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OC/LB February Luncheon

"Our February Luncheon was a cozy group of Kiwis in the Wine Room at Hanna’s in Rancho Santa Margarita. It was pouring rain that day but our Meeting was just perfect!  We discussed our upcoming Board Member and Committee Chairpersons Elections and Charities we support. 

Looking forward to Springtime and happy Kiwi Meetings to come." 

Top Row l-r  Pat Jones, Sandy Burns, Calley O’Henley, Nancy Eisenberg, Krystyna Kisting, Barbara Gray, Mary Kay O’Neill, Debbie Wilterink, Judy Doyle. 

Bottom Row l-r  Linda Polese, Judy Carroll, Joann Prendergast, Bobbie Gulbrandson, Linda Barker

NEB and Convention Coordinators Meet in Savannah to Finalize Convention Plans

SAV Board Meetig

Set against the backdrop of Savannah's historic beauty, our Kiwi Club's board and convention planning teams united to achieve a dual aim: pushing forward our club's key objectives and completing our convention agenda. 


We are now poised to deliver an exceptional convention that will be a highlight of our club's calendar.

Historic Milestone: The Inaugural Transcontinental 707 Flight from LAX to JFK, January 25, 1959

On January 25, 1959, the aviation world witnessed a historic moment as the first transcontinental Boeing 707 flight took off from LAX en route to JFK. At the forefront of this groundbreaking journey was a Kiwi: Argie Hoskins (MAL living in Idaho) To read the whole article click here.

Argie is also featured in the "MAL Corner", on this website, where her book "More Than a Ticket" is featured. 

Argie Hoskins Shumway


Fly With Me premiered Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Check your local listings on PBS for more showings.

Documentary Explores the Lives of the Pioneering Women Flight Attendants Who Transformed the World While Flying It

Fly With Me tells the story of the pioneering young women who became flight attendants at a time when single women were unable to order a drink, eat alone in a restaurant, own a credit card or get a prescription for birth control. Becoming a “stewardess” offered unheard-of opportunities for travel, glamour, adventure, and independence.
Although often maligned as feminist sellouts, these women were on the frontlines of the battle to assert gender equality and transform the workplace. Featuring firsthand accounts, personal stories and a rich archival record, the film tells the lively and important but neglected history of the women who changed the world while flying it.
Directed by Sarah Colt and Helen Dobrowski and executive produced by Cameo George, Fly With Me premieres Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS App. Read more about the documentary by clicking here.

Many stewardesses from American Airlines were interviewed for this documentary!

Blue Skies

Orange County/Long Beach January Luncheon

A special Luncheon this month was dedicated to remembering our members who have recently “Flown West.” Loving memories and pictures were shared. 

Top Row L-R:   Connie Leifheit, Pat Jones, Dayna Nickel, Nancy Eisenberg, Calley O’Henley, Krystyna Kisting, Judy Carroll, Sandra Burns, Mary Kay O’ Neill, Linda Barker.

Bottom Row L-R.   Karen Ford, Vivian Kiley, Bobbie Gulbrandson, Debbie Wilterink.

OC/LB January 24 Lunchoen

SWFL Kiwi Christmas Dinner Party

Kiwi Christmas Dinner Party - December 14
Naples Lakes  Country Club
Hosted by Kay and Ken Sutter

Standing L - R  Keryl Ball, Becca Azzone, Maureen Denman, Kaye Simms, Barbara Traci, Lynnie Molinari, Susan Jackson,

Eileen Pearson, Fran Busch, Gerry Egan, Valerie Rooney and Jean Smith


Seated Linda Mullen, Kay Sutter and Connie Nemes

SWFL December 23 Party
FLSuncoast Dec. 24

Christmas Party - December 15, 2023 Sitting L-R - Sandy Barkel Pagden-Gribaudo, Tammy Schrader MacLeod, Betsy Henderson Howlett, Sherri Coburn Schwab, Vicki Valenciano Kubal, Barb Stanley Dovell-Andreas, Mary Stuckman Paulson, Tina Florer McNeice


Standing L-R - Kathy Schmidt Kuzminski, Ginny Marx Dougall, Karen Haushalter Pickering, Eddy Welby, Carlos Castillejo, Danya Lucie Archbold, Stephanie McCauley Butler, Bonnie Bogan Lindenberg, Diane Smith Breitengross

FL Suncoast - Christmas Party -Dec. 15

Our chapter members are sincerely grateful to Tammy and Dave MacLeod for hosting our Kiwi Christmas party again this year. The weather outside was frightful but their home was so delightful!


Dave made a delicious pork tenderloin dish for our lunch, and baked his legendary pecan pies with fresh whipped cream for dessert.

Our gift exchange was accomplished with a wacky “Left/ Right” story. This year we brought Christmas themed gifts. Check out that huge straw bell that landed in Stephanie’s lap! Everyone had a jolly good time!.

To see more photos, including Stephanie's "Straw Bell" and the rest of the menu, go to the Newsletter page and read the FL Suncoast's latest newsletter!

Christmas High Tea for the Atlanta Kiwis


For the last meeting of 2023 the Atlanta Kiwis were treated to a "HighTea", by hostess Maureen DiCola. Maureen came to us from the Chicago chapter and brought her organizing and entertaining skills! She is much appreciated. 

Pictured l-r - Michele Caine, Mary Stettner, Christine (guest) Joyce Hinsch, guest, Colette Samara, Dee DiBuono, Carolyn Goldman, Carolyn Havens, Chris Moeckel (pres.), Pat Evans, Barbara Hyland, Peg Crotty, Maureen DiCola (hostess), Janet (guest) Maryann Montigel. Also attending were: Jill Rohan, Robin Stoe, and Bonnie Malmin. More photos will be in the January ATL newsletter. 

The Latest Issue of the Kiwi Kaleidoscope is Here!

The latest copy of the Kiwi Kaleidoscope was sent to all members via email on December 19th. It is also available to read on the Kiwi Kaleidoscope page. If you would like a hard copy, instructions for printing are at the bottom of the Kaleidoscope web page. 

If you did NOT get the email with the newsletter then please contact our 2nd Vice-president, Connie Leighter Budge at: to make sure that we have your correct email address. 

Here are a  few things you will read about in the latest issue:

  • President's Message
  • Convention Update
  • Sim Card Swap and Identity Theft Kit
  • And More....

Columbus Kiwi Club Welcomes New Member Izzy Nevah

The Columbus Kiwis welcomed new member Izzy Nevah at their luncheon meeting at the Nordstrom Bistro, a favorite spot of theirs.  

Izzy is new to CMH, but not to the Kiwis, as he was a member of Club EWR. Izzy flew for 25 years and relocated to CHM after retiring.

After lunch the meeting took a surprise twist as the group moved to the bedding section of Nordstroms and ended up in bed. Hummmmm???

Back Row: Melinda Miller, Margo Simmons, Bobbie Brunner
On bed: Betty O’Neill, Mary Kay Moriarty, Izzy Nevah, Scottie Peters, Joan Montgomery

Columbus Kiwis Nov 23

Best Graduation Ever! The Class of  56-2


Jane Jamison shares this photo and story of her momentous graduation!

The Class of 56-2 had just had their graduation photo taken and were getting ready for their graduation ceremony when C.R. Smith walked in. He announced, "How would you girls like to graduate in Pittsburg at the William Penn Hotel and help Pittsburg celebrate the opening of their new airport? I have a DC-6 standing by, so gather your things together and meet me at the gate! Read the full story by clicking here.

We Have a New Kiwi Facebook Page!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Facebook page, The Kiwi Club! The page is a public page and was created by Kathy Minner. Thank you Kathy!! It was launched to help prospective members learn more about our club and what we offer. 

We need your support to make this page a success. Please take a moment to "Share" the page with your Facebook friends to help the page grow.  We also encourage you to post interesting content related to Kiwi Club events and activities, so that our page is engaging and informative. Keep in mind that for some people this will be their first look the The Kiwi Club. So posts to let them know more about the Kiwi club and what we do are needed.

Let's work together to make our new Facebook page a hub of activity and a valuable resource for those interested in joining the Kiwi Club. 

Here is the link for the new page.

Give it a look now. Let's show off who we are!

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