A communications and public relations professional, Lu Hollander is a "for the fun of it" private pilot who has held her ASEL certificate since 1970 and accumulated more than 1,000 hours in a variety of single-engine aircraft (AND 30 minutes in a Boeing 747 simulator). Memorable cross-county flights include a trip to the 1989 New York City 99s Convention.
A member of The Ninety-Nines, Inc., since 1979, Lu has held most offices in the Oklahoma City Chapter; she also has held several committee positions in the South Central Section, including Nominating Chair. She has edited both the Chapter and Section newsletters and, at the International level, served as editor of The Ninety-Nines NEWS from 1980 - 1986.
In 1988 she was elected to The 99s International Board as a Director, subsequently serving as Secretary and International President. Lu concluded eight years on the Board in 1996; her accomplishments included restructuring the governing documents and board of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas.
Other activities in the organization include design, editing and production of the coffee-table size History of The Ninety-Nines, Inc., produced for the organization's 50th anniversary in 1979; Sixty and Counting, the 60th anniversary supplement to the first volume; and editing the book, The Ninety-Nines, Inc., Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, published in 1996.
Additional responsibilities have included revising and updating internal governing documents, as well as working on publicity and programs for several International Conventions and the 1996 World Precision Flying Championships hosted by The 99s.
From August 1998 until 2001, Lu was the Executive Director of the nearly 6,500 member 99s' organization. Her responsibilities included overseeing the staff and operation of a 10,000 sq. foot facility located in Oklahoma City housing the organization's membership and archival records, historical memorabilia related to women in aviation, as well as the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, devoted to women's accomplishments in aviation and opened in mid-1999.
In addition to her involvement with 99s' activities, Lu is the first woman to be named to the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum in Oklahoma City, serving as secretary for several years. When the museum merged with two other entities in 1996, she moved to the Executive Committee of the new Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum Board of Trustees as Vice President of Air and Space. She also holds memberships in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Oklahoma Pilots Association.
Keep flying, Lu!