Archive Page 3

Marin 99s helps local Girl Scouts with Aviation Badge

24 Girl Scouts from two local troops attended a 2 hour class today given by
Barbara O’Grady, which included aerodynamics, reading a flight sectional,
preflight of an airplane, traffic patterns at an airport and a great lunch
afterwards in Sue’s hangar.   Good chance we will be seeing many of these
girls in a few years for flight training, as they seemed pretty excited
about the idea of flying an airplane.


Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund

Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund is already organizing for 2019 distributions. The International meeting is mostly about giving out the awards and introducing all the winners. There are lots of winners! If you are in the process of attaining a rating please consider applying for this award. What they are looking for is how you will use your new rating to ‘make the world a better place’.  We all share our love of flight and how it enables us to be better people and give back our gifts. The deadline for applications to the chapter is Jan 1, 2019. Go online, to the 99s website, to get the info for the application. I’d be happy to help you with your application. Cindy Pickett

Marin 99’s summer BBQ

Marin 99s – BBQ

(Hosted by Vicki Martinez and Peter Gruhl)

Date:                    Saturday, August 11

Time:                     4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location:              Vicki and Peter’s house

Vicki and Peter will provide BBQ food, big green salad and garlic French bread.


Bring your favorite appetizer, side dish or dessert.  Marin 99s will provide wine, beer and beverages.

R.S.V.P. –  Sue Royce – or 510/220-7744.  Limited to 35 people

Re-cap of June 5th Marin 99’s Meeting

June 5 Marin 99s meeting was attended by Diane Root, Karen Kalua, Alyssa
Abbey, Sue Royce, Marielle Coeytaux, Val Westen, Heather Davis, Vicki
Martinez and Barbara O’Grady.  Great food and conversation!  Val and
Marielle reported on the SWS Ninety-Nines Spring Session in Bakersfield.
Cindy Pickett will represent our Marin 99s Chapter in Philadelphia, PA at
the International Conference.  We scheduled the following upcoming events:

July 21 – Columbia fly-in – lunch in town.
August 11 – BBQ fundraiser at Vicki Martinez and Peter Gruhl’s house.
Details to follow.
September 5 – Seaplane flight at Sausalito Seaplane Adventures.  Contact
Sue Royce to RSVP.  Space limited.
September 22 – Marin 99s meeting to be held at Space Station Museum in
December 8 – Marin 99s, GFCA, EAA joint Holiday Party at Scanlon Aviation


June 5, 2018 Meeting of Marin 99’s

Karen Kalua passes BFR on April 20 after long recovery!!

Val Westen – Transition training to Cessna T182T

ValWesten_MountainFlyingVal Westen, who just got her private pilot’s certificate in December 2017, is on the move.   She and her partner, Dan, are planning a real cross-country flight this summer from their home in Northern California to see grandchildren in Massachusetts, children in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, friends and other family in Illinois, Michigan and parts as yet unknown.  The plannning part is great to consider and fun to think about.  Dan is doing a lot of the plannning while Val is busy transitioning to a bigger and faster plane.

Val trained on a Cessna 172M and loved its cozy feel, its 6-pack instruments and its great additions, like GPS.  It was 160 horsepower, and like baby bear’s porridge, it was just right.  But she and Dan will be flying a Cessna T182T for the summer trip, and its 235 horse power and heftier weight means more time with a flight instructor.  So far, so great, Val reports.  She hopes to have her endorsement for the 182 within the month.

As her daughter always reminds her,  the sky’s the limit. She’ll report in from the trip when she can.  The amazing thing is she can’t stop smiling, except of course, when she’s sitting in the left seat (in this picture) and then she’s all business.


Women In Aviation Conference – March 22 – 26

The Marin 99s were well represented at the WAI conference in March by
Marielle Coeytaux, Diane Root and Sue Royce.   There were over 3,200 people
in attendance.  WAI awarded $695,500 in scholarships this year, bringing
their total to $11,495,581 since 1995!!