Rowena Ake of Westchester was re-elected president and board chair of Flight Path during a recent meeting of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Flight Path operates an aviation museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
Ake has served as Flight Path president since 1999. A resident of the Westchester-Playa del Rey area since 1952, she is past president of the Westchester Rotary Club and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. Ake is a charter member of the Westchester Vitalization Corp. and holds the coveted Silver Beaver Award for her extensive volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America. Ake was proprietor of a local dry cleaning business for 40 years and more recently has worked as a real estate broker.
The Flight Path Board also re-elected Ethel L. Pattison of Manhattan Beach and Vincent Migliazzo of Westchester as vice-presidents, John Garstka of Westchester as chief financial officer, Jo Ann Hudspeth of Playa del Rey as treasurer, and Nancy Niles of Pacific Palisades as corporate secretary. Robert Acherman of Torrance was elected to fill a new Board position, vice president of electronic communications.
Flight Path Chairman Emeritus Morrey Plotkin has been honored by the Westchester Playa Village (WPV) with its first ever Inspirational Senior Award. WPV provides services to help local seniors remain in their homes.
Plotkin, who is 95 years old, serves as chairman of WPV’s fund committee and has long been active in Westchester community organizations. He was a founder and longtime board chairman and president of Flight Path and remains a generous supporter of the learning center’s activities, according to Rowena Ake, Flight Path’s current president.
“Morrey has a special talent for motivating individuals and organizations to work together,” said Ake. “The result has been many worthwhile projects of lasting benefit to the community. Flight Path was launched and first came to public attention through Morrey’s leadership in establishing the Flight Path ‘Walk of Fame’ in the Westchester business district with sidewalk plaques saluting aviation and aerospace pioneers.”
The Inspirational Senior Award was presented to Plotkin by WPV Executive Director Linda Berri and Field Representative Nate Kaplan during a ceremony at the Westchester Family YMCA. The criteria for the award include being an outstanding senior residing in WPV’s service area and providing inspirational leadership.
Said Berri, “Morrey has always been one to reach out and has always been dedicated to making Westchester a better place to live, work and play.”