2019-2020 PILOT CLUB BOARD MEMBERS INSTALLATION
Directors: Ros Neeland and Jari Marietta, Treasurer, Betty Schneider; Corresponding Secretary, Nancy Sundhal; Recording Secretary, Mary Camer; Vice- President, Nicci Henderson; and President, Marcia Johnson. Not pictured are Directors, Dee Krier and Dedra Goodenough and President-elect, Rhonda Knudson.
Body Venture is a unique educational program designed to involve 5th grade students in learning the skills and choices for a healthy lifestyle. Body Venture consists of a 45 x 50 foot walk-through exhibit representing the human body. Body Venture is sponsored by the Child & Wellness, Kansas State Department of Education. Students tour the human body with Power Panther graphics as a guide through the exhibit. They learn how to apply Power Panther’s slogan, EAT SMART, PLAY HARD.
The club membership each year chooses one member that exemplifies the attributes of a Pilot. The member chosen as the PI Ambassador must be active in an assigned role within the club, promote and support the aims of PI, be active in a project that exemplifies the brain-related service focus of PI and be faithful in attending meetings and give generously of her time to assist with service projects and fundraising activities. Marty has been an active member of the Great Bend Pilot Club where she has held positions of responsibility in fundraising and is our inspirational leader for the second year. Carol Hawk our 2019-2020 PIFF representative made the presentation to Marty at our regular club meeting. A donation in her name will be sent to PIFF to help fund the SAFE HARBOR FUND which helps those pilots in need after local or personal catastrophe.
Renee Johnson (Great Bend Pilot Club) Past governor of Ks-Mo District 2016-2017
Pilot members donate a check to Julie Smith for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
A Proclamation claiming March 11-17,2019 as Brain Awareness week was presented by Mayor Joe Andrasek to Pilot Members: Sharon Mauler, Janice Walker, Amanda Swigart, Renee Johnson, Barbara Watson, Norma Ward and Sally O’Connor. Brain Awareness Week campaign unites families, schools and communities in a worldwide celebration of the brain.
FIRST PILOT INTERNATIONAL LUCY B. ALLENAWARD RECIPIENT - RHONDA KNUDSON
Rhonda Knudon of the Great Bend Pilot Club was the first recipient of the new Lucy B. Allen Award. The award was presented at the Pilot international Conference in Chicago on June 26, 2016. The Lucy B. Allen Pilot Leadership Award honors the first Pilot International President, Lucy B. Allen. The award recognizes a Pilot who does an exemplary job of leading at the Club or District level. Rhonda was nominated by her local club in Great Bend.
History of Great Bend Pilot Club:
Great Bend Pilot Club was chartered on December 6, 1987. Three charter members remain in our club, Renee Johnson, Sharon Mauler, and Nancy Sundahl.
Currently 40 members meet at noon on the first Tuesday (business meeting) and third Tuesday (program meeting) of the month for lunch at the Perkins Resturant and Bakery. Executive Board members meet as needed.
To improve the quality of life in our community by influencing positive change in and around our community and throughout the world.
To achieve universal awareness and prevention of brain-related disorders and disabilities for all ages.
To achieve this, we: come together in friendship and give people an outlet for service. We provide financial and hands-on-support for national and local initiatives with Pilot Intertnational’s focus.
Pilot International's focus: "Do More, Care More and Be More," by:
Preparing youth and young adults for service
Encourage brain safety, health, and fitness
Support those who care for others
MEMBERSHIP is responsible for recruiting, reclaiming and retaining members, new member orientation, public relations and participation in community-wide events.
FUND RAISING is responsible for activities that generate funds to finance club operations and projects.
PROJECTS is responsible for activities related to community service and improvement, safety, education, patriotism, international relations, Pilot International endorsed projects, assistance to the elderly, disabled and those with financial difficulties.
LEADERSHIP is responsible for promoting good leadership and motivation within our pilot club organization, communicate the vision of Pilot Club to new members, share information from Pilot International with club members, and update Policies and Procedures in the club manual.
Great Bend Pilot Club is a member of Heartland District which is comprised of 13 clubs.
Pilot International :
Great Bend Pilot Club is a member of Pilot International (PI) which is a community - based volunteer service organization founded in 1921 in Macon, Georgia, on the principles of "Friendship and Service". With more than 7,500 members in 375 Pilot Clubs, Pilots are located in the U.S., the Bahamas, Japan and South Africa. Pilots provide financial and hands-on-support for national and local initiatives. BrainMinders is Pilot Internatioonal’s signature program originally designed in a 2001. PI realized there was a need to teach brain injury prevention to preschoolers, children, youth and seniors, so a presentation was developed. Puppets, stuffed animals and color books were designed to help teach brain safety to children and BRAIN-O bingo was deisgned to teach safety to seniors.
"True Course Ever"
Green (life and vigor) and Gold (sincerity of purpose)
A riverboat pilot's wheel with eight spokes - The name "Pilot" was inspired by the mighty riverboat pilots of the 1920's who represented leadership and guidance.
Pilot International Founder’s Fund
Pilot International Founder’s Fund was established to support the community-based work of Pilot Clubs by helping to under write club efforts to serve in the areas of Preparing Youth for Service, Encouraging Brain Safety and Health and Supporting those who care for others. Pilot International and its local clubs are able to improve the lives of others through education, volunteerism, financial support and research.