The Goody Bags are ready to go for the
Ninety-Nines International convention, our work is
Here we are in the sea of goody bags, then out exploring for
lava, meeting Jennifer from Tucson- an "Award Winning Amelia
Earhart Scholarship winner!!!" and whadda we do? thrust
John and Frances into her hands! She's the best sport ever. A
lot of sight seeing needed to be done, and pilots do that from
the air! Tookie, Don and Zack took a helicopter tour of the
volcanoes and waterfalls on the Hilo side. Bill & Pam, Donna &
Scott, took a charter flight around the whole island. Our pilot,
Hawk from Iolani Air,
gave us a wonderful tour of the island, flying around the
smoking craters of the volcano, spotting red hot lava, beautiful
valleys and waterfalls, celebrity mansions and unusual
pools....Shannon and Jon piloted a 172 around the island
Wednesday morning, Pam in the back seat with Frances and John.
We saw black and green sand beaches, crystal clear coves,
smoking volcanoes, and lost count of the many waterfalls.
Mr. Poggi's Helicopter flies!!!!
How exciting can it be, to go out to the airport on a
beautiful morning like today, and watch the helicopter you've
been building for the last 13 years do it's first hover test!?!
I was beside myself, I can only imagine what it was like for Mr
Poggi! I remember as a new 99, going to a dinner party at the
Poggi's lovely home and Don asked if we'd like to see what he
had going on in the garage? It was this helicopter. He was 70
years old when he started this, (Today I wondered to myself if I
would even want to start sewing a quilt when I'm 70, would I
finish it?) but it didn't phase him, so what he if he was 70,
now he's 83, but he's got a flying helicopter!
Try clicking on this link to see if you can go to my you tube
video of the helicopter flying
Women pilots from areas along the Colorado River are invited
to join the Rio Colorado 99s chapter. Membership is open to all
licensed women pilots.
Archives August 2010 Ninety-Nines
International Conference in Kona, Hawaii, Mr Poggi's helicopter
Archives June 2010 "Desert to Ridges, Beaches and
Bridges" the Rio Colorado Air Derby, Ricki's solo, Tucson 99s
visit, Scholarships for Roxanne and Melissa
Archives February 2010 Pancake breakfast, Kristi
solo, Dianne checkride, Frances solo
Archives May 2009
Reno Air Races, Pancake Breakfast, London Bridge Days parade
Archives July 2009
Don, Shannon and Pam honored at the
International Forest of Friendship, Big Bear Fly-out, Painting
the compass rose at HII
Archives August 2009
Palms to Pines Air Race
Archives Dec 2009
London Bridge Days Parade, going to
"Amelia" Christmas party, Scholarships to Roxanne and Melissa
Photo Album View
pictures of our events, fundraisers, and Fun
Scholarship Winner Melissa!
Melissa passed her written exam for Private Pilot on October
27th. Yeah, Melissa! We are so happy to have these new pilots in
On Dec 11, at the 99s Christmas party, Joe LaPlaca awarded
Melissa a $500 scholarship to use towards her Private Pilot
rating. Shannon and Sherri accepted the award for Melissa.
Scholarship Winner Roxanne Cedor
In November 2009 we awarded a $1000 Scholarship to Roxanne
Cedor to use for her Private Pilot training. Congratulations to
Roxanne! We know she will be a wonderful asset to our group!
SAVE THE DATE!
The Tucson 99s are beginning to plan for this
year's Treasure Hunt in the Sky. You know how we always want to
participate in this event, then something always comes up and
interferes. Well, no excuses this year! We have months of advance
notice, they are planning on Saturday November the 6th, so mark
your calendars, put in for the weekend off from work, and lets
go down to Tucson and have some FUN!
July's meeting was held in Kona, Hawaii at the
International Ninety-Nines Conference. Sunday morning we were up
early, meeting at 7am, to go to the Sheraton and finish stuffing
the 300 goody bags for the conference. It was a race against the
clock to see how quickly we could get them done and then get out
for sight seeing! Sunday's activities included the Turtles
Independence Day, sea turtles raised in captivity, then released
on the 4th of July into the sea. A stop at Hapuna Beach, one of
the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world! A hike back into
the woods to see Hawaiian petroglyphs, through a forest that
looked almost evil. A parade and fireworks to finish off the
holiday, it was pouring rain by then and we thought all would be
cancelled, desert people that we are, but the locals didn't
Monday night was the "opening ceremonies" we
headed over to the Sheraton to get a cultural tour and learn
some of the local traditions. Then the luau, held on the grass
outside the hotel at sunset. What a feast! Dinner features
Hawaiian lu'au favorites such as kalua pork, poi, and lomi lomi
salmon coupled with contemporary fare such as green salads,
fresh fruit, teriyaki New York strip loin, mahi mahi and
desserts We were entertained by some of our own getting up to do
then we were treated to "Firenesia" During Firenesia
guests journey along with a young man as he travels through
Polynesia seeking to reignite the gift of fire. With skill,
grace, drama and exhilarating dance, entertainers showcase the
beauty of fire while their inspiring performances tell a
mesmerizing story. (and exciting for us, we saw a lot of the
small bags we made on tables, being used as evening bags)
Tuesday we were all over the island, hiking,
shopping, flying, snorkeling..
Wednesday night was the Amelia Earhart
Memorial Scholarship Banquet. Tookie got up and spoke about
receiving her scholarship, how it enabled her to get her CFI and
open her flight school. Hanging out with Tookie, we were able to
visit with the Famous People. We were excited to meet Jennifer Treese,
from the Tucson 99s, who was receiving one of the scholarships.
Thursday was the ZIPLINE!
Our brave explorers soared like eagles above the forests of the
Big Island on the Zipline-how exciting! The 'fraidy cats went to
the quilt store and Vanilla Farm, which was pretty fun, too:)
Then we all met for drinks and dinner and exciting stories of
Friday-more shopping, eating out, snorkeling,
boating with the whales and dolphins, visions of the Goddess
Pele in the rocks, and night snorkeling with the manta rays!
We strangled back to the mainland, some on
Friday, some on Saturday, some on Sunday, sad to leave our
tropical paradise and come home to the "oven" All in all, a
great adventure! Next year? Oklahoma!
"Day of Sew" June 13th
Sunday June 13th 9am. We got
together for a Day of Sew at JonAli Quilt Store, 289 S Lake
Havasu Ave. We have 300 bags to embroider for the Ninety Nines
International Conference next month, and 300 small bags to
assemble to go in the goody bags.
Unfortunately, we couldn't gather enough
airplanes to have our flyout to Prescott Saturday Jun 12th to
visit Dianne Tobin's new place and have our monthly meeting.
So....the "Day of Sew" will doubled as the June meeting. We
have decided to be the starting point for the Air Race
Classic in 2012, input from the city, the airport manager, grant
money that is available for the asking, and a notebook full of
ideas and notes from previous races is at hand to help us make our
decision. We love a big party, so of course its a done deal,
we're putting this one on!
And it's that time again-elections of
officers-and your officers for the next two years are: Shannon for Chairman, Pam for Vice Chairman,
Sherri for Secretary, and Melanie for Treasurer.
Meeting topics included discussion of being the starting
point for the Air Race Classic in 2012, the upcoming
International Conference in Kona Hawaii in July, election of
officers in June, and flying pre teen girls on their first
flight next spring, plus dinner and scholarship awards
Congratulations to Roxanne and
The Rio Colorado Chapter 99s is offering three different
scholarships in 2009. And Aviation Hall of Fame recipient Joe
LaPlaca is also offering a scholarship. The minimum requirements
for a scholarship are:
1. Written exam
2. Medical current.
3. Essay about yourself, your goals, why you
would like a scholarship, background about yourself, financial need if applicable.
4. Two letters of recommendation
The Rio Colorado Chapter looks at all aspects of
the applicant’s background, goals and need. The award will be given based on all criteria, so we
encourage all to apply.