BASE LOCATION HAS MOVED FROM
PUNTA GORDA (PGD) TO LAKELAND (LAL)
time has come to address the future of the Squadron. Over the
last few years we have seen a dramatic reduction in members who
actively support the Squadron and our activities. The COVID-19
pandemic only made the situation more dire.
we have to accept that we are an aging community. To remain
viable, active Squadron members must pull together in all of our
Warbird efforts and commit itself to supporting our fly-in, fund
raising and outreach activities.This
is an outstanding group of individuals consisting of Warbird
owners, operators, pilots, ground personnel and enthusiasts. As a
statewide organization one of our greatest challenges is maintaining
the connections that define us as Florida’s Warbird
community. To better serve the Squadron membership and keep our
community connected, we will implement the following measures:
The Calendar of Events has been met with wide-spread acclaim and
will soon resume publication.
Squadron communication will be reworked as a member benefit
to those who continue to support our existence through
To encourage greater event participation, we are moving the
Squadron Headquarters to the centrally located Warbirds of America
Building on the Sun ‘n Fun Campus in Lakeland. We
will also suspend monthly meetings and, to make our gatherings more
valuable, either adopt quarterly meetings or, alternatively, sponsor
meetings that are combined with fly-in events/cookouts.
Lynn and I have commitments beyond the Squadron and frankly, we are
exhausted after so many years at the helm. My current duties as
Warbirds of America National President require my attention. We
believe in the Squadron, its mission, and will continue to support and
participate as often as we can but will no longer carry the mantle.
We have enjoyed being a part of this vibrant and enthusiastic
Ritzi has been a big help in managing the organization and will be
communicating with the reduced membership list regarding the
big thank you to all of you that have paid their dues and been
supportive over the long haul. You are what keeps us connected.
Jim "Zack" Olzacki, President (former)