President Steve Stauffer rang the bell at 8:00
Brian Goode offered the prayer and led the Pledge to the Flag
 
Announcements:
Raffle - it appears that we are going to make more $ than last year - possibly about $1,000 more.  Thank you Lynn King and Kristin Keller for all your hard work.
 
John Farrenkopf announced that the bus would leave from the High School Field House at 5:00 the Saturday, November 10th for Harold's Country Club.  23 have signed up and there is room for a few more.  Contact John if you would like to be included.
November 20 we will deliver Holiday Baskets (from Piggly Wiggly).  A social will be held afterward at Lagerhead
December 9th is the Holiday Party
 
Membership - Josh Gruber will be inducted next week
 
Bev James reported that the first meeting of the EarlyAct, which is just starting up, will be next Tuesday.  They are looking for program ideas.  They are thinking of doing something with meditation - know anyone who teaches that?  Also considering doing a "Buddy Bench" 
 
Sergeant at Arms, Alicia Powell introduced visitors: Stephanie Eichenberry, guest of John Cunningham; Tim Henderson, guest of Tim Ridge
 
Speaker
President Steve introduced the speaker, Al Wright from Gulfstream.
photo credit Barry Davis
Gulfstream was started in 1932 in New York. They built airplanes for the US Navy and continued to do so through World War II.  They built the first purpose-built business aircraft which made its first flight in 1958.  It had a range of 2.540 nautical miles and the cabin accommodated up to 12 passengers.  In 1968 Gulstream GII becomes the first business jet to cross the Atlantic Ocean nonstop.  In 1967 production moved to Savannah Georgia and became Gulfstream's permanent home. They are the leading manufacturer of the world's most advanced business aircraft.   It now has 12 locations on 4 continents.   Al Wright is the last of the original 100 employees.  Currently they employ approximately 16,000 and about 30%  are veterans.  Since 1999 they are a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.  Gulfstream's economic impact in Georgia is $1.3 billion  
The current product line goes from a G280 (which is the only one that is not built in Savannah - it is built in Israel) to a G650 Extended Range - prices varying from $25 million to $65-75 million.  The G650 Extended Range has flown around the world with only refueling once! The company is unsurpassed in its technology, using simulators, training and the test center to insure safety and quality.  One of the fastest areas of growth is the customer support and service areas.  4,700 people work in support, providing customers with 24/7 support.  If a customer is having a problem, depending on location a mechanic with parts needed will be flown to the location to make the repair.  There is also a huge support truck which travels to major events (like the Super Bowl, Masters, Las Vegas, etc.), to be at the ready if any Gulfstream customers require service or support.  
 
Gulfstream is also involved in community service, supporting many non-profits and charities, like a KaBoom playground at the Salvation Army, a unique Habitat house for a veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan, the Red Cross, Savannah, and since 2006 has donated $2 million to United Way.  They also hold a Military luncheon which is attended by 3,000.  
 
Right now there are not enough pilots or mechanics because high schools do not emphasize nor develop the skills needed for those jobs, so Gulfstream  encourages those types of careers by Workforce Development Partnership, providing Educational Tours, Mentorship - Jr. Achievement, Youth Apprentice Program and Leadership skills (9 - 12 grade).  GA Technical Schools have a free grant for those who want to pursue an career in aeronautics.  There are more jobs than people.
 
Below are some pictures of the inside of a G500 which was taken last Friday night at the Concours "Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala".  You can see the four computer screens and "joystick" that Mr. Wright mentioned in his talk.  Thanks, Bernie Riedel for the photos.
photo credit Bernie Riedel