I want to thank each one of you for another fantastic year for World Wings International. Special thanks goes out to former President Emeritus Norma Simon, Jet Wings editor Leslie Manning, along with Carol Crown, Leslie Anding, and Marianne Greene for their hard work on our 2014 Nominating committee. In addition, hats off to Member-at-Large, Robert Marshall for accepting the extremely important position of Chairman of the Teller Committee, responsible for counting the ballots for our 2014 election.
I am excited about working with our new highly qualified Board of Directors for our 2014-2017 term. Andrea Sidor, our new VP Charity brings with her a vast knowledge of non-profit and Foundation expertise to our organization. Liv Milan, our new International Treasurer, assisted former Treasurer Sally Andersen and VP Ways & Means, Carol Peck, during their 2013-2014 year and is already on track with her new officer duties.
The 2014 – 2017 term started with a “bang” at the fabulous 2014 Annual convention in Bangkok. Congratulations go to the Bangkok Chapter for a splendid event, a perfect combination of ancient Thai customs blended with a touch of modern day pizzazz. The talent and creativity that go into preparing a World Wings Convention constantly delight and amaze me.
The spirit of World Wings is you, the member. We are a unique group of people brought together by our flying careers at Pan Am. Over the years, this common bond has grown and evolved; we created a new identity of “World Wingers” who cherish our Pan Am past while practicing a unique modern brand of humanitarian goodwill.
A quote from former President, Norma B. Simon:
World Wings International is the cement that holds us all together, the carrier of the flame. Our organization safeguards our history, files, uniforms, acts as liaison to other Pan Am groups and keeps a cordial relationship with Pan Am Brands. Scholars from major universities flock to Miami to study our files and may apply for a WWI-study grant. Our organization also carries on the long Pan Am tradition of global humanitarian assistance....We definitely still have a role to play and our mission of friendship and commitment to charity keeps us relevant in today’s culture…”
I was a Pan Am flight attendant, but now I am a World Winger...let us live in the present and cherish the past!
Warmest regards to all
President, World Wings International, Inc.