2011 Activities on What's Happening page.
April 30 & May 1st -- Appearance at the annual Alaska Airmen's Expo, Fed Ex hangar and tarmac, Anchorage. Look for Sandi in the 99s booth throughout the show where she will sign her books. At 3:00 pm on Sunday she will give a presentation upstairs in the FedEx Hangar, with a power point program.
May 3rd -- University of Alaska Aviation School, Merrill Field, 8:30 AM, Lani Kyle's classroom. Meeting future pilots, and giving them the opportunity to meet pilots currently in career positions, like Christine Dunning with UPS.
May 5th -- Lunch with members of Alaska Professional Communicators, McKinley's Restaurant, Anchorage -- getting together with old friends.
May 11 -- Presentation to the Alaska 99s and members of the Zonta Club.
Buffet dinner at La Cabana in Anchorage, 6 pm, cost is $16.50, email reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org Everyone welcome.
The outgoing blond, is "addicted to writing," she says."Through my aviation writing, I meet some of the most amazing, capable, knowledgeable people who seem fearless, whether it's in the cockpit of an aircraft, or on 20,320' Denali in Alaska. What a life! What an adventure!"
Sandi Sumner knew when she set course for Alaska in 1994 that she wanted to pursue her writing full time. She arrived in Anchorage, July 24, 1994. Call it coincidence or fate, but July 24 is the anniversary of Amelia Earhart's birth. Apparently, Sumner was destined to write about women who fly airplanes.
The Anchorage Daily News nicknamed Sumner an "Armchair Daredevil," a title she admits is a pretty accurate description. She said, "I'm never going to climb in the cockpit of an aerobatic plane and fly it upside down like Patti Wagstaff, or skydive out of a perfectly good airplane like Carol Redding, or mush dogs in the 1,049 mile Iditarod Race like pilot Diana Moroney, but it was great fun to meet women who live to do this very thing!"
And meeting and writing about women who climb 20,320 foot Mt. McKinley, Alaska (Denali) and other mountains like Everest, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, K2 and Ama Dablam, Mt. Vinson -- to name a few -- is another great adventure for the ever-curious author who will soon release her third non-fiction book titled, "Alaska Women's Journey".
Click on the Photo link to view some of the women pilots and mountain climbers.
Sumner is a member of The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Inc., Willamette Writers in Oregon, Honorary Member of Alaska Chapter of Ninety-Nines, member of Women in Aviation International, member of the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and the Alaska Airmens Assn. She has also been a member of Soroptimist and Toastmasters International, and recently needed a second creative outlet so she's a new member of The Polymer Clay Guild in Colorado.
Sandi offers this food for thought:
"If it is to be, it's up to me."