I ( Amy) was blessed with the opportunity to go down to the Women in Aviation International conference this March in Nashville, Tennessee. I was walking around the booths the first day and notice a booth that was called " Air Race Classic". I thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce myself and see what information that I could get out of the two ladies standing at the booth for hints for the race.
As I was standing in line, I read the ladies name tags and the lady closest to me was named JoAnne. It dawned on me that Katrina and I had a mother bird that was named JoAnne. After introducing myself, we realized that she was our mother bird. She was very excited to meet me as I was with her! I was able to sit down with her and find out more information on the leg procedures of the race as well as what paperwork we needed. She gave me ideas on how other teams prepare. I was telling her how we were receiving so much support within the UND community and we are so grateful for all the help that we have received and continue to receive. She suggested that we should find a "Ground Support Group" that we can delegate tasks to for help before and during the race. This helps get the UND community more involved in helping up win the race! I thought it was a great idea! If anybody is interested, students, staff, etc., we are willing to have you help us out and support us!
Overall, I had an amazing experience at the conference and being able to sit down with our Mother bird and get more information on what to do to prepare was an priceless opportunity! It has definitely made me excited for the race and opened my eyes to the experience that I am able to embrace!