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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. 

Great Bend Pilot CLub members at Heartland District Leadership Convention in Pratt, Kansas. 9 members attended the convention. Arrowhead West was chosen as their project for the convention.

Great Bend Pilot CLub members at Heartland District Leadership Convention in Pratt, Kansas. 9 members attended the convention. Arrowhead West was chosen as their project for the convention.

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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.

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

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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.

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 through Pilot International Founder’s Fund. Pilot International and its local clubs are able to improve the lives of others through education, volunteerism, financial support and research.