Since its founding in 1976, the International Forest of Friendship has provided a beautiful, peaceful, and safe place to gather and enjoy the camaraderie of the Forest environment, the city of Atchison, and the aviation community. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and to respect the safety of our honorees, visitors and members of the Forest family, the Forest's Board of Directors has voted not to hold this year's annual induction ceremonies as planned on Sept 18-19 in Atchison. This decision was reached after careful research and discussion.
Next year the 45th anniversary ceremonies will be held on Sept 17-18, 2021 (Fri-Sat). The theme will be "World Friendship though Flight" and we hope to use it to strengthen international ties. This will be a chance to engage 99s members and other colleagues from around the world. With a year and a half to get ready we should be able to have a wonderful event! Suggestions very welcome.
In the meantime, please take advantage of this year's theme of "Flying and Forests" to participate in events linking aviation and aerospace to the green spaces on the planet. We have a particular interest in:
Please also remember the smoke jumpers, pilots of fire tankers, and others who fly or use flight to keep us safe as the summer fire season approaches.
The Forest remains open year-round during daylight hours for guests. We are pleased that people have continued to visit while maintaining "social distancing."
Current information will be posted on our website <www.ifof.org>
Thank you for your support during these difficult times. Please stay safe.
Your Forest Team
The Forest was established as a bicentennial project by the City of Atchison and The Ninety-Nines Inc., an international organization of women pilots. Each September, new honorees are inducted into the Forest with plaques embedded in the walkway that winds through trees representing all 50 states and over 35 countries.
Join us September 17 - 18 for our Annual Celebration!
Theme is World Friendship Through Flight. This is the International year.
Click here for the schedule of activities
Click here to see the list of 2020 Honorees on Facebook.
Click here for details to SPONSOR a 2021 Honoree.
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