Samaritan Aviation January Newsletter 2017

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USA Board Retreat in Phoenix, AZ!

Early on December 1st, individuals from every sector (psychology, medicine, agriculture, media, aviation, construction, real estate, education, and religious organizations) gathered together to discuss the exciting future of Samaritan Aviation. Advisory Board members flew in from around the United States to weigh in on some of the most pressing needs and encouraging opportunities that the organization is faced with. The morning began with a touching presentation from President Mark Palm, who expressed his passion for the people of Papua New Guinea as well as his hopes for the future of Samaritan Aviation.

An especially moving part of the morning's agenda included the presentation of a donated ultrasound machine from Jordan Clinkenbeard, President of Clearer Imaging, LLC.

Throughout the day, Advisory Board members met in specialized groups to talk about everything from community outreach and empowerment programs to registration procedures and continuing upkeep of our floatplanes. It was truly an encouraging sight to see so many of the people who donate time and expertise year-round to our mission.

Our Top 10 Highlights for 2016

1. Our second floatplane arrived and is in service

2. The Williamsons (new pilot family) arrived in Papua New Guinea

3. Two medical containers were shipped to Wewak

4. Two Leadership/Discipleship conferences were held

5. Our story was told in two national magazines (People & Surfer Magazine) - click here to view the video released by Surfer Magazine of their time in Papua New Guinea

6. Medical team from USA went to Sepik river villages

7. New office established in Mesa, AZ

8. New data base tracking flights, patients, and medical supplies was launched

9. Danielle McGrath was hired to assist in the US offices

10. Advisory Board & Board retreat was held in December 2016

A big thanks to Gina Dardis, our Donor Relations Manager, for all her hard work for Samaritan over the last 15 years!

(Above) Gina Dardis receiving a gift and card for 15 years of service; (Left) Board Chairman Joey Burns welcoming everyone to the retreat; (Right) Advisory Board member Pat Clowes walking us through a Samaritan Aviation SWOT analysis

Samaritan Aviation would like to thank Jordan Clinkenbeard, President of Clearer Imaging, LLC, for donating a portable ultrasound machine to assist in the life-saving efforts taking place in Papua New Guinea. Not only will this be the first ultrasound machine used in the Boram hospital, but it will also travel with us up the Sepik River to assist with pregnancy complication life flights.

Jordan Clinkenbeard (middle), presenting the ultrasound machine to President Mark Palm (left) and Board member Dr. Dan Cranston (right)
2017 is a great year to join Samaritan Aviation in our mission! Your gifts, however large or small, will help us reach these necessary goals!

Our current needs as we kick off the new year include:

$350,000 for a hangar ($100,000 has been pledged)

$350,000 for another floatplane to replace our first

$75,000 for Fuel for Life

$50,000 for housing renovations

$7,500 additional monthly support


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