The Ventura County Ninety-Nines, based in southern California, is part of the Southwest Section of The Ninety-Nines, Inc., a nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 women pilots. In 1973, the chapter was founded by six women pilots as the Santa Paula Chapter of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. In 1999, the name was changed to the Ventura County Chapter to reflect their expanding membership in Ventura County.
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Our Board of Directors
Judy McCarthy - Chairman
Alison Barker - Vice Chairman
Janeen Gaul - Secretary
Paula Heintz - Treasurer
Peggy Watson-Meinke - Past Chairman
As one of the largest Chapters in the organization today, our membership has surpassed 110. To put this in perspective, one in 51 worldwide members of The Ninety-Nines is a member of the Ventura County Chapter. The membership includes general aviation pilots and professional pilots who fly for airlines, corporations, government entities and the movie industry. Some are military pilots, flight instructors, those who fly for enjoyment and student pilots. They are women who possess a wide range of talents and are willing to put them to use.
As a Chapter, they have become recognized as leaders and strong supporters of many activities within Southwest Section and the International organization. The Ventura County Ninety-Nines is also one of the most active Chapters in the world. They host an annual Aviation Career Day, speaker programs for the local aviation community, paint air markings for local airports and organize a host of other aviation-related activities. The VC99s' Annual Pilot Proficiency Classes and Annual Silent Auction enabled the Chapter to contribute significantly to the repair and maintenance of the International Headquarters and Museum of Women Pilots building in Oklahoma City as well as many types of flying scholarships.
In addition, the Chapter endowed the VC99s Perpetual Scholarship through the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2006 and currently offers annual aviation scholarships to the local community. In 2011, the Chapter contributed matching funds and with the help of significant matching funds from Lightspeed Aviation, concluded a successful fundraising drive for the Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship, in memory of their beloved member, National Aerobatic Championship Pilot Vicki Cruse. The scholarship is a perpetual scholarship administered by the Ninety-Nines Inc., Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund.