Oshkosh woman honored by EAA for volunteer efforts

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Michel Bryson of Oshkosh was recognized on November 7 for her contributions and volunteer service to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), as she received the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award during the EAA Halls of Fame banquet at the EAA Aviation Center.

The award is named for the late Henry Kimberly, a longtime Oshkosh civic leader who was instrumental in building community support for EAA when the fly-in arrived in Oshkosh in 1970, and later in the move of EAA headquarters to Oshkosh in the early 1980s.

Bryson was recognized for 27 years of volunteer service at the International Visitors Tent during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, including serving as chairperson of that area since 2004. In that role, she leads dozens of volunteers who not only offer translation services at the event, but also build an international community among the aviation enthusiasts who come to Oshkosh each year. In 2019, visitors from more than 90 nations registered at AirVenture’s International Visitors Tent.

“Michel Bryson is a magnificent representation of our dedicated EAA volunteers,” said Jack Pelton, CEO and chairman of the board, who presented the award at a dinner in the EAA Aviation Museum’s Eagle Hangar. “Her leadership helps make AirVenture a welcoming event for people of many nations, as well as instant recognition for Oshkosh as a place that evokes warm memories for aviation enthusiasts around the globe.”

Along with announcing the Henry Kimberly Award that recognizes Oshkosh-area volunteers, the November 7 program inducted five aviators into the EAA Halls of Fame. They included aviation enthusiasts from diverse aircraft areas that encompass homebuilt, vintage, warbird, ultralight, and aerobatic aircraft.

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