President Report July 2016
This is my first report as your President. For those of you who don’t know me, I will do a brief introduction.
I live in Paeroa on a dairy farm where we have a short 350 metre airstrip and fly our Sportcruiser (microlight) JBZ from there. I’ve been flying for about 20 years and have been a member of NZAWA for the last 19 years. Being a member has been really important to me, as it is my main opportunity to mix with like-minded girls (who love flying) especially as I live in a small country district. I have served on the executive before as Treasurer for a couple of years. I am a mother, grandmother, JP, Marriage Celebrant and have spent the last 12 years as a Hauraki District Councillor. I’m shortly going to retire from my Council role so I will have a lot more time for flying, travelling and to devote more time to NZAWA.
Thanks to all of you who came to the Mercer Rally and helped to make it a really enjoyable event. Many thanks to Dee Bond - our Rally Organiser, and to Neil for hosting us for the W/E. Thanks also to Ann Fosberry for all the work she put in as Rally Co-ordinator from the Executive Committee. While many people helped over the W/E, I especially want to thank Trish and Ike Stephens who drove from Tauranga to work on the grid, in spite of still being in recovery mode – great effort guys! Also I appreciate all the time Edith Robinson put in working in the kitchen, ably assisted by Judith Grant.
A very warm welcome to all the new members who came to the Rally – well done for your success in the competitions and we look forward to seeing you again.
The weather Gods were unpredictable for the Rally -the fog was very persistent and did not lift until well into the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday and made for a very condensed time to hold the competitions. There was at least plenty of time to sit and enjoy hot soup/coffee and talk flying while contemplating when the fog was going to lift.
Prior to the rally, I personally found the Seminars Day really interesting with a fantastic line up of fascinating and varied speakers. I understand the School’s Day was also an excellent event – thanks again to Dee for all her extra work in organising these.
We enjoyed hosting the AWPA (Australian Women Pilots Association) members including President Carol Dehn. Carol emailed and thanked everyone for making the Aussie girls feel so welcome and said that they’d had a great time. She is also inviting us to go to their next Conference in Bendigo, Victoria next March.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to our retiring executive members – Sue Telford, Pamela Adams and Marian Rait. Sue has done a wonderful job as President for the past 5 years – thanks Sue for your enthusiasm, energy and sense of humour. Thanks to Pamela for her time as secretary. Pamela has an exceptional knowledge of NZAWA matters and I especially want to thank her for updating all our records before handing the job over. Thanks also to Marion who has concentrated on marketing and we have her to thank for our stunning promotional banners.
A very warm welcome to our new executive members – Elizabeth Hogarth from Nelson is our new secretary (and it was a privilege to meet her last WE in sunny Nelson). We also welcome Erin Spencer, an instructor from the Hawkes Bay.
Please feel free to contact me anytime with any ideas for NZAWA.
Phone: (07) 862 7188