Joint Meeting with South Central Section
Spring 2011 Section
Meeting was held in Lafayette, Louisiana. It was a joint meeting of South Central and South East Sections. Our individual
business meetings were separate but all else was together. In our South East meeting we covered.... and had elections. These
ladies were elected....
Vice-Governor: Terry Carbonell
Secretary: Ursula Davidson
Hanna Mari Solo
Most of the ladies arrived on Thursday afternoon so they may participate in the great day of touring planned in the Cajun
country. It started early Friday with a tour bus ride to Avery Island and the Tabasco Factory, hot, hot! Then we started back
for a visit to the aviation museum in Patterson. we viewed a great film on the start of many great aviators. It doubles for a Cypress Wood museum too. Interesting. Then we stopped for lunch at a lovely country club for red beans and
rice, a traditional southern dish. Back on the bus and up to an old plantation home currently owned and run by a past governor. We had coffee
and cakes made and donated by the southern pilots of New Orleans. Finally we made it back to the Lafayette area airport and
had a wonderful safety briefing and time to play in the helicopter simulator of PHI. That was a great experience for the ladies
who dared to try it.
It's the south, so time to eat again! We dropped in on the local crawfish king and had mud
bugs and boiled corn with lots of beer. No flying that night! It happened to be a lovely night for the area in which we sat outside. There was good music and a bit of dancing.
The hospitality suite did not lack. The New Orleans 99's have
put out a cookbook and made many of the recipes to promote it. That Friday night there were several dips and chips to ward
off any latent hunger (heaven forbid). The next day after the morning meeting this group again offered their culinary hand
with a pasta jambalaya. Oh my, these gals put on a welcome. The afternoon was free to take a swamp boat tour or listen to
the fish-spotters. That night at a lovely banquet, we were charmed by Bud Forrest, locally based, retired Navy Captain. He
shared his excitement to learn to fly and pass it on to his progeny as well as some of his accomplishments landing on a carrier. We got casual and hung out a bit longer in the hospitality suite and off to home the next morning. R.