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Minutes of October Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met at the 99s Museum of Women Pilots in Oklahoma City on October 18. In attendance were Tom and Heidi Koszoru, Claire McMurray and Syd Henderson. After this meeting we adjourned to Denny’s on I-240 for a business meeting.
         If we wish to meet at the 99s Museum, we would have to meet on Saturday afternoon, probably at 2:30 p.m. since the 99s Museum closes at 4:00 p.m. They have a meeting room on the second floor and a board room with a round table on the first floor. There is a $5.00 admission fee to the Museum, so we’d need to take that into account if we decide to have meetings there.
         Carolyn Smith, who is head of the Museum these days, gave us a tour of the Museum..The Ninety Nines, Inc, International Organization of Women Pilots was founded in 1929. The name comes because the organization was founded by 99 women pilots. Their first president was Amelia Earhart. They have a model of Amelia Earhart’s birthplace at the Museum as well as a couple of displays devoted to her. They also have displays to other women pilots, of course, including early pioneers, Jackie Cochran, who was the first woman to break the sound barrier and Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle. They have one large map devoted to the First Women’s Transcontinental Air Race in 1929. (The women’s cross-country race is known as the Powder Puff Derby.)
         Tom suggested doing a Casino Night with the Knights of Columbus to benefit the 99s Museum. Carolyn has to present it to the Museum’s board. We could serve food, but nothing sticky and definitely not barbecue. We don’t need much lead time to set up a casino night.
         The Ninety-Nines have a public relations firm that they’ve been using for years, so if we do activities with them, we can let that firm handle the publicity.

         After our tour of the Museum, since we had not had time to go through the agenda, we adjourned to Denny’s.
         For Space Week,Tom did the Great Space Race at the University of Michigan on Friday (the 10th, I think). The NSS did a Second Life party on Saturday of Space Week.
         For the anniversary of the moon landing, plan A is to do a thing with KTOK Radio, plan B is a mall display, and plan C is a library display. We should try to do an activity with children. If we do something at a library, should it be in Moore or Norman?
         Syd misplaced the month's bank statements and needs to get the bank to replace them.
         We ate, put together an agenda, and adjourned.

--Minutes submitted by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

 

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