Sat, Mar 12, 2005
By Rose Dorcey, ANN Correspondent
president, Women in Aviation, International opened the 2005 Annual
Membership Meeting to a standing-room only crowd at the 16th Annual
International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas.
Looking positively vibrant in a pink business suit, Chabrian
warmly welcomed WAI members and recognized her staff and board
members. Cheers went up when Chabrian announced that Women in
Aviation, International is now nearly 7,000 members strong, and
again when she said that a near-record number of conference
attendees had registered - over 2,300. (Actual conference
registration numbers will be announced soon). Nearly 300 military
men and women are in attendance.
Chabrian said the exhibit hall is filled with a record number of
exhibitors, with representatives from diverse aviation
fields… including manufacturers, avionics companies,
airlines, aviation associations, publications,
colleges/universities, military recruiters, government agencies and
aviation-themed miscellaneous goods.
While Chabrian announced that the organization is working with
the Girl Scouts of America to complete requirements for an aviation
merit badge. She also said that an up-to-date and expanded Explore
Aviation Kit is near completion. The kit is available to those who
speak to school groups and other youth on aviation subject
The meeting ended with a warm salute to the organization's 200
volunteers who Chabrian said really makes the conference happen.
"We couldn't do it without the tremendous effort of our members who
come from all over the country to volunteer their time," she
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