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Annual Membership Meeting – November 2, 2021

Join us for our annual membership meeting! It will be November 2nd at the Pour House, 8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, 6pm

Here is the link to their menu, take a browse and hope to see you there for snacks and refreshments!
https://www.oldtownpourhouse.com/oakbrook/menus-pages-1067.php



Officer and Board Positions Open

There are two officer positions up for election!  And three Board positions are available for volunteers!Please see the descriptions outlined below if you have been looking for a way to become more involved with your WAI chapter.
Please consider if your schedule permits a two-year commitment to your chapter and nominate yourself!  We will train you and provide support.
President:The President of Chicago’s Leading Edge,WAI . This position includes but is not limited to the following tasks and is a two-year commitment.

  • Shepherd the mission and image of CLE
  • Schedule monthly meetings/activities
  • Oversee all committees and special events
  • Function as lead liaison with headquarters
  • File all required paperwork
  • Mentor a successor

Treasurer: The treasurer of CLE is a two-year commitment and you can expect to volunteer in some of the following ways:

  • Support the President with monthly meetings as necessary
  • Monitor all financial transactions
  • Compile the annual financial statement for the membership
  • Mentor a successor

Fundraising Chair-Plan and coordinate the annual fundraiser

Scholarship Chair-Manage the annual scholarships and the committee

Social Media Coordinator-Make regular posts on Facebook and Instagram for the chapter

2021 Scholarships – Due October 12, 2021

Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter of Women in Aviation 2021 Scholarships:

  • Aviation Business Scholarship – Recipient of the award will receive $1­­500 to put toward their books and tuition pertaining to aviation business studies at a college or university for the 2020-21 year.
  • Aviation Maintenance Scholarship – Recipient of the award will receive $1,500 to put toward aviation maintenance for aircraft, engine, or avionics training.
  • Flight Training Scholarship – Recipient of the award will receive $1,500 to put toward flight training for private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine or CFI ratings.

Send completed application to chicagosleadingedge@gmail.com prior to October 12, 2021.

Be sure to read How to Win a Scholarship for some great advice on getting the scholarship you really want!  Scholarships are a major part of the benefits of chapter membership and couldn’t be provided without the valuable donations of both time and money of our many volunteers and sponsors.  Thank you so much for your support! For more information on how to donate or participate in fundraising events, please click here.  Please click the links below to access the scholarship applications and instructions.  Chapter membership is required.  For more information on joining Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter of Women in Aviation, please click here.

Applicants can feel free to apply for all scholarships, however they are only eligible to win one.  The deadline for all scholarships is postmarked by October 12, 2021.  Good luck everyone!  Please email chicagosleadingedge@gmail.com for more information.

Girls in Aviation Day – September 25, 2021

2021 Fundraiser, Feb. 12-18, 2021

Greetings Chicago’s Leading Edge Members & Friends,

Get your bids ready! Our 2021 Silent Auction will be open tomorrow February 12th at 12pm at www.32auctions.com/CLE2021!!! The auction will stay open until 8pm on February 18th at 8pm. Keep an eye on your favorite item throughout the week to ensure you are the top bidder.

Winners will be announced at this years’ virtual trivia fundraiser on February 18th starting at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and don’t forget to register at Eventbrite . You don’t need to be present to win a silent auction item. However, if you do want to attend the event, we need you to register to receive the zoom link. 

All proceeds benefit our chapter programs & outreach events to encourage young people toward pursuing aviation.

Happy Bidding!

2021 Fundraiser – February 12-18, 2021

  • First, the silent auction will run online by 32auctions for seven days, February 12th-18th.  We’ll publish the site when it approaches so you can peruse the items.
  • Second, you can join our Trivia by Baig of Tricks from the comfort of your own home on February 18, 07:00 pm-08:30 pm.  Sign up for $15 through Eventbrite starting now to receive more information!
  • Lastly, we’ve also partnered with Kendra Scott Jewelry for 20% of the proceeds on sales from. The jewelry sale will run from 7pm on February 18th through 7pm on February 20th. Use coupon code GIVEBACK-0ZF6 and please not the digit after the dash is a zero!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @chicagosleadinedge and like us on FaceBook to stay up to date and current on events.  Also, please share it with your friends and family.

The Eventbrite link is:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicagos-leading-edge-trivia-and-silent-auction-fundraiser-tickets-135066456407

All proceeds from the event will go towards funding scholarships and outreach events to assist and encourage young people in aviation careers.

Congratulations 2020 Scholarship Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of our 2020 scholarships!!

The winners are….

FLIGHT TRAINING – Delaney Johnson 

AVIATION BUSINESS – Sara Swartz

AVIATION MAINTENANCE – Sara Stanford

Congratulations everyone!

Thank you so much to everyone else that applied! It was a very tough decision to make since all of the applicants were outstanding candidates. Please try again next year if you applied and did not receive a scholarship!

If you have any questions or suggestions with regard to scholarships, you can email our Scholarship Chair, Sherry Bailey-Schutt at sschutt67@gmail.com.

December Chapter Meeting – Dec. 15th at 7pm

Just sending out a reminder to attend our Annual Holiday Party via Zoom on December 15th at 7pm! Check your email for the Zoom link or email chicagosleadingedge@gmail.com for more info!

Please tune in using the link below for a chance to win a prize for Best Holiday Cookie Design! To compete, have your cookies baked (or bought) by the start of the meeting so members can vote for a winning design when we’re done decorating!

November Chapter Meeting – Nov. 10 at 7pm

Our Annual Membership meeting will be held November 10th at 7pm via Zoom. Email chicagosleadingedge@gmail.com for login information. Hope to see you there!

2020 Scholarships Due November 10th!

The 2020 Scholarships are due November 10th!  Women in Aviation International is giving out over one hundred different scholarships.  See all the opportunities here:  https://www.wai.org/education/scholarships

Chicago’s Leading Edge is offering three $1500 awards; one for Tuition, Flight Training, and Maintenance.  All three applications are attached as well as our Membership application, which is required.  You may apply for three scholarships from WAI and win one AND apply for two from CLE and win one.