[ The Tom Turner Spirit Award ]
BASKL Board of Directors
|Office||Name <e-mail>||Term Expires|
| President:||John Gillespie||2020|
| Vice President:||Mark Quirmbach||2019|
| Secretary:||Brian Setterberg||2019|
| Treasurer:||Aaron Champie||2019|
| Planning:||Susan Skinner||2020|
| Chief Judge:||Susan Skinner||2020|
| Rules and Scoring:||TBD|| |
| Festivals:||Steve Lewis||2020|
| Field Setup:||Mark Quirmbach||2019|
| Promotions:||David Bernstein||2020|
| Master of Sound:||TBD|| |
Webmaster: Chuck Sigal
"This special award is presented to an individual who unselfishly shares the joy of flying with others."
Tom was a man with spirit. When you met this man you knew right away that he would have an impact on your life, he just had that way about him. A brief encounter with Tom was all you needed to know that you had just met someone very special and would want him as a friend. He was fun to be with, a happy guy, someone you could share your failures and successes with. Tom was a kite flier; he loved the sport for the fun, for the people and for the new challenges that came with it. On or off the flying field Tom was a person who gave of himself, not wanting anything in return. Truly a person missed by everyone who knew him. Tom passed away on July 4th, 1996 on the kite field at a local Bay Area festival doing what he loved best, flying kites.
Chuck is the guy behind the scenes, he produced the first scoring program for kite events, (one that most US events now use) then modified it for league use. Chuck is also the guy that designed and maintains the AKA web site AND put the new monthly raffle program together. He has been involved with BASKL since its inception holding most all board positions including president for two terms. Chuck can always be found at the computer inside the tents at local and some National events keeping everything running smoothly.
Chuck is currently AKA vice president with all the jobs and time donations that comes with that job.
The Tom Turner Award is a big Thank you from the members of BASKL…
J.R. is world famous for his kids kite making classes.
J.R. has been conducting kite making for kids for longer than I know, something like 15 year, he works tirelessly all day long at festivals across the country often volunteering his time.
J.R. is also known for spontaneously crafting a kite from materials available in a banquet room and donating the kite to the events raffle.
J.R. is receiving this award for putting his thousands of kites in the hands of happy children and for being one of those great guys of kiting.