Vic & Bernie Walton
In spring of 1987 Vic and Bernie Walton of Ansonia, Connecticut decided to form a kite club. An inquiry to the American Kitefliers Association resulted in a list of AKA members in Connecticut. Letters of invitations to a brunch at the Walton's was sent for the purpose of organizing a club. Of those who attended about 25 became "charter members." The original name was,This article was provided by ConnectiKITER Peggy Burnett.
At the suggestion of Paul Denice of Derby, this rather laborious name was abbreviated to the tongue (in-cheek) twister-ConnectiKITERS. An early description of the club was published in part as follows:"The Society For The Preservation, Enhancement and Encouragement of Tethered Flight In the Housatonic Valley of Connecticut and Environs".
Soon, Ray and Lynn Lucas came up with the logo and suggested our motto: "Just for the Fun of It!" as well as our use of yellow as the club color of distinction. Communication and active involvement during the first year was at a high level. A rough and informative newsletter went out every 2 or 3 weeks and the phone line buzzed with club activity."ConnectiKITERS is an unofficial, intentionally disorganized group of people who, as demonstrated by their membership in AKA have a passion for kiting in one or another of all of its aspects...and who see an advantage in meeting, flying kites, socializing and fostering involvement in the fun of flying kites."
Although the evolution of the club has brought several changes, including affiliation as a local chapter of the American Kitefliers Association, the basic nature of the club is still true to its motto: "Just for the Fun of It!", and we have been able to preserve a basic non-competitive, non-commercial family oriented approach to local club activities. While we have many active and talented sport kite enthusiasts, single line flyers more than share the fields and most members are equally comfortable with either type of kite.