Wow, Gail and I had a great time last night at the 99s banquet. Thank you all involved!
The Eastern Ontario Chapter hosted the East Canada Section Meeting in Ottawa Friday and Saturday. The banquet saw a good crowd, even several COPA Flight 8 Members attended.
We learned a lot about Canadian heroes and the BCATP from the presentations by the flying Flecks, Rob and daughter Heather Fleck. They told the Vintage Wings Canada story of Heroes. That’s right, Vintage Wings dedicates their planes flown to the true Canadian heroes, the airmen and solders who flew in them.
Another highlight was dedication by the 99s of a new Canadian stamp honouring the long time 99s member Isabel Peppler for her tireless work educating pilots through up dating the most common Canadian pilot training guide, From the Ground Up, Aviation Publishers Co. Limited. Isabel Peppler’s husband, Bill Peppler, and her son Graeme were presented with plaques displaying the stamp.
Gail and I were honoured to be seated with Martha Phillips, 99s International Inc. treasurer and her husband Mark, Cathy Fox, Governor of Eastern Canada Section, Lisa Bishop (incoming secretary for the 99 East Canada
Section) and Bill Reed (COPA Flight 8), and finally Jean-Pierre Seguin and Maria de Sousa (Flight 8 Members). Also present from COPA flight 8 was Dennis Pharaoh. Thanks 99s Eastern Ontario Chapter for a great evening.