ConocoPhillips Leadership Award: Richard and Ginny Largent of EAA Chapter 186
August 23, 2011 – When EAA Chapter 186 thinks leadership, they think of Richard and Ginny Largent of Stephens City, Virginia, who assist in the coordination of chapter Young Eagles events. For the past 20 years, Richard and Ginny have helped plan various aspects of countless Young Eagles events.
Because of Ginny’s efforts, the chapter is able to earn 500 Young Eagles points each year for the past decade. She also coordinates events with airport open houses, chapter fly-ins, Boy Scouts, and other events in the area. Her most influential event with Chapter 186 has been the coordination with the Frederick County police and local schools with the Drug Awareness and Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E). She leads the event with the help of 35 volunteers, 12 aircraft, and more than 200 Young Eagles to be flown.
Prior to, during, and after an event, Ginny compiles the paperwork and submits it for processing. She also ensures that each pilot receives a thank you card, along with a list of Young Eagles flown that day and a final number of Young Eagles flown during the year when the year wraps up. Because Ginny knows the importance of volunteers, she also sends a thank you card to each ground support crew member.
Richard is also an active part of the Young Eagles program, where he serves as a Young Eagles pilot. He has flown more than 1,000 Young Eagles and has been recognized four times by the Virginia Department of Aviation. Besides flying and organizing Young Eagles events, the Largents also organize a booth at the annual Women in Aviation Girl Scout Day and Pro-Jet Aviation Expo. They have also filmed a 15-minute Young Eagles flight video.
Because of Ginny’s efforts, the chapter has also been able to send various Young Eagles to camp at Air Academy each year due to the pilot credit the chapter receives. She spends time watching Young Eagles at events to determine who would be a potential candidate to send to camp and assists in the application process. With the help of chapter scholarships and pilot credit, the Young Eagles are able to attend the Air Academy at little to no cost. Because of Ginny’s watchful eye, the chapter is able to send a few Young Eagles to camp each year. The chapter enjoys hearing back from the campers once they return to share their tales, a part of the scholarship requirement.