We are a lovely bunch, no doubt about it. Thanks to Donna, who works at Kickapoo Airport, for taking the picture. Here we are discussing next year's events, which include the BBQ Fundraiser, the Ninety-Nines Let's Fly Now program, and the Girl Scouts Aerospace program. Our very next event will be a Christmas gathering at Fox Hill restaurant on December 10th. Left to right, Mary Latimer, our indomitable president; Harriet Smith; me, your humble blogger; Kimberly Jackson, newly-elected treasurer; and LaVena Wilson, in whose hangar we will host the Girl Scouts.
Savannah and Sierra (both Wichita Falls 33s) and Monica (Wichita Falls Chapter), pose with the young women who flew in the chapter's first Let's Fly Now program at Kickapoo Airport, October 28th, 2018. Sheena Medsger and Jade McMinn (Wichita Falls Chapter) and Cheryl Mora (Houston Chapter) served as pilots for the event..
Our sleepy chapter, of all things, recently hosted the South Central Section Fall Conference. It was a large undertaking for a chapter with so few members. It became a special evening during which we awarded a Wright Brothers Award and listened to a young pilot in training to become an astronaut. As Mary, chapter president, put it, we experienced in one evening fifty years of the past and fifty years in the future.
Yayu Monica Hew joined our chapter recently, and was then asked by Mary Latimer to serve as the guest lecturer at the Conference. Monica talked about her life and what led to her decision to become an astronaut. She wishes to travel to Mars, and she wishes, too, to facilitate anyone's travel to Mars. Currently, she is studying for her IFR rating with Mary and Lawrence Latimer in Vernon, Texas.
Left to right, Harriet Smith, Mary Latimer (chapter chair), Lavena Wilson, and Kimberly (chapter public relations) enjoy a post meeting lunch at McAlister's in Wichita Falls. The venue for the upcoming fall South Central Section conference is the Wellington, with registrants staying at the Holiday Inn Express next door. The gals checked on it before I joined them at the restaurant. Photo by Elizabeth Hawley.
As of October 18, we had 47 registered for the conference. Of those registered, seventeen will attend the wine and paint event with How Great Thou Art, twenty-nine will visit Sheppard Air Force Base, and twenty-eight will visit the Air Tractor company in Olney.
As Monica Randolph put it in recent correspondence, "A Few Can Do It." With our chapter president, Mary Latimer, leading the way, a few of us lend our support in whatever ways we can do so. Harriet Smith, indomitable Harriet, planned tours to Sheppard Air Force Base and the Air Tractor company in Olney, gathering names and addresses of the attendees in order to comply with Sheppard's rules. Lavena Wilson, also indomitable and a skilled writer, secured a generous donation of $250 from Patterson Family Dealerships.In addition, she speaks to the aviation community to invite them to attend, and sends email communications when needed. Another indomitable 99, Kimberly Jackson, has taken on the role of communications officer, expanding on an app for our phones and a lively, informative Facebook page. Kimberly also served as the force behind our celebration a couple of months ago. I know they do other things of which I know not, yet. And I'm in charge of the Web site, your humble site master and secretary. I thank you for reading.
In addition to touring Sheppard and the Air Tractor company, conference attendees may enjoy an art experience while sipping wine. How Great Thou Art will host guests while painting a Piper Cub a picture of which Kimberly provided for me to show here. Kimberly conceived and planned for this idea. Just imagine yourself sitting among other pilots, brush in one hand, and glass of wine in the other, painting on a canvas the charming Piper pictured below. Do send pictures of your art to share on this blog.
While visiting Osh Kosh, Mary procured a copy -- and she calls it a bootleg copy but I'll encourage you to ask her the story behind that -- of the movie Nothing by Chance. This will be shown Friday evening at the Wellington.
Saturday evening we host the banquet. It is a "do not miss" sort of thing. I say so because our guest speaker is a Martian. Yes, a Martian. When does one have the opportunity to visit with a Martian? Monica Hew is in training to become one of the astronauts who will travel and work on Mars. Find out more about her remarkable journey at the banquet.
The deadline to register is almost upon us. For those attending the banquet, join us for only $40. You may also, for the same price, sponsor a young female pilot to attend the banquet.
Wander over to the front page of this site, click on register, and fill out the forms. We will be happy to see you there.
Left to right, Lavena Wilson, Mary Latimer, Kimberly Jackson, Pat Eby, and Harriet Smith. Also in attendance, new member Genevieve Anonsen, a CFI from Sheppard Air Force Base. The meeting was held at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Wichita Falls, Texas. The main topic of discussion was the planning for the upcoming southwest conference of the organization. Kimberly, our social media chair, posted the picture above on our Facebook page, Wichita Falls Chapter of the Ninety-Nines Women Pilots.
In addition, our thoughts are on celebrating our chapter's fiftieth anniversary. Tentatively, we plan to gather around some delicious BBQ at Kickapoo Airport on April 21st.
Mary Latimer and Tamara Griffith, chapter president and vice-president, hosted 200 children at Vernon's airport on Friday, April 24th.
I am delighted to say that your humble secretary earned her IFR rating on March 30th this year. My FAA Examiner, Mary Latimer, is also our chapter president. Our journeys toward the IFR rating are unique and special in their own ways, and they all lead to one goal: To have the knowledge to fly safely.
Elizabeth Hawley serves as secretary and is past president of the Wichita Falls chapter of the 99s. She donated her Cherokee 180 to a non-profit aviation school, the GIFT, and now flies a Bonanza with her husband.