You won’t find too many volunteers at AirVenture who’ve been at it for longer than Bonnie Fitzsimmons, EAA 814505. Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, Bonnie has been volunteering with EAA for nearly 50 straight years — since just after the convention moved to Oshkosh in 1970.
Bonnie’s husband’s business brought him here for the radio side of communications, and after meeting people the first year they were here, Bonnie and her husband decided to come back every year since. Bonnie volunteered with the communications area for more than four decades before she decided to change it up about five years ago and volunteer with the print/mail center and merchandise.
Since starting to volunteer with print/mail, Bonnie is certainly busy in the weeks leading up to the week of AirVenture.
“They give us different tasks every day,” she said just before the start of AirVenture 2018. “It depends on what they have that’s priority in the print/mail area. This week [before AirVenture] it’s been all the camper bags that are getting done for all the campers that are arriving on the grounds. That’s 15,000 camper bags that we pass out. It’s taken us a good three weeks to get those ready to go. Pretty much every week is a different project, and it changes from time to time. Right now we’re doing all of the membership cards for the month of July. We do that two and a half weeks after convention as well and mail those all out to the new members.”