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Chapter 91 Marks 10,000 Young Eagles as Pilot Flies No. 1,000
November 26, 2014 - Chris St. Germaine, who serves as Young Eagles Director of EAA Chapter 91 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri (LXT), was continuously looking at the numbers and the queue of kids lined up for a flight during the chapter’s final Young Eagles rally of the season on October 18. All indications were that this would be the day Chapter 91 reached 10,000 Young Eagles flown as a chapter. And then it happened; Charlie Licata, 12, got into John Clayton’s 1960 Bonanza, marking No. 10,000 for the chapter – and amazingly for John, it was the 1,000th kid he’s personally flown.
Chapter 91 was first organized in 1960 and began holding monthly Young Eagles rallies in 1993. Rallies are held from April through October. Clayton, EAA 568655, started his journey to 1,000 kids flown in 1997. In fact, the Young Eagles program is the primary reason he became a member of EAA.
Charlie’s father, Tom, is a member of the chapter and the Licatas have a family membership. According to Chapter President Larry Young, Charlie has helped out with the pancake breakfasts for the past couple of years.
And who flew the 9,999th Young Eagle? It was chapter member Nancy Inderweisen, EAA 1039116, who is also president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Ninety-Nines!
Credit for the achievement also must be shared with the many members who helped throughout the years. The members who came month after month, year after year, those who broke and scrambled the eggs for breakfast, sliced and fried the bacon and sausage, made the pancakes, set up, cleaned, and tore down tables, made and served coffee - even those who wrapped the utensils in napkins. Congratulations to you all!