Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame
2008 Induction Ceremony
Saturday, October 25, 2008
EAA AirVenture Museum
Museum open 1:00 PM
Annual meeting 2:00 PM
Silent auction and social hour 5:00 PM
Dinner and ceremony 6:00 PM
The EAA AirVenture Museum was opened to banquet guests at 1:00 PM. This bonus is a part of the ceremony registration fee. First time visitors to the facility raved about their experience. During the afternoon the WAHF Annual Membership Meeting was held as was a short directors meeting.
Pre-ceremony events included a reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the auction are used to underwrite WAHF scholarships and other outreach efforts. We are deeply indebted to those businesses and individuals that donate items to the auction. We also salute all auction bidders for their support.
The ceremony began with WAHF Inductee Tom Thomas providing an inspirational message. Next year, 2009, is Wisconsin's Centennial of Flight. Michael Goc, WAHF Vice-president, shared the organization's tentative plans for a year-long celebration.
WAHF President Rose Dorcey then presented three aviation scholarships. Matthew Wittenwyler, a student at Blackhawk Technical College, was awarded the Carl Guell Memorial Scholarship. The Thiessen Field Scholarship went to Fox Valley Technical College student Jordan Valiga. Ryan Johnson, another Blackhawk student, was presented the Jerome Ripp Memorial Scholarship.
Orland Corben and John Wood, pioneer inductees, were introduced by Michael Goc. Receiving the plaque for Corben was Dane County Airport Commission Chairman Dennis O'Loughlin. WAHF member and former director, Bob Wylie, accepted the plaque for Wood. Charles Allen introduced inductee Robert Stuckey. Judy Sasse and Robert Stuckey Jr. received their father's plaque. WAHF director Charles Swain introduced inductees Richard and Bobbie Wagner. Tim Lippert, WAHF member, introduced inductee Jean Hauser. Past inductees Bob Clarke (06), Archie Henkelmann (94), and Tom Thomas (07) welcomed the newest inductees into the hall of fame.
View more images of the evening's festivities on the next page.
Bob and Grace Wylie.
Bob Kunkel (left) visits with
Herb and Fran Brende.
Tom Thomas welcomes
Richard Wagner into Hall of Fame.