In 1995, at the request of board member Betty Campbell, I was asked to volunteer and assist in the office at the 22nd Annual National Stearman Fly-In. Little did I know at the time, that it would result in lifelong friendships with the Stearman community, along with an incredible appreciation for aviation and flying.
In 1998, I was elected to the Board of Directors and served as the Secretary for many years. In 2007, I was elected to the position of President and served thru the 40th Annual National Stearman Fly-In in 2011. While taking a break for 5 years after the 40th Fly-In, I returned to the board in the fall of 2016. At the 50th Annual National Stearman Fly-In in 2021, we achieved a record breaking 152 Stearmans in attendance!
My husband Randy, is a lifelong resident of Galesburg, and our daughter Ashley grew up with the Stearman Fly-In taking her first flight at 9 years old!