Neal Holland and the entire team of Hosts wish you the best as you undertake the position of International
We look forward to a great relationship with you and extend you our aissistance in anyway. Should you require us to help you and the Silverliners achieve their new membership goal, we too offer you time on our show for any program, please let us know.
2018-2020 International Officers
President - Janice (Wilgus) Henry
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Silverliners and “Life After Eastern”
The Silverliners International President, Conni Leaf Kerrigan has another Silverliners program designed to entertain you with the EAL Radio Show Episode 366, Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. EDT. The broadcast will take place onsite at the Silverliners Convention at the Wyndham Grand Hotel at Harborside in beautiful Jupiter, Florida…and as the Silverliners say, “The Margaritaville State of the Mind Convention and Party. The convention dates are Tuesday, May 15 to Friday, May 18, 2018, but the broadcast will be on location on May 17th, 2018.
Each one of these wonderful former Eastern Flight Attendants project enthusiasm and the spirit of our former airlines…and as we quote Captain Eddie Rickenbacker who said, “his girls were the silver lining of any dark cloud”. They are too, as you’ll hear during our interviews that we carry out.
The Silverliners attend the convention from different locations across the country. Those that work, all have different environments unlike the former positions at Eastern Airline (although some of them still are FAs at other airlines) and will give us their insights on the wonderful EAL memories they share and more of their “Life After Eastern”.
Please join us Thursday, May 17, 2018 to welcome the Silverliners' participation and hear them speak to us onsite as they celebrate their 64 Year Anniversary in 2018. Plan to listen in as we leave the gate at 11:00 A.M. EDT. See more on...Silverliners News.
the new JAX chapter was a great success and we are looking forward to
the Inaugural Luncheon Sunday for the new HOU chapter!
Now with that behind us we want to concentrate on expanding DTW, ORD, SWF (Naples/Ft Myers), KEYS, MCO, SAN (San Diego) and look at opening new chapters in DFW, PHX, STL, New Jersey, SAV/HHI and anywhere else that has enough interest.
Let me know if any of you are in these areas or know someone who is. SILVERLINERS is open to flight attendants from any airline.
SILVERLINERS are on a roll and expanding their presence nationwide. We are on the move to expand the Chicago, Detroit, San Diego, Keys and Omaha chapters, and we are working on opening new chapters in Jacksonville, Houston and Dallas. If you live in any of these areas or know someone who does and want to join one of the most rewarding airline organizations in the country please respond to this post. We will consider other areas not mentioned if we have a minimum of 5 members. We have opened our membership to other airlines as well. Reconnecting with “old” roommates and friends from a wonderful time in our lives is the most rewarding benefit of membership, while keeping the spirit of our beloved airline alive.
Present Day Comment from FaceBook 2017
Detroit Motown Chapter Christmas Flight to the North Pole
Kathie Richards Laper is with Madge McGoorty and Joan Lamborn.
Detroit Motown Chapter had their Flight to the
North Pole yesterday! I just had to go and be a part of it! It was well worth
every penny I spent on my airline ticket! Hope you enjoy the photos!
Beverly Gantley LaPointe Thanks for sharing, Kathy! Congrats to the Detroit Motown Chapter...great job!!!
Donna Dunham Stroud So nice to see this still happens. I miss the days when MCO flew to the North Pole. It was such a joy to be a small part of. Thanks for posting!!!!! Love seeing the smiles on the kids faces, it's all because of you. Merry Christmas Detroit!
Anne Moore you all look so festive...what a fun party!!
Silverliners History 1954-2018
Three remarkable women – Carol Montell Harlin, Doris Coughlin Self and Claire Ward Westhafer got together in New York to talk about their "flying days." They took the steps needed from that meeting to bring about the most unusual organization in the world – The Silverliners. They met with Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, founder of EAL, who selected the name Silverliners while commenting “his girls were the silverlining of any dark cloud”. The word got out and in December 1954, a meeting was held of former Eastern Air Lines stewardesses who were interested in retaining old and gaining new friendships and raising monies for charitable purposes.
In 1968, the four independent chapters came together (with the help of Eastern) to become the National Silverliners. This meeting of New York, New Jersey, Miami and Atlanta chapters was held in Atlanta. In 1974, with the addition of the Mexico City chapter, we became the International Silverliners. We also welcomed current flight attendants. Silverliners opened their doors to Associate Members in 1994 giving us the opportunity to welcome those who have helped us so much through the years as well as people who are newly aware of Silverliners to our organization.
As we matured, we found ways for International to keep us even closer by encouraging the chapters to participate in a nationwide endeavor – our Flight to the North Pole. This annual event has brought much joy to challenged and critically ill children and their families.
In 1987, we adopted an International charity, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (whose champion was actor Paul Newman). We retired our initial pledge to build a cabin for the camp, but continued to provide monetary support for other camp needs.
We have helped raise millions of dollars, spent thousands of hours helping others, worked thousands of hours as volunteers for Eastern and enjoyed each other at chapter meetings and International Meetings and Conventions.
To continue to reach out to new people and bring fresh ideas and ways to share what our Founders envisioned for us are the goals we still embrace.
This year we celebrate our 60th Anniversary. 60 years of fundraising, fun and friendship . . . thanks to Eastern Air Lines, our Founders and each and every member – past and present! If you are a former EAL flight attendant or employee and if you'd like to join us for our 60th Anniversary celebration in April, please send us an email request at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the website Contact Us.
Annual International Event Brings Eastern Air Lines Flight Attendants Together
President - Conni (Leaf/Foster/Brophy) Kerrigan - DCA/FGC Chapters
Vice President - Janice (Wilgus) Henry - FGC Chapter
Secretary - Adrienne (Collier) Love - FGC Chapter
Treasurer - Patty (Bennis) McLean - PBI Chapter
Magazine Editor - Jan (Fox) Belland - VIL Chapter
Florida Gulf Coast
Motown Nation's Capital
The Charlotte Chapter of the Silverliners are offering inside window decals for $5.00.
Anyone interested in purchasing, please contact Gail Barry Shook, or me.
Thanks, Nancy Stout
Sure had a wonderful time by the happy expressions on each face.
From Sonia Ramos Garda (DCA): please contact her at: SGadra@me.com
Hi, I'm a new Silverliner, who joined the Nations Capitol Chapter (DCA) about a year ago. I flew Eastern from early 1963 through 1964 based in New York.
I am looking for two former
roommates: Virginia Perez, originally from San Antonio, Texas and
Roberta (Bobby) Fox, originally from Boston, Mass. These are their
maiden names. We lived in an apartment in Kew Gardens, New York.
I would also like to find our class photo, from April, 1963. Thanks, Hope you can help.
Best, Sonia (Ramos) Gadra, originally from New York City.
PAST INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENTS
Jeanne Fitzgerald Smith - 1968-1970
Beverly Bridgers Bennis - 1970-1972
Fay Wolfenbarger Flinchum - 1972-1974
JoAnn Kingsley Egan - 1974-1976
Billie Gillom Schaeffer - 1976-1978
Judy Lockwood Parker - 1978-1980
Dorothy Gomolak Nouhan -1980-1982
Eleanor Johnson Skipsey - 1982-1984 Audrey Thieme Feller * - 1984-1986
Lois Jirschele Morton - 1986-1988
Merrill Anners Oberg - 1988-90
Willie Podesta Young -- 1990-1992
Claudia Tangye Van Veen - 1992-1996
Margo Hall Salyer * - 1996-2000
Conni Leaf Kerrigan - 2000-2004
Kris Karg Ericson - 2004-2008
Marge McCray Robertson - 2008-2012
Patricia Bennis McLean - 2012 - 2016
F/A Olga Hernandez
From Sharon Contreras and Cheryl Swisher:
Looking for EAL Olga Hernandez
Last night I went to a 70th birthday party for a friend from New York that now owns the property of the Villa Vera Hotel. You all remember the Villa Vera Hotel. Lots of memories.
He flew four of his oldest friends in from New York. They all live in Manhattan. It was fun meeting and talking with them. Lots of old stories from the 70's and 80's in Acapulco.
Then the name......Eastern Airlines came up. One of the men said he had been married to an Eastern Airline Flight Attendant by the name of Olga......and I finished his sentence......Hernandez. He was so surprised that I had known and flown with her more times than I could count.
He said he use to pass ride to Acapulco with her many many times for layovers. Wouldn't it be nice if someone would be able to find pictures of her. In uniform or on layovers. If you have any....please email or Facebook them to me. He will only be here a few days.
He said she passed away several years ago. They have two grown children. He still lives in Manhattan. The conversation brought back so many memories......of the good old days both for Eastern and Acapulco. Please ask any of your friends that you just might think might have a picture. Any names you might not see above.
Thank you......hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. It is so unseasonably hot right now. December in Acapulco should never be this hot. And......in the States.....snow snow snow.
Patty McLean, President
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Silverliners Officers and Contact Information
OUR FOUNDERS OUR PIONEERS
Carol Montell Harlin,
Marguerite Cook Crowell
Doris Coughlin Self
Ann DePriest Morton
Claire Ward WesthaferMadeline Moon Sternberg
2016 EXECUTIVE BOARD
President: Patty McLean
Vice President: Barbara Bukata
Treasurer: Lisa Barrett
Magazine Editor: Conni Kerrigan
Parliamentarian: Jeanne Smith
By-Laws: Janice Henry
REPA: Beverly Bennis
Directory: Conni Kerrigan
Audit: Dorothy Nouhan
It is with sadness to report that Floyd Hall passed away yesterday. Right to the end, he had great recall of events and people involved in matters Eastern. I was last with him Sunday. As he faded in and out of sleep, he apologized for not having a good day, yet he was animated when speaking about some of his old colleagues.
He had a great love for the Eastern Airlines family saying on more than one occasion that his years with Eastern were the best of his career.
May he rest in peace.
As a former Pan Am flight attendant for 20 years, and now a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst for 25 more, I've been writing at length to sound the alarm about the decline of the American airline industry. In particular, I've discussed the traumatic emotional consequences to employees due to the massive changes they've had to endure.
Eastern's First Air Hostesses - 1932
March, 1932 The newest vocation for women, that of air hostess, is now one year old. It was begun as an experiment but was declared today to occupy a permanent place in air transportation. The carefully chosen, smartly uniformed young women fly between the North and South in the comfortable Curtis Condor of Eastern Air Transport.
When this transport line employed girls a year ago to fly as regular members of the crews of its big 18-passenger airliners, it told them not only were they individually on probation but the hostess idea was on probation as well. It would have to prove itself, and the girls would have to show that they could uphold the standards demanded by the company and maintain their round of duties efficiently.
Since that time the seven flying hostesses have flown and average of 97,142 miles each, and have covered a total of approximately 680,000 miles. The three senior hostesses, according to the terms of service, have covered more that 100,000 miles each in the year. And all of them declare today that in spite of their many flying miles they are “wild” about their jobs.
The senior flying hostesses are Miss Beulah Unruh, who flew 138,000 miles in the year; Miss Madeline Moon, who flew 118,000 miles, and Miss Marion Cook, who traveled 108,600 miles. Miss Unruh is a pilot in her own right, holding a limited commercial license. She declares she “likes all kinds of flying whether I do the piloting or not.” Miss Moon, the daughter of an army chaplain, formerly was an art instructor in the Fort Riley School. More recently she was in charge of the Arts and Crafts Department of a large metropolitan store. Mis Cook was a school teacher in New Jersey.
The girls fly between Newark Airport, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Greensboro, Charlotte, Spartanburg, Greenville, Atlanta, Raleigh, Florence, Charleston, Savannah, and Jacksonville. In addition to the hostesses named, others are Miss Edwina Davis, senior ground hostess stationed at Washington; Miss Rita Bailey, Miss Anne De Priest, Miss Carrie De Priest, Miss Doris Frost, Miss Gertrude Van Hoven, Miss Alice West, Miss Katherine Turner, Miss Helen M. Kymer, and Mrs. Susan Garber. The latter is airport hostess at Richmond, and Miss Turner is stationed in Atlanta.
Children's Christmas Flight to the North Pole.
A number of children suffering with life-threatening conditions are getting a chance to visit the North Pole Wednesday.
Madge McGoorty sends this video clip from Detriot FOX News. Please take a look at what this great Eastern organization does each year - for the past 24 years. Their dedication and Purpose certainly keeps the Eastern Legacy ahead of all the air carriers. Thanks, Sliverliners.
Class of 1960
Bev Bennis - aka: Mrs Santa Claus
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