Nearly 30 women met back in May to create the Fort Lauderdale
Provisional Women in Aviation Chapter. The inaugural meeting took
place at the Learning to Fly Center at Pompano Airpark (PMP).
Attending the meeting were women from richly diverse aviation
backgrounds including mechanics, an airline flight attendant, a few
pilots, aviation management students, an air traffic controller,
and an airport manager to mention a just few. What all had in
common was a love and enthusiasm for aviation.
The meeting was facilitated by Melissa Grabiec of Fort Lauderdale
who was later elected President. She led the meeting where the
history of WAI was touched upon and the importance of the WAI
organization (networking opportunities, mentoring, and scholarship
opportunities to name just a few!).
After discussing the requirements to form a provisional chapter,
officers were elected including Jessianna Bartier (Vice-President),
Sharon Dreesen (Secretary), Karen Anderson (Treasurer), and Kennia
Aguilar (Outreach Chair). A few names for the chapter were bantered
about, but Fort Lauderdale truly tells the story of who we
After the business was taken care of, the meeting was enhanced by
fun stories shared by many members who had attended the recent
conference in Orlando. All in all ... the FLL WAI chapter appears
to have taken off and is flying high.