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Society of Eagles Members as of 2/5/2020

Photo #14700 | Bald Bald Eagles

Aggregate donations of $50,000 or more

  • Clifford P. Robertson, III
  • Anonymous
  • Rudy Kunda
  • Pat Costello
  • Ben Greene Estate
  • Lawrence Wood
  • Robert L. Robertson
  • Conrad Hilton Foundation
  • The Ittner Family Fund
  • Burke Family Trust
  • Mozer Family Trust
  • Page Family Trust
  • Bill and Backy Ivans Estate
  • George Moffatt


Photo #14702 | Solitary Solitary Eagles

Aggregate donations of $10,000 or more

  • David Robertson
  • Phil Umphres
  • Dianne Black-Nixon
  • Nelson Ittner
  • AIG Insurance
  • Karl Striedieck
  • Lea County State Bank
  • Leon Brashkamp
  • Doug Jacobs
  • Alice Johnson  
  • Silicon Valley Comm. Bank
  • G. Tim Welles    
  • Sam Zimmerman
  • Kenneth Sorenson
  • John H. Weber
  • John Stoffel
  • Barry Stott



Photo #14701 | Golden Golden Eagles

Declared intent to donate $50,000 or more

  • Carol Ann Garratt
  • SSA Foundation Trustee
  • Fernando Silva
  • Beth Ann & Paul R. Schneider
  • Karl Striedieck
  • Christopher Woods
  • Anonymous SSA Mbr
  • Kenneth & Michelle Sorenson


Photo #14703 | Tawny Tawny Eagles

Declared intent to donate $10,000 or more

  • Phil Umphres
  • SSA Director
  • Anonymous Region 11 Member
  • Larry Tuohino
  • Doug Jacobs



Other Members

Who have declared their intent to donate

  • David Britton      




Contact us at mylegacy@ssa.org or (575) 392-1177 8 am - 5 pm M-F Mountain Time
The SSA (EIN 95-1932120) is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Posted: 2/5/2020

Why You Should Donate

Photo #15704 | USWST

There are great reasons to support our US Soaring Team to the Women’s World Championships!

  1. It’s important to support Women in soaring!  Photo #14705 | Give Now
    The vast majority of soaring pilots are men – we have too few women in the air with us.  The Women’s Soaring Pilot Association does an amazing job of encouraging female pilots through their web site, newsletter, and the soaring camps they run.  They can use some help from the rest of us!

  2. And encouraging women in competition will lead to more and better pilots  Photo #14705 | Give Now
    Role models are important to all younger, newer, less experienced, or hesitant entrants to our sport.  When a new pilot comes to the field to investigate this intriguing sport we practice, and happens to be female and surrounded by men, isn’t it great to be able to tell her that the highest ranked 15M pilot in the USA is currently Sarah Arnold.  Or that Sylvia Grandstaff has flown 900 combat hours at the controls of a Chinook over Afgahnistan?  Or that Kathy Fosha designs aerospace equipment?

  3. The Team we’ve got is dedicated and motivated Photo #14705 | Give Now
    They all went to the pre-Worlds last year on their own dime and assembled invaluable experience with the terrain, the weather, and the competitors. They flown several US contests since then to stay tuned up.  They’ve rearranged their lives to get to Lake Keepit come December.  They’ll be ready to succeed!

  4. We have a real shot at medal success Photo #14705 | Give Now
    Sarah Arnold already has two medals in Women’s world competition, and both Kathy and Sylvia are experienced competition pilots at the national level.  This is the strongest Team we’ve ever fielded, hands down

  5. Our Team needs funding to succeed Photo #14705 | Give Now
    Please understand that participation in World events requires significant time and treasure from our pilots.  The US Team Committee funds the bare essentials only – plane tickets, glider rentals, entry fees, tows and the like, but most living expenses fall to the participants to cover.  You can be confident that your donation will be used for critical items only – feel free to peruse the Team budget here (click here to see the budget).

  6. The US Team Committee is dedicated to developing strong competition pilots in the USA and fielding strong Teams internationally Photo #14705 | Give Now
    Our all-volunteer Committee works hard to improve our international performance, and we are up against well-funded national team organizations when we go abroad.  It is what it is, but your support, financial and otherwise, is badly needed for us to further our mission.  Please give what you can.

Posted: 8/17/2019

WWGC 2019 Donor List as of 28-Aug-2019

 Photo #15704 | USWST  Photo #14705 | Give Now    

 Many thanks to these generous supporters of the US Women's Team!

Pete Alexander Jake Alspaugh Carmen Bazis Dianne Black-Nixon
Gary & Chris Carter Robin Clark Jim Cole Sandra Danoff
Alex Fairbairn Bob Fletcher Jim Frantz John Godfrey
Doug Jacobs Ann & Richard Lafford David & Kathy Martin Tom McKnight
Marilyn Meline Bo Michalowski Eric Mozer Erik Nelson
Mary Nelson Hank Nixon Greta Papartyte Skip Pate
Francois Pin Fred Rettig Chris Ruf Greg Shugg
Mark Shugg Mike Smith Bill Snead Ken & Michelle Sorenson
Joerg Stieber Karl Striedieck Rhonda Tyler Stuart Venters
Rob Ware David Watsham Geoff Weck Tim & Paddy Welles
Leigh Zimmerman Sam Zimmerman Anonymous (2)  

Photo #15801 | WSPA Through the Women Soaring Pilot Association 

Janet Barslow Jenny Beatty Summer Benjamin Tim & Cynthia Blakeslee
Gabe Bourbeau Ann & Howard Bradley Edward  Bransford Edward Bransford
Marge Brickey Cindy Brickner Elaine Carlson Anne Chalmers
Jim Clark Leah Condon Christine Covell Mary Crawford
Timothy Culligan Bruce Cynamon Diana Dade Jim Dobberfuhl
Robert Driscoll Frauke & Wolf Elber Frauke Elber Kristin Farry
Ulrike Franz Carol Ann Garratt Heinz Gehlhaar Scott and Cheryl Gross
Donna Hatch Maggie Hettinger Dianne Higgins Karol Hines
Linda Hivert Leeann Ho Ute Kaden Cathy Keller
Shaun Keller Cary Kennedy Robert Kuhlo J. R. Lazar
Byron Lowry Adam Lukaszewski Geoffrey McCarthy LucyAnne McKosky
Marilyn Meline John and Marion Mittell Billy Montgomery Rolland Nakashima
George O'Leary Mark Olinger Jerry "Randy" Owings Phyllis Wells Owings
Mark & Alice Palmer Danny Phelps Don Post Camelia Ravanbakht
Max Ravazzold Greg Reese Elizabeth Robertson Tupper Robinson
Uwe Rudloff Mary & Michael Rust Gail Schipper Grandpa Seelye
Peter Selinger Tomasz Sielicki Tom & Sandy Snyder Brett Spires
Marcia Myers Swanson Gary Swift Mamad Takallu Kathleen Taylor
Robert Wister Jeff Wreck Kazuyoshi Caz Yokoyama 1-26 Rendezvous Gang 
Willamette Valley Soaring Club  Anonymous (2)  

 Our in-kind supporters 


Posted: 8/17/2019

Budget for 10th Women's FAI WGC

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Posted: 8/10/2019

Support Your US Women's Team Competing at the 10th FAI WWGC January 2020 in Lake Keepit Australia

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 Make your monetary donation online using the form below - today! Photo #15720 | clickhere2

See the current donor list Photo #15720 | clickhere2  

Why you should consider donating Photo #15720 | clickhere2

See the budget Photo #15720 | clickhere2

Find out more about Women's World soaring comptition and background about your pilots Photo #15720 | clickhere2

Click for Team Bios

Your contribution, no matter how modest, is important and greatly appreciated!

Just the cost of one tow - $45 is meaningful.
You can even spread it over 5 months at just $9/month.

In-kind donations (e.g. airline miles, equipment) are also much needed and appreciated.  If you would like to discuss an in-kind donation, please contact us at mylegacy@ssa.org./p>

Posted: 4/29/2019

2018 Flight Training Scholarships

Joelle Sherbeck

Age at Award:
Flies at:Soaring Club of Houston
Award:Costello Insurance Primary Training Youth Scholarship

Photo #15023 | JoelleJoelle is a delightful young woman who has been actively pursuing her private license. I (Ken Sorenson) have been her primary instructor at the Soaring Club of Houston. She soloed in Nov 2017 and has been working steadily on her flying and knowledge skills ever since.  We are planning to complete her practical test this Spring or early summer. She is very appreciative of the scholarship she received and is aware of the commitment it implies (as evidenced by her HISD-day support).


Progress Log:

Date Comment
 Nov 2017  Solo
   Passed PPG Written


Walter W. Young III

Age at Award:
Flies at:Blairstown, PA -
Award:Costello Insurance Primary Training Youth Scholarship

As a young African American and member of the Dr. Forsythe Chapter of Black Pilots of America (BPA), Walter hopes to encourage other minorities to seek careers in aviation,  which is a group that is underrepresented in aviation careers.

Progress Log:

Date Comment
   Passed PPG Written

Posted: 4/4/2019

Five Lessons Learned from the Seniors

By Michael Marshall – JWGC 2019 US Team Member Photo #14705 | Give Now

The 29th annual Senior Soaring Championship is finished! Every year, the organizers invite at least one junior pilot to fly the competition as a guest. The combination of a large, very talented field of pilots and dynamic east coast soaring conditions make the Seniors an excellent training ground for European contests. This year, I was fortunate to be invited by Rich Owen to fly the Seniors as a guest in preparation for this year’s Junior World Gliding Championships in Szeged, Hungary where I’ll be flying a Discus-2a in Standard Class. Rich graciously offered me the use of ZO, his personal ASG-29Es for the contest. What a sweet ship!

 Photo #15018 | ZO in its element

ZO in its element! Photo courtesy of Ben Johnson.

I want to share a few lessons learned from the Seniors. I hope you’ll find them useful, whether you’re looking to start soaring cross-country, improve your cross-country soaring skills, or to fine tune your racing. Here goes:

  1. Make a plan before you takeoff (but don’t be afraid to change it) – As a guest, I was last to launch every day. The task committee did an excellent job of designing tasks to use all (or very close to all) of the available soaring weather. This meant I had to takeoff, climb up, and move to my planned starting point in the start cylinder immediately. On the first contest day, I planned when to start, but failed to plan where to start. As a result, instead of focusing on sampling conditions (e.g. trying to determine the average climb rate, which side of the clouds are working, etc.) and lining up clouds for my first leg pre-start, I lost valuable time trying to determine where to start, which brings us to -

  2. You don’t need an optimal start – By spending too much time trying to get an optimal start, you risk being caught below final glide altitude when the day starts to die (e.g. in Florida, as the sea breeze moves in late in the day). I should know; my failure to adequately plan my start before takeoff was one factor that contributed to my safe landout 10 miles short of the finish on the first contest day. Starting 500 feet higher on a 2.5 knot average thermal day saves 2 minutes. On a 1000 point day with a 3 hour task, this equates to less than 12 points (1000 points/180 minutes x 2 minutes < 12 points)! However, you lose 400+ points if you don’t make it home at the end of the day!

  3. Don’t get greedy – It is often tempting to push just a little further to get a few extra miles. For example, on the first contest day, I had final glide made, but it meant returning home 5 minutes under time. Instead, I pushed further south into an encroaching sea breeze to try to squeeze a few extra miles out of the day. I would have lost a few points by returning home under time. Instead, I lost over 400 points in a landout.

  4. Keep your mind (and your eyes) open – Sailplane racing and cross-country soaring require two primary decision making loops. The outer loop focuses on the big picture, like which cloud line to follow or how deep to turn in a turn area. The inner loop complements the outer loop by focusing on the microscale decisions, like centering a thermal or changing flap settings, required to execute the big picture. However, the outer loop is easily compromised, especially during stressful situations. As a result, it is easy to get “tunnel vision” and to forget to continually reevaluate the big picture using the latest information. If you don’t keep your eyes open, you may miss the circling bird (or glider), or the cycling cu, or ________ that may make all the difference. I made several poor tactical decisions – like following dissipating clouds in the lee of lakes near Winter Haven – because I got distracted making microscale decisions and forget to continually reevaluate the big picture.

  5. Know the birds in your area – Not all birds circle in lift (nor do all glider pilots). In Florida, it paid to look for soaring birds like bald eagles to mark good thermals. Other types of birds were hit or miss. And not all species act the same way in every location. You’ll probably turn up empty chasing seagulls in Florida, but the seagulls in Nephi, Utah are surprisingly good thermal markers. A little local knowledge can go a long way, especially when the going gets rough.

My experience at the Seniors wouldn’t have been possible without a huge amount of support from the soaring community. First, I’d like to thank all of the Seniors contestants, contest management, and volunteers for welcoming me to their party. I’d also like to thank Bo Michalowski and Ben Johnson for the outstanding photographs. For those of you that don’t know Ben, he takes air-to-air shots from a Duo Discus to raise money for the US Soaring Team. Thanks also go to Doug Jacobs for flying with me on the third contest day and to my Dad (Don Marshall), Frank Spittel, and Bill Foster for crewing for me throughout the contest. Lastly, special thanks go to Leigh Zimmerman, Pete Alexander, and Rich Owen. Leigh Zimmerman is the mastermind behind getting me to the Seniors; without her, none of this would have been possible. Pete and Rich spent countless hours coaching me and working with me to fine tune my racing skills. In addition, Rich was an incredibly welcoming host who generously offered me the use of his ASG-29Es.

My next stop is the Region 5 North contest. I’m fortunate to have an excellent mentor and coach for the contest in Eric Mozer. We’ll be further fine tuning my east coast soaring skills while sharing his beautiful ASG-32Mi. See you in Perry!

Photo #15019 | My coaches

My coaches - courtesy Bozena Michalowski

Posted: 3/26/2019

Support our Juniors Competing at the 11th FAI JWGC



Photo #15010 | Leigh715

The 11th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships will be held this summer from July 24 through August 11, 2019. As of February 2019 we need to raise some $13K to achieve the total of $31K to send the team.

For more info on WHY your support is needed and how the the Junior Team is supported CLICK HERE.

You can track the progress of the Junior Team’s preparations and contest reports during the 2019 JWGC at https://ussoaringteams.org

Your contribution, no matter how modest, is important and greatly appreciated!

Donate the cost of just one tow - $45. Spread it over 5 months at just $9/month.

Contact us at mylegacy@ssa.org or (575) 392-1177 8 am - 5 pm M-F Mountain Time
The SSA (EIN 95-1932120) is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Posted: 2/11/2019

Ways to Support the US Soaring Team

Future soaring pilots being mentored

We greatly appreciate the support of our donors through both major gifts and the annual Eagle Fund Drive!



Contact us at mylegacy@ssa.org or (575) 392-1177 8 am - 5 pm M-F Mountain Time
The SSA (EIN 95-1932120) is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Posted: 7/21/2018

Ways to Support Junior Soaring

Future soaring pilots being mentored

We greatly appreciate the support of our donors through both major gifts and the annual Eagle Fund Drive!

1.   Scholarships for pre and or post solo flight; and CFI-G ratings Photo #14705 | Give Now

    1. A $50K donation will endow a NAMED scholarship of $2K/year in perpetuity

    2. A $2K donation will fund a NAMED scholarship of $2K for one year

    3. A donation under $2K will be pooled with others of the like to create one scholarship for each $2K collected.  If less than $2k is collected in any one year, it will be rolled over to future years.

    4. An addition to the Gross Cadet Scholarship endowment

    5. An addition to the Bultman Youth Scholarship endowment

2.  Subsidy of Juniors participating in sanctioned SSA Competitions Photo #14705 | Give Now

    1. Donations for this are added to the Rules Committee Junior Competition Endowment. Income from this endowment is used to fund the Junior Rebate program, which subsidizes 90% of contest entry fees and contest tows for Juniors participating in SSA sanctioned competitions.

    2. A donation of $50K or greater would create a NAMED endowment that would operate with the same rules and procedures as the Rules Committee endowment.

3.  Subsidy of Juniors participating in a Junior World Championship  Photo #14705 | Give Now

    1. A donation that can be used up to its entirety (at the discretion of the US Team Committee) for supporting the next JWGC team.

    2. A donation that is added to the underlying endowment, where the yearly income is used to support every future JWGC.

    3. Note that a donation of $50K or greater can create a NAMED endowment that operates with the same rules and procedures as in (2).

    4. An addition to the Mozer Junior Champion Trust.

4.  Donations to the Youth/Junior Committee  Photo #14705 | Give Now

    1. These funds are used to subsidize non-flying costs of operating a Junior Cross Country or Competition Camp (e.g. travel and living for participants and mentors).

5.  A new way of supporting Junior soaring. Photo #14705 | Give Now

    1. A gift of $50K or greater will create a NAMED fund that will operate according to rules mutually agreed between the donor and the SSA. This could be operated as either an endowment (where the annual investment income supports the purpose) or a “use at will” fund.

Contact us at mylegacy@ssa.org or (575) 392-1177 8 am - 5 pm M-F Mountain Time
The SSA (EIN 95-1932120) is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Posted: 7/20/2018