Aux Plaines Chapter History
Aux Plaines was an offspring of the Chicago Area Chapter and also drew some members from SE Wisconsin. The chapter was chartered on April 29, 1978, at the NCS Meeting in Kalamazoo, MI. The charter members were: Sue DeWulf (chairman), Ginger Moore (vice chairman), Joy Dannely (secretary), Trudy Zorc (treasurer), Caroline Jacobson (flying activities), Anna Osborn, Tracy Pilurs, Bev Greenhill, Sharon Greth, Shyrle Altemus, and Dourelle (Dee Jay) Griesheimer (Davis). Sue DeWulf and Dee Jay Kweder are still members of the chapter. Many of the charter members were also members of the Stick and Rudder club based at Waukegan airport.
Several 66s were involved in the formation of the chapter: Butch Kweder, Corky Eisner and Jan Bourdage. Adele Kweder, the mother of Butch and Dee Jay, was also in attendance at the first meeting of the prospective chapter which was held on Jan. 8, 1978 at the Stick and Rudder Club building at Waukegan airport. When the name of our new chapter was discussed, Mrs.Kweder, an author and Lake County, Illinois historian, suggested Aux Plaines because of the history of the area. It was the ancient French name for the territory surrounding the Des Plaines River.
Barely a year old in 1981, we organized and hosted our first Section meeting. Then in October 1990 our second, and our third in Spring of 2001.
Our activities are varied:
Highlights of our members:
Member's other aviation activities:
Awards in Aviation:
The members of Aux Plaines, though small in number, are good friends and are dedicated to the aims and purposes of the 99s. Over the years, we have attended almost every section meeting, raised money by having a sales table at the section meetings to support the scholarship fund, the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, the Birth Place Museum, and various chapter activities. We just recently celebrated our 30th anniversary with a luncheon at a local restaurant. We currently have 10 members and three 49 1/2 members, and new members are always welcome.
We look forward to hosting the 2010 Fall Section meeting and plan to hold it in conjunction with the Southeast Section. Watch for more details as they develop!
From Waypoint (January 2009)
Last updated: 11/30/2008