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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. 

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Marilyn Kopke presents outgoing president, Janice Walker with a dozen yellow roses for her year of service.

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Renee Johnson (Great Bend Pilot Club) Past governor of Ks-Mo District 2016-2017


Sally O'Connor is 2018-2019 Great Bend Pilot Club Ambassador. She served previously as president of the club and currently serves as Recording Secretary. Sally was team leader for Barton County Walk to End Alzheimer's for several years and was instrumental in establishing the Autism Disorder Workshop which was held April 7, 2018.  Her certificate and roses were presented by Mary Cramer, PIFF Representative.

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Pilot members donate a check to Julie Smith for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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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.

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Body Venture consists of  a 45-foot by 50-foot walk-through exhibit representing the human body designed to involve fifth grade students in learning the skills and choices for a healthy lifestyle.  Body Venture is about learning to EAT SMART and PLAY HARD. Body Venture is sponsored by the Child & Wellness, Kansas State Department of Education. Station presenters from the Great Bend Pilot Club are Carol Hawk, Jennie Tinkler (non-pilot) Marcia Johnson, Sharon Mauler, Joyce Fry, Jari Marietta, Billie Bonomo, Marty Aldrich, Janice Walker and Mary Cramer.

 History of Great Bend Pilot Club:

Great Bend Pilot Club was chartered  on December 6, 1987.  Four charter members remain in our club, Jean Cavanaugh, Renee Johnson,  Sharon Mauler, and Nancy Sundahl,


Currently 35 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.

Our Mission:

To improve the quality of life in our community by  influencing  positive change in and around our community and  throughout the world.  

 Our Vision:

To achieve universal awareness and prevention of brain-related disorders and disabilities for all ages

       To do this, we: come together in friendship and give people an outlet for service. We provide financial and hand-on-support for national and local initiatives  with PI's focus.

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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.

Heartland District

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.