By Senators Fraser, T. Sheldon, Swecker, B. Sheldon and Rasmussen
WHEREAS, Amelia Earhart encouraged women to expand their horizons by exploring occupations and holding positions beyond those traditionally held by women; and
WHEREAS, Amelia Earhart was a pioneer in aviation, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlanta and to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross; and
WHEREAS, Amelia Earhart was a beloved member of Zonta International before she was lost in the Pacific on a flight attempting to circle the globe by air in 1937; and
WHEREAS, Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of business and professional executives working to advance the status of women, has long recognized this woman of courage, character and culture; and
WHEREAS, In 1938, a year after Earhart=s disappearance, Zonta International established its annual graduate Amelia Earhart=s Fellowships in aerospace-related science and engineering; and
WHEREAS, In the 60 years since, Zonta has awarded 843 fellowships worth $4.2 million to over 547 women from 51 countries as a living memorial to Earhart; and
WHEREAS, In the 60 years of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Zontians worldwide celebrate Earhart=s legacy through the achievement of those who have manufactured materials now on the moon, made commercial air flights safer, helped prevent fires in spacecraft and served as members on a NASA space shuttle crew;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the members of the Washington State Senate do hereby recognize the value of 60 years of the prestigious Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships.
I, Mike O=Connell, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 1998-8716,
adopted by the Senate March 6, 1998.
Secretary of the Senate