He remained in this position until 2008. During this time he was involved in negotiating with the Gold Coast City Council and other Government bodies regarding the permanent establishment of the Airfield. Two years later he was again elected Vice President and continued in that position with the other Committee Members who all remained committed to the task of seeing the Club’s legal situation resolved. He was then elected Club President and retired from the Committee the following year – 2016.
Jan Aldred was asked to be Club Secretary at a meeting at Southport Football Club, in 2003. She accepted this role and enjoyed Club activities. She took a break from this position for around 12 months, and was re-elected at a subsequent meeting and continued in this office for another 8 years, during which she endeavoured to compile a history of the Club from its very beginnings. In co-operation with a previous Treasurer she was able to produce a complete computerised record of Club Membership. As Secretary during the Legal proceedings she was responsible for the communication between the Club and its Legal Counsel and was therefore responsible for every document pertaining to the case and its outcome.