Member Adventures

 PLRC members have large hearts. They also have large personalities. This segment of our club's history thus presents some of their   extraordinary adventures, beyond the four corners of the club's direct mission. Here, one can now savor some intriguing features of   their lives outside of Rotary. 
 
Dave Leedom
Dave is a private airplane pilot and builder. His blue biplane is a 1931 Waco RNF. "Waco" is the  
original brand/manufacturer. "RNF" is the model. 
The Waco Aircraft Company was an aircraft manufacturer located in Troy, Ohio. Between 1920 and 1947 the company produced a wide range of civilian bi- planes. The company initially started under the name Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio but changed its name to the Waco Aircraft Company in 1929. Dave inherited the plane from his next door neighbor. It is pictured here, flying east of Lakeside over El Capitan Lake.                                                       Photos by Clark Kent                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  Dave also owns a one-off called a “DAL01,” meaning Dave A. Leedom’s first “original.” He co-owns   it with   his hanger mate (i.e., they are the manufacturers). They cobbled it together, using some existing   
 parts, while manufacturing the rest. It is pictured here, over Guejito Rancho north of Ramona Air-
 port.

 And then there's the third plane in Captain Leedom's fleet: A Piper J-3 "cub" made in 1945. It was acquired as a   "basket case" restoration project. As Dave says: "It looks good from a distance, but was a rusted hunk of non-flying   steel. One hopes that its pieces will all go back together to fly again." 
These two photos show Dave and co-pilot Cheryl Leedom.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                      

Alan Brown
 Mitch's popular restaurant is located on San Diego Bay, in Point Loma's historic fishing neighborhood. There, you can see this dashing   diver, pictured just inside the entrance. He is our very own Alan Brown−who you would no doubt immediately recognize.
 
 Various Rotary clubs periodically inject a “Who Am I?” segment into their weekly meetings. This articulation   provides the opportunity to learn more about the interesting history that fellow members have amassed out-   side of Rotary. This is a cog in our Rotary wheel that brings our membership story to life. It shows Rotarians   as the people of action we are. Telling these short stories, in this meaningful way, builds the club’s under-   standing of who we are, and what we do. It highlights the impact we’ve   make in our communities and   around the world.

 Alan's 
following video is back by popular demand, after its 2022 PLRC debut. It offers insight into the extra-   ordinary exploits of PLRC Member Alan Brown. Rather than attempting to paraphrase it, one video is worth far more than a thousand words. Click here (then click "Open file).  
 
 Peter Phillips
 The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing) is the national governing body for sailing in the United States. Founded in 1897 and   headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials; supports a   wide range of sailing organizations and communities; issues offshore rating certificates; and provides administration and oversight of   competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. 

 US Sailing is responsible for selection and training of the US Sailing Team representing the United States in the Olympic Games. Chall-   enged Sailors San Diego has an associated fleet of eight Martin 16, and one SKUD 18, sailboats. Thery are specifically designed for        adaptive sailing. The Challenged Sailors' facilities are accessible and equipped with a lift for transferring sailors from wheelchairs into   the boat.

 Challenged Sailors San Diego, Inc. was founded in 2014. It was awarded the 2022
 "Robie Pierce Award," at the   US Sailing Association’s Leadership Forum held in St. 
 Pete Beach, Florida. Its Robie Pierce Award recognizes an   outstanding program for
 sailors with disabilities. It is given annually to an organization that has made not-  able contributions to promote public access sailing for sailors with disabilities. For-   mer PLRC member Peter Phillips, pictured left, is the Challenged Sailors President. 

 
 Receiving this award distinguishes Challenged Sailors San Diego among all of the great organizations providing
 access to sailors with disabilities in the United States. It recognizes the volunteers and donors who have given  their time and their resources to help develop our adaptive sailing program over the years since it was found-   ed in 2014. For more information on Challenged Sailors visit   its website.
   
 
Frank White
 Frank is a Military Sensing Symposia (MSS) Fellow. In 2022, he received the Lifetime Achievement award   which reads: “for Outstanding Contributions to the Military Sensing Profession.” Frank was a Navy Sound   Surveillance System Officer doing undersea surveillance. He finished up his active duty at the Commander   Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces Pacific, working closely with the country’s Submarine Force. Frank left the   Navy as an acoustic and intelligence analyst. Because of this background, he was hired by San Diego’s   Naval Undersea Center.
 
 The Military Services created the Joint Directors of Laboratories (JDL) in 1982, to implement collaborative   research and development initiatives in response to a Defense Science Board report. Because of his novel research, Frank was put on   the JDL Data Fusion Sub-panel (DFS) in 1984. He chaired the DFS for the next 20 years. There is now a thriving National and   International Information Fusion Community, which evolved from the creation of the DFS. Frank was pressured to document the JDL   history, which he accomplished this past year. Click here, for the resulting paper─submitted as Frank says “with my apologies for the   necessary jargon.”