Saturday, June 15, 2013
It's a small, small world with BIG, BIG news.
It is true that I have moved to the other side of the planet, but I have no intention whatsoever of not continuing with Girls With Wings. In fact, we are right now in the process of accepting applications for our Summer Scholarship and are posting blog entries from our Spring Scholarship Program winners. Our website is still going strong (we will even begin a transition to our new one soon).
We are also proud to announce that we have a new membership chair, Lori, who has been working diligently to improve our member program. She has been able to find other organizations willing to offer our members discounts with their programs - to be announced soon (let us know if you'd be interested in doing the same). As I have mentioned before, our Pilot Shop was just not financially feasible as it was and we needed to rethink our products and how we offer them. Lori has been getting in touch with current and future members to keep them on board by finding out what is important to them. If you are not a member, visit the sign up page here. You'll start receiving our newsletter so we can keep you posted.
The biggest downside to my relocation is that I will be limited on the events that I can attend. I sadly did not make Sun n Fun and will not make the AOPA Summit or Oshkosh - but I understand the Ninety Nines - an organization of Women Pilots - will be taking over the booth space that we've had for the past few years. This should help continue to promote the mission! We also were not able to do our Aviation Inspiration Day over Memorial Day Weekend near Minneapolis, MN. Next year we will resume all of this and more!
I do fully intend to not only maintain Girls With Wings but also to grow it. Currently we are seeking grant funding for a mentorship program - we will need your help to make this a success! We will of course continue with our scholarships, website, and other outreach activities.
It is because of all of this technology I hope my stay in Hong Kong will be somewhat invisible to the supporters of Girls With Wings. Other than a 12 hour time difference with my home state of Ohio, I should be able to continue making dreams take flight!