Our Mission Statement:
- To promote world fellowship through flight
- To provide networking and scholarship opportunities for women and
- To preserve the unique history of women in aviation
The summer of 2005 will be remembered as a long hot summer
followed by the worst hurricanes in history. Fortunately in Canada,
we have a rotation of seasons; autumn is one of our best. Mother
nature’s pallet of colours was magnificent this year as witnessed by
the Gold Cup Air Rally pilots in late September, flying from Ottawa
to Sault Ste. Marie via Chicoutimi, in “la belle provence” the
Saguenay River, the St Lawrence River, Quebec City and Timmins. A
little red appeared first on the tops of the some trees, each day a
little more and then yellow and so it continued day after day for
five days of the trip.
To see what
eagles see from on high,
we are to be able to fly!!
Soon the clocks will fall back
and we will have fewer daylight hours, which make me think of
practicing some night flying. Cold weather and winter forecasts stir
up my thoughts to winterize. It is time to practice those necessary
flying skills to show children and friends the Christmas lights from
On that note, I wish everyone a
Happy Holiday Season-
it is fast approaching.
Election of Section Officers (Spring 2006) - East Canada Section
executive normally hold Director's role and officer position for 2
years. Our current executive's term will expire June, 2006. If
you would be interested in running for Governor, Vice-Governor,
Treasurer or Secretary for 2006-2008, please contact Dorothy
Berthelet, Nominating Committee Chair at
613-837-3507. It's a rewarding experience, so please consider
it. Also if you know someone who would do a good job, please let
Dorothy know. Ballots will be mailed to you in March or April.
OTTAWA JUNE 2005
From North to
South, from East to West Ninety-Nines flew or drove to Canada’s
beautiful capital city of OTTAWA to attend the first joint spring
Section Meeting with North Central Section held from June 10 to 12,
2005. At least 80 or more registered for the joint section meeting.
It was a fabulous success. The only thing missing were the 99s who
could not be there due to bad weather, or illness, or other
commitments. We missed you.
Tilley of Eastern Ontario Chapter, MC for the Friday evening
program, kept us relaxed between dinner courses with stories from
the 99s. The entire evening was warm and friendly as we sat around
in the cozy banquet room telling hangar flying stories. Each story
was a highlight, but I particularly remember Pat Prentiss, Orange
County Chapter, relating the story of her "race" in the company
Citation from California to New York. Marilyn Dickson and Jean
Franklin-Hancher, First Canadian Chapter entertained us with their
story about landing NORDO at a US military base in Virginia.
Marceline Lewis of Michigan Chapter related her feelings when the
engine in her airplane quit and they were forced to land clipping
the tops of the trees, Yes, there were other stories too. Felicity
McKendry and Lorna De Blicquy, two of my heroes, related tales of
their flying experience. They have always been an inspiration for us
to keep on flying in spite of the many odds that may turn us away.
Section conducted their early Saturday morning business meeting.
the business rooms. three scrapbook judges were busy selecting the
winners of the scrapbook competition. Some of the guests and 49 ½
members visited museums and other city places of interest. A buffet
lunch was followed by a ***group picture taking session at a nearby
outdoor auditorium. The afternoon was spent in a leisurely way,
sunning and swimming, at Jane Tilley's lovely old cottage on the
Quebec shore of the Ottawa river.
enjoyed the terrific variety of food and refreshments that Jane
provided. Some lucky members even went for a seaplane ride provided
by a young pilot to see the city sights from the air.
Saturday evening was consumed with delicious food, good wine, lots
of laughter and fellowship. The guest speaker, Maj. Dee Brasseur, of
the Eastern Ontario chapter, is no stranger to us in Canada. She was
the first female CF18 fighter pilot. Her humorous message was an
inspiration, particularly for those who may be considering joining
the military. Joy Parker-Blackwood performed the duties of MC for
the evening in her usual smooth, professional manner.
Governor's Service Award for East Canada Section has been awarded to
Hilda Mickle of the Maple Leaf Chapter. Congratulations Hilda. Betty
Huck, Governor of North Central Section awarded the Governor’s Award
to Chicago Area member Joan Kerwin. Wisconsin Chapter was the winner
of the NCS Scrapbook competition followed by Indiana Dunes, second
place and Lake Erie, third.
Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund Award Winner this year from
East Canada Section is Akky Mansikka, a member of FCC. She related
how she was a cancer survivor and how this influenced her to become
involved in aviation. Joy presented Akky with the AEMSF banner to
wear for the evening. Akky plans to use the award to gain her
instructor's endorsement. Congratulations Akky.
behalf of the Atlantic Chapter, Sue Ehrlander has issued a formal
invitation to all 99s to attend the next spring East Canada Section
meeting in Saint John, New Brunswick, June 2, 3, and 4, 2006. I am
pleased to report that New England Chapter will join us for a joint
meeting at that time.
We wish to thank the many
sponsors who gave us assistance in a number of ways to help make
this wonderful event such a great success; Apex Aviation, the Canada
Aviation Museum, Canadian Airmotive, Joy Parker-Blackwood, The
Rockcliffe Flying Club, PropShop at Buttonville, Leavens Aviation,
and anonymous donors.
AWARDS - SCHOLSHIPS
– GRANTS - AVAILABLE
The Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund
2006 Scholarships, Grants & Awards
Types of scholarships and awards offered:
East Canada Section Winner 2005, Akky Mansikka. Congratulations
Scholar Grants: grants to scholars or scientists to add to the
world’s knowledge of women in aviation and aerospace.
East Canada Section Winner 2005, Dr. Marilyn Dickson.
Future Woman Pilot: one thousand dollar grants to assist with
completion of private pilot certificate. For FWP members of the
Ninety-Nines with financial need – no length of membership
Tailwheel Training Awards: funding to attain tailwheel training,
donated by the Maule Aircraft family.
women pilots by letting them know about the Future Women Pilots
scholarships. Encourage members of your chapter who are working on
new ratings to fill out an application or apply for a scholarship
yourself. The complete application, guidelines, and criteria for the
letters of recommendation are available at the Ninety-Nines web
Now is the time
to apply. Applications must be received by your chapter Scholarship
Chairman no later than Dec 1st 2005 and received by the
section chairman by Dec 15th. Because the applications
will be scrutinized for errors, it is highly recommended that
applications be sent as early as possible for the applicant to make
corrections, if necessary. Speak to Katherine
East Canada Section Chair: Katherine Nazarian
THE 99S CANADIAN
AWARD IN AVIATION
The 2005 Award recipient is the CANADIAN AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE
of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec.
Click here for more
information of history and past recipients of the Award.
History: The Governor’s Service Award was introduced in 1995 to
recognize on an annual calendar basis, one member of East Canada
Section 99s for her outstanding and continuing contributions to the
99s and general aviation.
Nominees must be
a member of a Chapter of the 99s East Canada Section
officers, and members who have previously received this award are
Considerations for nomination:
The candidate selected by your chapter may have done
all or none of this list. She may have done something that is so
spectacular in itself as to make her the outstanding winner. Focus
is to be placed on continuing involvement with the Ninety-Nines.
membership in Chapter/Section
achievements in aviation
Member of Section
or International committees
Sponsor of new
members. Member recruiting
Generates new and
creative ideas for chapter development
actively in chapter events
aviation at civic body, club or school
Member of civic
or service club aviation committee
in other aviation group, through which the 99s benefit
Member of city,
province or federal government committee on aviation
or activity not listed above
By Dec, 31st,
the Chapter Chairman (or designate) writes a letter of
recommendation to the Section Governor stating why their nominee
is the most deserving candidate.
executive select one of the Chapter finalists based upon the
The award is
presented at the Annual Spring Section Meeting
The winner for 2005 is
HILDA MICKLE – Maple Leaf Chapter. Congratulations Hilda!
For a list of past winners, view the
EXPLORE THE “BAY OF FUNDY” CITY
The Ninety-Nines Inc. East Canada Section and New England Section
invite you to join them June 2 - 4, 2006
JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA (CYSJ)
- Jet Boats, Horse drawn trolleys, Walking tours, Shopping
Whale watching, Kayaking, Hiking, Horse back riding
Seafood, Market Fresh Produce, Local Wine, Luscious Dessert, Dulse
Current and Future
The City of Saint John is full of history. It is
home to the oldest continuing museum, The New Brunswick Museum; one
of the largest areas of Historical Victorian era buildings; the City
Market, Canada’s oldest continuing farmers market.
We will be in
the centre of it all at the Hilton Saint John Hotel; located on the
harbour, steps from the Harbour Passage walkway, shopping malls,
numerous restaurants, and local boutiques. There will be education
presentations, entertainment Down East style and of course our
Section Business meetings.
now to gather in the FUNdy City, SAINT
JOHN, a “DOWN EAST” Visit with The Ninety-Nine Family.
Ehrlander at 506-633-8513 or
for more information or visit
to explore what Saint John offers.
forms and detailed information will be available January 2006.
Hilton Saint John Hotel Reservation
Room Rate: $125.00 CDN + HST (15%)
Standard single or double
$170.00 CDN +
HST (15%) Executive single or double
Note: $20 CDN + HST extra per person for over 2 persons in a room
Rate guaranteed until May 1, 2006 Make your reservation by
contacting the Hilton Saint John at 800-561-8282and request the
99s Group Rate. Reserve early to assure your room and rate. June
is a busy month in YSJ!
Atlantic Canada – Erna Scriven reports that the Forest of Friendship
tree planted in Halifax many years ago is thriving in spite of
hurricanes. To find its exact location in the park you will have to
call Erna. Atlantic chapter is the hostess for our 2006 spring joint
section meeting. The invitation is included in this letter.
Eastern Ontario – Thanks again
to the Eastern Ontario hostesses for organizing the spring joint
section meeting in Ottawa. We appreciate your efforts on our behalf,
we all gained new friendships. Now they have a
project to give flight seeing rides to 99 young girls from their
area before Christmas.
Maple Leaf- Pat Crocker gave an excellent overview of Air
Education, Mollie Richards and her husband Jeff gave a presentation
of their sailing adventures, MLC joined All-Ohio 99s for lunch at
the Ohio State U airport. They had a fly-in to Pelee Island, a
pancake breakfast in Goderich and they will be holding their Annual
General Meeting Nov 5, 2005. Welcome to new member Bonnie Rempel.
Montreal- please note: that the most recent winner of the
Canadian99s award in aviation was won by the Canadian Aviation
Heritage Centre in Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.
News From West
Canada-Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame
In 1995, The
Canadian Ninety-Nines were honoured with the Belt Of Orion in the
Aviation Hall of Fame. It is worth a visit anytime, to see the many
inductees in the CAHF at Wetaskiwin, Alberta . Last June, Mary
WarnerSmith, a FCC 99, Julie Beverstein, a guest and I flew to
Edmonton for the fabulous evening full of pageantry to honour
several people. It was a great honour to have our photo taken with
one of the notable inductees, Astronaut Chris Hatfield.
Canadian Ninety-Nines are very
proud of Rosella Bjornson for becoming an officer of the museum and
of Mary Oswald, a Director who organized the evening for that
auspicious occasion June 2005. Anyone can become a friend of
Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Consult the website or email:
email@example.com for further information.
YEARBOOK FOR CANADIAN 99s
We have not finished editing all the wonderful stories and photos
we have received to date. You are not too late to send your story
“why or how you like to fly” and photo to: Margo McCutcheon, 33
Jackes Ave., Apt 202, Toronto, ON. M4T 1E2. Come on girls, if you
need help, please ask. The finished product will be a nice
collection of wonderful women pilots in Canada. You are a select
group of women.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE REPORT,
By Pat Prentiss, International
How we wish you could all have been
in Christchurch to participate, not only in our Annual Conference,
but to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow 99s in a beautiful, green,
clean country populated by perhaps the most delightful human beings
on the face of the planet. "Fun and Fellowship Down Under" is
now history, but it set a whole new level of style and
professionalism for our future annual conferences.
The weather for the most part was
kind to us with above average temps and little-to-no rain. Even the
worst day for weather, which we spent out at Forest Field with a low
overcast, had no precipitation and no wind allowing for a Kiwi-style
airshow and static displays.
The welcome reception at the
Antarctic Centre was an evening to remember. Members boarded coaches
for a short trip to the center where we were met with champagne and
white wine. The Mayor of Christchurch welcomed our party, along with
President Elaine Morrow and legendary Australian pilot and 99, Nancy
Bird Walton. The souvenir shop remained open, and when not indulging
in purchases, we enjoyed the snow room, which simulated a storm in
the Antarctic region.
Tuesday found us again on coaches
headed for the Wigram Air Force Museum for "Food, Flight &
Fellowship." There we had a full review of the museum, which was
impressive in both presentations and aircraft. The dinner was
terrific and the service impeccable. New Zealand member Pat Campbell
and her husband, Alistair, created a slide show and a video on New
Zealand women pilots, which were fascinating. All who attended had a
great time meeting 99s from all over the world.
After a breakfast buffet on Wednesday
morning, the business meeting took place in the Convention Centre
across the street. Proposed bylaw amendment #1, which passed
unanimously, was housekeeping in nature and properly names
'Trustees' in lieu of 'Administrators' for the four Trusts. Proposed
bylaw amendment #2 passed with a majority vote to include Light
Sport Pilots as meeting the membership requirements. Proposed bylaw
amendment #3 regarding the WASPs as Honorary Members was withdrawn.
The Amelia Earhart Scholarship &
Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening was outstanding. If only you
could have seen the ***spectacular audiovisual presentation *** of
the very deserving recipients! Congratulations again to Gene Nora
Jessen, Award of Achievement, Pamela Collings, Award of Inspiration,
Jenny Beatty, President's Award and Patty Wagstaff, Katharine B.
Wright Memorial Award.
New Zealand Aviation Day at Forest
Field was hosted by New Zealand Section Governor, Pam Collings and
her husband, Ces at their home near Eyretown. About a dozen aircraft
flew in including several Moths and a T-6 for display and an awesome
airshow. Wine from a local vineyard was served, along with sausage,
lamb burgers, and homemade pumpkin soup. Local vendors sold their
wares and goods offering a bit of New Zealand to take home. The day
ended with school children performing dances to aviation songs.
As the Mayor of Christchurch said, "I
am sure that you will have a very memorable and happy time here in
our beautiful city.” And that we did!!
*** Note:Joy ParkerBlackwood, trustee
of AEMSF, and member of FCC, East Canada Section prepared the
audio/visuals for the evening and shared MC duties with Peggy Doyle
……… Joy did us proud!
July 5-9, 2006
Washington, DC, USA by Mary Ellen
Morris, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, is less than a year away,
Washington DC area is one of those places that we all love – the
kind of place that has something for everyone, no matter what your
interest. Whether your idea of fun is a walking tour through streets
lined with colonial houses, churches, museums, and antique shops in
quaint, historic Alexandria (just over the Potomac River from
Washington DC), or skydiving out of a perfectly good airplane at
Skydiving Adventures (also in Alexandria), this place is for you!
– Boulder/Denver, CO, USA
August 7-10, 2008 – Anchorage, Alaska, CO, USA
Award of MERIT /
Award of ACHIEVEMENT
By Kris Irvin,
International Awards Chairman
these awards must be made by a Section or Chapter with the
signatures of two officers and attached to a one-page letter of
nomination. Additional data and/or resumes may be attached to the
letter of nomination but must be limited to no more than three
additional pages (four pages total). The nomination must include
the address and phone number of the nominee or, if the nominee is
deceased, the name, address and phone number of at least one next
to International Headquarters, to the attention of the Awards
Committee, no later than November 30, 2005.
Award of Achievement
Sections or Chapters who have made significant contributions to
aviation, aviation education, science, aviation history or The
Ninety-Nines, Inc. Candidates must be current members of The
Award of Merit (for
organizations that have made significant contributions to
aviation, aviation education, science, aviation history, or The
Ninety-Nines, Inc. Individual candidates may be male or female.
For both awards
the achievements may have occurred in the present or prior years,
candidates may be selected for a single action or a series of
events, candidates may be living or dead and not limited to the
If you need
information regarding these awards please email Kris Irvin at
CPAviator@aol.com or call 501-470-1452.
2005 OFFICERS EAST CANADA SECTION
Governor Margo McCutcheon
Vice Governor Anne Starret
Secretary Jocelyn Lecluse
Treasurer Jill Dermott
Scrapbook Anna Pangrazzi
Skywatch Dee Birchmore
Apt Pat Crocker
AE Scholarship Katherine Nazarian
Immediate Past Gov. Dorothy
CAIA Heather Sifton
We made the paper!
Linda Kiff, Jocelyn Lecluse, Karen Williamson, Maureen Egan, Marilyn
Dickson, Mary Norman, Gwen Hems, Lyn Shin, Margo McCutcheon, Susan
Begg, Susan Ball, Jean Franklin/Hancher, Laureen Nelson/Boutet
99s surround Astronaut Chris Hatfield
CANADA’S AVIATION HALL OF FAME GALA 2005