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All who knew and loved her were deeply shocked and saddened to
learn that Clara Jo Marsh Stember died suddenly on July 10, 1978
of a heart attack in Hartford, Connecticut while working as an art
therapist on an experimental state program designed to help sexually abused children. She was one of few practicing children's art
therapists in New York state and was shortly to be awarded a PhD
in art therapy from Antioch College, Ohio. She had been commuting to Connecticut from her home in Glen Cove, Long Island,
New York since last November, devoting her fine talents to this
unique program.
Clara Jo (44-3) and Kay Dussaq (44-1) were the prime movers and
initiators in forming the Order of Fifinella about a month before
deactivation, December 20, 1944. They were pursuing the principal
objectives - to create a unified postwar WASP organization to
influence legislation, to contact potential employers in the aviation
industry who could use our unique military flying experience and
to perpetuate the common bond we share.
As our first chairman and national president, Clara Jo and her staffRuth Mary Petry, secretary/treasurer, and Hally Stires, Executive
secretary and business manager - witnessed the formation of the
Order of Fifinella on June 28,1946. Clara Jo lent us great strength
and guidance in those early days; she launched the first nationwide
communications effort through the initial issues of the Newsletter
and Roster, and helped organize our first national convention.
Many of us carry the memories of the flying and fun of that first
convention sponsored by Piper Aircraft, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania which culminated in the great historic delivery flight of a
hundred Cubs in formation, flying from Lock Haven to Akron for
the National Air Races, and then on to delivery points throughout the United States. A few went overseas.
Clara Jo was certified as a pilot at age 15 and flew in an air circus
with her brothers. She
, was born in Duluth, Minnesota ...and spent



her growing years in that area. Her active life was one of
achievement, dedication, compassion, and a special enthusiasm for whatever task she undertook. The last seven years of
her life gave her a tremendous sense of accomplishment. The
Hartford program chairman, Dr. Susan Segroi, said of her,
"She was so enthusiastic about what she was doing that she
used the art materials as an entryway - not only into the
home but into the situation. She was.a unique and remark.
able person many ways, she's irreplaceable."
This expresses the feelings of the WASPs who were privileged
to know and work with her over the years. Clara Jo will not
be soon forgotten.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry, an attorney; two sons,
Alan and Stephen; and two brothers, Marvin Marsh of
Birmingham, Mich., and Francis Marsh of Maumee, Ohio.
Written Aug. 16, 1978
Betty Jane Williams
Noni Anderson

.'.Clara Jo held a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and a master's from Adelphi. She was to get a doctorate
in art therapy from Union Graduate School of Antioch
College ~ Ohio in December.


Officers 1978 - 1980

Lillian Roberts - President.
Elizabeth Nicholas - Vice~President
Edna Davis - Secretary/Treasurer
Marty Wyall - Historian
Leoti Deaton - Board Member
Byrd Granger - Board Member
Bernice H~du - Board Member

Lee Wheelwright - ChairmanVeteran . Congressional

Liaison CCIllIIlittee.
Dora Dougherty Strother - Chairman Study COIIDDittee,
Incorporation & Name
Patricia Hughes - Special Advisor to the Board
Betty Cross - Editor, Newsletter
B.J. Williams - Director Publicity/Public Relationl

885-26 South Orange Grove
Pasadena, Ca. 91105
Phone: (213) 799~Zl

MyWarmestGreetings To Each Of You:

Howfine to be able to speak to you at last.
1 regret that it has been necessary tor me to
wait this considerable time to tell you howdeeply 1 apprecoate your entrusting me with the office of WASP
You surprised me and you
delighted me and 1 thank you with all my heart.
It is my belief, based upon the'simple fact of
your vote, that the matters of primary interest
to you are .as follows:
(1) A rapid settbment of our WASP
veteran status
and clarification
of "the individual procedures to
be followed.
(2) Structuring for our group the permanent framework of
veterans organization plus auxiliary
within which the WASP
and all of their friends
can fit comfortably.
These, then, are the matters upon which 1 shall
concentrate for now. Ho",ever, since my concept
of the primary function of a WASP
officer is that
of a conduit through which each of you transmit
to all of you, 1 urge you to keep me co.antly
aware of your other interests.
For sharing is
our wealth; our shared experiences, ideas, memories, emotions, visions, laughter, companionship -


this is what we are all about. This is what we

are' and what we have always been. What a joy it
will be for the next two years to have a part in
ensuring that this is what we remain.
Thank you for assigning me so generous a role
in such a happy endeavor.
God bless you,
Lillian Roberts

President, Women
Airforce Service Pilots, WWII
Born Ft. Worth, Texas. Movedto Los Angeles CA
in 1931, and to NewYork City in 1935. Learned to
fly in Miami, Fla., in a Piper Cub on pontoons,
therefore initially
licensed with sea rating only
and acquired land rating shortly thereafter.
In 1942, was requested by General Luke Smith
(Hdqs. ArmyAir Corps, Training Camnand)to come to
Washington, D.C. as assistant to Jacqueline Cochran whowas shortly to arrive in that city to direct
the proposed Armyprogram to train womenpilots and
to expand their utilization.
Occupied office with
Miss Cochran in old Munitions Bldg. in D.C. throughout formative stages of program and there interviewed a number of the womenwho later entered the
early training classes.
During this period flew to
manyparts of the U.S. to explore with the military
their projections of the types and number of essential flying jobs that would increasingly be drained
of pilots due to the accelerating withdrawal of men
pilots for duty overseas, and the question of the
of placing Armytrained womenpilots in
those jobs. After Headquarters made the decision
to utilize NancyLove1 s WAFS
as the mlcleus of a
militarized corps of J.rmytrained womenpilots,
flew with Miss Cochran on some of her inspection
trips to prospective WASP
headquarters locations
and training fields.
WhenMiss Cochran established
her WASP
Headquarters in.Texas, movedover to the
newly opened wind up the Washington,
D.C. paperwork and .then went to Houston in.time to
enter the class of 43-3.
This class had its training split about evenly
between Houston and Sweetwater. After graduation
was stationed at Ranulus Field in Michigan (under
Squadron COIIlIII&Dder.
Barbara Donohue, one of the original WAFS
with NancyLove) and ferried planes
until WASP
Graduated from Pursuit
School in Brownsville, TX, and received instrument
training and rating on B-251s in St. Joseph, MO.
Flew the usual motley assortment of whatever the
ArrIryneededmovedaround in the five classifications
of liason-training,
light cargo, heavy cargo, medium
bc:IDbersand pursuit, with emphasis on"P-51Is, PT-.
261 S (to training fields scattered throughout Canada), P-391s and P-631s (to Great Falls), B-251s
(to Montreal),' and two tour s of extended service
at the Beechcrat't factory in Wichita ferrying primarily their twin-eilgine 14-passenger plane bearing
the ArrIrydesignation of e-J.6- or.g-45.
Memorysometimes stumbles when casting back more than thirty
yeare for such details
. lnm.diate~ after WASP
deactivation returned to
family hane in California, and very soon thereafter
met' and married the actor &If Roberts. Wrote and'

lectured for someyears on political. philosophy,

law and related subjects.
After Mr. Roberts' death in Mayof 1975,
movedto a farm in Virignia located about two miles
from that of Barbara DonohueRoss, and thirty-six
miles from Washington, D.C., where other longtime
friends (such as Ramulus-basedMargaret Kerr
Boylan) resided.
In Companywith such friends took up gliding at
the Warrenton (Va.) Soaring Center, but was unable
to get past novice stage before f~
matters necessitated return to west coast.
Nowreside in
Pasadena, California.

125 West 82nd St.
Indianapolis, Ind. 46260

Betty Nicholas
Manythanks for your vote of confidence in electing me the new Vice-President of the Order of Fifinella.
Naturally, I will do all in my power to
help make this a good two years for the organization along with the other elected officers.
It was good to see so many old friends at the' reunion as well as make the acquaintance of new ones.
The job of secretary/treasurer
has been a great
opportunity to get better acquainted with manymore
of you, and I feel sure the new secretary/treasurer
will find it as rewarding.
Betty Nioholas
As a profile was written on our new Vice-Pres.
when she was elected secretary/treasurer
in 1975
I will not repeat this.
Her record from her previous term as an Officer of OOFstands for itself
and she has (kindly) agreed to continue doing the
Roster along with her new duties as Vice-President.
This past year she did have a slight job change
from being manager of the word processing center
where she works to, now, preparing procedure manuals, users' guide, and a dictating course for word
She says it does take the pressure off
but isn't half as interesting.
However, after all
these years she finally has regular hours. ED.



114 H. Norton Ave.
. Los Angeles, CA90004
(2l.3) 464-3746 (b)3B6-3007

IIpearl Harbor, a BA-degree, A Private Pilot license, a train to Sweetwater and I was in 43-W-5.11
After was the Ferry Command
at Love
Field at Dallas. Then, assignment to DodgeCity,
Kansas in the dead of winter which was no fun but
the B-26 wasl The rest of duty time was spent
towing targets in B-26's at Harlingen, Texas.
This was a gunnery training base and, as such, we
were fortunate to check out in everything that
passes through the field such as the P-39, P-63,
Upondeactivation - matrimony and Jack Davis, a
B-24 pilot at the same base. East met West, he
from South Carolina and I from Los Angeles. He
returned from B-29's to LawSchool in Columbia,
South Carolina and I instructed for a short period.
Then, the long period of time for all those things
one does with life two sons, on and off flying,
skiing and traveling with a homebase in the middle of Los Angeles, involvement in many activities in the volunteer field seven community
boards (not all at once), and I served as president of four.
I am presently serving as president of Western Region of SA'DH--5ocietyfor the
Advancementof Travel for the Handicapped.
I keep up my Commerciallicense but am not seriously active - letting airline-p1lots
do the work.
After sixteen years in the .travel business-in all
facets such as tour conducting ,"outh groupe to
Europe to managing agencies-I opened my own
IITravel Place" in 1976. Responsibility for four
co-horts limits my travels somewhatbut I am almost in the Century Club, which requires visiting
100 countries.
Having lived and worked with all you free-independent womenhas prepared me for all this and I
So here you are, still together, still free-independent-doersl
Being lour Secretary/Treasurer is a challenging
task with the opportunity tor me to knowyou all.
certainly do my best You have my heart
and my dedication.
10681 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ85710
Dear WASPs:
Thank you for electing :IIle to serve in your behalf as a memberof the Board of Directors of our
It will be a privilege to help
WomenAir Force Service Pilots to achieve an organization in the form chosen by the majority omd
to help attain veterans' benefits as well as continuing to maintain the ideals which made us serve
as WanenAir Force Service Pilots manyyears ago.
I deeply appreciate your trust in having made me
a memberof our Board and assure you that I shall

do all ll.nTlI3 power t.o serve well.

Byrd Howell Gr~er

our realizing t.he .Longsought victory for

Re~ognition and Veterans Benefits as a memberof
the Military.
She has pledged her support to the
new slate of Officers and, if her past record of
hours and time put in while our President is any
indication, "knowshe will take the position as
Board Memberjust as seriously.

The Former

Dr. Byrd Howell Granger was one of the llguinea

pigsll in the first class, was editor-in-ehief
the IIFifinella Gazettell published while training
was done in Houston, and was directly responsible
for obtaining our Fifi insignia fram Walt Disney.
Following graduation, she was stationed at Love
Field, Dallas, in the Ferrying COIIIlIland.
Love appointed her cOIIIlIlanding
officer for the
ferrying squadron at Palm Springs, California.
Her academic career led to her international recognition as a folklorist.
At the University at
Arizona she held a double professorship in Literature and in Folklore.
During her career she, at
the reque st of the American NameSociety, organiZ'8G
and for several years served as Director of the Place NameSurvey, stepping downrom that
position when she was elected president of the American NameSociety.
She also established and was,
at the time of her retirement, Director of the
Southwestern Lore Center at the University of Arizona formed as the result of a grant fram the Nation~ Endowmentfor the Humanities. Following her
retirement in January of this year, she has been
travelling and writing.
In October, she was appointed to a four~ember Advisory Board of the American Jet School.
imong WASPs,Byrd Granger is mown for her assembling and preparing the effective report which demonstrated beyond question the military service
accamplished by Women
Air Force Service Pilots.

RD 2, Box 519
Newton, N.J. 07860
Our former President of the WASP
fram June 1975 to October 1978. As I printed a
profile en Bea when she took office in 1975 I will
not repeat it at this time. She is a welcomemeIl1ber to the Board, bringing with her the experienoe
gained fram being president of such a large organiaation during a time when our intensified fight for
was put into full swing and endeclin

To mow that what we have done for others is

appreciated is the llltimate in gratification.
grateful and thankful I am for the Awardgiven to
me and the highest of Awards, the Order of Fifinella
Statue, given to Joe and I at the Conference Banquet, Sept. 30, 1978. Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs,
Colorado. Whenthe be autiful lead crystal amphora
on a lighted stand was presented to me, I was genuinely surprised and so pleased not only because of
its beauty, but because of the fact that all of you
did this for me. This is a work of art to be cherished but more important is the thought and effort
that went into the procuring of such a fine gift
as well as the designing and text of the inscriptions.
On the crystal amphora is written:

Order of Fifinella

1975 - 1978
In Appreciation
Airforce Service Pilots
and on the lighted stand is inscribed:
"For Your Inspiring Leadership
AndSteadfast Dedication At
A Critical Time In Our Historyll
A13 if that were not enough, this Awardwas followed by another, the highest of Awardsthat can
be given, the ORDER
whose recipient.s are listed on the back page of the roster.
Inscribed on this Awardis :
for exceptional Stewardship in the affairs of the WanenAirforce Service Pilots (WASP)
WWIIto obtain military
veterans' recognition.
Colorado Springs, Colorado September 30, 197811

The fine "Fifill sculpture was done by Frances A.

Withers and AnnAtkeison. This is a miniature of
the one on the Wishing Well at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. Joe and I are so proud to be listed
amont those who have received this coveted work of
We wish to extend an open !avitation to all
of you to see the Be beautiful Awardswhich will be
housed in a place of honor in our Florida condominium:
4200 N. Ocean Drive
Hi.viera Beach, Florida 33404
Please do not hesitate to call us whenin the area
(a drink goes with the visit).

Vice President:

Sara Payne Hayden

22 Stadium Road
Methuen, MA 01844

It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve as

your Vice President and work with the board members and you in a most rewarding association.
Thank you."

Betty Jo Reed

I want to thank all of you for coming to the WASP

Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
the planning, time spent, and meetings would not
have meant a thing if you had not come to the
WASP Conference.
Four letters and your comments
on what a wonderful time you had were so very nice,
and I want to thank each and everyone of you who
have written to me.
I would like to report that a total of 586 people
attended the conference.
The following is an excerpt from Marlyn Peyton's report on registration. Again, I want to mention the wonderful
cross-filing of information that Marlyn has done,
and this information will be passed on to our
586 people attended and paid for the Conference.
The breakdown follows:


Lee Wheelwright - Chairman
Veteran & Congressional Committee





Total Pre-registered

have all Newsletter copy in his hands by November

10, and to confine the amount of copy to a maximum of (l4)pages.
Thus, there having been neither
space nor time for inclusion of the usual reports
and features, this special Newsletter has only a
few limited but. essential functions.
Primarily, it must serve to identify and locate
the new officers for the membership.
It also affords the imniediate opportunity to acquaint you
with the new appointments, canmittees and procedures that have been initiated since the election.
The subject matter of these and future committees
and departments is usually self-explanatory and
so most related material will quite naturally be
directed to the appropriate body. Unfortunately,
such is not always the case in the area of publicity and public relations.
It is unfair to the
WASP, to outside persons and organizations, and
to B.J. Williams to have such matters dealt with
by individuals or local groups.
Therefore it must
be empha:!lized that all requests for display material, interviews, speeches, personal appearances,
WASP representation, etc.; will be referred, without exception, to our director of publicity and
public relations, B.J. Williams.
I am advised that a full issue of the Newsletter
probably cannot be put together before something
like March of next. year. By then our happy time s
in Colorado Springs may seem a bit far away for
rehashing but perhaps we can instead share the
glories and marvels of the Christmas season.
Happy Holidaysl




No-shows - 26 (and
pre-cancelled but 6
came anyway or sent
someone in their place.


- 26


(22 who pre-registered & cancelled prior to the

conference so are not counted in these figures)
We were sorry to hear of the death of Betty Jo
Reed Martin's father.
this prevented our getting her report of the Convention
in time for this issue and it will be reported in
the next issue of the Newsletter.
Our sincerest
sympathy from all of us at your loss Betty Jo.ED.
III Fran The Pre aident III
This edition of the Newsletter is of necessity
quite brief. The nearness of the holiday season
has imposed severe restrictions on Smitty's time
as he must very soon begin his printing and mailing of Christmas cards and related items; thererore, it has been necessary for Betty Cross to

Office of the Secretary
(32 CFR Part 47)
Civilian or Cont.ractual Personnel
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary of Defense.
SUMMARY: This proposed rule establishes Dept. of
Defense (OOD) policies and procedures for the operation of a civilian/military
service review
board to implement the provisions of section 401
of Pub. L. 95-202, The GI Bill Impronment
Act of
1977. This act directs the Sect. of Defense to
determine if civilian employment or contractual
service rendered by groups to the Armed Forces of
the United States shall be considered active duty
and, if finding that it shall, to issue each member of such group a discharge under honorable conditions if the service of each member 50 warrants.
DATE: Comments should be received by Oct. 13, '78.
ADDRESSES: Office of the Secretary of the Air
Force (Personnel Council) (SAFjMIpc), The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20330.
Pruitt, USAF, telephone 694-5204 or 694-5074.

47.3 Definitions.

(a) Active Duty. The aUle as in section 101,

Title 39, United States Code.
(b) Group. An organization aimilarly situated to
the Women'sAir Forces Service Pilots (sic), which
was an organization of Federal civilian employees
attached to the United States ArmyAir Forces
during World WarII.
Its membersrendered services, then considered civilian employmentor
contractual, to the ArmedForces of the United
States (Pub. L. 95-202)
47.4 Policy and criteria.
Determinations of the active duty status of a
group shall be made considering jUdicial and other
appropriate precedent and application of statu~ory
criteria including lithe extent to which (a) such
group received military training and acquired a
military capability or the service performed by
such group was critical to the success of a military mission, (b) the membersof such group were
subject to military justice, discipline, and control, (c) the membersof such group were permitted to resign, (d) the membersof such group were
susceptible to assignment for duty in a combat
zone, and (e) the membersof such group had reasonable expectations that their service would be
considered to be active military service" (Pub.

L. 95-202).

Fromthe time of publication of the above notice

in the Federal Register on Sept. 13, 1978, a
waiting period of 30 daTs was designated for the
purpose of allowing a response from all groups
and organizations interested in being considered
for Veteran's Status under the above newregulation.
On Oct. 13, a one week extension was gran. ted to those still wishing to submit application.
This phase ended permanently on Oct. 21.
All applications were then sent to the Legal Dept.
ot the Air Force for study and a decision on the
merits of the various applicants, a process requiring approximately two weeks. The matter then
goes to the Air Force Review board which is the
body empoweredto grant group certification.
is this WASP
Certification that we need before we
can safely and properly proceed as individuals,
and our certification
will not be forthcoming
until after the first part of the year.
After our WASP
Certification is granted, each of
us w ill be contacted by the Dept. of Defense and
be asked to fill out a form pertaining to our
Individual history ae WASP. Each of us then deemed to have served as Women
Airforce Service Pilots
in WWIIwill then be given an Honorable Discharge;
after which we ma;rproceed with individual action.

1978 WASP
- Sara Hayden


UIn the last Newsletter the procedure for bona

fide collectors and museumsto obtain WASP
was published. This was set up by the board to
keep a tight control on our wings, and this method has been working well. It depends on a WASP
actually seeing the collection and sending a
verifying letter,
and you are d,oinga fine job.

At our reunion in Reno, the meeting ended with

various memberswho had something to sell announcing over the microphone that they were ~vailable
in the left hand corner of the room, right hand
corner, middle, at the door - .t1erever. This
prompted me to think that our souvenirs and merchandise should have a central place for collection
and display. I have discovered manytalented
with more ideas for salable items than we
can keep up with. However, we are pleased with
the results.
Wehave two requirements to meetwhenwe order an
item: (1) Howmanywe think will sell, and (2)
whether the treasury has enoughmoneyto pay for
the merchandise. Wecannot afford excess stock,
but we do promise to re-order whenwe run out. We
without someprofit to the organization.
It sometimestakttS three or four months to get
the qualitT merchandise we want. Wespent nine
months get an acceptable embroidered
Firi patch and could not, and rejected several
samples for the Photo patch.
My sincere appreci.tion to all of you who have
helped run the store.
MadgeMinton, Lorraine Blaylock, Jackie Riley, Hut
Ferree, Lois Auchterlonie, NancyBaker, Shutsy
Reynolds, Marty Wyall, Bucky, I sabelle Martell and
Dottie Lewis.
Secretary's Report
to the
General Meeting
Order of Fifinella


mailing list


1,200 names;

ot those, 890 (give or take one or two) are WASP

Of that 1,200 there 802 current dues-p.ying members, which is 67%of the tobl mailing list.
However,everyone gets the newsletter and -.ny special mailings but must be a paid memberto receive
a roster.
Since we recently billed everyone for
any unpaid '77-'78 dues, and also for upcoming
'78-'79 dues, we nowhave 628 paid membersfor '78'79;--even 3 for '79-'80.
This takes care of 78%
of current paid members. I hope the new secretary
will be happy .t this news. The reason for advance billing, as noted on the billing itself,
was to
preclude happening what occurred at Hot Springs.
I spent a lot of time taking in dues right up to
meeting time. However,I do want to reming you
that you have had your billing for the next year
and there will not be another sent unless the new
secretary decides to do so - and she should not have
to. Due to our current discussions, somepeople
refrained from paying future dues for their own
reasons - but you have had your billing for them.
Donations have all been listed undttr militarization because that was the general purpose toward
which we were working all along. Somesent it for
postage, some sent it as assistance to another WASP
whomight not be able to pay her dues, two have
sent donations in memoryof Emily Chapin. And tal-

king about Emily Chapin, she made her own contribution in the form of a bill for $69.54 with this
notation written across it:
"Consider Account
Settled as Personal Donation. AndI have a li~
of expenditures from your president for over a thousand dollars which is considered a donation.
could add on and on to this list of all those who
have given their invaluable time and have received
minimummonetary return or none at all.
There is
no way to reach everyone of you who has done so
but the fact of our success last Novemberand the
gratitude of your fellow WASPsis the only way it
can be expressed.

procured a WATS
line and has done 50 much to make
the roster an accurate record.
By the way, Loes MacKenzieis NOTlost - the post
office returned some of our accurately-addressed
mail as it did with several others.
If you have a
copy of the roster update, please also place Beatrice Medes on the deceased list.
I just learned
that a day or two ago. If there are any others,
please let me know- if you knowwhere some of the
lost membersare, please be sure to get in touch
with me.
If you have any questions,
answer them.


be glad to try to

Actual donations in '76-'77 amounted to $735,

Betty Nicholas
in '77-'78 to $2.049, and for '78-'79, $95. Of
interest is the fact we picked up through our recent billing 119 memberswho had never
paid anything before.
99'1>0fthese paid two years'
dues so I feel this .;ustifies th~ direct billing
process and recommendit to the next secretarytreasurer.
SEPl'. 30, 1978
In addition to the above donations, the board
has done everything humanly possible to keep down
Balance on Hand October 23, 1976 --$1,337.67
the costs.
Wehave met centrally,
twice at my home
in Indianapolis,
with local WASPsputting them up;
Regular: Transfer from sav. acct. $2,752.09
we have actually had only one hotel bill for board
members. Weate at home or were entertained by
Sales Items
fellow WASPsso restaurant bills were minimal.
Minus bad checks
Our only hotel venture was this past Mayin WindMinus deposit error
sor Locks, Connecticut.
The reason for that unusual meeting place was that one of our board
memberswas expected there for another organizaDonations*
tion meeting. Her airline expenses were already
Washington Hdqtrs.
taken care of 50 we did not have to share that.
One of our memberslived not too far away; she
Total Receipts
drove up. 1 was planning a vacation with my family
in NewJersey and Marty wanted to visit her son in
Hartford so the two of us flew over in my 150 at
no cost to the organization and drove to Connecticut with Bee Hayduwho was already at her N.J.
home. Wehave corresponded as much as possible to
save on phone bills.
Bee Haydumanagedto get the
use of a WATS
line in Florida which saved hundreds
of dollars during the time she was there.
List Maintenance
also managed to get most of her copying done free
Board Travel
and 1 used the modern machinery at my own office
Board Lodging
to keep typing costs downand provide an easy,
Sales Items
quick system for running off the necessary labels.
Corporation Expense
Here I might add that you girls surely do get
Conference advance and expense
aroundJ Each time I had to run off the list there
Newsletter Supplies
were quite a number('of changes to be made. 1 urge
each of you to drop a postcard to the secretaryAwards, sculptures, trophies
treasurer when you move so that you can be kept up
to date on the mailing list.
Due to the fact we
found so manymoving and not informing us, we had
high return postage bills.
I solved this by discussing some alternatives
with the post office Publicity & Public Relations
now rosters and other mail are forwarded to you,
you pay the postage, but 1 al80 get a report as to
your correct address.
In addition, Sara Hayllenhas purchased manyitems
Headquarters office
and set up a system for making a percentage of proWitness travel and expense
fit on things made by others and sold through our
I have just talked about the board's effort and have not gone into the many areas of
others like Ziggy Hunter, for instance, who also

Headquarters Office

newspapers throughout the United States were sent

to the Historian and also to the Washington Headquarters.
An inventory of these clippings represented 30 states and 66 cities.
were not sent to the Historian or to Washington,
but would still be appreciated.
Because of the
duplication of content only a representative
article was included in the scrapbook.

ADler.Leg. Conv. Exp.

Office expense
Telephone, W.U. charge
& Bach Awards
Appreciation Party & luncheons
Rent & Parking
Hap Arnold Educ. Fund
Bank Charges
Total Disbursements
Checking Account:
Washington Office:


$ 8,593.00



to the
September 30, 1978
This is to certi17 that the undersigned have
compared the deposits and invoices with the bank
statements of the Order of Fifinella for the period from June 1975 to the present date.
Wehave found each transaction made by the duly
elected Treasurer, Betty Nicholas, to be in order
and verified by the bank statements with the exception of the current statement not received before the date of audit.

MadgeRutherford Minton
Barry Vincent Smith
Dated this 13th day of September, 1978 at lndianapoli s, Indiana.
Mart.y Wyall.
P.O. Box 9212
Ft. Wayne, Ind. 46809
This report covers the period since our last
general meeting in Hot Springs, Ark., October
23, 1976. During this period the Order of Fifinella had its most active period.
We, as a coordinated and dedicated group of
former military jlilots, worked through our Washington, D.C. WASP
headquarters and Col. Bruce
Arnold to being before the public and membersof
Congress our desire to be recognized &s veterans
of WWII. This became a reality when the Veteran' s Bill was passed by both H<nlse
s and signed
by President Carter November23, 1977.
Manyarticles which were published in local

In the Spring of 1978 an idea created by our
President, Bea Haydu, was implemented. Order of
Fifinella nowhas a WASP
Exhibit Kit, which can
be used for temporary displays in museums, air
shows, libraries
and etc.
Manyof the articles
in this packet were donated to OOFby Gretchen
GormanGraba, 43-3, before her death. This is
a composite of our history of the WASPduring the
war and the organization of the Order of Fifinella
ranging from logbooks and uniforms to a pictorial
booklet of our Anniversary Reunion in Sweetwater,
The following is an inventory of donated parts
of uniforms which the Historian has at the present time:
From DCHeadquarters
1 Santiago Blue Suit top
3 Eisenhower battlejackets
Received Sept. 1978
1 pro summerslacks
1 wool light blue shirt
1 oxford cloth blue shirt
From Ruth Florey
1 ATCtan slacks
1 ATCtan shirt
Received January, 1977 1 ATCtan flat hat
1 bluel<knot flying cap
1 wool light blue shirt
1 olive green cloth flying jacket
1 pr. goggle s & white
cloth flying helmet
;J. set pink long underwear
1 navy blue purse cover
(rain repellent)
1 white rayon scarf
FromMary C. Wagner
Received at Hot Springs
from Margaret E. Twito 1 Eisenhower battle jacket
Received March, 1978
from Helen W. Snapp
1 leather Fifi patch
(brown background)
Received May, 1977
from Emily Chapin
1 gold hat emblem
Received at Hot Springs 2 WASPgold insignia
1 gold wings with propeller insignia
1 blue AAFshoulder patch
From CappyMorrison
1 gold hat emblem
Received August, 1976 2 WASPgold insignia
2 gold wings with propeller insignia
The tragic fire at the ian Diego Aerospace Museum only points up the fact that our precious
articles are easily destroyed forever
through fire and neglect.
Until the Board of Directors & the OOFdecides where these articles
should be permanently deposited, I hope WASPs
continue to consider the Historian of ooF as a

temporary homefor their WASP

WASPshould go through her WASP
things; box them,
lable them and put instructions
on the outside
where they are to be taken or who is to receive
them. Do this NOW
before WASPUDiforms, pictures,
scrapbooks and keepsakes become someoneelse's
junk that are not appreciated and eventually discarded.
During the past 2 years, the Historian has received letters
from Mrs. Doris Scott, of the International WOOlen's
Air & Space Museum,Inc. in
Dayton, Ohio. They are in the process of designing a 6 million dollar facility
and are
funds from womenall over the world to support
this projecil.
Whenthe Museumis completed there
will be a workshop, a fulltime director/curator
and a large space for a WASPdisplay.
would like to donate anything to this Jmtseum
(money or materials),
they are acceptable immediately.
Just write:
Air & Space Museum,Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 1387 Dayton, Ohi045401
Shipment: 272 Leo Street Dayton, Ohio 45404
Phone: (513) 22.3-8223
This will be posted on the bulletin board for
those interested in writing Doris Scott.
1 have not itemized the different clippings
that go into the scrapbooks, but have received
some interesting
ones. Where space ia available
many are pasted in the WASPclasses section, others
are put where a special event took place - such
as the P-47 Thunderbolt get-togethers.
I also have a file on obituaries which isn't a
very pleasant thought, but would appreciate receiving any newspaper notices of deaths of WASPs
from any friends or WASPsin the area.
It is a pleasure to serve in this unelected
position as Historian.
I hope we continue to be
considerate of our OOF.
This concluded the Historian's


Marty Wyall


Chairman: HELEN
6416 Olmi-Landrith Drive
Alexandria, Va. 22307
703-768-7060 (b) 202-245-4802
Report to WASP
Conference - Sept. 28, 1978
In the process of involvement with the proposal of a CCIIIIIIlCIlorative
stamp honoring the WASPs,
I have learned a number of things.
One it is not
a simple process although I didn't really think
it was. It's just a sit back, wait, and. hope affai;r, and then keep re:ml::mit.ting over a period of
I was advised by a friend at Postal Service
Headquarters, the best way to go about this was

to request help from a Congressman or Senator.

Therefore, I sent letters to Senator Barry Goldwater, CongresswomenMargaret Heckler and Lindy
Boggs. I received a warmresponse fram all three.
Last week I visited the Oftice of Stamp Advisory Camnittee and talked with a very nice
gentleman who explained the whole procedure to
me. The Stamp Advisory Committeemeets 4 times
a year and consists of eight people, not connected with the govermnent, whomare chosen by the
PMG. These people consider all the proposed
stamps submitted and then choose the ones they
think have merit.
These are then sent to the
Office of PMGfor a final decision.
This year
they are working on stamps for 1980. So, you can
see if we ever are chosen for a stamp it will be
in the future.
I also found out one thing that made our chances
not too promising. Organizations are not particularly favored. It seems there are too many and
hard to honor one group over another.
However, periodically,
previous proposals (and
there are thousands of them) are pulled fram the
files and reconsidered.
All I can say is that I III keep hanging in
there and keep trying.
Thank you
Helen Snapp
838 Ravenwood
Dallas, TX75232
(214) 224-2905 or 352-5204
Report to OOFConference - Sept .30, 1978
Distribution of 1977 Roster update to Sept. '78
to paid up membersonly.
Sad news first - We've had 14 membersreported
as ha.ving left our group on their final flight.
Eleven former finds as lost One had
been found through mail before meeting
(Eleanor Wagner). Another, Loes MonkMacKenzie
is here & not lost.
The post office lost her.
This may have happened in other cases.
group to check list & report any others who may
be on list.
On Found list of same 39 on update, we've already added two: Alfred Fleishman and Eleanor
Wagner. For 44-9' s we've learned Frances Stroud
married Lt. Steve Ochoa of AAF. Let's now try to
add her to the found's.
Phone nWllbers: We've added phone numbers to
some of the group here but need class membersin
attendance to help complete list.
Mobile Membership: Already haTe added some20
to 30 changes to this list of updates sinc. arriving in Colorado Springs.
Urged all membersto keep the changes coming in
to Secrotary & MembershipCOIIIDittoes&s soon as
they occur or even before moving, if you know.

And, please include all information: Current last

name - WASP
address and also street
addrese if different---Phone
number(s) & husband's
name or initials.
Manyof group have been especially helpful in updating roster by sending other
WASPchanges. Urge that each membercheck lost
membersin class roster and concentrate on helping to find them.
Chairman: DELLA
V. V. Box 1340
Cottonwood, AZ86326
The "Service CClIIIIIIittee
is NOTa welfare committee".
It has not been established that we need
a welfare fund.
It has not been est.blished that our organization is in a position to establish
a wel:rare fund.
Wedo not want to do anything that would
destroy our tax exempt status.

thinge that mean so much. To let all WASP

they are not forgotten, they are still a memberof
the family of the WASP.
I request that all of you, please write to me of
anyone you may knowwho is alone, lonely, ill, etc.
Also, please, please, give me your ideas and suggestions as to what we can do to help.
Write to: Della Tissaw
VVBox 1340
Cottonwood, AZ8:3623
Patricia Hughes' column is once more going to be
carried by Stars & Stripes, probably with the next
Stars & Stripes Address is P.O. Box 1803,
Washington, D.C. 20013.
Corre&t address for Patricia Hughes is:
4326 MontgomeryAve.
Bethesda, Md. 20014
(301) 657-1630


Friends helping friends.

Family helping famil,..

I rememberthat during my training days at Sweetwater, Texas--One of the greatest things I learned
was, the attitude of "One for all ALLfor one".
Wewere a family, everyone helped everyone else
with any and all knownproblems.
Weare still

With this special Newsletter, and in all sublieqent Newsletters in the next two years, a new policy will be maintained with regard to the publication of pictures.
There will be only one picture
per person per Newsletter.
There will be no exceptione.
This is a group publication designed for
the equal enjoyment of all of us and this will be
the primary consideration in compiling future

that family.

This is the aim of the Service Cammittee-- ~e

WASPare such wonderful people that somethings
in this line have already been done without a committee.
Wejust want to be sure that we don't
miss anyone. There are those who have made donations from which the dues of somewho couldn1t
afford it, have been paid.
This is the way of the
I have heard of some of the girls finding out
about a WASP
who had had cancer of the throat and
was very despondent and downin the depths of despair.
They let her knowthat some one cared and
they encouraged her to try some treatments she had
not considered.
I nowunderstand that she has
rallied and is doing great.
Thanks to her WASP
I have learned of a WASP
who is burdened by the
care of an invalid in the family. I hope to find
a way we could provide relief care that would give
her a little
relief time. I suspect she could use
other help too, but she would not admit it to me.
I met a lady at the coffee counter in the Antlers
Hotel at Colo. Springs whowas so thrilled and enthused that after many yeare of lanliness she had
been drawn back into the fold of companionship,
was included, wae not forgotten.
This is what we want to accomplish-to

do the little

At the Appreciation Breakfast held Sept. 30, '78,
the following named recipients received the certificate shownabove.
Presented by Col. Bruce Arnold for:
Frances Standefer Acker
Velta Haney Benn
Margaret Kerr Boylan
Susan Bradley
Rosa Charlyne Creger

Dorothy H. Davis
Natalie Ellis Fahy
Dorothy Deane Ferguson
Byrd Howell Granger
Elaine D. Harmon
Patricia Collins Hughes
Ziggy M. Hunter
Teresa James
Mary Regalbuto Jones
Bett,.. Jo Streff Reed
Captain George F. Rodgers
Dr. Dora DoughertT Strother
Doris B. Tanner
Margaret Ann Hamilton runner
Lt. Gen. William H. runner
Lee Leonard Wheelwright
Lt. Col. Bett,.. Jane Williams
Lucile Doll Wise
Presented bY' Bee Haydu to:
Nanc;r Lee Baker
Adele F. Beyer
Frankie Lovvorn Bretherick (traveling,
Nell Stevenson Bright
Emil,.. Chapin - will be sent to her good friend,
Gertrude Holzer, who notified us of
her death.
Rosa Charlyne Creger - who already has her Certificate
but want to mention she
was al so active on the Militarization and Communications Committees.
Pe~ie Parker Eccles
Opal Hicks Fagan
Betty Archibald Fernandes
Ruth Under wood Flore,..
Joan Gough Frost
Ruth Dailey Helm
Kathleen A. Hilbrandt
Norma "Penny" Hall Houghton
Captola Whittaker Johnson
Mar,..Ellen Keil
Mary MacLeodLoomis
I sabel Tynon Martell
Jacqueline Twitchell Morgan
Nona Holt Pickering
Ailsa Connolly Simonson
Julie Jenner Stege
Enl1n L. Trammell
The following Certificates
being awarded for outstanding work other than Militarization
Ann A.tkeison-- her continuous efforts on Awards
Committee, her labor in getting a
statue on the Wishing
Well at Sweetwater, Texa,..
Bett,.. Roth Cross - her ver;r difficult
task as
Editor of the Newsletter.
Betty Jane BachmanBuehner - For her efforts in
. the forming of WASP
and the obtaining of a tax exempt
status which saved us so much in
Jewel Estes - For the creation of the beautiful
plaque which many of you have seen,
one of which is at the U. of Texas
in Austin.

J.R. Smith (Smitty) - For his Chairmanship of the

Hot Springs, Ark. reunion in 1976,
his special handling of our Newsletters
and Roster and the many
other contributions he has made to
Rig Edwards - For his never ending interest and
efforts on our behalf the least of
which was overseeing the installation of the Fifi statue on the
Wishing Well at Avenger Field,
Sweetwater, .Texas and the IIlliJlY
other activities
on our behalf in
Presented b,.. Sara Hayden for:






Kathryn "Sis" Fine Bernheim

Gertrude "Brownie" Kindig
Martha Wagenseil Rupley
Betty Fernandes who has already received
one as Militarization
Ruth FloreT who has already one as Mili tarization Communications Captain.
Jill S. McCormick
Joann Garrett
Mary Helen Burke
Marjorie Selfridge Dresbach
Jeanette J. Jenkin.
Mar;rEllen Keil who has already received
one as Militarization
Margaret Chamberlain '.Ilamplin
J em F. McCart
Lorraine Nelson Bain
Beverl,.. L. Beesemyer
Eleanor M. Gunderson
Anne Marie Dailey Marshall
Bett,.. Stagg Turner
Charlyn Creger who has already received. one
for Militarization
Committee and C~cations Captain.
Gip Oldham, Jr.

f'or InRt.ruct.ors.

(Designed b,.. Dottie Swain Lewis)

WASPstatues given to:
Hon. Antonia Chayes
Hon. Lind,.. Boggs
Hon. Margaret Heckler
In.cribed as follows:
With Deep Appreciation to
WanenAirforce Service Pilots WWII
Wine Decanter to Col. Bruce Arnold: Inscription
In Appreciation To
From the WASPs,WWII
To Officers

and Board Members, OOFby Col. Arnold

Vice President
Secretary/ Treasurer
Board Member
Those on "the hill" who worked so hard for us
and who were invited to attend this function but

could not because or pressing business in Washington (except Terry Emerson and Senator Go~dw~ter). In replying to the invitation,
they all
WJ.shedto extend their congratulations to all and
say how deserving was this accomplishment.
1. Congressnan Don H. Clausen - Introduced a
2. Mr. Terry J. Emerson- (spoke at banquet)
Senator Barry Goldwater's Aide.
3. Ms. MimiGriffin, Press Aide for the Hon.
Lindy Boggs.
4. Mrs. Florence Madden- Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, General Counsel,
Pentagon - worked closely with A. Chayes
and Shirley Bach as attorney advisors.
5. Congressnan Robert H. Mollohan - Introduced
a Bill
6. CongressmanJames H. Quillen - Introduced a
Bill and attended almost every one of our
7. Karen Rittinger - Aide for Margaret Heckler
B. CongressmanRobert A. Roe - Introduced a Bill
9. Peter S. Sroka, Minority Counsel, Comnrl.ttee
on Veterans Affairs and Aide to Margaret
Heckler. He phoned and requested that
Sara Haydenand Mildred Ferree of Mass.
accept this Certificate for him.
10. Stephen Teichler, Office of the Secretary of
the Air Force (worked closely with A.
Chayes and Shirley Bach as attorney advisors).
11. CongressmanGuy Vander Jagt - Introduced a
12. CongressmanBob Wilson - Introduced a Bill
130 CongressmanCharles Whalen, Jr. - Introduced
a Bill
Certificate of Appreciation and remembranceto each
of Chairwomenof Convention:
Mary Helen Chappell
Betty Jo Reed
Wine decanter with a silver engraved plaque and
Certificate of Appreciation:
Col. Bruce Arnold
Statue made by Dot Lewis and a Certificate

The Fifinella Award:

Senator Barry Goldwater - in recognition of a
significant contribution made to the WASP
3B4B W. Biddison
Fort Worth, TX76109
The AwardsCommitt filled requests from the Executive Committeeto prepare and obtain Certificates of Appreciation.
The COJIIIlIi.ttee
reviewed candidates submitted by the
Order of Fifinella membershipfor the Fifi Award.
A unique decision was made and will be revealed
at the Order of Fifinella AwardBanquet on Sept.
30, 1978 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
No other action was required of the AwardsCommittee.
Ed. note: The above report by Annwas submitted
to the OOFExecutive Committee after the meeting
on Sept. 30. For those of you who attended the
Convention at Colo. Springs you mow that our outgoing President and her wonderful husband Joe were
the recipiente of this coveted award and believe
everyone felt this unique decision by the Awards
Committeewas truly justified by the acclaim with
which it was received by the membershipin attendance.
Weextend our .thanks and gratitude to the following:
All those who arranged TV, radio and personal
appearances as well as those who gave talk7
and had article.
printed whowere not preY.l.ously

A Fifinella pin, presented to Sally Jennings,
Betty. Jo Reed's Secty. who worked long hard
hours on Conference, helping Betty Jo.


General K. L. Tallman, Supt. of the Air Force

Presented by Bee Haydu
Statue made by Dot Lewis and a Certificate of
(Unable to attend)
Col. Shirley Bach, assistant to Hon. Antonia
Chayes, Dept. of Defense who did so Jm.lch
research and leg work for her.
Hon. Antonia Chayes, Asst. Secretary of the Air
Force (Manpower,Reserve Affairs & Installations) - Her constant and continued support of us even in the face of perhaps being
fired was unbelievable as well as gratifying.
Margaret Heckler who, when we met
with her outside the House of Rep. chambers,
as she saw other Congressmenand womengo
by she would rush off and bring them over
so we could speak with them. She phoned and
requested that Sara Haydenand Mildred Ferree
accept this award for her.

Thirty-five years have cane and gone
The battle is over - our dream has been won.
The promises madeback in '42 - to militarize Wasp
has finally cometrue
We're proud as can be on this you can bet
After all of these years - we're finally a "VeUIl
Bruce ArneJi.d
we len yeu and Geldwater ~
Whenour hopes were exhausted, you carrJ.ed us
You never forgot us nor will we forget you
Three cheers from the hearts of the Waspto youl
Franld.e McInerney Warms




AnnAtkeison presenting FIFI Awardto Bee and

Joe Haydu.

Shmmabove is the picture painted in honor of

the WASPs
in this, The Year of the WASPs,by the
tamous airplane artist,
Rick Broome, Colorado
Springs, Colorado. Prints have been taken trom
this painting and wre ottered for sale tor the
first time at the Colorado Springs Conference in
September. There are a limited amount of numbered
prints reserved for our organization.
WhenRick Broomeoffered to paint a picture for
the WASPsand those in Order ot Fifinella,
he wanted the thoughts of both the Conference Committee
and the Board. Twoanapshots were sent 1;0 him,
one of the AT6U222 (which was actuaJ.l.7 used in
training .at Swetwater) and an aerial picture
taken by Fran (Smith) Tuchband, 44-2, durin$ her
training ( a copy of which was given to her).
Betty Jo Reed worked closely with Rick Broane on
1;his picture and they went to great lengths for
detail and accuracy. By means of a powerful magnifying glass, they were able to locate the Wishing Well which can be seen in the finished picture.
These prints are available for sale t $40 each.
If you want to have a special paint put on the
picture by the artist that, when a black light is
used, will showthe lights fran the buildings as
well as the light.s on the plane and the background darkens to night, the clmrge for this picture and the special paint is $95. Betty Jo Reed,
4080 'II. Bowles Ave., Little\on,
CO80123 is handling the sale of these pictures and, of course, a
percentage is going to Order of Fifinella.
is the ~e framed prin1; gi Ten by Rick Broometo
Sen. Goldwater at the Banquet, Sept. 30, 1978.
Sen. Goldwater mentioned he had another Rick
painting in his oftic e.)

Order of Fifinella Banquet - Senator Barry Goldwater and Rick Broane, Artist, presenting framed
print to the Senator.

Betty Jo Reed, Conference co-Chairman, awarding

statue made b.1 WASP Dot Lewis and a Certificate
of Appreciation from the WASPs to General Ken
Tallman, Supt. of the Air Force Academy.
Colonel John H. BundT and WASPs who had been
under his command at Eagle Pass conducting the
opening ceremonies at the Banquet. In rull Un- .
itorm next to the Col. is Ola Rexroat 44'tfl.

Air Force AcademY, Colot Springs, Colo.

L. to R. Air Force Cadet; Betty Pfister; Dot
Lewis; Cadet; Doris Tanner; Betty Jane Williams;
Ruth Florey; Cadet; Charlyne Creger; Cadet;
Dot Kielty; J.R. Smith; Leoti Deaton; Cadet.
Prior to informal seminar between WASPs and
cadets held at the academy to exchange facts
a~out training in our day and present day.

WASP group at Cadet Chapel Airforce Academy.

Col. Bruce Arnold awarding Certificate of Appreciation from WASP to Secy./Treas. Elizabeth

Snap Shots From WASP Conference 1978

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