EAA Participates in Chapter 1 'Founders Night'
Tom Wathen (left), and EAA Chapter 1 founder Ray Stits share memories with Paul and Audrey Poberezny who appeared via video link from Oshkosh.
February 6, 2008 — EAA's Earl Lawrence, Elissa Lines, and Lee Siudzinksi traveled to Flabob Airport in Riverside, California, to attend Saturday's EAA Chapter 1 Founders Night celebration. They met with chapter members and EAA AeroScholars facilitators to discuss the past, present and future of the organization. Chapter 1 founder Ray Stits and EAA President's Council member Tom Wathen shared memories with EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, who appeared via video link from Oshkosh.
"The evening was an exciting event and a great way for EAA members and educators to learn more about the history and impact of EAA," said Siudzinski, director of the AeroScholars program.
Wathen was also recognized for his outstanding youth aviation programs created at Flabob, including the Air Academy, Wathen Aviation High School, AeroScholars, and others.
AeroScholars facilitators from throughout the country joined about 240 Chapter 1 members and guests. The facilitators were attending a training session made possible by the Wathen Foundation.
"Founders' Night at Flabob reminded us all that the growth and impact of EAA is one that has been possible because of the incredible engagement and commitment of people all around the country," said Lines, EAA vice president of development. "Chapter 1 leaders and members are part of an EAA network that nurtures an environment in which innovation soars, an environment in which young people are challenged to reach their full potential. It was a chance to thank our leadership, and to celebrate our collective impact."
Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, also met with EAA chapter 723 members in Camarillo, to discuss their annual air show and fly-in event.