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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Seattle 99's Celebrate Aviation HighSchool Students!

Yesterday ended with: disbelief, celebration, and reality. Each event isolated, but each event sent a message.

Disbelief...  I received a response to an email I sent while in pursuit of aviation safety. Not to be addressed in this venue, but the message will be.

Message:  There will always be people who don't get it. Do we standby and walk away quietly? Or do we stand up and fight? If safety is involved, and the system is broken, I say... don't give up. We all need a little activist in us.


This was something to celebrate. A group of students, lead by their inspiring teacher, Mary Ciccone-Cook, were honored at our 99 meeting.

These students were honored for writing essays in support and hope of receiving a Space Shuttle in our Seattle Museum of Flight. I had the opportunity to read a few, and was amazed at the power of their passion, their research, and writing skills. Way to go Mary! Teachers are the life force of our world.

I'm hoping the students will send me their essays so you, too, can read them. While we didn't get the Shuttle... we did get the simulator. Something that we can sit in and touch, not just look at. Besides, every Astronaut that ever touched space, trained in this simulator.

Message: You may not always get what you want in life, but you will always get what you need.

I love my 99 team! They are a group of female pilots (and one Mark) giving their time, dedication and support to aviation safety and the community.

What do we have planed?

  • Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, 6:00 PM. Monthly Business Meeting ~ Potluck ~ please bring an item to share (but don't miss the meeting if you aren't able to bring food)Embry Riddle Aeronautical University ~ 1000 Oakesdale Avenue, SW, Suite 110 Renton, WA 98057. RSVP to Chapter Secretary Jen Baxter. 
  • The program for the May meeting will be to award the winner of the $2000 Greater Seattle Flight Training Scholarship
  • Saturday , May 14, 2011 ~ Flying Companion Seminar ~ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  ~ CPO Club ~ 1080 West Ault Road, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island. Contact Chapter Chairman, Andrea Chay, for more details.
  • Saturday , May 21, 2011 ~ International Learn to Fly Day  ~ Locations worldwide. Please click here for more details.
  • Saturday , June 18, 2011 ~ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM ~ American Heroes Airshow  ~ Boeing Field. Please click here for more details.
  • July 6-10, 2011 ~ Arlington Fly-In ~ KAWO airport, approximately 50 miles north of Seattle. Check out this link for more information. We generally have a booth led by Ann Lovett of the Mt. Tahoma Chapter. Greater Seattle Chapter member, Marty Vale, is a long-time volunteer at the event. Contact her if you are interested in general volunteering.
  • July 13-17, 2011 ~ International Conference ~ Oklahoma City, OK. Check out this link for more information. Details forthcoming.
  • September 15-18, 2011 ~ Joint Northwest/West Canada Section Meeting ~ Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Center ~180 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4P4. We are working on details. Please contact Chapter member and Conference Co-chair, Tricia Crook, for more information.


I walked in late to my WNBA meeting. Nothing to do with Basketball, but everything to do with BOOKS.  Trying to be in two places in one night was a challenge, but with daylight hours longer, and clear roads, it was easier to make the effort. I'm so glad I did.
Our guest was Jen Marlowe, co-author with Sami Al Jundi, of the memoir: The Hour of SUNLIGHT.

"As a teenager, Sami Al Jundi had one ambition: overthrowing Israeli occupation. With two friends he formed a militant cell and began building a bomb to use against the Israeli police. But their plans were derailed when the bomb exploded prematurely, killing one of his friends. Al Jundi was sentenced to ten years in prison.

The Hour of Sunlight
describes Al Jundi’s extraordinary metamorphosis from a militant to a passionate advocate of nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation...."

You can expect a full book report on Critique Sisters Corner  soon.

Jen Marlowe is an activist changing the world one child at a time. She's dedicated her life to making the world a better place. If you'd like to join her for a book reading, she will be at the Elliot Bay Books  at 4:30 on Saturday, April 23rd.

She read a few passages and each word... riveting. This woman has the inside story on what is really happening in the corners of the world, and the passion and skill to share it.

Message: We all live on planet earth. Universal peace is the only way our world will survive. And aviation safety.

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene


  1. I think the aviation highschool program is really neat! I hope each and every one of those kids succeeds in the career field they desire. What a great idea!

  2. Wow that was quite a day. Those kids at Aviation High School look great. And I can personally attest to how impressive Jan Marlowe is. She made an amazing presentation last night, and her work is so incredibly. Congratulations to everyone you pictured, including you, for finding powerful meaning in events related to disbelief, celebration and reality.

  3. Wow, that is a lot of plans! You are staying busy that's for sure! I can't wait to hear more about the essays and the book The Hour Of Sunlight.

  4. Daniel, Aviation High School is awesome!!!

  5. Thanks Linda...everything has a meaning, we just need to find it!

  6. Thanks Heather. A busy day...but so much fun. And inspiring too!


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