2020 Annual Report of President
DATE: May 03, 2020
FROM: Calvin Janes
RE: Annual Report of the President

Members of Memphis Chapter, TAI,
Congratulations on having completed our twenty-third year as a Tuskegee Airmen Chapter in the Memphis area.

During the past year we offered Memphis Chapter Educational Assistance Fund and Aviation Assistance Fund (Scholarship) awards of $1000 each plus, our chapter and Taste of Aviation, Inc. sponsored the $1000 Captain Janes Scholarship.

We assisted in sponsoring the February 2020 Memphis Aviation/Aerospace Professionals (MAP) Annual Youth Luncheon.  More than 150 students and accompanying educators were invited to attend this event at no cost to them.  The theme was “From A Technology Perspective”

We assisted in providing the 2019 National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida and the June 2019 Summer ACE Academy for youth ages 14-18.  We assisted with the Project Aviator “Boys to Men” and “National Flight Academy” and Memphis Blackhawks and Taste of Aviation, Inc. Programs.  During the 2019-2020 School Year we continued our program of Aviation in Schools visits where Aviation Professionals visit schools in the local area.  Members participated in career days and gave motivational speeches.  Numerous schools continue to request our participation.

During this period of the global virus pandemic and resulting difficult economic times in America and the rest of the World, some of our programs have been put on hold as we place safety at the forefront.  To the extent possible, we have been able to participate in school visits and career days in order to provide guidance and role models for the youth in our area.  We continue to need every member to contribute and/or participate when they can. We are truly all in this together.

Welcome to our new members and thank you to returning members who continue to support this organization year after year.  TAI National congratulated our chapter on our increase in 2020 memberships. We have five (5) Members in our Chapter who have chosen to become TAI National Lifetime Members.  The support and commitment from every member and supporter toward the goals of this organization is very much appreciated as we continue to 1) Preserve the legacy of the original Tuskegee Airmen, 2) Engage in motivating young persons toward aviation and aerospace careers and 3) Inspire youth to outstanding achievements and leadership through social and educational activities.

Thank you and please continue to support the Educators, Parents, Students, Corporations, and other organizations who assist us in achieving our goals as we “Remember the Past and Prepare for the Future”!

Calvin Janes
Calvin Janes