communicATinG wiTh You
You may think of Aviation for Women as the sole publication you receive as part of your membership in Women in Aviation,
International, but it’s only one of several methods WAI has to
communicate with you. Sure, the magazine is the biggest and the glossiest publication you
get, and chock full of news, stories about inspiring women, new products and all the rest.
But there is more. WAI’s electronic newsletter WAI Connect
arrives via email—if you’re not receiving it, it could be that
WAI doesn’t have your email address, so send it along. Neither of these publications could be possible without the support of its advertisers and sponsors.
If you haven’t yet attended a WAI Conference, you may not
have seen a publication that is distributed there. WAI pub-lishes three issues of The Daily, a newsletter distributed at
the Conference to highlight interesting people and activities throughout the Conference. Typically we have published
three issues per Conference: you get the first one when you
arrive and register, the second one as you enter the General
Session on Friday morning and the third one when you enter
the General Session on Saturday morning.
The second and third issues of The Daily are published on
site. We write it during the day, get the file to the printer by
5:00 p.m., and print overnight. That tight deadline is a challenge, but the greater challenge is to depend on volunteer
writers and photographers to get the job done. But that challenge is also what makes it most fun—and most rewarding.
When volunteers arrive in the WAI Press Room, the home
base for The Daily, they often believe they’ll just be helping
greet the media or straightening up the room or running errands. These volunteers are often surprised when we hand
them an assignment and send them out to write their stories.
Who are my favorite volunteers? The military. I usually
start out by asking a new volunteer if he or she has ever writ-
ten an article. Mostly the answer is “no,” but the military vol-
unteers routinely say to me, “No ma’am, but I can try.”
Living in New York City, I am not called “Ma’am” that of-
ten, but beyond that, I love the attitude of “I can try” and
that’s all we could ever expect from a volunteer. Considering
that many of our volunteer writers are not experienced writ-
ers, I am usually blown away by what a great job they’ve done
and the load of positive energy they bring to the task. It won’t
surprise you that some of our Daily writers have gone on to
write for Aviation for Women. Editor Amy Laboda and I are
like proud Mother Hens when that happens.
For me, another reward of managing volunteer writers is
seeing their excitement when The Daily is published and they
see their name in print alongside their articles. Nothing that is
written ever goes to waste since if we don’t use it in The Daily,
it will find a home in Aviation for Women or the WAI blog.