Chicago Area Chapter
The Ninety-Nines

New Horizons

Dedicated to those who have gone beyond our sight....


The Chicago Area Chapter says goodbye to long-time member Joan Kerwin.    

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Joan Angela Kerwin passed away on June 15, 2019. She was a member of The Ninety-Nines for 49 years.

Joan believed that belonging to an organization came with a responsibility to serve. She tirelessly and selflessly contributed to The 99s starting almost as soon as she joined in 1970. Those who knew Joan appreciated her subtle sense of humor, her quick wit, her aviation knowledge and expertise and her allegiance to The Ninety-Nines. Joan worked quietly in the background, never seeking praise or accolades. She rolled up her sleeves and got busy taking care of business, contributing her time and energy to all levels of our organization. Most importantly, she was a constant ambassador for The 99s, making a point of travelling the world to promote the organization at her own expense. In addition to attending Section meetings across the U.S., she traveled to New Zealand, Australia, China, Northern Ireland, Russia and Kazakhstan (and those are just the ones we know about), all with the intent of spreading the word about The 99s and bringing the continents together. Joan used her flight certificates in a variety of community events from fundraising to convincing the Chicago Board of Education that through orientation flights there was value in placing the study of aviation in public schools. In recognition for her contributions to aviation, Joan was subsequently inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame in 2002. The list of Joan's contributions to The 99s goes on. Most people run for cover whenever someone asks for volunteers; not Joan! She eagerly stepped forward and offered to help. Joan gave much of herself – time, money, laughs, sweat – to The 99s. In 2015 at the International Conference in Munich, Germany, Joan was given The 99s Award of Achievement for contributions to The 99s.

March 30, 2018

Long-time Chicago Area Chapter member Ruth Frantz has passed on to new horizons.  A memorial service was held on April 7, 2018 at DeFiore Jorgensen in Huntley, Illinois.

Please see May, 2018 Air News for more details on Ruth.


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