March 17, 2013 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Welcome to the web site of the Valencia Flying and Retrieval Society (VFRS).
A big “Thank You” goes out to all of the pilots, crew, sponsors, and members of the VFRS, the Belen City Council, Department of Parks and Recreation for making the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rallye a resounding success! It can’t happen without everyone’s support. Special recognition goes to our local sponsors who gave generously in spite of challenging economic times: City of Belen, State Employee’s Credit Union, New Mexico State Senator Michael P. Sanchez, Wells Fargo Bank, Financial Network, The Lupton Family, CEMCO Inc., the Valencia County News-Bulletin, and Mike Vallejos of High Desert Industrial Supply and Cross-Country Propane. We thank the Mayor of Belen, Rudy Jaramillo, Executive Director of the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce, Rhona Espinoza, and President of the GBCC, Jill Hise plus the Members of the GBCC for their assistance in generating local and commercial support for this Rallye. Big thanks go out to the members of the VFRS and their families who worked tirelessly to generate support ahead of the rallye and whose efforts on the balloon field on rallye day made all the processes and procedures flow smoothly: Don Boyer-Balloonmeister and Safety Officer, Grant Crawford-Coordinator, Connie Boyer-Shirt Sales, Kathy McCord and Ken “Fergie” Ferguson-Volunteer Check-in and Coordinator, Don Boyer & Peaches Crawford-Pilot Check-in, Cheryl Ryder-General Gofer and Ride Drawing Coordinator. Many thanks to Rick Schmidt for obtaining the Home Depot pilot bags, to Kathy McCord for the Wells Fargo Bank cash sponsorship, to Grant Crawford, Cheryl Ryder, and especially to Don Boyer for donating some of the nice pilot pack items. Extra Special Thanks to Don Boyer for the T-Shirt and Poster Design and for overseeing the making of the T-Shirts by Mountain Top Tee’s of Albuquerque. More thanks go out to Kathy McCord for contacting and arranging for the residents and staff of the Boys and Girls Ranch of Belen to come out and crew for our special shapes, and to Grant Crawford for contacting and arranging for the cadets of the Civil Air Patrol to do likewise. It was great to have young people get involved and helping out! And most importantly, thanks to all of the pilots and their crews for coming down to Belen and being the stars of this rallye! In particular we thank all of the Special Shape balloon owners that waived their normal fees to make an appearance: “Smokey Bear”, “Old Lady in the Shoe”, “Paddy Shamrock”, “Lady Jester”, “Bumpy”, and “1 Down, 8 to Go!”
Check out the Photo Gallery for pictures from this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rallye. If you have photos you’d like to have posted, please email them (with caption info) to: Webmaster@vfrsballoonclub.org
Remember that VFRS accepts memberships from balloon pilots, crew members, and anyone who is interested in the sport of hot air ballooning. Annual membership fee for an individual is still only $15, and is a mere $25 for an entire family.
For more information or if you have any questions, please email Webmaster@vfrsballoonclub.org.