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HISTORY OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES CHAPTER
"THE BLACK SHEEP"
Chartered on September 22, 1979, we celebrated our 21st anniversary in 2000. Our founding members were: Betty Alsager, Anne E. Dale, Patricia J. Fraser, Angelee Keeley, Edith Skirzik, Teresa Taft, Roberta E. Taylor and Audrey Webster. Now added to these are; Roberta Baker, Brenda Kenyon, Gretchen Matheson, June Mills, Jennifer M. Robinson, Jeanine E. Sprague, Sonja Wilford, and Dale Zinowich.
Because of the high mountainous terrain (MEA 11,500 ft.), widely and sparsely spread, there is difficulty in full attendance at meetings, thus we coined the nickname of the BLACK SHEEP. These rocks, however, do not deter us when the weather is kind to hold our annual Poker Run, which is enjoyed by most private flyers. Whether meetings of the section, Governors-in-Council, and international were east or west, those towering granite cathedrals never move (to date).
The Black Sheep are a motley, but dedicated group of aviatrixes. Besides flying homemakers, enlisted are; a Farming F.B.O. (Fixed Base Operator) postal supervisor, Bush pilots (2), a flight instructor, an IFR and multi-engine flight examiner for the Okanagan Valley, doctors (2), an airframe assistant, a nurse, a fraud investigator, and a digital mapping specialist.
Recently, along with all the other Ninety-Nines of the east and west Canada Sections, we, the BLACK SHEEP, now wear a clasp of the ‘Belt of Orion’ that anchors us firmly to the stars above.
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This Chapter has a history with airmarking - the first three compass roses took place in West Canada (as reported by Roberta Baker).
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