Annual Awards Banquet and Education Day
Many of the annual celebrations and events for the Whirly-Girls occur in conjunction with HAI HELI-EXPO.
The banquet is a time of great celebration, when Whirly-Girls and Associate members gather with scholarship sponsors and recipients to congratulate the achievements of these women and encourage them as they pursue excellence in helicopter aviation.
The banquet is also the opportunity for the Whirly-Girls to recognize the dedication of specific members through the Emeritus Circle Awards. These awards are presented to Whirly-Girls and Associate members who have been of great service to the organization through their activities and projects.
The prestigious Livingston Award recognizes the lifetime achievements of a Whirly-Girl. The Livingston Committee chooses the recipient from all nominations received, and the award is also presented at the banquet.
The Whirly-Girls annual business meeting typically takes place the day after the banquet on our education day. The Board of Directors discusses the activities of the past year, plans for the future, and the budget. The annual election takes place, and new board members are welcomed. During the Q&A period, members can ask questions directly of board members.
An educational seminar or panel discussion follows the board meeting. Past speakers have addressed careers in the military, how to perform mountain operations safely, autorotational techniques, and more.
The annual hovering is the last hosted event of the day. Whirly-Girls and friends gather and talk about what they've been up to in the past year. It's a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
During the COVID pandemic, the Whirly-Girls held the banquet and hovering virtually over Zoom. We were delighted to meet again in person in 2022.
Stay tuned for more details about our next banquet and education day events. You can find out what's coming up by check our calendar.