Successful Amelia Earhart Celebration Dinner in London

The Zonta club London II once again held their successful celebration dinner for the 2016 Amelia Earhart fellows studying in the UK, at Radisson Blue Hotel in Central London on November 26. 20 zontians and guests mingled with 9 fellows, five of them from previous years and four new fellows for 2016.

The 2016 fellows, Angeliki Laskari from Southampton University, Ann-Maria Kypriou and Heather Jameson from Cambridge, and Marilena DiCarlo from Strathclyde University in Glasgow received their pins and diploma from the hands of area director Carol Ann Howells and district Amelia Earhart committee chairman Britt Gustawsson.

Celebrating the Amelia Earhart fellows stuying in the UK was a long tradition of the Zonta club London I but since 2009 it has been taken over by the London II club. The celebration dinner is much appreciated by everybody involved, and the fellows go back to their universities and tell their friends about it, and more PhD students in aeronautical sciences and engineering in the UK are applying for the award. All fellows, new and from previous years, are invited to the dinner, and this is an excellent opportunity for them to see each other again and network.

Since 2009 they are representing 6 different universities in the UK. Squadron Leader Jim Barnes was an appreciated speaker during the dinner, talking about his research into the Amelia Earhart disappearance and the mystery it is surrounded by. Jim is of the opinion that the records Amelia Earhart set up where never set or match by men. Based on his own experience flying with women, he is firmly of the view that women are better pilots than men.

Britt Gustawsson
Amelia Earhart Committee Chairman