Please consider honoring someone in 2024.
The date for the 2024 induction ceremony is September 20 & 21
Do you know someone who has made a special contribution to aviation?
You can honor them by sponsoring their application to be inducted into the International Forest of Friendship!
Your nominee will be honored at the ceremony in September, and an engraved stone with their name will be added to the walkways that wind through the Forest.
Honorees will also receive the following during the Celebration:
By registering, you will have access to the exciting events with food provided. Schedule is in the registration and on the Schedule page.
Submit the online Sponsor Application Form or download the PDF version in the Downloads section below and mail/e-mail the completed form and supporting documents to the Forest.
Sponsor Obligation for Payment: Payment of $450.00 by check/mail or PayPal to the International Forest of Friendship must be submitted for each Honoree. This amount supplements the purchase of the stone, the engraving of the stone with the honoree's name, the placement of the stone, and forest maintenance.
To complete honoree registration, click on the "Add to Cart" button below. This will transfer you to the PayPal site where you may complete registration, or you may mail your payment.
Submit all supporting documents for the honoree, which include:
All supporting documents may be submitted to
firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
International Forest of Friendship
Attn: Office Staff
913 Main Street
Atchison, KS 66
The cost for the sponsoring an honoree is $450.*
You will receive a receipt as official confirmation of acceptance for each Honoree.
Refunds are not available after July 15, 2024
*This amount does not include the Registration Fee for attending the Forest Celebration—please let your honoree know if you do not plan to pay their registration fee!.
An additional way to honor is to donate a bench to the Forest in a specific location.
Janet Patton of Denton, TX has been flying airplanes for 37 years. Since joining the 99s in 1988, she has held many leadership positions. Her current roles are Ambassador Chapter Chair and International Director. Currently, she is a Boeing 777 pilot, having previously served as a 737 Captain for American Airlines and is based at DFW. She also owns Patton Aviation in Denton, TX and is a Piper Cherokee 180 owner and a Commercial pilot in hot air balloons. Janet’s biggest aviation accomplishment to date was becoming Spirit Airlines first woman pilot and first woman Captain in the 1990s. Having been a single mom for over 10 years, both Janet’s children are 99s and pilots - fittingly, one airplane pilot and one hot air balloon pilot. Having been at American Airlines for nearly 25 years, Janet is looking forward to upgrading to Boeing 777 Captain in the near future.