If there was ever an individual who epitomizes volunteerism for the Recreational Aviation Foundation, it is Carmine Mowbray, from Polson, Montana. She volunteers her time to publish the RAF Newsletter, and has worked on the pilot shelter at Ryan Field, swung a Pulaski cutting sage brush at a Missouri Breaks airstrip and staffed the RAF booth at trade shows.
Carmine is a native of western Washington, moving to Montana in 1973. She and her husband became involved in publishing, growing to a regional printing plant serving much of western Montana, along with a small chain of award-winning weekly newspapers. For nearly two decades they flew a Turbo Lance to manage their six locations around Montana. At the same time they were raising four very lively children, all of whom have graduated from Montana Universities and one who is pursuing a career in commercial aviation. They sold the publishing enterprise to a larger chain in 2000. At that time the Mowbray's company employed 50 people.
Not one to be idle, Carmine has pursued many interests. She has served on a local bank advisory board and taught motorcycle safety for nine seasons. She now serves on the local Polson hospital board, produced an award-winning radio show for Montana Public Radio, has written her first historical novel for younger readers, and enjoys doing portraiture and backdrops for the local live theater. She served in Montana's Senate and says, "It's a real honor to have served Montana and my community."
Carmine now owns an older Cessna 182 equipped with a three blade prop and a Sportsman STOL. "I can reach some outstanding places with this plane. By supporting the RAF we can work together to maintain the destinations we all are privileged to use." If you are out in the backcountry and see Carmine, stop for a minute and tell her thanks for all she does for the RAF.