Long-time members Pat Eby (seated at left), Doris Fellini (standing at the center of the group and founding member), and Carolyn Sanders (seated at right) joined other members in celebration of our fifty-year anniversary. From left to right, Sheena Medsger, Lavena Wilson, Mary Latimer, chapter president, Rachel Maxwell, Kimberly Jackson, Genevieve Anonsen, and Elizabeth Hawley, chapter secretary. Pictured separately, Cathy Pierce, former chapter president, and her husband drove from Graham, Texas. Mark Jackson, 49-and-half, cooked tasty burgers for approximately fifty guests. Kickapoo Airport's FBO was filled with supporters and their children. A beautiful cake was on display before it was devoured.
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.
Your humble blogger at left, chapter president Mary Latimer, center, and a GIFT graduate participated in the event and both teams won highly sought after paper plate awards.
Meeting of the chapter on August 30th, 2014, Wichita Valley Airport (F14). We plan to focus again on scholarships and mentorships.
Left to right: Jessi, Pat, Carolyn, Elizabeth, Tamara, Emily, Mary, Torri, Harriet, Abby, and Pat.
The New Orleans chapter of the 99s hosted the international conference. Pilots from New Zealand, Canada, Germany, and all over the US attended. The seminars included a WINGS credit training in hypoxia, Elizabeth Street-Ely on how to use Foreflight to plan flights, meteorologist Major Kaitlyn Woods who flies in the WC130J to gather weather data, Continental Motors to show us how to care for our engines, Brett Stoeffel to emphasize safety training, among others. The tours highlighted the culture and history of New Orleans. Great thanks to the New Orleans chapter for a great job.
We started organizing another poker run. This one will benefit a great cause: The Girls in Flight Training academy in Vernon, Texas. The school provides free instruction for women who need to finish reaching their dream of flight. Click here for more information on the school and the altruistic people who manage it: http://www.girlsinflight.org/.
The route starts at Wichita Valley Airport (F14), then to Kickapoo (CWC), Frederick to view the C047 and visit with the paratroopers (FDR), then to Vernon, home of the GIFT (F05), then return to F14 for lunch (included in entry fee) and prizes for best and worst poker hands.
Update: I found some photos of the event, which I post below. Also, The lunch included a lecture by John Boatright, titled, "You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em."
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.