Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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8 AviationforWomen J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 E very year, the WAI chapter network nom- inates outstanding chapter members for the Dorothy Hilbert Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award. Dorothy Hilbert was an avid volunteer—and not in the normal sense of the word. Dorothy was a well-known aviation enthusiast and was revered for her 35 years of volunteering with EAA and volunteer work with organizations for retired United Airlines em- ployees and pilots, her church, and the McHenry County Historical Society, and for her work as a cadet nurse during World War II. Our network of international chapters consid- ers all the hard work and passion that goes into the fantastic outreach activities and events they host during the year. Each chapter has the op- portunity to nominate one special chapter mem- ber who has distinguished herself by going above and beyond the normal role of "chapter member" and who embodies the spirit of WAI and Doro- thy's dedication to volunteerism. The WAI staff then has the unenviable task of considering all the nominees and choosing just one WAI mem- ber for the honor. Together, the chapter members and WAI staff present the award at the annual conference. Our 2017 award recipient, the amazing Jenn Nash from the WAI First in Flight Chapter, couldn't at- tend conference—so we want to recognize her now for her years of hard work on behalf of WAI and her WAI chapter. Jenn is one of the charter members of the First in Flight Chapter, played an instrumental role in its formation, and was a key organizer in its Girls in Aviation Day events. Jenn even appeared on the local news to promote the day—all despite being deployed to the Middle East with her National Guard unit where she flies the C-130. Her sister chapter members describe her as a no-excuses, no-glory, no-recognition, no-problem kind of talented and humble member of the team. We would have liked to toast Jenn at last year's conference to celebrate her and thank her for all she does. But instead, we can do that together now—in a virtual, worldwide toast. We are lucky to work with so many standouts and truly dedicated people at our local chapters. Choosing one member to nominate for the 2018 Dorothy Hilbert Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award will be difficult. And it will be equally diffi- cult to select the winner from all the more-than- qualified nominees. To submit your nominee, please submit a short essay (maximum one page) explaining how the chapter member has gone above and beyond in the service to her chapter, and send it no later than February 1, 2018, to mmartin@wai.org. ✈ Rockstars and Superheros W A I C H A P T E R S M O L L Y M A R T I N Welcome New Provisional Chapters! Eastern Kentucky University Flying Colonels Chapter Richmond, Kentucky President: Kelly Wilhite Vice President: Vanessa Sekic Secretary: Hayley Haning Treasurer: Emily DeVries Membership Chair: BrigiƩe Renfroe Outreach Chair: Erica Gilbert Adviser: MaƩhew Smith Chapter Contact InformaƟon: Vanessa Sekic 931-214-3422 Email: vanessahs7@hotmail.com Southern Utah University T-Birds Chapter Cedar City, Utah President: Lonia McDonald Vice President: Amanda Crager Secretary: Sarah PeƩy Treasurer: Robyn Cantu Membership Chair: Shana Bartell Outreach Chair: BriƩany Groteguth Adviser: Michael Mower Chapter Contact InformaƟon: Lonia McDonald 435-865-8789 Email: loniamcdonald@suu.edu THE WRIGHT CHAPTER The Wright Chapter needed to decompress from a busy Girls in Aviation Day 2017, so we headed to our local Uptown Art party painting location where they designed this painting just for us. We had a blast, and enjoyed a few glasses of wine! Vice President Kate Dempsey and LyneƩe Ash- land attended the Rosie World Record in Willow Run, Michigan. They beat the old record set in California with 3,755 official Rosies! Member Jayme Frederick and Andrea Schultz greeted visitors at our booth at iSPACE, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to ignite passion for STEM to prepare all learners to thrive in to- morrow's workforce. Students made styrofoam airplanes from a template they cut out and put to- gether along with a penny to tape on for balance. We even had a runway for them to practice. ✈ THE WRIGHT CHAPTER

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