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   Florida Warbird Squadron 24 lAKELAND, FL




The 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.

Objectively, 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:

1.  The Calendar of Events has been met with wide-spread acclaim and will soon resume publication.

2.  Squadron communication will be reworked as a member benefit  to those who continue to support our existence through membership. 
3.  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.

The following individuals have proudly  volunteered to step up and continue Wabird Squadron 24.  It is essential that we have active Board members to continue operations.  Your new Board is as follows:

Doug Freeman - President
Matt Lazar - Vice President
Mike Daughtry - Secretary
Steve Ritzi - Treasurer
TBD - Membership
Gary Donovan - Board Member
Dennis O'Keefe - Board Member

Finally, 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 group.

Steve Ritzi has been a big help in managing the organization and will be communicating with the reduced membership list regarding the reconfiguration.

A 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)

MEETING DATES            




Doug Freeman, Commander/President
Matt Lazar, Vice President
Mike Daughtry, Secretary
Steve Ritzi, Treasurer
TBD, Membership

Board Members:
Dennis O'Keefe, Gary Donovan

**If you haven't sent in your dues for 2021, please do so ASAP.**
    Thank you.

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EAA Warbirds of America:  
Keep 'Em Flying!

Why do our members restore and fly ex-military aircraft? Why do our members go to great lengths to save one aircraft from extinction?

Quite simply, it's about the preservation of military aviation history and to tell a story. To see a warbird displayed in a museum brings a sense of wonder. But to experience the presence of a warbird with all of the senses is awe-inspiring. To touch it, to see it in flight, to experience flight, to hear the roar of the engine is nothing short of exhilarating.

That experience reminds us of the sacrifices made by veterans who flew these aircraft in combat in order for us to enjoy the freedoms  and these aircraft we take for granted today. Those freedoms are not without cost.

Doug Freeman