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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.

October Chapter Meeting – Oct. 6 at 7pm

We will be holding our annual Scholarship and Resume workshop virtually this year!  We will use Zoom and you can submit your resume ahead of time for live feedback.  Chicago’s Leading Edge is proud to be awarding three $1500 scholarships this year; one for flight training, one for maintenance training, and a third for general tuition.  One of the great benefits of being a member of Women in Aviation International and Chicago’s Leading Edge is that you may apply for three scholarships from national (and win one) and apply for two from CLE (and win one).  Applications and a chapter membership application are attached as well as this link to WAI scholarships. Scholarship applications are due November 10th. 

When: October 6, 2020, at 7 pm

Who: Anyone interested in feedback or tips on resumes and scholarship applications.

Where:  Zoomhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84472299674?pwd=Mlp4ZG4wSXlKSTFEanlwQ1JtZWlkZz09

     Meeting ID: 844 7229 9674   Passcode: 390764

How:  Submit resume to this email address by October 1st and sign in to the session at 7 pm on the 6th

Sherry, our Scholarship chair, will be discussing resumes, and Maureen, our President, will provide tips on scholarship applications.  See you there!

Secondly, we’ll hold elections for the positions of Vice President and Secretary via Survey Monkey that will run from Oct. 6-15, 2020. Join us in voting for our new leadership!

Girls in Aviation Day – September 26th

Countdown to Sixth Annual Girls in Aviation Day!
The worldwide virtual Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) is set for Saturday, September 26, 2020, through a new Aviation for Girls App, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. This unique WAI program is designed to educate girls 8-17 years of age while introducing them to the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities in the aviation/aerospace industry.

Download the Virtual Flyer

As a chapter, we’ll be promoting GIAD to local groups and handing out the backpacks (contents pictured below) on September 26th.  We are asking you to spread the word along with the flyer.  The pick-up locations for backpacks and t-shirts are:

North

First Presbyterian Arlington Heights, 302 N Denton Ave, 10am-4pm

South

Oak Lawn Library, 9427 Raymond Ave, 10am-4pm

Accepting Officer Nominations

Chicago’s Leading Edge is now accepting officer nominations for the positions of Vice President and Secretary. Each position includes a two year term and new officers will receive training from the outgoing VP and Secretary.  If you would like to nominate yourself, please respond to this email and tell us which position you’d like to run for and include a short biography.

We encourage every member in good standing to consider running for a leadership position. Serving our membership in any capacity is an opportunity to both learn and mentor.  It is an opportunity to lead and fulfill our mission of encouraging and advancing women in all aviation career fields. Your contribution will make a great difference in someone’s life, career and in our industry.

Below is a brief overview of the open positions. If this sounds interesting to you, don’t be shy about nominating yourself.

Vice President

  • Support the president with monthly meetings as necessary
  • Publish the quarterly newsletter
  • Oversee the mentorship program
  • Mentor a successor

Secretary

  • Support the president with monthly meetings as necessary
  • Send emails
  • Take minutes at required annual membership/board of directors meetings
  • Perform quarterly audits of membership list and coordinate with headquarters
  • Welcome new members and coordinate with the mentoring program
  • Mentor a successor

July 2020 Updates

“In these difficult times, we hope all our members are faring well. If your career feels on hold, we want to suggest that you use this time to polish your resume and increase your competitive edge for when opportunities arise again. Chicago’s Leading Edge will soon be announcing $4500 in scholarships and Women in Aviation International has announced their offerings: https://www.wai.org/education/scholarships. The announcement on the various scholarships will be made on August 1st, 2020. All applications are due November 10, 2020 and the awardees will be announced in December, 2020.

And, with this in mind, there is no better time to get involved in our Mentor program. If you would like assistance with your resume or input on your scholarship application, sign up as a mentee. If on the other hand you would like to be a mentor, please let us know by emailing us at
chicagosleadingedge@gmail.com.” – Maureen Hallacy, President – Chicago’s Leading Edge

We will hold a Virtual online Resume/Application session soon and send out a reminder to the members who want to participate.