The Zonta Club of Jamestown remembered Amelia Earhart, who on Jan. 11, 1935, became the first person, man or woman, to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. Ms. Earhart was famous for her nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic, May 20 and 21, 1932, the first for a woman.
Ms. Earhart, born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, was the 16th woman to receive a pilot's license from the FAI (License No. 6017). She developed a friendship and planned on teaching Eleanor Roosevelt, who wanted to learn to fly. Mrs. Roosevelt even got her student permit. Ms. Earhart met Orville Wright in 1937 in the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, the same year she disappeared.
The United States government spent $4 million looking for her, which made it the most costly and intensive air and sea search in history at that time.
Zonta International sponsors an Amelia Earhart Fellowship of $10,000 annually to 35 fellows around the world. For more information about this fellowship award, see zonta.org and search Amelia Earhart.
For more information on the local Zonta Club of Jamestown, visit zontajamestown.org, or call Shauna Anderson, president, at 386-7802.