A group of local volunteers was recently recognized for its role in operating the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum at Los Angeles International Airport.

More than 30 residents of Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and other nearby communities were saluted during an appreciation dinner at Flight Path in the LAX Imperial Terminal.

The volunteers staff the museum’s public galleries, build exhibits, keep records, and prepare for special events. Honored were Jorge Chavez, Judy Christian, Ed Crawford, Fylis Deto, John Eckberg, Duke Ellington, Steve Garrison, Allen Hess, Steve Koyama, Bob Pehl, Joan Sewald, Reni Soukup, Nick Suncin and Ron Williams.

“Our volunteers bring us a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Flight Path President Rowena Ake. “Most of them are aviation professionals and all of them are dedicated to preserving our air heritage for future generations.”

Ake also commended the volunteer service of the museum’s board of directors, including vice presidents Ethel Pattison, Vince Migliazzo and Robert Acherman; John Garstka, chief financial officer; Jo Ann Hudspeth, treasurer; Nancy Niles, corporate secretary; as well as members Lynne Adelman, Jean-Luc Beghin, John Burke, Nissen Davis, Seymour Kahn, Lori Keir, Barbara Keller, Patrick McPolin, Morrey Plotkin, Robert Slusser, Alan Wayne and recording secretary Beverly Migliazzo.

Also recognized were Flight Path Executive Director Lee Nichols, Director of Volunteers Ann Proctor, airport liaison Shirley Hoffmann and LAX community relations staff Marilyn Costigan, Eleanor Ginsberg, Marie Happ, Diane Miller, Dauna Semon, Mimi Salagy, Sandy Launius, Jaqi Rascon and Lupe Burke, who assist at the museum.

Flight Path is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free.

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