These awards are presented at the Annual International Conference of The Ninety-Nines
Award of Achievement for Contributions to The Ninety-Nine
Carole Sutton has contributed over forty years to the Ninety-Nines and almost thirty years to the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.
Carole is the first to offer to serve numerous times as Nebraska Stop Chairman for the Air Race Classic when they have stops in Nebraska.
In 1978, after receiving the Amelia Earhart Scholarship, Carole knew she wanted to give back. When ownership of Amelia’s Birthplace Home was donated to The 99s in 1984, Marilyn Copeland encouraged Carole to run for the Board of Trustees of the AEBM. Carole was elected the 1st Secretary and after Marilyn’s death Sondra Ridgeway asked Carole to fill the vacancy on the Board of Trustees which she did, and then was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees to which she held the office for 2 terms.
In April 2008, as Trustee and Chairman of the AEBM, Carole attended the christening ceremony and launch of the USNS Amelia Earhart in San Diego after promoting the event through the AEBM. Carole also took it upon herself to write a grant for the Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program. Through Carole’s efforts, the AEBM was chosen to honor the theme Legends in 2008. The AEBM received a $20,000 grant and 40 people, from Kansas and Missouri Hampton Inns, gathered volunteering hundreds of hours to help with restoring the Museum. Carole coordinated the event to coincide with Amelia’s 111th birthday on July 24, 2008. On behalf of the AEBM, Carole wrote the nomination letter for Hampton Hotels to be considered for the George Palmer Putnum Award and they received the award in 2009.
Carole coordinated with NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik to take a photo of Amelia with him on a trip to the space station. A 5x7 photo of AE taken by Randy’s grandfather Albert “Randy” Bresnik, who was AE’s photographer, accompanied the crew into space in November 2009. At Carole’s request, Randy and crew signed the photograph which was returned to the AEBM for display with other Bresnik photos.
Carole continues to make contributions to the 99s and other aviation related organizations and setting an example for other 99’s.
Award of Achievement for Contributions to Aviation
Debbie Gallaway has been an avid private pilot since 1977 and often flies her vintage Swift aircraft to air shows and fly-ins. She serves as a U.S. representative to the Federation Aeronautique International’s Commission for Aviation and Space Education and also has represented NASA on the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education and the Brewer Educational Forum. She was inducted into Civil Air Patrol’s Crown Circle in 2002 for “Evidence of extraordinary accomplishment in a leadership role in Aerospace Education.” In 2004 she received the Frank G. Brewer Trophy.
An undergraduate of Texas A&M University with a Masters of Education from Wright State University, Debbie has been a classroom teacher, an official with the U.S. Department of Education, and a program manager for NASA where she managed the Agency’s teacher enhancement and faculty preparation programs attended by educators, hundreds of college faculty, and thousands of pre-service teachers. She was also detailed to the White House by NASA to help establish the foundation for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program and later served as NASA’s lead educational liaison for the White House Mars Millennium Project that involved thousands of students. A significant contribution to aviation. Her last position, manager of NASA’s Explorer Institute Program, builds upon her passion for supporting aerospace education and aviation as a whole and encouraging collaboration between government agencies.
From June, 2000 to December, 2003, she served as assistant director for programs for the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. She coordinated development and distribution of educational products and programs used by millions of students and educators in the U.S. and abroad allowing young people to get an early start in aviation which is a vital support to the future of general and commercial aviation.
Currently she is a volunteer, teaching aviation programs for young people and teachers at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Va.
Award of Merit
David Black is the founder and principal operator of Air Time Canada.
The Air Time Canada concept started when some 23 years ago when David was doing volunteer work in a Youth Detention Center - tutoring kids in high-school math and physics. There he met a man who forever changed his life - a psychiatrist and amazing human being who had developed a program using cameras and photography as a tool to help troubled kids learn about leadership and responsibility.
Intrigued by the possibilities that Aviation might offer along those same lines, David worked with the doctor to develop the original Air Time Canada program. It was carefully designed to give troubled kids a chance to interact with positive role models and develop self-esteem, leadership skills and a sense of responsibility.
It took 7 years of fighting an uphill battle against government red-tape to realize that the program would never suceed within the corrections system. David was determined to get the program going and ran it in a church basement, funded it out of his own pocket, with troubled kids sent to him by police officers and social workers met along the way. The program was completely free - including the classroom, flights, supplies, taxes…even snacks and lunches.
It was a huge success - and was attributed by dozens of kids and parents as being the turning point in their lives.
The program has been going strong now for almost 13 years. It's been paid for, almost entirely, out of David's pocket. Almost 1100 people have graduated from and flown through the Air Time Canada program (since 1994).
George Palmer Putnam Award
Bob Jones personifies the values and contributions of the George Palmer Putnam award with the support he has demonstrated for the 99’s.
Skills, the gift of teaching, wisdom he has them all. His contributions to aviation include having instructed over 1000 people in flight training, which must be some kind of record! Bob has been loved and revered by the 99’s forever. He taught Onita Hoff, a charter member of the Idaho Chapter how to fly as well as her son, daughter and grandson.
The Eastern Idaho 99’s have Bob as their resident instructor when they have their annual mountain flying clinic at the Flying B Resort Ranch in the middle fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho.
Teaching wasn’t his plan in the beginning. Fighting was. Bob comes from the World War II era. Going from high school to cadet school with the Army Air Corp seemed like the natural order of things. He learned to fly T-6’s at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona during World War II in 1944 and was commissioned as an officer at the age of 19. He said that if he stayed in the Army air corps he wouldn’t get much flying so he came home to southeast Idaho. He found plenty of flying to do then. He shuffled a heavy flight schedule with a full time career as an engineer at the National Engineering Laboratory in southeast Idaho.
When the Idaho chapter presents Companion flying Seminars, Bob is always eager to help out. Their favorite topic is to have Bob present the segment on “How airplanes fly. He demystifies the gift of flight. He can convince even the most white knuckled flying companion that flying can be fun and safe.
He has contributed, and continues to contribute greatly to women in aviation. His love of flight is contagious and it shows by the number of 99’s and others whom Bob has influenced. This is his legacy.
Award of Inspiration
Catherine "Kitty" Houghton
Kitty Houghton was a graduate of Saint Mary's in the Mountains (now known as the White Mountain School) and a member of their Board of Trustees . She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M. A. and Ph. D. in Linguistics from Stanford University. Kitty served in the Peace Corps, in one of the very first groups to go to Nepal, from 1964-66. She worked as an international officer for Bank of America, and also for DuPont, before joining the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in 1979, working at embassies all over the world during the course of her twenty-eight year career in public service.
She spoke fourteen languages and was fluent in six of them, including Mandarin and Bengali. Following her retirement from the Foreign Service in 2007 she continued to lead a very active life. She sang first alto and served on the board of the Choral Singers of Marin.
A member since 1996 of the Ninety-Nines, she was membership chairwoman for the Marin chapter and was working on a film about the Nepali Chapter of the Ninety-Nines at the time of her death.
Kitty was a volunteer pilot for Angelflight, which provides free air transport for people with medical needs, and Lighthawk, a non-profit organization providing flight transportation to conservation organizations.
An avid skier, hiker and musician throughout her life, she remained extraordinarily fit, and enjoyed classical music, world music and theater.
Kitty left the world an amazing legacy, a standard of generosity, achievement and compassion to which all may aspire.
Clay Lacy started flying at the age of twelve. As a grown-up he joined United Airlines as a copilot on DC-3 aircraft, attended Air Force Pilot Training, returned to United Airlines and continued to fly military fighters and other aircraft with the California Air National Guard.
With over 50,000 hours as a pilot, Clay holds an Airline Transport License with thirty-two type ratings, helicopter, seaplane, flight instructor, and engineer. He retired Seniority Number One from United Airlines in 1992 after over 40 years with them. At that time, Clay was flying the Boeing 747-400 from Los Angeles to the Orient.
Clay is the owner and CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation at Van Nuys Airport, a Full Jet Service FBO. With his exclusive Astrovision-equipped Learjets, Clay does almost every airline commercial filmed, most Hollywood aerial filming, and much of the photo work for the aircraft industry and military. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild of America, Clay has participated in dozens of aviation movies.
Clay has been honored for his aviation achievements many times, and his racing career is legendary, as is his test flying and first flights on many aircraft.
Clay has been a good friend and supporter of The Ninety-Nines during the years. He has donated to 99s causes, allowed us to use his facilities for many purposes, participated in Career Days, helped us fund-raise by flying passengers who won our raffles or silent auctions in his fabulous & luxurious DC-3, and generally promoting our organization and activities.
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