By MARY CREIGHTON
Tuesday evening Zonta Clubs of Mineral Wells and Parker County came together for a joint dinner at Holiday Hills Country Club to honor the legacy of Amelia Earhart, famous woman aviator who was also a Zonta member at the time of her disappearance during a 1937 flight around the world.
Over the years stories of Amelia Earhart have inspired many young women to go beyond their boundaries and excel at whatever they desire. For this reason, Zonta International has dedicated a day known as “Amelia Earhart Day” and has set up scholarships to help young women who wish to enter fields such as aviation or engineering.
Last year, Zonta Club of Parker County hosted a dinner and invited Mineral Wells members to join as co-sponsors for the event. This year, Mineral Wells and Parker County Zonta continued this tradition in Mineral Wells.
Amelia Earhart Committee leaders for this event were Lynda Horton-Turk and Kim Olson.
Guest speaker for the Amelia Earhart Legacy Dinner was Elizabeth McCormick.
McCormick was a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot during her career in the Army. She has since become a motivational speaker, author and serves on various boards, including Grace After Fire, a U.S. women veterans assistance program that helps women in their transition from military to civilian life.
The audience of approximately 100 Palo Pinto and Parker County citizens heard McCormick's story of how she became a helicopter pilot and a recollection of one of her most memorable flights. She encouraged the audience to never give up on their dreams.