A dozen Overlake Squadron members attended the launch event for #Redspoke this morning at the Redmond Hyatt House. This grueling 5-day bike ride will take 58 riders across the Cascades to Spokane. Cadets helped to load luggage and supplies while our cadet Color Guard presented the colors during breakfast.
#Redspoke is a major fund-raising event for the Redmond Rotary and today our unit received a generous donation to support our cadet flying program. Each summer our unit sends 6-8 cadets to the CAP Flight Academy in Ephrata for 2 weeks of flight training in both gliders and powered aircraft.
Many of these cadets will fly solo before they are old enough to drive a car by themselves, which will hopefully lead to an aviation career. Flight training is expensive and our program could not send so many cadets into the air without the generous support of organizations like the Rotary.
Our unit meets weekly on Tuesday evenings in Redmond. The Cadet program is open to youth aged 12+